Comparing Microsoft 2013 and 2016 assessments with Microsoft 365 assessments

Updated by Amy Thomas

Criteria offers skills tests for Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint for versions 2013, 2016 and 365.

Not sure which version to ask your candidates to complete? Here are the key differences between these assessments.

Microsoft 2013 and 2016

Microsoft 365

Proficiency measured

Measures basic proficiency

Adaptive tests that assesses full range of proficiency


20 multi-choice questions per test

12 multi-choice questions per test

Excel Interactive also includes 3 simulations


10 minute overall time limit

1 minute time-limit per multi-choice question

1 minute time-limit per simulation

Item bank

No item banks - candidates are presented with the same questions

Items are streamed from large item banks.

This means that no two candidates are likely to be presented with the same set of questions, making it harder for candidates to cheat or prepare for specific questions.

Device compatibility

Can be completed on mobile or computer

Multi-choice question only versions can be completed on mobile or computer.

Excel 365 Interactive (simulations) must be completed on computer.


English only

English only

Click on the links below to learn more about each of these assessments.

Microsoft 2016 assessments (2013 versions are similar to these)

Microsoft Excel 365

Microsoft Word 365

Microsoft PowerPoint 365

Your questions about the Microsoft 365 tests answered

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