Who benefits from Microsoft
Office User Specialist certification?
Microsoft Office User Specialist ("MOUS") certification
helps satisfy employers' needs for qualitative assessments of
employees' skills. Training, coupled with MOUS certification,
offers organizations of every size, the ability to enhance productivity
and efficiency by enabling their employees to unlock many advanced
and laborsaving features in Microsoft Office applications. MOUS
certification can ultimately improve the bottom line.
MOUS certification demonstrates employees' productivity and
competence in Microsoft Office applications, the most popular
business applications in the world. Achieving MOUS certification
verifies that employees have the confidence and ability to use
Microsoft Office applications in meeting and exceeding their
MOUS certification validates instructors' knowledge and skill
in using Microsoft Office applications. It serves as a valuable
credential, demonstrating their potential to teach students
these essential applications. The MOUS Authorized Instructor
program is also available to those who wish to further demonstrate
their instructional capabilities.
MOUS certification distinguishes students from their peers.
It demonstrates their efficiency in completing assignments and
projects, leaving more time for other studies. Improved confidence
toward meeting new challenges and obstacles is yet another benefit.
Achieving MOUS certification gives students the marketable skills
necessary to set them apart in the competitive job market.
The MOUS program has three basic
levels: Proficient, Expert, and Master. Proficient certification
requires passing an intermediate-level skills test on Word or
Excel. Expert certification requires passing an advanced-level
skills test on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Access. So you can
be certified as Proficient in Word or Expert in Excel. Each
of these designations is for a given product.
The Master level, on the other
hand, requires passing the Expert exam on all four core products:
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The Master level is the
highest MOUS cert you can achieve.
How hard is it?
There are test guidelines for each test, which outline the typical
skills to be tested. Here are some of the Word Proficient test
* Add bullets and numbering
* Apply character effects (superscript, subscript, strikethrough,
small caps and outline)
* Align text vertically
* Create sections with formatting that differs from other sections
* Alternate headers and footers
* Create a hyperlink
* Create and modify 3D shapes
MOUS Expert test skills:
* Use non-breaking spaces
* Create watermarks
* Format first page differently than subsequent pages
* Create master documents
* Perform calculations in a table
* Create and modify a form
* Create and modify a table of contents
How do I prepare?
The tests themselves are not your typical MCP examsno
multiple choice and no moving back and forth through the test.
The MOUS tests are run using the actual program to solve a problem.
Theyre pretty ingenious, actually. The application opens,
then the screen divides into two sections. The lower section
is the test window, which shows the task you are to carry out,
while the upper section is the application window where you
actually do the work. Once you think you have finished the task
completely and successfully, you click the OK button in the
lower window and move on to the next task.
The tests are timed, so if you
fumble around a long time on a particular question, it affects
your score. And, once you leave the task, you cant go
back. When you finish the test, your score pops up immediately
and your results are printed. Each test lasts an hour or less.