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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Program provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through our new project-based testing. These exams include multiple, small projects within Microsoft Office. Students and professionals will be tested on one project at a time. These small projects will test their skills as they would in the real world and validate their understanding of the Microsoft Office program functionality. This guarantees that every certified user has demonstrated the ability to operate the full features and gives students a commanding competitive edge in today’s academic and professional environments.

  • In academia, MOS promotes success in the classroom for students (and instructors), builds individual distinction, and prepares students for an increasingly competitive workforce
  • For business, MOS maximizes office productivity and efficiency for the organization and increases job satisfaction and heightens career achievement among employees
  • In workforce development, MOS prepares and places job candidates, ensuring they possess the skills employers require

MOS is the world's most recognized IT worker certification program with more than one million certification exams per year.



Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019 exams now include new Office features such as:

  • 3D models
  • Morph Animations
  • Slide Zoom
  • New Excel Functions
  • Ink

Also, the Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019 exams have been mapped to one set of revised objective domains to reflect the skills required in today’s modern workplace. So, students will be tested on the same exam no matter which Office application is being used.

The Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019 certifications that are available are Word Associate, Excel Associate, PowerPoint Associate, Outlook Associate, Access Expert, Word Expert & Excel Expert.


MOS 2016

MOS 2016 incorporated feedback from expert advisors and teachers to improve the certification exams and make them stronger tools for assessment and student preparation:

  • Revised instructions to avoid command and function names, requiring a deeper understanding of program functionality
  • More objective domains incorporated across the different exam forms
  • Real-world context for exam content
  • Performance-based format for improved aptitude testing

The Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 certification exams that are available are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Word Expert and Excel Expert.


MOS 2013

MOS 2013 provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge, giving students and professionals real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office.

The Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 certification exams that are available are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, OneNote, Access, Word Expert (Part 1 & 2) and Excel Expert (Part 1 & 2).



The Microsoft® Office Specialist Program for Microsoft® 365 Apps and Office 2019 now has multiple levels: Associate and Expert.

Students still earn a certification for each exam they pass, however if a student earns any three of the four available associate certifications they will become a Microsoft® Office Specialist - Associate and earn an additional certification for their accomplishment.

If students would like to advance even further and earn their Associate Certification and any two of the three available expert certifications they will become a Microsoft® Office Specialist - Expert and achieve the highest certification within the Microsoft® Office Specialist Program.



Pass any three of the following MOS exams:

Excel Associate

Word Associate

Outlook Associate

PowerPoint Associate



Pass any two of the following MOS exams:

Access Expert

Word Expert

Excel Expert

In addition to:

Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate



  • Available for Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019, Office 2016 and Office 2013
  • Number of Questions: Between 25 and 46 Total (depending on exam)
  • Question Types: Project-based testing
  • Duration: Each exam is 50 minutes"



Students can digitally broadcast their accomplishments with Microsoft Office Specialist online badges. These digital badges contain verifiable data that tell employers and admission committees what the student did and why it matters. In other words, digital badges give instant credibility.