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:
- 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.
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.
As campus is closed we are unable to currently provide access to public computers that have GMetrix SMS and Office 365 installed on them.
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.
Online exams are currently only available between 2 to 30 June 2020 and are 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. To book your exam please email email@example.com and we let you know what dates are available. We will also send you information on how to purchase an exam voucher.
Exams are currently only available online from 2 to 20 June 2020 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We can invoice your department directly. Please email email@example.com for further details.