Microsoft Office Specialist

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) overview

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through our new project-based testing, giving students and professionals real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office.

This guarantees that every certified user has demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office, preparing them for future academic or workforce opportunities.

Value of Microsoft certification

Microsoft certification gives students and workforce candidates the power to chart their own course, fulfill their ambition, and realize their potential. See the statistics that validate that these certifications give you the tools to build a brighter future and prepare yourself for a successful career.

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MOS impact

Why are MOS certifications so valuable for students, teachers, and school systems? Watch the story of Copper Hills High School to find out.

Empowering students and educators

  • For students, MOS boosts academic performance and preps them for college and career.
  • For educators, MOS courses provide targeted training and support every step of the way.
  • For Administrators, MOS improves institutional results.

Tried and true: pathway to success

Through Certiport’s full pathway solution you can prepare your students for the MOS certification with tailored learning materials, practice tests, and a performance-based certification exam officially endorsed by Microsoft. Adding these materials into your curriculum is easy and seamless.

Learn

Learning materials for MOS certifications

Pathway to certification

Preparing your students for certification is a big responsibility, so let Certiport make your job easier and more effective with ACCLAIMED course materials and practice tests.

Watch this brief video to see how Learning Products can work for you.

LearnKey

LearnKey

LearnKey video courseware enhances the learning experience and increases certification exam success. It provides self-paced on-demand video learning material for Certiport’s Microsoft Office Specialist program. These expert learning solutions are easy to use and interactive, and help prepare students for certification success.

  • Video-based e-learning courseware
  • Interactive labs
  • Prescriptive study guides

Available for: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook & Access

CCI Learning

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CCI Learning Solutions offers complete solutions for teaching and validating essential skills needed in today’s workplace. As an industry leader, its extensive services and products include pre-assessment software, approved courseware for instructor led classes, e-learning courses and blended training solutions.

Available for: Word, Word Expert, Excel, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, OneNote & Office 365

Jasperactive

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Jasperactive was launched in 2016 based on CCI Learning’s award-winning Microsoft Office learning content. Jasperactive is the world’s first kinesthetic Microsoft Office learning and validation system, mapped to the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam objectives. Jasperactive measures how well candidates understand Microsoft Office and prescribes a personalized pathway for study in a hands-on, live in-application learning environment. With Jasperactive, students acquire valuable Microsoft Office skills necessary for the workplace today.

Pearson

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Pearson provides quality Career & Technical Education curriculum solutions that prepare students for career and college success. Pearson programs are aimed at helping learners prepare for, and discover, greater education and employment opportunities. We are dedicated to creating learning materials that provide relevance, real-world application, and the highest quality content. Our materials align to state standards, incorporate career exploration and 21st Century Skills, and include strong instructional support to ensure your learners meet desired course outcomes. Many of our programs prepare learners for industry-recognized certifications.

Available for: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook & Access

Media Interactiva

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For years, Media Interactiva has been one of the companies chosen by leading certification companies worldwide. Media Interactiva is known for its extensive knowledge in the development of educational materials and tests, creating replicas or software simulations, and are committed to increasing the impact of student performance evaluations. Using linear elements, Media Interactiva can evaluate knowledge about a subject theoretically, while simulations measure a candidate’s performance and abilities pertaining to specific applications.

Practice

Practice tests for MOS certifications

GMetrix practice tests

Performance based assessment and test preparation tools to help individuals achieve IT certification credentials. Many of your students will be anxious to assess their knowledge of applications prior to taking the certification exams. Additionally, we recognize the need for educators to properly assess an individual’s knowledge. To this end, Certiport has partnered with GMetrix to deliver industry-leading practice tests. These tests, with included reporting and insight features, ensure your students are adequately prepared to their certification exam.

Why GMetrix practice tests?

  • Accurately replicate a “live application” testing environment
  • Enhance learning through self-paced practice questions
  • Build familiarity with the testing environment
  • Increase confidence towards certification exams
  • Better prepare students to pass certification exams

GMetrix practice tests are customizable

GMetrix practice tests are customizable, allowing you to create a highly-effective environment conducive to student-centered learning. GMetrix practice tests offer two different modes:

Testing mode:

  • Students experience what the certification exams will be like
  • Timed practice tests present scenarios to perform just like the actual certification exam

Training mode:

  • Students work at their own pace as they receive feedback and step-by-step instructions for each question

Practice tests available for:

  • Word 2016, 2013, 2010
  • Word Expert 2016, 2013, 2010
  • Excel 2016, 2013, 2010
  • Excel Expert 2016, 2013, 2010
  • PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010
  • Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010
  • Access 2016, 2013, 2010
  • SharePoint 2013, 2010
  • OneNote 2013, 2010

GMetrix practice tests are customizable

GMetrix practice tests are customizable, allowing you to create a highly-effective environment conducive to student-centered learning. GMetrix practice tests offer two different modes:

Testing mode:

  • Students experience what the certification exams will be like
  • Timed practice tests present scenarios to perform just like the actual certification exam

Training mode:

  • Students work at their own pace as they receive feedback and step-by-step instructions for each question

Practice tests available for:

  • Adobe Animate CC
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC, CS6
  • Adobe Flash CC, CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CC, CS6
  • Adobe Illustrator CC, CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CC, CS6
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6
Certify

MOS 2016: better than ever

We made the new MOS a much more powerful instrument for assessing student skills and preparing students for real-world application.

Each exam helps catalyze your success

MOS certification gives students a commanding competitive edge in today’s academic and professional environments.

From single projects to multiple projects

By migrating from a single, large project for the certification exam to multiple, smaller projects, we’ve made the newest MOS a much more powerful instrument for assessing student skills.

Students and teachers will now be able to devote more time to practicing and mastering on the specific skills tested in each smaller project. Students can complete a smaller project, continue their studies, and complete the next project.

This improvement allows students to focus their studies and enhance the learning process. It also allows the exams to test skills more broadly and deeply.

More enhancements

We incorporated feedback from expert advisors and teachers to improve certification exams and make them stronger tools for assessment and students preparation:

  • Revised instructions to avoid command and function names, requiring a deeper understanding of program functionality
  • More objective domains incorporated across the different exam forms
  • Real-world context for exam content
  • Performance-based format for improved aptitude testing

Achieve higher levels of certification

There are three levels of certification: Specialist, Expert, and Master. Each certification level propels a student further on the path to greater achievements and advancement. Students can certify at all three levels, and should try to obtain the highest level possible. The market demands, and caters to, those who possess the most education and skills.

Becoming a Specialist is good. Becoming an Expert is better. And becoming a Master is best.

With 21st-century skills being on the forethought of every school district right now,” says Martha Roettgen, a teacher at Green Hope High School in North Carolina, “having students have the opportunity to learn word processing, publishing, spreadsheets, and databases is absolutely critical.

  • SPECIALIST
    Become certified as a specialist in one of Microsoft’s premiere office technologies.
  • EXPERT
    Get a higher credential for two of the job market’s most in-demand technologies: Word and Excel.
  • MASTER
    Reach the highest level by passing PowerPoint, Access or Outlook, and the two Expert exams.

MOS 2013

Our new project-based testing for MOS 2013 provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge, giving students and professionals real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office.

This guarantees that every certified user has demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office, preparing them for future academic or workforce opportunities.

MOS 2013 Master Certification is now easier than you thought

Until recently, you had to pass six exams to certify as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2013 Master. Now you need to pass only four exams to become a Master. If you’ve already passed some MOS 2013 exams, you may need only one or two more certifications to automatically certify as a Master.

Earning this credential shows employers that you’ve gained broader, deeper Microsoft Office expertise. As a MOS 2013 Master, you will stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Master: The Highest MOS 2013 Certification

MOS 2013 Master is the highest MOS certification. Here’s how the three MOS 2013 certification levels work:

  • MOS 2013: Pass one of the eight core MOS 2013 exams.
  • MOS 2013 Expert: Pass the two-part Word Expert or Excel Expert exam.
  • MOS 2013 Master: Pass four MOS 2013 exams in one of the tracks described below.

Microsoft Office Master Benefits

When you become a Microsoft Office Master, your knowledge, efficiency and productivity increase, elevating your professional value and advancement.

As a Microsoft Office Master, you will:

  • Build credibility through proof of skills
  • Set yourself apart as a desktop computing expert
  • Differentiate yourself from your peers
  • Possess a professional recognition accepted around the world
  • Demonstrate computing efficiency in the workplace

How do I get started?

There’s no registration or application required for the Microsoft Office Master recognition, and there’s no fee to pay. When you’ve successfully completed the exams, Certiport will automatically send your Microsoft Office Master certificate to you and post the achievement to your digital transcript.

Three Tracks to MOS 2013 Master

With the following three Master tracks to choose from, you can focus on the right skillset for your desired career path. By passing exams in multiple applications, you’ll show potential employers that you’ve truly mastered Microsoft Office.

Master Track 1 = Word Expert + Excel Core + Elective

The Expert Word track is geared for candidates in careers such as sales and marketing, law, journalism, and more.

MASTER TRACK 1
Required (three) Elective (select 1) Total Exams
77-425: Word 2013 Expert Part 1 77-422: PowerPoint 2013 Core 4
77-426: Word 2013 Expert Part 2 77-424: Access 2013 Core
77-420: Excel 2013 Core 77-423: Outlook 2013
77-419: SharePoint 2013 Core
77-421: OneNote 2013 Core

Master Track 2 = Excel Expert + Word Core + Elective

The Expert Excel track is designed for candidates in careers such as accounting, finance, database administration, research, and more.

The Expert Word track is geared for candidates in careers such as sales and marketing, law, journalism, and more.

MASTER TRACK 2
Required (three) Elective (select 1) Total Exams
77-427: Excel 2013 Expert Part 1 77-422: PowerPoint 2013 Core 4
77-428: Excel 2013 Expert Part 2 77-424: Access 2013 Core
77-418: Word 2013 Core 77-423: Outlook 2013 Core
77-419: SharePoint 2013 Core
77-421: OneNote 2013 Core

Master Track 3 = Word Expert + Excel Expert

The Expert Word and Excel track is ideal for candidates who want to really show off their advanced skillset in both fundamental Microsoft Office apps. This track does not require an additional elective.

MASTER TRACK 3
Required (three) Elective (select 1) Total Exams
77-425: Word 2013 Expert Part 1 No Elective Required 4
77-426: Word 2013 Expert Part 2
77-427: Excel 2013 Expert Part 1
77-428: Excel 2013 Expert Part 2

FAQs

Q:Will the Master certification credential show which track the test candidate chose to earn Master certification?
A:No. The test candidate’s certificate and transcript will not indicate which Master certification track the candidate chose. The three Master tracks are simply to provide candidates with different options for earning Master certification.

MOS 2010

MOS 2010 continues the legacy of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification programs, the premier credential chosen by individuals seeking to validate their skills and advance their careers. The credential enables individuals to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office 2010 system, resulting in increased academic and job performance, individual differentiation and personal confidence.

Microsoft Office Specialist certification gives you the tools to build a brighter future.

  • Achieve industry-recognized certification
  • Learn the computing skills companies are looking for
  • Boost your workforce resume
  • Differentiate yourself from other applicants
  • Gain valuable experience and confidence
  • Heighten your earning potential
  • Prepare yourself for a successful future

Become a 2010 MOS Master

The MOS 2010 master certification requirements are listed below:

MOS 2010 Master Certification
Required Elective (select 1) Total Exams
77-887: Word 2010 Expert 77-885: Access 2010 4
77-888: Excel 2010 Expert 77-884: Outlook 2010
77-883: PowerPoint 2010 77-886: SharePoint 2010
77-853: OneNote 2010
Licensing Options

Licensing for K-12 classrooms, higher education campuses, and states

Our licensing options will help you stay ahead of the curve.

Choose the license that fits

  • K-12 site license – Lower costs, expanded implementation, increased control, and simplified budgeting.
  • Higher Education campus – Increased access to exams, lower costs, increased control, and simplified budgeting.
  • Statewide implementation – Volume discounts, improved education metrics, and tangible data for API reporting.

K-12 license

With the Microsoft Office Specialist K-12 License, your school can conduct testing in one classroom with up to 30 computers. The affordable once-a-year fee makes it easy to budget all your tests. Because there is no per-test cost, your school can economically provide all the exams required to ensure student certification. Your costs are capped.
Best of all, this license requires only one approval per year. If you decide to cover the annual cost through student fees, the K-12 License can help you recover costs and ensure a sustainable program. It also enables you extend testing to your instructors as part of a professional development program.

Campus license

This license caters to institutions of higher education. With the MOS 2016 Campus License, your institution can conduct testing per campus. The affordable once-a-year fee makes it easy to budget for the number of products and number of students in your program.
Because there is no per-test cost, your school can economically provide all the exams required to ensure student certification. Your costs are capped. This license also enables you to extend testing to your instructors as part of a professional development program or provide testing services to the community.

Statewide implementation license

Empower every student in your state with access to leading IT certifications. With a Statewide Implementation License, you will receive volume discounts on all of Certiport’s IT certification programs, curriculum, and practice test licenses.

Statewide agreements give all students equal access to MOS certifications. It includes free professional development for your educators.

The complete statewide package

When you invest in the Statewide Implementation License, Certiport goes all out for you. You get a dedicated project manager with ownership for overall state success and individual user experience; an in-person kickoff meeting; a weekly conference call with key stakeholders to review performance; campaigns and competitions to encourage certification outcomes; and full reporting for statewide roll-up and legislative reports, including full statewide analysis, LEA/regional reporting, district by district, and school/teacher/student.

Learn moreabout the Statewide Implementation License

How to implement MOS statewide

North Carolina has seen great success from implementing MOS statewide. They evaluated the program, ran pilots, trained instructors, and leveraged statewide buying power. Now they’re witnessing the outstanding results of their efforts.

Success Stories

Success stories

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is a global phenomenon. All around the world, in dozens of countries, people are getting certified through Certiport. Students who earn MOS certifications have been shown to earn higher GPAs, graduate at a higher rate, and get higher-paying jobs. MOS also helps educational institutions raise the bar on their performance.

But don’t take our word for it.

Check out the collection of global success stories that we have gathered which show just how impactful the MOS certification can be in transforming the lives of people who are either offering certifications or earning the credentials for themselves.

Download the Microsoft Certification Employability Evidence brochure or check out the many stories below.

Brevard Public Schools is testing 200 students per year and they are averaging an impressive 94 percent passing rate.
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Brooklyn Technical High School is helping students get the skill set they need to go into professional industry, and the Adobe Certified Associate certification is a key piece of their program.

More student and teacher stories

Becoming certified in Adobe ACA has helped me in my work for major educational projects in the city. I have certified more than 100 teachers and 600 students from different schools. My certifications have helped me to demonstrate my skills in handling the software and to improve my working conditions.
– Laura Hincapie Gil, Madellin, Columbia

As both an instructor and working artist, the training and certification has expanded my knowledge, confidence and opportunities for career advancement. It has made me a better classroom instructor and designer. In the future, I would like to set up my school as an official training center to give my students and other staff members the opportunity to become Adobe certified.
– David G. Brown, Los Angeles, California

As soon as I received my certifications, I started job hunting. Having these certifications gave me a distinct advantage and I was hired within a matter of days to work as a junior graphic designer for a well-known printing company.
– Renae Dawson, Roleystone, Australia

As a teacher of Digital Media, which includes Photoshop and Illustrator, I thought I knew all there was to know; however, when preparing for this exam I really learned so much more about the software and design techniques and realized I was not using the software to its full potential. Now that I have passed two of the exams, I have become aware that as a result of the exam prep I am able to offer my students so much more.
– Lawanta Ramsey, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Getting my ACA certification has made all the difference in my education and my career! Because I was trained early on, I was able to attend Full Sail University with confidence. I received my BS in Digital Art and Design. It was a dream come true attending that college and it wouldn’t have been possible without dedication and a natural talent that came with being trained through ACA certification. I’m currently starting my own business.
– Michael Gribbin, Post Falls, Idaho

Badging

Digital badges

Digital badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome. Representing your credential as a badge gives you the ability to share your skills online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time.

Show off your success

MOS-certified students have a lot to be proud of. Badges validate their skills and allow them to show the world what they’ve accomplished.

Word 2016
Excel 2016
PowerPoint 2016
Access 2016
Outlook 2016
Word Expert 2016
Excel Expert 2016
SharePoint 2013
OneNote 2013
MOS Master
Competitions

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® (2013 or 2016). Top students are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship. In some countries or regions, students are required to participate in a National Championship, and the winners of that event continue on to the World Championship.

In its 16th year, the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 560,000 unique candidates from 122 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. One hundred and fifty-seven student finalists participated in the final round of competition in Disneyland.

Microsoft Office has never looked this cool…

Want more info about the MOS World Championship?

Click Here for the Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship site.

Want more info about the MOS US National Championship!

Click here for the Certiport Micorsoft Office Specialist US National Championship site
Endorsements

Certiport is the sole provider of Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams officially endorsed by Microsoft.

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