Remember LinkedIn Skills? A few years ago it was common to be prompted to endorse your friends and peers on LinkedIn for their skills, which would the appear ranked on their LinkedIn profile. It’s a simple way to showcase your skills on your profile. On reviewing my own skills list recently I noticed that I could take a ‘skills test’. Curiosity took me to the next step.
There is a long list of technical skills which you can take a test for on LinkedIn. Among the Microsoft Skills available for you to be tested on are:
If you possess experience or training in a skill area, this is a quick way for someone browsing your skills to see that you have been tested, without relying on someone endorsing you for that skill.
Visit your own LinkedIn profile, then:
- Scroll to ‘Skills & Endorsements’
- Select ‘Take skill quiz’
- Scroll to find your skill and select it
You are presented with information about your skill test including the rules for completing the assessment, for example:
- 15 multiple choice questions.
- 1.5 minutes per question.
- Score in the top 30% to earn a badge
- You must complete this assessment in one session — make sure your internet is reliable.
- If you don’t earn a badge this time, you can retake this assessment once more.
- We won’t show your results to anyone without your permission.
From there you can select to ‘Practice’ or select ‘Start’.
When you finish the skills test it will tell you whether you have passed the threshold to get a badge. If you don’t pass the threshold, you can retake the test at another time.
From there, add the skill to your profile and it will display an icon next to it in your skills list, letting people know you have tested for, and passed that skill.
Jump in now, and while you’re at it, don’t forget you can endorse other people for their skills.