Get Smarter with Smarterer!
We all agree that it pays to be
smart, correct? (Case in point: Mark Zuckerberg.) I love the idea, because it
helps me to improve my job performance, as well as continually stimulate and
surprise myself. Sometimes, however, I’m not sure where to do that, or lack the
ambition to study. Breaking news: I’m not perfect.
At a certain point, we all “check out” from time to time. I
think it is because we haven’t challenged ourselves to add continuing education
to our daily activities. We have been working with our tools for a while, and
are used to using a few functions. However, you can learn more about Excel,
capabilities. There are sites that do not replace certification courses or
on-the-job training, but do allow you to learn at a basic level the tools that
are available online.
One such site is Smarterer.com.
According to the site, Smarterer was created “to provide people a simple, fun,
and authentic way to show what they know. Smarterer is a platform designed to
score individuals on any and every digital, social, and technical skill under
the sun.” The site was created in 2010 by Dave Balter, Michael Kowalchik and
Jennifer Fremont-Smith. The vision of the company is to be the source for
private companies to evaluate and measure the skill set of their potential
workforce. “As employers, we hire based on work history and personality
metrics, but are missing the key criteria that prove people's ability to use
the tools needed to be successful.” For those of us who need insight into a new
skill or a refresher on ones we have used for a while, this is a great
I visited the site
recently, and took tests on social media, English for business, Excel and
Google Search. I, as I’m sure you’re wondering, received scores in the
proficiency level. This indicates that I have some work to do, but I also
learned new things about functions in these areas.
When you go to the site, you have the option to select a
subject on which you would like to test yourself. You can search dozens of
subjects, click on one, and begin immediately. The tests are a series of
multiple choice questions, usually accompanied with a visual element, and a
time limit. Your score will either rise or fall depending on correct or
incorrect answers. The questions will continue until you reach a particular
level (beginner, familiar, proficient, expert, and master). The best part is
that you can continually update your score and rank, so that you are improving
your knowledge and awareness.
The questions are written by the community of Smarterer
users, in a form of “crowd sourcing.” “We collect questions from our user
community, which allows us to provide rapidly-evolving tests that get smarter
every day,” according to the site.
Your score is calculated by an algorithm that takes into account your answers
and actions, as well as the community. ”Smarterer's scoring algorithm is based
on the Glicko rating system, which is used for chess, NCAA trees, and a variety
of gaming platforms. Our adaptation creates a real-time competition between
each question and each test-taker. Our algorithm is continuously learning from
user interactions and getting smarter about how to rank each question and each
The system also has a drop down menu option for you to
select areas of business that you are interested in. The system will then
select tests that cater to those areas. This can inform you of the areas of
study where your strengths lie, as well as areas that you may need to work on.
On the Leaderboard section of the site, you can see how your
score ranks amongst your particular level of expertise. The users and their
profiles are listed and available for access, so that potential employers can
contact you regarding your skills. The profile area functions much like Twitter
does, allowing you to promote yourself to the community. This will appear when
a user clicks on your profile picture or test scores.
There are also options to test you on basic math, AP writing
style, and financial accounting. There are even tests on soft skills like
people management, occupation vocabulary, and investment banking fundamentals.
And for a little fun, you can learn about GarageBand, iMovie, and photography.
Smarterer is a good site that helps you to keep learning
about the tools that you use every day. It also introduces you to new systems
and their functionality. It helps you get smarterer. Don’t you want to be
smarterer, so you can be a better workerer-type person? Check out this free
service some time.