Training for your Microsoft Excel Certification Exam
Taking the Microsoft Excel Certification exam is a smart and worthwhile step to differentiate yourself from the competition, demonstrate proficiency or simply get better at all that Excel has to offer.
A strong foundation in Excel improves your job performance and surveys suggest those with a certification make more than their noncertified counterparts. In a tough job market, where every detail matters, setting yourself apart with a Microsoft Excel certification could be the credential you need.
Taking a course is a great way to learn the skills you need to ace the exam. Here are some other insights into topics to master before taking the test.
Creating and Managing Workbooks and Worksheets
Workbooks and worksheets are at the heart of Excel, so knowing how to not only create but manage and navigate through them is a critical skill. You should know not only how to create a new workbook, but how to use Excel’s existing templates as well as how to import from another file.
Adding worksheets to an existing workbook as well as the ability to customize and edit worksheets and workbooks are necessary skills. Can you split windows, assign shortcuts and insert watermarks?
Create Cells and Ranges
Cells and ranges are fundamental building blocks in Excel. You should understand the methods and shortcuts to inserting data into cells and cell ranges. You should also be familiar with the various options available for formatting cells and ranges.
Tables are core knowledge for the specialist exam. Can you create and modify tables? You will also need to understand how to filter and sort data tables.
Knowing and Applying Formulas and Functions
Are you familiar with the common formulas and functions used in Excel, to help save time and create more accurate outcomes? If not, it would be smart to brush up on them, as well as how to use them within a workbook or sheet.
Functions, such as SUM, AVERAGE, MIN, MAX and more are in place to help you make potentially complex calculations easier and more accurate. You should know how to apply these to your data sets, as well as how to use “conditional logic” – “if” statements – to manipulate your data.
Creating Objects and Charts
Not only should you be well versed in creating sensible charts and graphs using original data, you should be able to add additional data to an existing chart or graph to make the change seamless. Excel provides a useful Quick Analysis tool for critiquing your charts and graphs, and experts should know how to use this tool to their advantage.
A chart isn’t very useful without formatting and contextual information to explain its purpose. Those who want to ace the Excel Certification exam should know how to add useful formatting in the form of legends, keys and labels. Charts have virtually limitless customization options, too, so you should feel comfortable changing your chart parameters, appearance, and more.
Much more than just a data-manipulation tool, Excel has countless options for text box insertion and formatting, object insertion and formatting, and editing of objects, images and other items. Brush up on the ways in which users can manipulate, edit and style objects and images within Excel to boost your exam-success potential.
Excel has far more capabilities than many people know; its power with regards to creating reports, budgets, team performance reviews, invoices, and much more is robust. It’s not just for numerical data, as users can perfect their ability to add images, charts, graphs, objects and more to enhance whatever they may be creating, not just from a data perspective, but from a presentation one.
If you’re in a position to expand your understanding of Excel, it’s worth taking a course to ready yourself for the certification exam, and to make sure you can use this powerful tool to its fullest power. Contact ONLC Training Centers today for more information.