Microsoft Office Specialist

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Each exam helps catalyze your success

MOS certification gives students a commanding competitive edge in today’s academic and professional environments.

Achieve higher levels of certification

There are three levels of certification: Specialist, Expert, and Master. Each certification level propels a student further on the path to greater achievements and advancement. Students can certify at all three levels, and should try to obtain the highest level possible. The market demands, and caters to, those who possess the most education and skills.

Becoming a Specialist is good. Becoming an Expert is better. And becoming a Master is best. “With 21st-century skills being on the forethought of every school district right now,” says Martha Roettgen, a teacher at Green Hope High School in North Carolina, “having students have the opportunity to learn word processing, publishing, spreadsheets, and databases is absolutely critical.”

  • SPECIALIST
    Become certified as a specialist in one of Microsoft’s premiere office technologies.
  • EXPERT
    Get a higher credential for two of the job market’s most in-demand technologies: Word and Excel.
  • MASTER
    Reach the highest level by passing PowerPoint, Access or Outlook, and the two Expert exams.

MOS 2016: better than ever

We made the new MOS a much more powerful instrument for assessing student skills and preparing students for real-world application.

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Word Outlook Powerpoint Excel Note Sharepoint Access

From single projects to multiple projects

By migrating from a single, large project for the certification exam to multiple, smaller projects, we’ve made the newest MOS a much more powerful instrument for assessing student skills.

Students and teachers will now be able to devote more time to practicing and mastering on the specific skills tested in each smaller project. Students can complete a smaller project, continue their studies, and complete the next project.

This improvement allows students to focus their studies and enhance the learning process. It also allows the exams to test skills more broadly and deeply.

More enhancements

We incorporated feedback from expert advisors and teachers to improve certification exams and make them stronger tools for assessment and students preparation:

  • Revised instructions to avoid command and function names, requiring a deeper understanding of program functionality
  • More objective domains incorporated across the different exam forms
  • Real-world context for exam content
  • Performance-based format for improved aptitude testing

Exam details

Exam releases (including languages)
MOSX+ = Recently Released

X = Released

“Date” = Planned Release Date

“Blank” = Unavailable/Undetermined

MOS 2016 Exams

MOS 2016 Exams Products English
Word Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Excel Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
PowerPoint Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Word Expert Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Excel Expert Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Access Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Outlook Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X

MOS 2013 Exams

MOS 2013 Exams Products English
Word Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Excel Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
PowerPoint Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Word Expert Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Excel Expert Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Access Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Outlook Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
OneNote Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
SharePonit Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X

MOS 2010 Exams

MOS 2010 Exams Products English
Word Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Excel Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
PowerPoint Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Word Expert Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Excel Expert Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Access Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Outlook Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Exam retirement

MOSMOS 2010 (2017):

  • ALL – MOS 2010 OneNote and SharePoint were retired late December 2017 in the Online Exams for Windows (LMS) delivery system. *These two exams are not available in Console 8.

MOS 2010 (2019):

  • ALL – MOS 2010 Word, Excel, Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook to be retired summer 2019 in the Console 8 delivery system.
Exam lengths

MOSMOS 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

MOS 2010 (each exam is 50 minutes):

  • Word – 40 Questions
  • Excel – 35 Questions
  • PowerPoint – 40 Questions
  • Word Expert – 28 Questions
  • Excel Expert – 29 Questions
  • Access – 34 Questions
  • Outlook – 38 Questions
Retake policies
MOS

  • If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on an exam the first time, the candidate must wait 24 hours before retaking the exam.
  • If a candidate does not achieve a passing score the second time, the candidate must wait 2 days (48 hours) before retaking the exam a third time.
  • A two-day waiting period will be imposed for each subsequent exam retake.
  • There is no annual limit on the number of attempts on the same exam.
  • If a candidate achieves a passing score on an MOS exam, the candidate may take it again.
    For specific details on the Microsoft Office Specialist exams please refer to Microsoft’s Exam Policies and FAQ.