Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Training
What is MOS Certification?
CertiPort in conjunction with Microsoft® has designed a hands-on computerized certification exam that tests users on real-world examples based on tasks routinely performed by end-users. Microsoft Office users may sit for the internationally recognized MOS exams for the following Microsoft Office products—Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook—at the Core and/or Expert levels.
Because the Microsoft Office suite is used by the majority of businesses and educational institutions, MOS certification helps to ensure that current and future employees possess the required skills needed to complete routine tasks utilizing the software. The exams simply validate the user’s high degree of understanding and proficiency with the software.
What Does MOS Certification Involve?
Upon completion of one or more of the computer application courses, users may select one of the five software applications and register to take one or more exams at an authorized testing center.
MOS exams are timed and have a maximum time limit of either 45 minutes or 1 hour, depending upon the exam.
The MOS testing software runs with Microsoft Office and has the user perform tasks on real documents in the actual application. Users move through the exam questions at their own pace, while keeping in mind the time limits. The idea is to complete all questions within the time limit.
At the end of the exam, the software generates a report showing if he/she has achieved a passing score. If a passing score is obtained, a certificate is mailed to the user’s address within 2-3 weeks.
Exams may be taken in any order. There is no limit to the number of times a test may be taken; however, the user must pay the testing fee each time a test is taken.
What Courses Can I Take to Assist with MOS Certification?
You will receive 3 credit hours for each computer application class completed with a passing grade. Courses that will help you prepare for the MOS examinations include:
CAS 121 – Computer Applications
CAS 130 – Word Processing Applications-MS Word
CAS 140 – Spreadsheet Applications-MS Excel
CAS 150 – Database Applications-MS Access
CAS 160 – Presentation & Email-MS PowerPoint and MS Outlook
Why Obtain MOS Certification Preparation from LLCC?
- LLCC instructors are able to provide real-life examples about the software and the testing experience.
- LLCC computer application classes use official MOS-approved courseware and practice software.
- MOS preparatory courses utilize the latest Microsoft Office suite to help you improve your computer application skills.
- LLCC computer application courses offer students credit toward both degree and certificate programs, as well as providing skills that are included on the MOS exams.
- LLCC has a history of students who have successfully completed MOS exams. Additionally, we used to have our own LLCC MOUS Academy.
- LLCC is committed to helping students achieve success in the workplace.
When and How Can I Enroll and Complete a MOS Course?
- You can enroll at the start of each 16-week semester to ensure space in your online course by visiting or calling any LLCC location.
LLCC Application Courses
Each course includes a review of the main features of each application, with plenty of:
- Hands-on application using the software
- Reinforcement exercises
- Live in the application training with examples similar to those found on the MOS exam
Class assignments, projects, discussions, quizzes, and/or tests are provided in either the college’s learning management system, Blackboard, or publisher provided software used in the class. Your instructor will grade your assignments and answer your questions. Additionally, you can visit the CFC to have CFC staff, who are also instructors, assist you.
Financial aid may be available for qualifying students. You may be eligible for financial aid to help you your college costs. Because the aid application process takes several weeks, you should apply as early as possible. Additionally, there are certain enrollment dates and class participation guidelines that must be met in order to receive financial aid. Forms and information are available in the Financial Aid Office in Menard Hall, or by calling 217.786.2237.
For more information on Microsoft® Office Specialist certification, please visit the Certiport website.
For additional information on the CAS applications courses please contact Mrs. Christie Hovey at firstname.lastname@example.org (office phone 217.786.4943).
LLCC and the computer application instructors do not guarantee your success in passing the MOS exams. Rather, LLCC and the computer application instructors provide learning opportunities using instructional materials approved by Microsoft® and Certiport for the MOS exams.