Comparing Informal & Formal Technical Reports


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Which of these is an example of a formal written technical report?

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1. Daniel is phoning a potential employer after submitting his resume. Which of the following is Daniel doing?

2. Sarah's boss asks her to prepare a formal report for their client. Which of the following options is most likely to align with her boss' expectations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Reports are used to present summary information and opinions about a subject of interest. A basic understanding of the differences between a formal and informal technical report is necessary to fit both the receiver of the report and the subject matter you are reporting on. By taking this quick quiz, you can see for yourself if you need to boost your knowledge about when to use each report type.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our subject matter experts will test your understanding of terms and concepts, such as:

  • Format written technical report examples
  • Formal oral report examples
  • Formal report use case
  • Informal oral report
  • Characteristics of an informal written report

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding the use case of a report and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples of formal oral reports
  • Making connections - use understanding of the purpose of a report and know if it should be a formal or an informal report

Additional Learning

For more on the topic of this quiz, review the lesson called Comparing Informal & Formal Technical Reports. It will discuss with you:

  • Types of subjects that are considered technical writing
  • The easiest way to get points of interest from one individual to another
  • Different ways to word the same thing depending on report type