ECDL Advanced Word Processing

Take word processing to the next level with advanced typographical, formatting and layouts, including tables, forms and graphics. Learn how to use tools like macros and advanced mail merge options, and manage large documents.

Completing ECDL Advanced Word Processing enables learners to demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply advanced text, paragraph, column and table formatting.
  • Convert text to a table and vice versa.
  • Work with referencing features like footnotes, endnotes and captions.
  • Create tables of contents, indexes and cross-references.
  • Enhance productivity by using fields, forms and templates.
  • Apply advanced mail merge techniques and work with automation features like macros.
  • Use linking and embedding features to integrate data.
  • Collaborate on and review documents.
  • Work with master documents and subdocuments. Apply document security features.
  • Work with watermarks, sections, and headers and footers in a document.

As a result of completing this ECDL Advanced Module, learners :

  • Become more confident, efficient and effective in using a word processing application
  • Can produce documents with sophisticated typographical, formatting and layout elememts, including tables, forms and graphics.
  • Can carry out more advanced mail merge operations within the word processing application.
  • Can generate and manage large, complex word processing outputs.
  • Are able to work effectively on large, collaborative projects.

All ECDL certification testing is performed using the ICS Skills Automated Testing System (ATS). The ATS combines the best of all worlds: authentic candidate experience, cost-effective testing, streamlined processes, consistent scoring, and simplified, paper-free candidate management.

  • Web-based: All tests are performed online over the web, so there is no software for test administrators to install or maintain.
  • Real applications: Test candidates work with actual applications (such as MS Word or Excel) – and not simulated screens. In-application testing ensures candidates have the most authentic test experience.
  • Zero paperwork: Because both candidate testing and candidate administration are entirely online, there are no paper records to store, and candidates receive immediate feedback on their results.
  • Secure storage: The ICS Skills ATS gathers and keeps safe all results and candidate, class and module reports. This central storage of data and minimal handling reduces security and privacy risks.

In addition to ECDL certification tests, the ICS Skills ATS provides a full suite of diagnostic tests. These can be used for pre-training and pre-testing assessments to help identify individual knowledge gaps and training needs.

Information Sheet

Click the link below to view or download an Information Sheet for this Advanced Module in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Information Sheet

Official Syllabus

Click the links below to view or download the official ECDL Foundation Syllabus for this Advanced Module in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Adv Word Processing Syllabus 2.0

Sample Tests

The ECDL Foundation provides a selection of sample tests as an aid to test preparation. Each version of the sample test below contains the relevant test materials compressed into a single ZIP file:

MS Windows XP

MS Vista 2007

MS Windows 7 2010



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