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Boost your CV whilst learning new skills that will benefit your studies and working life, with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016. It’s a globally recognised IT qualification available to current students and staff at Salford University.
This is a self-taught study programme, so all the resources you need to pass your chosen MOS certification/s are available online. This allows you to practice in your own time, at your own pace.
Become certified as a specialist in one, any, or all of these applications.
Become certified as an Expert in one or both of these applications
Become certified as a Master – the highest MOS certification. To become a MOS Master 2016, you must successfully complete four exams in total:
MOS is more suited to people who have some existing knowledge of an application. The exams test you on a wide breadth of knowledge of each application, and require you to complete tasks that are a random mix of basic and intermediate levels.
Beginners can still join the MOS programme, but the learning curve will be a lot steeper. If you are new to an application, then we recommend you first use our University online training. It is not related to the MOS programme but it covers many of the topics and provides that essential linear path of learning – starting with the basics and moving towards more advanced features.
Free online training software – GMetrix - is available online for Windows devices. [Not available for Macs]
It offers practice tests in training and testing modes which simulate real MOS exams.
Microsoft approved workbooks, which map directly to exam objectives, are available on Blackboard.
The pass mark for MOS exams is 70%.
When you find that you are reaching 70-80% pass marks in the GMetrix practice tests you can consider yourself ready for the exam of your chosen application. When you are ready to take an exam, book a place on one of our exam sessions via Advantage.
Exam sessions are invigilated and take place on campus twice a month, with additional sessions scheduled nearer summer graduation. To find out when they are and to book your place, click on one of the dates below. The exam sessions are published on Advantage.
There is no charge for The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist programme. It is only available to current students and staff at Salford University.
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