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Advanced Word Processing

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This module is a high-level certification programme through which candidates can demonstrate their ability to use the advanced features of word processing applications to enhance their work, improve productivity and save time. Completion of this module will enable candidates to demonstrate professionalism and save time in the creation, production, review, and distribution of documents.

On completion of this module the candidate will be able 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.

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Allows users to become more confident, efficient and effective in using a word processing application.
  • Proves mastery of the application. 
  • Enables users to produce and manage large, complex word processing outputs. 
  • Improves user’s productivity and saves time.
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts and practising computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content.


The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.

Download the Advanced Word Processing Module Syllabus (PDF) 

AdvANced Word Processing Syllabus Overview:

  • Text
  • Captions, Footnotes and Endnotes
  • Reference Tables and Indexes
  • Bookmarks and Cross-References
Enhancing Productivity
  • Using Fields
  • Forms, Templates
  • Mail Merge
  • Linking, Embedding
  • Automation
Collaborative Editing
  • Tracking and Reviewing
  • Master Documents
  • Security

Prepare Outputs
  • Sections
  • Documents Setup

Sample Tests

ICDL Africa provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand Advanced Word Processing in more depth and prepare for testing.

Download the Advanced Word Processing Sample Test - Office 2013 (.zip)

Download the Advanced Word Processing Sample Test - Office 2010 (.zip)

Download the Advanced Word Processing Sample Test - Office 2007 (.zip)

Please note: Answers are provided for the multiple choice questions of the sample papers, please refer to ICDL training materials for information on practical tasks.