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Getting Microsoft Office Specialist Certified? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've never taken any of these exams before and I see that a couple Office 2010 certification exams have popped up.

    However, it doesn't look like there's a lot of resources out there to prepare for this exam.

    Are there any suggestions on what learning materials to use? I downloaded the First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 ebook. Would this be enough?

     

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 2:05 AM

Answers

  • Hi Patrick,

    Lots of prep materials for these exams are being written as we speak. What's important to know is that every exam has prerequisites and those are meant to give an indication of what knowledge should be present. For these and other office exams a hands on working experience is required. Because of the lack of materials most people who take the exams now are doing this based on there practice skills during the last couple of months. However you will find that most exams have 'regular' questions as well and for those questions the earlier exam preps will do just fine. I mean this: for excel you know that calculations will be an essential part of the exam. So be sure to know your functions and formulas to create calculations.

    In regards to the newer features of this specific version i can't emphasize enough that the blogs of the various office team are a real treat. So go ahead and have a look at:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/excel/ and http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_office_word/

    A last pointer; for Word and Excel you'll find that there will be two exams one being Core and one being Expert. Start with the core if you've never taken one of these exams before.

    These exams are hands on based which means that you'll get Excel in front of you and you have to answer the question by performing various tasks. Don't take them lightly and prepare seriously.

    Good luck on taking an exam and keep us posted on how you are getting along.

    Maurice

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:00 AM

All replies

  • Hi Patrick,

    Lots of prep materials for these exams are being written as we speak. What's important to know is that every exam has prerequisites and those are meant to give an indication of what knowledge should be present. For these and other office exams a hands on working experience is required. Because of the lack of materials most people who take the exams now are doing this based on there practice skills during the last couple of months. However you will find that most exams have 'regular' questions as well and for those questions the earlier exam preps will do just fine. I mean this: for excel you know that calculations will be an essential part of the exam. So be sure to know your functions and formulas to create calculations.

    In regards to the newer features of this specific version i can't emphasize enough that the blogs of the various office team are a real treat. So go ahead and have a look at:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/excel/ and http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_office_word/

    A last pointer; for Word and Excel you'll find that there will be two exams one being Core and one being Expert. Start with the core if you've never taken one of these exams before.

    These exams are hands on based which means that you'll get Excel in front of you and you have to answer the question by performing various tasks. Don't take them lightly and prepare seriously.

    Good luck on taking an exam and keep us posted on how you are getting along.

    Maurice

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:00 AM
  • Thanks! I do have some hands on experience with Word 2010, but I guess I don't know what I know, if that makes sense.

    To review some of the material, I picked up Step by Step Word 2010. I wonder if this will be a good resource for me.

     

    Thanks again

    Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:58 AM
  • Hi,

    That makes sense. The problem is that you will never know what's enough ;-)

    The step by step book is a great resource for this exam.

    Maurice

    Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:47 AM
  • I am fourteen years old, and today I took the Microsoft Certification Exam and I passed all three exams which are Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. They aren't that difficult, just make sure you know how to format things and make your way around the toolbar. If you are real familiar with the toolbar, you should be fine.

     

    Friday, May 13, 2011 8:11 PM
  • Hi Christian,

    Congratulations on passing all the exams. You did well ;-)

    The fact that you do know your way around the ribbon so well makes you a good prepared user. If you also know where to find the answers in the ribbon and put them to the test makes you a good exam candidate. Will you go for the expert exams as well? They are 'harder' than the 'core' exams. Just goes to show practice makes perfect.

    Maurice


    Maurice
    Friday, May 13, 2011 10:07 PM