As the choice of software for knowledge workers increases, computer tests can help you stay ahead. Online education has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years - and Brainbench certifications will help you improve your software skills and provide you with tangible qualifications.
Brainbench has been a client of mine for a few years now, so I'm pretty familiar with what they offer. A turning point for me was when we started inviting our newsletter subscribers to volunteer to be interviewed. We include an interview in each issue, and what people have to say about their experience with Brainbench is fascinating.
Sure, there are all the IT workers who use the site and tests to brush up their skills in Java programming and a great deal more. But many other people use the tests (there is a choice of over 450 of them) to improve their expertise in simple tasks like typing, and everyday software like MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Explorer and Outlook.
Beyond that, there are tests for those other programs that many of us use like Photoshop, Pagemaker, Dreamweaver, FrontPage and more.
About the tests...
First of all, choose a test. Some are free, others have a price attached. (If you think you are going to be taking a number of tests, you're much better off buying one of their subscription packages.) Once you take a test, you will either pass or fail. But the best part is the detailed anaylsis they provide.
You'll know exactly where your strong and weak points are. And you'll know how you stack up against the skills of other Brainbench members. (The site has a membership of over 4.4 million!)
When you pass, you are certified. And these certifications carry a lot of weight. They are officially recognized by many of the largest companies on the world, like EDS, H&R Block, IBM, Manpower, Prometric, Qwest, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Verizon, Wells Fargo and hundreds of others.
And once you have a certification, add it to your resume, and mention it when applying for contracts, jobs or a promotion. (A lot more credible than simply saying, "Sure, I can use Photoshop.")
That said, taking a Brainbench certification isn't just about getting the piece of paper. It's also a great tool for helping increase you own productivity, standing among your colleagues and self-confidence.
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