Microsoft Office Specialist

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016, a globally recognised IT qualification available to current students and staff, helps you boost your CV and learn new skills that will benefit your studies and working life. 

Every resource you need to pass is available online. Practice in your own time, at your own pace.

What certifications are available?

    Who is MOS aimed at?

    MOS certification requires a good knowledge of an application. The Specialist exams test for a wide breadth of knowledge and feature tasks that are a random mix of basic and intermediate skills.

    Beginners can join the MOS programme, but the learning curve will be steep. We recommend you log into LinkedIn Learning which has MS Office courses for beginners, plus MOS exam preparation courses.

    How to access the training software

    Online training - Download GMetrix - free online training software – to your Windows devices, or use on networked computers on campus [Not available for Macs]. It offers practice tests in training and testing modes which simulate real MOS exams. Details are available on registration.

    eWorkbooks - Microsoft approved workbooks, which map directly to exam objectives, are available on Blackboard.

    You're ready when...

    You've consistently scored more than:

    70%

    The pass mark for MOS exams is 70%. When you consistently achieve 70-80% pass marks in the GMetrix practice tests, you can book an exam place.

    How to book an exam place

    Book a place on one of our invigilated exam sessions below - they take place on campus twice a month, with additional sessions scheduled nearer summer graduation. Remember, you must gain 70% or more before you book a place.

  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Exams
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 6 Aug 2020, 11:00 am
      Finishes: 6 Aug 2020, 12:00 pm
      Venue: Online Certiport exam
      Remaining places: 2
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 23 July.
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 13 Aug 2020, 10:00 am
      Finishes: 13 Aug 2020, 11:00 am
      Venue: Online Certiport exam
      Remaining places: 6
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 30 July.
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 14 Aug 2020, 1:00 pm
      Finishes: 14 Aug 2020, 2:00 pm
      Venue: Online Certiport exam
      Remaining places: 10
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open now.
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 4 Sep 2020, 11:00 am
      Finishes: 4 Sep 2020, 12:00 pm
      Venue: Online Certiport exam
      Remaining places: 10
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 20 August.
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 9 Sep 2020, 3:00 pm
      Finishes: 9 Sep 2020, 4:00 pm
      Venue: Online Certiport exam
      Remaining places: 10
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 25 August.

    How much does it cost?

    This free programme is only available to current students and staff.

    How do I sign up?

    Complete the MOS registration form below.

    We will occasionally contact registered members via email to highlight MOS workshops, upcoming exam dates, or changes to the programme.

    Want to know more? Visit our Microsoft Office Specialist area on Blackboard, and find our detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), guides and workbooks, or contact studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk

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