Take the LinkedIn Learning Assessment Exams

When you’re building your profile in LinkedIn, you have the option of letting the world know what skills you have. Moreover, your colleagues can endorse you for skills. The more people endorse you in a skill, the more everyone can see that you have it. For example, I have over 99 endorsements in InDesign, 40 endorsements in event management, and so on.
(Of course, your colleagues can endorse you for any skill they like. For example, my friend Ashley M. endorsed me for both Modern Dance and Sword Fighting. I’m pretty sure I would look the same if I tried either of these activities.)
But saying you know something, or your friends and colleagues saying you know something, is different than showing you know something. So LinkedIn now lets you take assessment exams in a wide variety of skills, including InDesign. (But thankfully not in modern dance or sword fighting.)
To begin, open your own profile page at LinkedIn, scroll down to Skills &  Endorsements, and click “Take skill quiz.”
Skills & Endorsements step 1
Next, choose which exam you want to take:
The exams are pretty simple, consisting of 15–20 questions, and you need to get 70% of them right to pass.
LinkedIn Assessment Instructions
Note that you generally have about 90 seconds to complete each question. If you know the correct answer, that’s enough time.
When you’re done, you immediately learn whether you’ve passed or not. (If not, you can try again in three months.)
congratulations you passed
The nice thing is then when you do pass, LinkedIn adds a little badge to your profile, like a little bit of proof that you really know it!
These assessment quizzes are not just for Adobe products, of course—you can take them for Excel, QuickBooks, Visio, C++, and more!
You can learn more about LinkedIn Skill Assessments here.

David Blatner is the co-founder of the Creative Publishing Network, InDesign Magazine, and the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign. His InDesign videos at LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) are among the most watched InDesign training in the world. You can find more about David at 63p.com.
  • Nice to know about that. I remember when I did freelance work that agencies would have tests for various software applications, so was quite nostalgic. Some of the questions in the ID test were the “where is the xxxxx function” which is something I hardly use (or believe anyone hardly uses) so there were some oddball questions.

  • Lisa King says:

    Very helpful article! Thank you, David! I have been following you and Marie for years and took many of your tutorials on Lynda.com years ago. Truly helped me in more ways than anyone would expect. Long story short, it helped me find my happy path in life, finally, and boosted my confidence to pursue my dreams. Thanks to you, Marie, Mike Rankin especially. Keep up the great work!
    Lisa King

  • pu says:

    That question about finalising a file for export/output. I have not done any of those things before.
    I question the usefulness of these tests. A lot of time PLANNING how you are going to tackle the task is so much more important.

    • Sally Ellis says:

      Any test MUST be biased – its impossible to conceive such a thing without a bias. Not all bias’ are evil mind you.
      I agree that being tested on your use of such a powerful and wide roaming tool can be a bit pointless – but its nice to have questions posed. Do a screenshot and see what you can find out about something that is unknown – finding out new skills within your craft is always fun!

  • Kenneth Palmer says:

    I took – and passed – the InDesign test but, as a long-time (since the very beginning!) 40-hours-a-week user of ID, I thought some of the questions were a bit weird and off the beaten path, so to speak. Because of the time constraints, it’s all a blur now, but I remember that the answer choices to the question about tables were a bit… well, odd, and I’m a PRO with tables!
    The Photoshop, Acrobat, and PowerPoint tests also asked a few similarly-obscure questions that made me think, “who even uses that feature??!!” I know it’s not meant to be an in-depth test of knowledge, but the questions seemed kind of arbitrary; picked by someone who doesn’t use these programs day-to-day for “normal” tasks.

  • Kelli Fleck says:

    This assessment was a waste of time. Many of the questions are completely irrelevant – who cares what the frame style means. Why not go into the automatic features that actually make someone know more than the typical InDesign user? No questions on automatic TOCs or cross references or hyperlinks. Instead a question on how to view interactive media? What is this? I don’t know who created this test but too many questions were similar and don’t actually assess on functions that are used most often.

    • David Blatner says:

      Kelli: Well, I guess different people think different things are important in InDesign. It’s extremely difficult to gauge real knowledge in such a short exam. I’m not sure, but I think the exam drawn randomly from a larger number of questions. So you may have gotten questions that didn’t work as well for your knowledge of the program.
      That said, interactive media is a very important part of InDesign, so how to view interactive documents does seem important to me. I’m not sure what you mean by frame styles, but if you’re talking about the various icons that are placed around frames, then, yeah, I think it’s pretty important, too.

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