How well do you know PivotTables?

BY J. CARLTON COLLINS, CPA

Q: I was recently asked by a large client if I considered myself an Excel PivotTable expert, and I wasn’t sure how to respond. I have used PivotTables extensively, but by definition, it is difficult for anyone to know what they don’t know—if that comment makes sense. Is there some way for me to self-assess my PivotTable skills?

A: I am not aware of any official PivotTable accreditations, but just for you, I created the questionnaire in Exhibit 1 to help assess your knowledge of Excel PivotTables.

Scoring. If you answered “Yes” to 15 or more questions, I would label you a PivotTable Expert; 10 to 14 “Yes” responses would qualify you as an Advanced PivotTable User; and five to nine “Yes” responses would position you as an Intermediate PivotTable User. Please keep in mind that this test is not official; it’s just my opinion.

J. Carlton Collins ( carlton@asaresearch.com ) is a technology consultant, CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.

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