Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification

Study for MOS with Office 365 - available free to download from your Office 365 account.

Validate your skills and boost your CV with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. MOS is a globally recognised industry standard qualification available to current LSE students and staff at a discounted rate.

All the resources you need to pass your chosen MOS certification(s) are available online, allowing you to practice at your own pace, in your own time.

Why certify?

IT certifications are more relevant now than ever before in an increasingly competitive job market. It is no longer good enough to turn up to an interview and tell the panel that you are completely confident at using Excel and Word - you need to prove what you know. MOS certification is an excellent way of providing evidence of your Microsoft Office skills, ensuring you stand out in a competitive market place.  

For more details about MOS, please see below:

What MOS certifications are available?

Microsoft Office Certifications for Office 365 and Office 2019

Certifications are now being offered in the latest version of Office at two levels: Associate and Expert.

Associate Exams:

Expert Exams:

Who is eligible for MOS?

LSE can only provide certification to current LSE students and staff with a valid LSE email address. 

How does it work?

All study material is available on the GMetrix Skills Management System (SMS) that you will use to:

  • Analyse your skill level
  • Identify areas for improvement
  • Learn everything you need to pass the MOS exam

Depending on which exam you are studying for, there will be a number of practice exams and a number of skills tests to help you prepare.  For more information about GMetrix see the Quick Start guide.

Once you have achieved over 80% on the practice exams in testing mode you should be ready to sit the exam. Exams are booked on demand with a minimum of one week’s notice and will run throughout the year.

At the time of booking your exam we will send you a link to the eshop where you can purchase an exam voucher.

What equipment do I need to study?

If you do not have a PC that meets the requirements or are a Mac user, you can use the Windows 10 PCs in the Library to study.

How much does it cost?

MOS certification is available to all LSE students and staff at a reduced cost of £40 for the first certification and £30 for all subsequent certifications.

This cost includes the fee for one exam sitting and access to GMetrix study material for each certification. 

We also offer an exam bundle which gives you 2 exam vouchers for £65, a savings of £5, and an exam 4-pack at £120 which will save you £10.

If you are a student receiving financial aid, please contact digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk as we may be able to offer assistance.

If you are a member of staff, you may wish to ask your department to fund your study.

How do I register?

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 an activation code.

If you do not have the equipment required you can study using the Windows 10 machines in the Library. Please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk for an activation code and further instructions. 

In either case, if you are planning on sitting the Excel, Word or PowerPoint exam, we strongly recommend that you attend our IT Practical workshops which will also help you prepare. 

Please note:

  • MOS Certification is only available to current LSE students and staff and all purchases are non-refundable. 
  • Payment for exam vouchers are due before sitting exams. All exams vouchers are valid for one year from the purchase date.
  • If you are under 18, please contact digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk before you purchase an exam pack as you will need to submit a completed parental consent form

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:

  • 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.

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?

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.

How long is the exam?

Each exam lasts 50 minutes, however you should show up 10 minutes before your exam start-time.

How do I book an exam?

When you are ready to sit the formal exam you please let us know by emailing digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk 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.

Can I sit the exam remotely?

Exams take place on campus and are currently unavailable anywhere else.

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. 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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