During the 2017–2018 academic year, SMU’s Office of Information Technology will be providing access to the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam for free to current students and benefit-eligible staff and faculty meeting the parameters of the pilot. Testing vouchers and exams may be taken on the campus through IT Training on a first-come-first-served basis as a limited number of exam vouchers are available.
Becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist
MOS includes three levels of certification:
Specialist: Become certified in one, any, or all of Microsoft's premiere office technologies.
Expert: Like grad school for two of the most in-demand technologies in the job market. Requires completion of Expert exam in Word and/or Excel.
Master: Like earning a Ph.D. in Office. To become a MOS Master, you must earn Word Expert, Excel Expert, Powerpoint, and Access or Outlook certifications.
Students can certify at all three levels. They should try to obtain the highest level possible. The market demands—and caters to—those who possess the most education and skills.
Students can digitally broadcast their accomplishments with MOS 2016 online badges. These digital badges contain verifiable data that tell employers and admission committees what the student did and why it matters. In other words, digital badges give instant credibility.
A 30 min info session will be held at the Hughes-Trigg Forum on Wednesday, October 18 at 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. This session will walk you through the process of how to get started, where to get practice exams, and what to expect on the exams. You’ll also learn how to promote your certifications on Linked In and share digital transcripts with potential employers.
For additional questions, or to schedule an information session for your department or student group please contact Laurene Klassen at 214-768-1316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of Being Certified
Microsoft Office Certification Exams are a performance-based timed exam and conducted in a "live," or simulated, environment. Candidates receive 5-7 small projects with tasks that build on each other.
- Allows Faculty to focus more on methodologies and spend less time on applications.
- Supervisors may utilize certification studies to close skill gaps.
- Prepares students for advanced level courses and increases marketability.
- 91% of hiring managers consider employee certification as a criterion for hiring
- 81% of hiring mangers feel that certified individuals perform better
- 79% of hiring managers feel that certified individuals are more efficient
- 50% more likely to be hired Full Time
Where do I begin?
Prepare for the exam by utilizing online study resources and GMetrix practice exams. GMetrix practice exams will help you prepare for the Microsoft Office certification exams. These practice exams allow you to choose between training mode, which will allow you to view hints and retry missed questions, and testing mode, which will simulate actual testing conditions.
As part of the pilot program, in order to be eligible to sit for the free Office 2016 certification exam you must first score an 800, excluding Outlook, in an application in testing mode. This must be achieved no later than 24 hours before your exam.
Take the actual certification exam at the on campus testing location. These exams will be proctored by the IT Training Team. Test candidate Exam Policies and information on Accommodation of Disabilities may be found at Certiport.com.
If you are ready to get started, submit a help desk ticket to obtain your GMetrix access code and receive information on how to schedule your exam.
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