Microsoft Office Specialist

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Boost your CV and learn new IT skills that will benefit your studies and working life with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), a globally recognised IT qualification available for free to current students and staff.

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.

For help with accessing LinkedIn Learning watch our video, How to access LinkedIn Learning at Salford University.

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 currently take place online at least 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: 9 Dec 2020, 4:00 pm
      Finishes: 9 Dec 2020, 5:00 pm
      Venue: MOS Exam - Certiport exam provider
      Remaining places: 3
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. When booking you MUST have registered on the MOS programme AND scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 25 November.
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 17 Dec 2020, 10:00 am
      Finishes: 17 Dec 2020, 11:00 am
      Venue: MOS Exam - Certiport exam provider
      Remaining places: 5
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. When booking you MUST have registered on the MOS programme AND scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 2 December.

    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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