Microsoft Office Specialist FAQs

Find out answers to some common questions about sitting the Microsoft Office Specialist exams.

Q: How long is the Microsoft Office Specialist exam?

The exams are 50 minutes each.

Q: Where do I sit the Microsoft Office Specialist exam?

You take the exams in the IT Training Unit, Level 6 E C Stoner building.

Q: What is the format of the Microsoft Office Specialist exams?

Exams are performance-based and conducted in a "live", or simulated, environment.  MOS 2010 candidates are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills.  MOS 2013 presents the candidate with a project to build, with tasks and steps that build on each other.  For more information please visit MOS 2013 demo video.

Q: In the Microsoft Office Specialist exam, can I skip a question?

In MOS 2010 exams you have the option to Reset a question if you think you have done something wrong and you can also Skip a question if you get stuck. Skipped questions will be repeated again at the end so that you have another chance to answer, however this is not the case with MOS 2013 exams.

Q: When do I find out the result of my Microsoft Office Specialist exam?

Immediately. Your score will appear on screen and you will be sent a certificate if you pass.

Q: How do I know which topics I will need to learn before taking the Microsoft Office Specialist exam?

The Microsoft Academy e-learning covers all the topics required for each exam.

In addition, once you have registered for an exam, you will have access to practice exercises and questions

Q: Is there any training available before sitting a Microsoft Office Specialist exam?

You can complete the online e-learning at your own pace in your own time

University staff can attend the appropriate classroom-based course provided by the IT Training Unit. All the courses are available to book from the IT Training Unit website. Please note classroom based courses may not be available to cover the whole MOS syllabus.

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