Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

A test may refer to any of the following:

Green check mark and red X.

1. A step or group of steps performed to verify a software program or hardware device is properly working is referred to as a test. Below is a basic example of testing a computer printer.

a. Verify the printer turns on.
b. Verify printer software and drivers are installed on the computer.
c. Verify each LED and button works on the printer.
e. Verify the printed image has no errors.

See our troubleshooting page for an example of how you could test or troubleshoot computer errors.

2. Test is a Linux command. See the test command page for further information. When referring to a shell, test is a builtin command of the Bash shell. See our bash test command page for further information.

3. In general, a test is a spoken, typed, or written examination of a person's knowledge in a subject. For example, a computer test, such as the A+ test, may be taken to verify a person is proficient with computers.

  • Try our computer quiz if you'd like to test your computer knowledge.

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