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Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS) Information

The Microsoft Office Specialist exams provide one of the best opportunities to stand out from the average Microsoft Office user. Below are some quick facts about the various Office Exams available through Microsoft Certification program.

Short Blurb from the Microsoft Official MOS site.

“Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in a specific Office program. Holding a MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.”

MOS 2016 (each exam is 50 minutes):

  • Word – 35 Questions

  • Excel – 35 Questions

  • PowerPoint – 35 Questions

  • Word Expert – 26 Questions

  • Excel Expert – 26 Questions

  • Access – 33 Questions

  • Outlook – 35 Questions

MOS 2013 (each exam is 50 minutes):

  • Word – 38 Questions

  • Excel – 38 Questions

  • PowerPoint – 39 Questions

  • Word Expert – 37 Questions (across 2 exams)

  • Excel Expert – 27 Questions (across 2 exams)

  • Access – 34 Questions

  • Outlook – 46 Questions

  • SharePoint – 30 Questions

  • OneNote – 35 Questions

Microsoft provides these exams through a company called Certiport. Below is a fun video that announces the new Office 2016 exams and gives you a little peak into what the exam experience is for those that are planning on taking the exam(s).

Exam Interface

The MOS exams aren’t your typical multiple choice or fill in the blank type exam. When you take one of the exams you are sat at a computer where you will complete various tasks within the respective application. For example, when I took the MOS exam for Excel, I answered questions and completed tasks within an Excel environment.

For more information on the MOS exams, visit the official Microsoft Site.