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  • Question

  • I am currently considering the Microsoft Office Specialist certification for Microsoft Excel.

    At the moment, I work on MO Excel 2007. I have purchased the study guide for MO Excel 2010 and I have access to E-Learning for MO Excel 2013!

    With office 2013 and 365 being at the forefront of the present time, should I just study for the 2013 exam knowing that it will stay relevant for longer? or should I go for 2010 because I have the book? Or 2007 because it is the one I am most familiar with.

    I can't imagine the fundamentals are massively different it is just a case of making sure I know the specific questions that could crop up for the appropriate exam.

    Thanks,

    Rhys

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:13 PM

Answers

  • Hi, RhysOwen.

    My opinion - I would skip Microsoft Office (MO) Excel 2010 altogether and just go for MO Excel 2013.

    Exam Description:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-77-420.aspx

    Your certification will remain relevant longer plus you can take a break from certification for a bit longer. 

    Besides, if you were certified in Excel 2010. then you would be itching to go take on 2013 next anyway. I suppose there is some value in being certified in both Excel 2010 and Excel 2013; you would appear more experienced on your transcript.

    I just checked Amazon.com and saw that the paperback study book is only $15 ($10 for the Kindle version). The reviewers of the book passed the exam with it and were pleased. Check it out:
    http://www.amazon.com/2013-Study-Guide-Microsoft-Excel/dp/0735669201

    Excel Help:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/

    My thought: If you use the free e-learning training, work through the affordable study book, study the Excel Help for gaps in the "Skills Measured" section of the exam description, and use your experience, I believe you can't go wrong!

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:46 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • Hi, RhysOwen.

    My opinion - I would skip Microsoft Office (MO) Excel 2010 altogether and just go for MO Excel 2013.

    Exam Description:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-77-420.aspx

    Your certification will remain relevant longer plus you can take a break from certification for a bit longer. 

    Besides, if you were certified in Excel 2010. then you would be itching to go take on 2013 next anyway. I suppose there is some value in being certified in both Excel 2010 and Excel 2013; you would appear more experienced on your transcript.

    I just checked Amazon.com and saw that the paperback study book is only $15 ($10 for the Kindle version). The reviewers of the book passed the exam with it and were pleased. Check it out:
    http://www.amazon.com/2013-Study-Guide-Microsoft-Excel/dp/0735669201

    Excel Help:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/

    My thought: If you use the free e-learning training, work through the affordable study book, study the Excel Help for gaps in the "Skills Measured" section of the exam description, and use your experience, I believe you can't go wrong!

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:46 PM
    Answerer
  • Thanks Davin,

    I think I was always leaning towards that answer and just wanted to confirmation!

    Thanks Again,

    Rhys

    Friday, January 17, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Hi, RhysOwen.

    My opinion - I would skip Microsoft Office (MO) Excel 2010 altogether and just go for MO Excel 2013.

    Exam Description:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-77-420.aspx

    Your certification will remain relevant longer plus you can take a break from certification for a bit longer. 

    Besides, if you were certified in Excel 2010. then you would be itching to go take on 2013 next anyway. I suppose there is some value in being certified in both Excel 2010 and Excel 2013; you would appear more experienced on your transcript.

    I just checked Amazon.com and saw that the paperback study book is only $15 ($10 for the Kindle version). The reviewers of the book passed the exam with it and were pleased. Check it out:
    http://www.amazon.com/2013-Study-Guide-Microsoft-Excel/dp/0735669201

    Excel Help:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/

    My thought: If you use the free e-learning training, work through the affordable study book, study the Excel Help for gaps in the "Skills Measured" section of the exam description, and use your experience, I believe you can't go wrong!

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Many people are getting MOS 2010 certified, maybe because many company still run Office 2010.
    You could consider getting certified in some of the Office 2010 programs before upgrading to the MOS 2013 certification.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno MCP, MCTS, MOS, MTA

    Sunday, January 19, 2014 3:40 PM