09-14-2016 10:26 AM - edited 03-22-2017 03:52 PM
09-14-2016 10:26 AM - edited 03-22-2017 03:52 PM
Do you think you have what it takes to be the Excel World Champ?
We want to test your skills and creativity!
From October 2016 to November 2016, Microsoft will run a special 4-round Excel competition for residents of select countries. Only the top competitors in each round will make it through to the next. Our finalists will compete against one another for the title of Excel Champ International.
In Early 2017, champions from around the world will compete against one another for the title of Excel World Champ and the Grand Prize: a trip to Seattle, USA and a meeting with Excel Product Leads to provide feedback on the next features added to Excel.
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|October 3 - October 9||Trials: Test your skills to see if you have what it takes!
Tests will be available on this page beginning October 3 at 00:00 UTC, no submissions accepted after October 9 23:59 UTC
|October 12 - October 21||Qualifying Heat: Compete for a spot as one of the top 20 of Excel users
Tests will be available on this page beginning October 12 at 00:00 UTC, no submissions accepted after October 21 23:59 UTC
|October 26 - November 2||Semi Finals: Our 20 best performers compete for a spot as one of the top 3 Excel users
Tests will be available on this page beginning October 26 at 00:00 UTC, no submissions accepted after November 2 23:59 UTC
|November 18||Finals: The top 3 Excel users face-off in our finals for the title of Excel Champ International|
|2017||Excel Champ International and winners of country competitions around the world compete to be the Excel World Champ|
Each test spreadsheet will include three challenges
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Send an email with your completed workbook attached for final grading. Details on where to send your workbook will be provided with the test.
Competitors will be scored based on performance of the 3 testing areas Data Relays (35%), Chart Gymnastics (30%, driven by community “Likes”), Formula Wrestling (35%). Test submission time and performance in prior rounds will be used to break tied scores.
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09-15-2016 02:04 PM - edited 09-15-2016 02:53 PM
09-26-2016 11:17 AM
You will need Excel 2010 or later to get started in the competition.
The questions will get harder each round and require some more advanced features. Make sure you have these additional tools:
If you are using Excel 2010, install these add-ins to Excel
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If you are using Excel 2016, these tools are already built-in. No need to install anything extra!
If you don’t have access to any of the above, consider trying Excel 2016 by installing a free trial O365. Learn more here
10-02-2016 05:28 PM - edited 10-02-2016 05:36 PM
I was about to post the same!
So a question that requires the use of the Data Model that can't be accessed because the workbook is protected. Come on!?
10-02-2016 09:33 PM
Here we go!
Quick question - for the Formula Wrestling question, it says that you will receive a higher score for using fewer functions and mathematical operations. Does this apply only to the Answer cells, or does this also apply to the Working Space as well?
10-02-2016 10:43 PM
What exactly can change in the formula wrestling challenge? Will there always be no more than 76 data rows and no more than 3 rounds of results which will be saved in cells E20:J95 or can there be more rows and / or rounds or can the location of the data table change?
10-02-2016 10:51 PM
I had the same questions as well - You might want to reply to the main post though.
I made the assumption that the data within those fixed rows might change values - Which isn't normally the case - However - the workbook seemed to be heavily locked down and wasn't allowing for usage of ListObjects and structured references except for one the first sheet.
Normally my organized dataset would reside in a listobjects and I would build my formulas using only structured references to those listobjects.
Let me know what you come up with.
10-03-2016 04:51 AM - edited 10-03-2016 06:26 AM
maybe workbook protection is part of the contest, i've just unprotected so it is possible ;) good luck!
10-03-2016 06:08 AM
Workbook is protected therefore PowerQuery is disabled.
Do you want us to just create the table on a separate file and paste it in the solution sheet?
Or do you want the file to contain the PowerQuery query itself with the M Code?
Please let us know and accordingly, upload an unprotected file.