Understanding Project Tests
Project tests were introduced for the 2013 Microsoft Office certification. Because of this, GMetrix has also included project tests for practice. These tests are only available on version 4.0 or later. If you are working toward the 2013 certification, it is extremely beneficial to go through these projects, as they will prepare you for the official testing.
Project tests are completely different than any previous tests. To pass these tests, you will be given resources and sample documents. You will also be given instructions on how to finish the project. These steps walk you through the creation of a document.
For example, if you are working on a Word project, the final document will be a Word document, with images, text, and more. The completed project should look similar to the sample documents you will find in the test.
These tests go over the same objectives and skills that the official test includes. You can take the GMetrix project tests in testing or training mode. Training mode offers unlimited time and has help text available to walk you through the steps of the project. We have also recently added videos to each project test that will allow you to watch each question or task being done. You can access this by clicking on the show me tab. Testing mode is timed with 50 minutes - the same as the official test. Help text is disabled. This is a great way to ensure that you know the skills needed to pass the official test.
In the 2013 pool of tests, GMetrix also offers the standard question based tests, as seen in the 2007 and 2010 tests. These core tests allow you to work on the specific skills that are presented in the project tests. The core tests for 2013 do not mimic the official test - they are useful for schools or businesses assessing test takers, or to help hone skills.
Project tests include skills such as importing, exporting, adding images, and more. They also include steps such as protecting the document and adding restrictions.
When you finish a project test, the entire project is graded. You will see a breakdown of the objectives and how you did on each objective. This is similar to the breakdown you will see in the official test.