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Microsoft Office Specialist

Certification in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access

Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification available to staff, students and alumni of York St John University.

What is Microsoft Office Specialist?

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is recognised world-wide as demonstrating the skills needed to get the most out of Office 365 and Office 2019 applications.

They demonstrate a very good understanding of the workings of Office software such as Word or Excel. The GMetrix software allows you to work towards taking MOS tests at your own pace. This service is free to staff and students. For more information on individuals with disabilities please contact us for further information.

Come and chat about MOS at our drop-in sessions Tuesday and Thursday during term-time from 12:30 to 13:00 on the ground floor of the York Fountains Learning Centre or contact us 

Book for a MOS Test 

MOS exams available

There are seven individual exams to take separately in any order when you are ready. Passing an exam will award a digital badge validated by Microsoft which can be displayed on services such as LinkedIn.

Microsoft Office Specialist - Associate

Passing any three exams at the associate level credits the student as a Microsoft Office Specialist - Associate

  • Excel Associate
  • Word Associate
  • Outlook Associate
  • PowerPoint Associate

Microsoft Office Specialist- Expert

Passing the Microsoft Office Specialist - Associate and any two exams at Expert level gives the highest level of certification available Microsoft Office Specialist- Expert

  • Access Expert
  • Word Expert
  • Excel Expert

More information on MOS

See a video Introducing MOS

Details of the MOS programme from Examiners Certiport

Objectives covered by each eam are linked on the right panel from Certiport MOS exam objectives

LinkedIn Learning Video Courses for MOS 2019

Sign up for MOS

Signing up for MOS practise, support and certification is free to students and staff.

Contact Digital Training to receive an access code to unlock GMetrix practice tests in all Microsoft applications. Please do not share codes with anyone else.

Practice with the GMetrix software

Gmetrix offers practice tests in the same format as the real tests with training mode to offer a solution. There are also additonal question sets to broaden your knowledge.

You will need to create a Gmetrix account which can be used wherever you use the software. You will create your own user name and password and these are not directly linked to your YSJ account. Note that GMetrix is not available for MOS on Apple computers.

Your account is activated via the access code that you get from Digital Training 

Practice MOS on campus

The GMetrix software is available via the AppsAnywhere Software page on open access PCs and staff computers.

Practice MOS on your own device

Practise requires GMetrix software and account as well as the relevant Microsoft Office Application e.g. Word 2019.

Practice for MOS is only available on PC

The GMetrix software is PC only for MOS and can be freely downloaded from  

For students and staff Office 2019 is available via using your full University email address.

Take a MOS test

Tests can be taken in any order and you can book tests as soon as you are ready. Tests are taken at the York Fountains Learning Centre. Bookings should be made with Digital Training and one of the team will Proctor the exam.

The first time you take a test, a Certiport account will need to be set up but you will be led through this process.

The final exams are timed (typically 50 minutes) with a score of 70% required to pass. A result is given to you immediately after the exam. Re-sits cannot be undertaken within 24 hours.

Book for a MOS Test 

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