February 2008: These tests are all badly in need of update. Some
questions are incorrect because of changing technology and others
just make no sense in today's IT world.
Copyright 2002,2003 A.P. Lawrence
These questions are intended to test your knowledge, but they
are also intended to help you learn more about MacOSX by examples
and just by making you aware of things you might not have known
E Easy M Moderate or T Tough.
The qualification of Easy, Moderate or Tough, is completely
arbitrary and highly subject to my own prejudices. Roughly, the
Easy questions are those I would expect even a beginner to know,
while the Moderate are what I expect an average administrator
should know. Tough are things many administrators can handle, but I
don't really expect them to.
I originally developed these for testing tech job applicants -
I'd sit down with the person and have them verbally answer a few
dozen questions like this.. it gave me a real good idea of how
broad their skills were (tech and admin folk need broad skills)..
anyway, it might help show you where your weak areas are. Some of
the questions are very basic, some aren't, but if you find yourself
really thrown by a lot of them, you need a lot of work. Most of
the people who answer questions at help forums or newsgroups would
likely waltz through them and quit out of boredom rather soon - if
that's your experience, you are probably well prepared to be an
admin. And if not.. well, learning just takes time and effort,
If you are using these questions to help study for certification
exams, they may be useful, but you will need other resources and
there is no substitute for actual experience.
There's no scoring; you can tell yourself if you are doing well
I want to particularly thank Wade Altman who has pointed out
numerous errors and has significantly contributed toward improving
the quality of these tests.