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.
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.
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.
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:
- Taken all of the practice exams and skills reviews in GMetrix training mode at least once
- Achieved over 80% on each of the timed practice exams in GMetrix. Each test has an allocated time of 50 minutes.
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.
If you only have access to a Mac you can use the Windows 10 machines in the Library that have GMetrix SMS and Office 365 installed on them.
Each exam lasts 50 minutes, however you should show up 10 minutes before your exam start-time.
When you are ready to sit the formal exam you please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will schedule a time and date at a mutually agreeable time. We require a minimum of one week’s notice to schedule an exam. We will also send you information on how to purchase an exam voucher.
Exams take place on campus and are currently unavailable anywhere else.
Exams are marked out of 1000 points and you need to achieve 700 or higher to pass.
When you complete your exam and submit it for marking you will be notified immediately whether you passed or failed.
If you wish to re-sit your exam you will need to wait a minimum of 24 hours. You will also need to purchase a re-sit exam at £10 from the eshop.
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.
We do offer assistance to those receiving financial support. Please email email@example.com for more information.
We can invoice your department directly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.