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Computing Basics Quizzes

We've gathered quizzes to test your knowledge of computing fundamentals. You'll find quizzes about hardware and software, computer history, processing and peripherals.

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  • "C"omputer trivia -- What does the "C" stand for in these acronyms?

  • Com"P"uter trivia -- What does the "P" stand for in these acronyms?

  • Computer Nostalgia -- Things sure can change in a quarter-century, especially when it comes to computers! How many of these facts from the murky past of computing do you know?

  • Computer Nostalgia 2.0 -- How much do you know about Ye Olde Tech Trivia? Take our quiz to find out!

  • Help Desk Basics -- How could we live without our friends at the help desk? Especially when we have mysterious PEBCAK (problem exists between chair and keyboard) errors. Our self-study quiz tests some basic computer and Internet terminology and is dedicated to help desk representatives everywhere.

  • IT Vocabulary -- Do you speak fluent geek? Take our iSeries vocabulary quiz and see if you can match up each term with its correct definition.

  • Laptops -- Whether you call them laptops or notebooks, they're different from a PC. Test your knowledge of laptop technologies.

  • Logic Chips -- Think you know a thing or two about logic chips? Take this quiz to find out if you're as much of a genius as you think you are.

  • Know-IT-All admin challenge -- Let's see what you're made of as you tear through Mr. Know-IT-All's most recent admin offerings.

  • Name My Claim to Fame -- Gates, Jobs, Torvalds: We all know the big guys, but they get enough press! What about Dennard, Engelbart, and Shugart? How much do you know about these tech pioneers and their innovative inventions?

  • Performance Tuning -- Try your hand at this short quiz on performance tuning. The link following each multiple choice question will take you to the answer in Lessons Learned. Good luck!

  • Peripherals -- Do you know your ASPI from your USB? Take this quiz to find out.

  • Processing Power -- Are you getting the most possible from your system? Take this quiz about the finer points of processing power.

  • Ruling Your IT Universe -- To manage your technology, you have to understand it. Take our quiz to find out if you do.

  • Processing Power -- Are you getting the most possible from your system? Take this quiz about the finer points of processing power.

  • Short & Sweet -- Yes, online life is hopping -- there's no time even to say or type full terms, so the tendency is to shorten 'em up. How much do you know about these snappy computer-related terms? Take our quiz to find out.

  • Workstations -- More admin fun -- take our quiz to test your knowledge of workstations.

We've got lots more! Check out the full collection of quizzes to test your tech mettle on a wide range of subjects. You'll find quizzes about careers and compliance as well as a wide range of other topics, including databases, networking, programming, backup and recovery and much more. Want to learn more? See all our computing fundamentals definitions.

This was last updated in March 2010

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