Computer use self-assessment

Computer use is the ability to use computers and other electronic equipment (e.g. fax machine, calculators, automated bank machines). The importance of strong computer use skills continues to grow as we become increasingly dependent on technology to carry out our work and daily activities. Complete this self-assessment to help you understand your computer use strengths and areas for improvement.

Instructions

  1. Read each statement in Section 1 and place a check mark in the column that best describes how well you can complete that task. Tip: Think about your work and life experiences as you consider each task
  2. Review your responses for each task. If you have checked 5 or more in the "Somewhat" and/or "No" columns, you may want to consider upgrading your computer use skills
  3. Complete Section 2 to identify your training needs

Section 1: Self-assessment

I can use a variety of electronic devices such as calculators, fax machines, photocopiers, and telephones

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can identify the main parts of a computer and their functions

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can enter a code into a system (for example using an automated bank machine or an alarm system)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No  

I can use a mouse to open and navigate programs by clicking buttons, menus, etc.

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can easily locate and use keyboard keys

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can log on and off a computer

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can use common desktop icons and menus to open programs and files (for example Internet browser, email)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can send a basic email to one recipient

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can identify and use different computer hardware components such as printers, scanners, and removable storage devices (for example CD, DVD, USB drive)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can resolve basic technical difficulties (e.g. computer reboot, paper jam, ink cartridge replacement)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can use word processing programs to produce simple documents and perform simple formatting of text (for example business letters or memos; font type and size, bold and underline text, bullets or numbered lists)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can send emails with attachments to multiple recipients

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No  

I can use spreadsheet software to enter and organize data

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No  

I can manage electronic files (for example access shared files, save files to a specific location on a hard drive or disk, create folders)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can browse Web pages to find information and download files

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can use Internet search engines to find specific information by choosing the right search terms or adding operators (for example Or, " ", define:) to my search terms

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can use spreadsheet software to prepare, edit, manipulate and analyze tables (for example create and modify budget reports, create various types of charts or graphs)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can use word processing programs to produce documents with extensive formatting features (for example page numbering, headers and footers, table of contents, footnotes).

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can use presentation software to produce visual aids (for example slides, hand-outs, and/or charts)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can give detailed computer-related explanations or training to co-workers (for example demonstrating features of commonly used or customized programs)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can distinguish between different file formats (for example rtf, pdf, html, exe, jpg, mpeg)

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can successfully install and configure new software applications or add hardware devices

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can identify and correct hardware or software problems by using manuals, on-line resources, etc.

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

I can use and create databases to manage client contact information

  1. Yes
  2. Somewhat
  3. No

Total

  1. Yes:
  2. Somewhat:
  3. No:

Section 2: Personal development

Completing this section will help you make informed training decisions.

  • Look at the "Yes" in Section 1 to identify your strengths, and record them below
  • Look at the "Somewhat" and/or "No" in Section 1 to identify the areas that you need to develop or strengthen, and record them below

Computer use strengths

I am confident that I can…

For example use common desktop icons and menus to open programs and files.

  1. ______________________________________________________
  2. ______________________________________________________
  3. ______________________________________________________

Tip: Consider using your strengths to help a colleague, friend or family member improve their computer use skills.

Areas for improvement

I would like to improve my ability to…

For example install and configure new software applications or add hardware devices.

  1. ______________________________________________________
  2. ______________________________________________________
  3. ______________________________________________________

Tip: When developing your training plan, focus on improving one or 2 abilities at a time.

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