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ACG Series: Visual Aids: Diagnostic Quiz

Learn the basics of preparing Powerpoint visual aids for your presentation.

Instructions

On a scale from zero to ten, with zero being ‘never’ and ten being ‘always’, rank how frequently you consider the following aspects when you prepare slides for an oral presentation. The guide for scoring your choices can be found at the bottom, after the quiz. 

Diagnostic Quiz

1. slide background (whether it is blank, with a pattern, gradient and an image or images) 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

2. slide design (whether it is complex or simple)  

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

3. slide colours  

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

4. slide text  

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

5. amount of text 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

6. colours of text 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

7. formatting text (including animations) 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

8. font size 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

9. slide visuals (graphs & charts) 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

 

10. slide layout 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Never                   Always

Instructions for scoring

Add up your score for questions 1, 2, 3 and 6. If your score is 23 or less, then you should read Section 1: Formatting Your Slides. If you scored 24 or above, you can choose to skip this section, or you can read through it if you would like additional tips on formatting slides. 

Add up your score for questions 4, 5 and 7. If your score is 17 or less, then you should read Section 2: Writing and Formatting Text. If you scored 18 or above, you can choose to skip this section, or you can read through it if you would like additional tips on writing and formatting text. 

Add up your score for questions 9 and 10. If your score is 11 or less, then you should read Section 3: Choosing and Formatting Slide Visuals. If you scored 12 or above, you can choose to skip this section, or you can read through it if you would like additional tips on choosing and formatting slide visuals.