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Microsoft Office Specialist

What is Microsoft® Office Specialists ?

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is a valuable credential that recognizes the desktop computing skills needed to use the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office suite. In the worldwide job market, Microsoft Office Specialist is the primary tool companies use to validate the proficiency of their employees in the latest productivity tools and technology, helping them select job candidates based on globally recognized standards for verifying skills. The results of an independent research study show that businesses with certified employees are more productive compared to non-certified employees and that certified employees bring immediate value to their jobs.

In academia, certification can be effectively used to demonstrate increases in academic preparedness and workforce readiness.

Individuals seek certification to increase their own personal sense of accomplishment and to create advancement opportunities by establishing a leadership position in their school or department, thereby differentiating their skill sets in a competitive college admissions and job market.

MOS Series exams are proctored exams, and must be taken at a Microsoft Certified Exam Provider, like at IU Southeast.

Benefits of MOS

For employment seekers:

  • Differentiates and helps job candidates get hired. Research shows not only do Microsoft Office Specialists find work faster, they also earn up to 12% more than individuals who are not certified
  • Provides a firm measure that validates Microsoft Office training
  • Gives credibility and substance to work skills

For those focused on career advancement:

  • Increases salary potential. Research shows 82% of certified Microsoft Office Specialists report a salary increase after certification
  • Sets company advancers apart as a desktop computing experts in their organizations
  • Provides career opportunities. 88% of managers report Microsoft Office certification gives employees an advantage in hiring and promotion, which means greater earning power, respect, and recognition

For students:

  • Provide a professional credential recognized around the world
  • Help earn cost-effective college credit
  • Demonstrate computing efficiency essential in the workplace

How can I take the test at IU Southeast?

The testing services are available by appointment only (usually can be scheduled during the Fall and Spring semesters; August – June). Each exam takes about an hour to complete.

Each MOS exam costs $95 and comes with a free retake if you don't pass it the first time. If you already have the exam voucher, there will be a $20 proctor fee (no proctor fee if the test center provides the voucher). For additional information, please see Certiport’s Voucher and Retake Voucher Policies. The payment is due on the day of the test (cash or check payable to IU Southeast).

The exam will be administered at Indiana University (IU) Southeast campus in Hillside Hall Room 56. In case you're not familiar with the IU Southeast campus, please see the campus map. $2 Visitor parking permit can also be purchased at the Visitor Parking Permit Dispenser.

Please note that IU Southeast is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC) and can administer many other exams from Certiport including:

  • Adobe Certified Associate
  • Adobe Certified Expert
  • Autodesk Certified User
  • Certiprep for Microsoft Office Certifications
  • IC3
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Microsoft Certified Educator
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Microsoft Technology Associate

Please contact the test center for additional information about available exams and cost.

How Should I Prepare for the test?

Contact Information

Ranida Harris
School of Business

Hillside Hall
Room 056

Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

Phone: (812) 941-2324
Email: rbharris@ius.edu

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