Executive Summaries in Business Reports and Proposals


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Why is it important for the executive summary to be able to stand alone from the original business report?

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1. The subject matter, background problem, _____, methods of analysis, findings or issues, and the final section containing arguments, conclusions, & recommendations are six sections that make up the executive summary.

2. Which section of the executive summary shows the important discoveries made during the research process?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The inclusion of an executive summary in a business report or proposal can be a factor in the effectiveness of that report or proposal, and this quiz and worksheet combo will help you understand what these summaries actually do. These practice questions will help you ensure that you know what these summaries look like and what they do.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What executive summaries are
  • What these summaries do
  • The sections of the summary and what they contain

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on executive summaries in business reports and proposals
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of business communications to better grasp the purpose of an executive summary
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding executive summaries

Additional Learning

To learn more about executive summaries, review the accompanying lesson entitled Executive Summary in Business Reports & Proposals. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Detail executive summaries
  • Explain their purpose in business reports and proposals
  • Define the characteristics of executive summaries
  • Differentiate between the categories of information that belongs in the individual sections of the summary
  • Understand how to make your reports more effective by including an executive summary