Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification

After my first exam, I began to reap the benefits and I found the new things I'd learned were actually really useful.

Harmish Mehta, LLB, Law, UK MOS Excel Champion 2016

Why certify?

Baseline digital skills such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word are commonly required in jobs across all skill levels and have become a ticket to entry in the labour market according to this report from Burning Glass Technologies.  Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams cover a range of skills employers are looking for.

MOS certification is available to all current LSE students and staff at a discounted rate of £30 for each exam. Exams are currently only available online and come with a digital badge that contains verifiable data that tells employers and admission committees which exam you passed and what skills you have. 

We are now offering free access to exam preparation materials (GMetrix practice tests) to all current LSE staff and students. If you have access to a PC with the latest version of Office and have downloaded the latest version of GMetrix please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for a GMetrix activation code.

Get hired, demonstrate clear business impact, and advance your skills.  With the Microsoft Office Specialist certification program you can take your career to the next level.

What MOS certifications are available?

Certifications are available in the Office 2019 and Office365 versions of the following: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access.

See below for further information on each exam.

Microsoft Word Associate Exam MO-100

Technology: Word and Word 2019

This certification demonstrates competency in the correct application of the principle features  of Word by creating and editing documents for a variety of purposes and situations. The exam covers the ability to create and maintain professional-looking reports, multicolumn newsletters, CVs, and business correspondence.

Skills Measured

  • This exam measures your ability to accomplish tasks in the areas listed below:
  • Document creation and management
  • Formatting text, paragraphs and sections
  • Creating and modifying tables and lists
  • Creating and managing references
  • Inserting and formatting graphic elements
  • Manage document collaboration

Click here for a full list of skills measured in the  Microsoft Word Associate Exam MO-100 

Prerequisite Skills for this exam:

None, however previous experience with Word is recommended.

Additional online learning resources:

Official Microsoft Word for Windows Training

Cost and Registration

Exams cost £30 each, payable once you are ready to sit the exam. We are currently offering free access to exam preparation materials provided you have access to a PC with the latest version of Office and have downloaded the latest version of GMetrix. If you meet these requirements please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for a GMetrix activation code.

Booking and paying for your exam

We are currently only able to offer online exams and you will need a computer, keyboard, and a web connection. You can check out the technical requirements here.

We recommend that you achieve a minimum of 80% on all of the timed GMetrix practice tests before you sit your exam. Once you are ready, please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk and we will let you know what dates are available. We will also send you a link to pay for your exam voucher which is £30 per exam. Please note all purchases are non-refundable.

You will get your results as soon as you complete your exam and will need to achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. See FAQs for more information.  

Microsoft Word Expert Exam MO-101

Technology: Word and Word 2019

This certification demonstrated competency in creating and managing professional documents for a variety of specialized purposes and situations. The exam covers the ability to customize Word environments to meet project needs, and to enhance productivity. Examples of expert-level documents include a business plan, a research paper, a book, a specialized brochure, and a mass mailing. Candidate roles may include editors, project managers, business information workers, educators, and others.

Skills Measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish tasks in the areas listed below:

  • Manage document options and settings
  • Use advanced editing and formatting features
  • Create custom document elements
  • Use advanced Word features

Click here for a full list of skills measured in the  Microsoft Word Expert Exam MO-101 

Prerequisite Skills for this exam:

None, however experience with the advanced features of Word is strongly recommended.

Additional online learning resources:

Official Microsoft Word for Windows Training 

Cost and Registration

Exams cost £30 each, payable once you are ready to sit the exam. We are currently offering free access to exam preparation materials provided you have access to a PC with the latest version of Office and have downloaded the latest version of GMetrix. If you meet these requirements please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for a GMetrix activation code.

Booking and paying for your exam

We are currently only able to offer online exams and you will need a computer, keyboard, and a web connection. You can check out the technical requirements here.

We recommend that you achieve a minimum of 80% on all of the timed GMetrix practice tests before you sit your exam. Once you are ready, please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk and we will let you know what dates are available. We will also send you a link to pay for your exam voucher which is £30 per exam. Please note all purchases are non-refundable.

You will get your results as soon as you complete your exam and will need to achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. See FAQs for more information.  

Microsoft Excel Associate Exam MO-200

Technology: Excel and Excel 2019

This certification demonstrates competency in the fundamentals of creating and managing worksheets and workbooks, creating cells and ranges, creating tables, applying formulas and functions and creating charts and objects. The exam covers the ability to create and edit a workbook with multiple sheets, and use a graphic element to represent data visually. Workbook examples include professional-looking budgets, financial statements, team performance charts, sales invoices, and data entry logs.

Skills Measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish tasks in the areas listed below:

  • Create and manage worksheets and workbooks
  • Manage data cells and ranges
  • Manage tables and table data
  • Perform operations by using formulas and functions
  • Create, modify and format charts

Click here for a full list of skills measured in the  Microsoft Excel Associate Exam MO-200 

Prerequisite Skills for this exam:

None, however previous experience with Excel is recommended.

Additional online learning resources:  

Official Microsoft Excel for Windows training 

Cost and Registration

Exams cost £30 each, payable once you are ready to sit the exam. We are currently offering free access to exam preparation materials provided you have access to a PC with the latest version of Office and have downloaded the latest version of GMetrix. If you meet these requirements please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for a GMetrix activation code.

Booking and paying for your exam

We are currently only able to offer online exams and you will need a computer, keyboard, and a web connection. You can check out the technical requirements here.

We recommend that you achieve a minimum of 80% on all of the timed GMetrix practice tests before you sit your exam. Once you are ready, please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk and we will let you know what dates are available. We will also send you a link to pay for your exam voucher which is £30 per exam. Please note all purchases are non-refundable.

You will get your results as soon as you complete your exam and will need to achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. See FAQs for more information.  

Microsoft Excel Expert Exam MO-201

Technology: Excel and Excel 2019 

This certification demonstrated competency in creating, managing and distributing professional spreadsheets for a variety of specialized purposes and situations. The exam covers the ability to customize Excel environments to meet project needs and to enhance productivity. Expert workbook examples include custom business templates, multiple-axis financial charts, amortization tables, and inventory schedules. Candidate roles may include accountants, financial analysts, data analysts, commercial bankers, and others. 

Skills Measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish tasks in the areas listed below:

  • Manage workbook options and settings
  • Manage and format data
  • Create advanced formulas and macros
  • Manage advanced charts and tables

Click here for a full list of skills measured in the  Microsoft Excel Expert Exam MO-201  

Prerequisite Skills for this exam:

None, however experience with advanced Excel features is strongly recommended. 

Additional online learning resources:  

Official Microsoft Excel for Windows training 

Cost and Registration

Exams cost £30 each, payable once you are ready to sit the exam. We are currently offering free access to exam preparation materials provided you have access to a PC with the latest version of Office and have downloaded the latest version of GMetrix. If you meet these requirements please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for a GMetrix activation code. 

Booking and paying for your exam

We are currently only able to offer online exams and you will need a computer, keyboard, and a web connection. You can check out the technical requirements here.

We recommend that you achieve a minimum of 80% on all of the timed GMetrix practice tests before you sit your exam. Once you are ready, please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk and we will let you know what dates are available. We will also send you a link to pay for your exam voucher which is £30 per exam. Please note all purchases are non-refundable.

You will get your results as soon as you complete your exam and will need to achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. See FAQs for more information.  

Microsoft PowerPoint Associate Exam MO-300

Technology: PowerPoint and PowerPoint 2019 

This certification demonstrates competency in the fundamentals to create, edit and enhance presentations and slideshows. The exam covers the ability to create and manage presentations, insert and format shapes and slides, create slide content, apply transitions and animations, and manage multiple presentations. Presentation examples include professional-grade sales presentations, employee training, instructional materials, and kiosk slideshows. 

Skills Measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish tasks in the areas listed below:

  • Create and manage presentations
  • Insert and format text, shapes and images
  • Insert tables, charts, SmartArt, and media
  • Apply transitions and animations
  • Manage multiple presentations 

Click here for a full list of skills measured in the  Microsoft PowerPoint Associate Exam MO-300  

Prerequisite Skills for this exam:

None, however previous experience with PowerPoint is recommended. 

Additional online learning resources:  

Official Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows training 

Cost and Registration

Exams cost £30 each, payable once you are ready to sit the exam. We are currently offering free access to exam preparation materials provided you have access to a PC with the latest version of Office and have downloaded the latest version of GMetrix. If you meet these requirements please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for a GMetrix activation code. 

Booking and paying for your exam

We are currently only able to offer online exams and you will need a computer, keyboard, and a web connection. You can check out the technical requirements here.

We recommend that you achieve a minimum of 80% on all of the timed GMetrix practice tests before you sit your exam. Once you are ready, please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk and we will let you know what dates are available. We will also send you a link to pay for your exam voucher which is £30 per exam. Please note all purchases are non-refundable.

You will get your results as soon as you complete your exam and will need to achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. See FAQs for more information.  

Microsoft Access Expert Exam MO-500

Technology: Access and Access 2019 

This certification demonstrated competency in database design principles. The exam covers the ability to create and maintain Access database objects, including tables, relationships, data entry forms, multilevel reports, and multi-table queries. 

Skills Measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish tasks in the areas listed below:

  • Manage databases
  • Create and modify tables
  • Create and modify queries
  • Modify forms in layout view
  • Modify reports in layout view 

Click here for a full list of skills measured in the  Microsoft Access Expert Exam MO-500  

Prerequisite Skills for this exam:

Understanding of database structures, and experience of using Access or a similar database. 

Additional online learning resources:  

Official Microsoft Access for Windows training 

Cost and Registration

Exams cost £30 each, payable once you are ready to sit the exam. We are currently offering free access to exam preparation materials provided you have access to a PC with the latest version of Office and have downloaded the latest version of GMetrix. If you meet these requirements please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for a GMetrix activation code. 

Booking and paying for your exam

We are currently only able to offer online exams and you will need a computer, keyboard, and a web connection. You can check out the technical requirements here.

We recommend that you achieve a minimum of 80% on all of the timed GMetrix practice tests before you sit your exam. Once you are ready, please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk and we will let you know what dates are available. We will also send you a link to pay for your exam voucher which is £30 per exam. Please note all purchases are non-refundable.

You will get your results as soon as you complete your exam and will need to achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. See FAQs for more information.  

FAQs

Who is MOS aimed at?

Which certification will help me most?

What level should I start at?

How much time does it take to complete a certification?

Which version of Office should I study?

How can I study for MOS if I only have access to a Mac?

How long is the exam?

How do I book an exam?

Can I sit the exam remotely?

What do I need to pass my exam?

When will I know if I passed my exam?

What do I do if I fail my exam?

What disability accommodations are available?

Do you offer assistance to those receiving financial support?

My department has agreed to fund me, how can I register?


 

Who is MOS aimed at?

MOS is aimed at people who have existing knowledge of an application and wish to validate their skills. The exams test you on a wide breadth of knowledge of each application, and require you to complete tasks that are a random mix of basic and intermediate levels.

Beginners can still join the MOS programme, but the learning curve will be steeper. If you are new to an application it will take  longer and require  more commitment.

Which certification will help me most?

We recommend that you start with an application that you already have knowledge of. Most employers expect skills in Excel, Word and PowerPoint and we recommend these as a starting point.

What level should I start at?

There are no pre-requisites for any of the exams and you can start at any level you wish. Excel Expert is the most difficult of all the exams and we recommend everyone sit the Excel Associate exam first.

How much time does it take to complete a certification?

Microsoft states that estimates that an individual that each MOS exam requires approximately 40 hours of preparation.  Even if you are already a confident user of your chosen product, you will still need to do some prep. We recommend the following as a minimum:

  • Take all of the practice exams and skills reviews in GMetrix training mode at least once

  • Achieve over 80% on each of the timed practice exams in GMetrix. Each test has an allocated time of 50 minutes.

Which version of Office can I study?

We are currently only offering exams in Office 365/Office 2019 which is available free to download with your Office 365 account.

We no longer offer exams in Office 2016, 2013 or 2010.

How can I study for MOS if I only have access to a Mac?

As campus is closed we are unable to currently provide access to public computers that have GMetrix SMS and Office 365 installed on them.

How long is the exam?

Each exam lasts 50 minutes and you will need to be online at least 5 minutes before the exam start or you may not be able to complete the exam.

How do I book an exam?

To book your exam please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk. Exams are only available online and subject to availability. We need at least one week notice to book a slot but cannot guarantee your preferred time. We strongly recommend that you create a study plan and book an exam slot as far in advance as possible.We will also send you information on how to purchase an exam voucher.

Can I sit the exam remotely?

Exams are currently only available online until further notice and subject to the following technical requirements:

  • Laptop or desktop with Windows 10 or Mac OSX Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13, or Sierra 10.12

  • Chromebooks: we recommend having the most current OS

  • Keyboard and mouse

  • Recommended minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 800

  • The preferred internet browser is Chrome. Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari are also acceptable

  • A bandwidth download speed of at least 5Mbps*

  • Tablets & phones are prohibited

*Important: Before using ‘Certiport Exams from Home’, we strongly encourage all users to test their bandwidth to verify it is adequate and ensure the session will not be interrupted. A reputable third-party site you may use is www.speedtest.net. Ensure other members of your household are offline during the bandwidth test and during your actual exam session.

What do I need to pass my exam?

Exams are marked out of 1000 points and you need to achieve 700 or higher to pass.

When will I know if I passed my exam?

When you complete your exam and submit it for marking you will be notified immediately whether you passed or failed.

What do I do if I fail my exam?

If you wish to re-sit your exam you will need to wait a minimum of 24 hours. Email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk to book a new date. You will also need to purchase a re-sit exam at £10 from the eshop.

What disability accommodations are available?

Microsoft is dedicated to ensuring our exams are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. For a list of available accommodations, please visit the Accommodation page.

Do you offer assistance to those receiving financial support?

We do offer assistance to those receiving financial support. Please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for more information.

My department has agreed to fund me, how can I register?

We can invoice your department directly. Please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for further details.

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