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ECDL Advanced couses
on 14 May 2011
I am applying the same review to all these books. I have bought Access, Word, Powerpoint, Spreadsheet books. The only fault is the awful binding which prevents you from opening the book flat. The books need a spiral binding so, if you know someone with a guillotine - print room or printers - slice the binding off and punch holes in the books.
I have been using Microsoft Office since 1998 and have used a number of books. For software manuals this is reasonably priced - at least you can select what you want and thereby pay in installments. Buying a set will be about the equivalent of buying one large comprehensive book.
Probably the best set of books for the average user that I have used. Well set out and easy to understand without superfluous info. You must have done the ECDL basic course first to understand the advanced books. Even if you have been using MSOffice as long as I have you can still learn something and revise what you thought you knew with the basic ECDL course.
Having said this the evening class course for advanced ECDL cost me £400 plus exam fee. The pass mark for each test is 75% and I failed Excel and Word with 70% each. The retake would have cost £45 per subject. Ask yourself how often you will need to use the advanced functionalities and whether your managers know of it and will understand or appreciate your advanced competence - I doubt they will reward it sufficiently to cover your expense - unless they pay for the course, books and any re-takes.
I recommend these books as excellent reference books so that you know where to browse when you need the information. Be ready to move on to the new 2010 versions if your company is going to upgrade. I think that they will help you with conversion from XP 2002/3.