What MS PowerPoint Training is best for you?
What type of PowerPoint user are you?
Microsoft PowerPoint Quiz
With all things in life, you have to start somewhere. Being aware of what kind of PowerPoint user you are, what you wish to use the program for, how often you use it and at what level you currently are (for example Novice, Intermediate or Expert), could act as a guide for the type of training you need to pursue. This quiz is meant as a guide only.
Count up the totals for how many times you select each option (a,b,c or d). Then review the option descriptions below for the option you selected most.
1. Which of the following are you most likely to use Microsoft PowerPoint for over the next three months?
a. I will create interactive presentation slides containing multiple animations, unique slide masters and embed audio and/or video content.
b. I will create presentation slides containing bullet points, diagrams and images.
c. I will view and run presentation slides created by someone else and I am able to make some edits to slides.
d. I have never used PowerPoint but would like to learn how.
2. Which of the following best describes your history with using Microsoft PowerPoint?
a. I have been using PowerPoint for work, studies and personal reasons since I can remember.
b. I have used PowerPoint regularly for some work, study and personal tasks.
c. I have not used PowerPoint much, but I have opened and viewed presentations in PowerPoint and have seen other people use it.
d. I have never used PowerPoint at all.
3. How often have you used Microsoft PowerPoint over the last six months?
a. I have used PowerPoint on an almost weekly basis.
b. I have used PowerPoint at least once a month.
c. I have used PowerPoint once or twice only in the last six months.
d. I have not used PowerPoint at all during the last six months.
4. When faced with a project that includes PowerPoint functions such as creating Master Slides with different bullet levels, changing themes, creating handouts, applying animations and transitions and embedding audio, which of the following options best describe your level of confidence?
a. I feel confident that I will know how to complete the project, and if I don't know how to complete certain aspects of it, I know where to find information to assist me.
b. I feel a little apprehensive, I am not sure how to work with Master Slides, complex animations or embedding audio, but could probably still succeed.
c. I feel stressed. Although I know how to type text and format it using PowerPoint, I wouldn't know where to find the functions mentioned above.
d. I have no idea what any of the functions mentioned above are or where to find them.
5. Study the screenshot of a slide created using Microsoft PowerPoint above. Would you be able to recreate this slide, and if yes, how long do you estimate it will realistically take you to complete?
a. I could recreate the above slide in under 30 minutes.
b. It would take me more than 30 minutes to recreate the above slide.
c. It would take me a very long time to figure out how to recreate the above slide.
d. I have no idea where to even begin recreating the slide above.
6. Have you ever used the animation function in Microsoft PowerPoint?
a. Yes, I have applied multiple animations to individual items and groups that cover their entry, emphasis and exit in a presentation.
b. Yes, I have applied single animations to individual items and groups.
c. No, I do not have much experience with animations, but I have viewed slides that contain animations and I know what it is.
d. No, I have never heard of or used animations in Microsoft PowerPoint.
7. If asked to use or manage a PowerPoint presentation during a talk, which of the options below best describe your feelings?
a. I am confident using the Presenter View and tools to display slides during a presentation.
b. I am nervous, but believe I will be able to at least transition from one slide to the next and navigate in Presenter View.
c. I am hesitant, I have seen others use PowerPoint, but I struggle to navigate between slides in Presenter View.
d. I have no idea how to use PowerPoint Presenter View or how to navigate between slides.
8. Which of the options below best describe your training requirements (if any) for Microsoft PowerPoint?
a. I would like to learn more about the advanced options in PowerPoint, such as creating interactive slides.
b. I would like to learn about the functions I do not yet know and how to improve my use of animations, transitions and slide layout.
c. I know the basics of using PowerPoint and would like to build on this to improve my skills.
d. I have no experience with PowerPoint and would like to start at the very beginning.
9. If you were asked to insert headers and footers, such as page numbers, into a PowerPoint presentation, which of the options below best describe your initial response?
a. No problem, I can do this in my sleep.
b. I know how to do this; it will take me a minute.
c. I am not sure. Can you wait and I'll Google it?
d. What are headers and footers in PowerPoint?
10. How familiar are you with packaging presentations or converting a slide or slides into PDF, jpeg or other formats?
a. Yes, I know and use the above PowerPoint functions frequently.
b. Yes, I have heard of these but I am not sure how to use all of them.
c. I have heard of one or two of the functions mentioned, but not all of them.
d. I have never heard of any of the functions mentioned.
Count up the totals for how many times you selected each option (a,b,c or d) in the quiz above. Review the option description below for the option you selected most:
Mostly option a:
You probably use PowerPoint in your professional capacity for work, studies or business. You use PowerPoint frequently, on an almost weekly basis, and are well aware of the uses and benefits of PowerPoint. You understand how to use slide layout and formatting options, Master Slides and animations, and feel confident in creating a slide show.
You have a high level of skill in PowerPoint, but would like to improve your current skills or learn about functions you have not mastered yet. You have specific needs for training that may be tied in with your work, personal or study requirements, to learn a specific function or skill.
Training recommended for you would be Microsoft PowerPoint online tutorials and classes, Microsoft PowerPoint online video tutorials and guides.
Mostly option b:
You regularly use PowerPoint to complete tasks. Although you know how to get by using PowerPoint, you also know there are better ways of performing tasks that you currently use PowerPoint for. You sometimes struggle to get formatting to look right, objects to line up, slides to look consistent and animations to work properly and wish you could perform tasks in PowerPoint more efficiently.
You have an intermediate level of skill in PowerPoint and would like to improve your skills and master using PowerPoint.
Training recommended for you would be Microsoft PowerPoint tutorials that start with the basics, which you could use as a refresher course, and then work your way up to more advanced functions. Microsoft PowerPoint online classes, videos and quizzes could also assist you with specific tasks.
Mostly option c:
You use PowerPoint occasionally and at a very basic level only. It may be that the reason(s) you do not use it more often is you do not feel confident using PowerPoint or you are not sure which tasks to use it for.
Your motivation for wanting to learn more about PowerPoint is possibly to improve your future or current job prospects and to be able to add PowerPoint to the skills section on your resume.
Training recommend for you would be Microsoft PowerPoint classes that you either attend in person or online. Completing Microsoft PowerPoint online tutorials which start with the basics will help to give you a solid grounding before taking any Microsoft PowerPoint classes.
Mostly option d:
You have never used PowerPoint before and are completely new to the program.
Taking this quiz and reading more about PowerPoint would have already given you a taste of what PowerPoint is capable of and possibly good reasons to want to learn how to use it. Before you make up your mind about Microsoft PowerPoint, first complete a few free tutorial lessons. You can open PowerPoint and practice the skills taught in the tutorials in PowerPoint for yourself.
Don't forget to have fun! PowerPoint is an amazing program and you may find you are unable to stop after starting on the road to becoming a PowerPoint master.
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