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Posted by Andy Brown on 10 November 2017
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Skills Assessment tests now available on Wise Owl website
Since 2011 people have been able to test their IT skills on our sister site, and in that time nearly 300,000 people have completed one or more of our 20-question multiple-choice tests:
Excel and Excel VBA tests are responsible for over half the total.
We're delighted to say that we've now brought these tests within the Wise Owl website (you can see them here) giving a host of advantages, as explained below.
The two sites share the same underlying database, so the tests, questions and results are common to both sites.
Advantage 1 - Much Better Reports
Here is a typical test report using the new site:
You can see much more analysis of how you fared!
Advantage 2 - Quicker and Better
The new site has a cleaner, better-designed interface:
The website is easier to use and better laid out.
The site runs more quickly too. Techies will be pleased to know that all of the underlying code has been converted from VB to C#, and optimised to use LINQ.
Advantage 3 - Tablets and SmartPhones
The new site uses responsive website design, so that it looks good whether you're viewing it on a desktop computer, notebook, iPad or SmartPhone:
If you're taking a test on a SmartPhone, use landscape orientation for best results.
Advantage 4 - Security
The new site uses https:
The website address begins with https://, rather than http://.
This means that you won't get annoying security warnings if using the Chrome browser, for example.
Advantage 5 - Easier to Save Results
It's much easier to share test results on the new site:
You can save your results as a PDF file, or log them within your account on the Wise Owl website.
Advantage 6 - Easier to Share Results
You can now share your test scores with friends and colleagues:
You can easily share to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
In the interests of balance, there is one disadvantage to using the new site: if you have paid for tests, people still need to do them using the old skills assessment site. We're hoping to bring paid accounts into the new site in the near future.