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What is Microsoft Office Specialist Certification?

A Microsoft Office Specialist designation is an administrative certification that demonstrates expertise with Microsoft Office products. You can take the test in whichever applications you work with most; exams are available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint, Outlook and OneNote for Office 2010 and 2013. You can also get an “Expert” designation in Word and Excel by taking additional, more advanced exams and an MOS “Master” certification by passing four MOS tests.

With three certification levels, the MOS credential allows individuals to validate their skills and progress toward their career goals.

Why get certified?

Verify your skills and unlock opportunity

Certifications give you a professional edge by providing globally recognized industry endorsed evidence of skills mastery, demonstrating your abilities and willingness to embrace new technologies. Verify your skills, unlock your opportunities.

Get Ahead

On average, Microsoft certified technologists earn 15% more than their uncertified peers. What’s more, certified employees are often entrusted with supervising their peers—putting you on the fast track for a promotion.

High Growth Opportunity

In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers.

IDC/Microsoft, The Business Value of IT Certification, November 2015

Get hired and be productive faster

Are there any prerequisites?

No. To take any of the exams for this administrative certification, all you need to do is register through Certiport, which oversees the Microsoft Office Specialist tests.

What are the tests like?

Certiport administers the computer-based exams in testing centers across the world. They can contain several different types of questions, from simulations to short answer to multiple-choice. Exams take about 90 minutes, and you get your score immediately.

How should I prepare?

There are numerous study guides and practice tests available for purchase online. Most are very costly and free versions are rarely in-depth. Excelsior offers free online classes to students and student families.

Microsoft Office for Free for Students!

Parents and Guardians of students can download Microsoft Office software from, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Please check out the FAQ and help section before reaching out for help with issues. Microsoft is the direct contact for issues: