MCAS or MOS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am completely new to Microsoft certification programs and you could actually say new to Microsoft as a whole.  I recently just finished an excel 2007 class at a community college and find it so useful and really fun.  I want to get a certification and have a few questions I hope someone can help me with...

    1.  When I looked at the Microsoft certification site it lists all the exams that you have to take under the MOS for example there's excel, word, access...do you have to take all 5 exams to get the MOS certification? or can you just take one and be a certified MOS in excel.

    2.  Does MOS have 2007 versions?

    3.  Is each individual exam 125 dollars?  or is the MOS certification 125 dollars for all 5 exams?

    4.  What is the difference between MOS and MCAS?

    5.  Is one more valued than another in the eyes of employers?

    6.  If I'm in the finance industry: financial analysis or accounting, which one would you recommend...MOS or MCAS?

    Thanks for taking the time to read through my laundry list of questions!
    Saturday, July 19, 2008 3:31 AM


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  • Anna-

    I am not the Office Specialist but I will try to answer what I can :) 

    1) If you wanted to get a MOS certification in Excel you would take one exam, you can find more information here:

    2) There is no MOS for 2007, those versions come under the MCAS, for example Excel 2007 can be found here:

    3) Each exam is $125

    4) MCAS covers the Office 2007 versions while MOS covers Microsoft Office 2003, Office XP, and Office 2000

    5) It would depend on the version the employer uses.

    6) Again it would depend on the version you are using at your place of employment.  I would tend to be forward looking if you are going to spend time and money on preparing and taking the cert so I would look to the MCAS.

    Hope that helps.


    • Proposed as answer by Darril Saturday, July 19, 2008 8:51 PM
    • Marked as answer by Michael D. Alligood Sunday, July 20, 2008 10:15 PM
    Saturday, July 19, 2008 4:03 AM
  • That was so useful!  Thanks so much for your help!

    Wednesday, July 23, 2008 1:33 AM
  • Glad I could help!  Good luck if you decide to pursue your certification.


    Wednesday, July 23, 2008 2:19 AM
  • Hi all, just joined this forum so just looking around & found this on MCAS.  I have just finished sorting out my works business case for me to do the MS MCAS course with Seek Learning.  My question is what is the MCAS certification equivilent to for example 1 or 2 A levels, a diploma, get what I mean.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, May 29, 2009 4:35 AM
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:50 PM
  • The MCAS credential validates the skills that individuals and organizations depend on. Candidates who successfully complete the program by passing a certification exam prove that they meet globally recognized performance standards and are able to work productively and efficiently.

    MCAS is neither equivilent to a degree nor a diploma. This is a well structured certification program offered by Microsoft. This is more like a standard. In some cases this certification is much more valuable than a diploma. It truely depends what you plan to do with it.

    There are two levels of Certifications MCAS and MCAP.

    Learn more about MCAS certification
    Learn more about MCAP certification

    Hope this is helpful.
    Rubel Khan
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, May 29, 2009 4:43 AM
    Friday, May 29, 2009 4:43 AM
  • Is the MCAS Certification equivelent to a MOS Expert Exam?

    For example, I can become Excel 2003 Expert certified but I cannot become an expert in the MCAS certifications.

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:27 PM
  • Hi, I was wondering if there an upgrade exam whereby you can upgrade your MOS certification to MCAS Certification?

    • Proposed as answer by Tombatrader Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:07 PM
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:04 PM
  • I doubt it.  But you can call Microsoft at 800-642-7676 or 800-936-5700.
    Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:09 PM
  • I've taken three MCAS exams within the last month and have heard from many people who have taken both the MOS Expert and MCAS exams so I'll give their feedback.  First the exams itself are different.  The older MOS exam is not a simulated exam (ie. you perform the task using Excel etc) so this changes how you view how hard a test really is.  Now I've been told by nearly everybody who has taken both that the MCAS overall is a harder exam compared to the MOS Expert exams.  Just keep in mind that as long as you study and really learn the material covered in the exam (you cannot memorize it and do well for the most part) you should have no problems.  If you do this time if anything will be your enemy.

    I've passed MCAS exams listed below.

    Office 2007 Word.
    Office 2007 Excel.
    Office 2007 PowerPoint.

    The next exam I'm working towards is Office 2007 Outlook and if I pass this exam I will become a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Master.
    Friday, March 12, 2010 9:01 PM
  • Well, I am certified in excel 2007, and I loved learning about something I am going to use... I just got certified today! and I'm going back for seconds on access, and word.

    1. No you don't have to pass all to become MOS certified, just what you think you'll need, I'm going to take Access, Excel I did and Word, Thats good enough for me...

    2. Yes, they do, centers are in limited areas though

    3. I didn't pay anything for my test, It was free and unlimited where I go to, I consider myself grateful

    4. MOS and MCAS, I can't really say though I am an MCAS, in Excel...MOS, I think so if it stands for Microsoft Office Specialist? You would have to ask an employee…


    5. I don’t think so, but if you get them all or Access and Excel which are difficult, then the value increases… they aren’t so much weighed but its great if you have one!


    6. MCAS, because it’s general, no matter if you did office or OS, MOS or MOUS, I think is integrating into MCAS because Microsoft Office is a Microsoft App.

    I hope you understand?

    Thursday, March 18, 2010 10:22 PM
  • I am certified in Excel 2007, and I thought it was going to be 77 questions, 1-2-3 hour time limit. I was shocked to see that it was only 17 questions on a 50 minute limit, I took the exam from Certiport. I didn't have to pay for an exam since, it was free and unlimited at the school I go to, My instructor is my teacher for the courses. I'm going to take access 2007 tommorrow night! I consider myself grateful and I don't want to waste this $100 opprunitity!
    • Proposed as answer by hIBIScus_8_85 Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:17 PM
    Thursday, March 18, 2010 10:27 PM
  • Dear JA11,

    I am really interested in giving Excel MCAS certification exam and have some questions:

    1) How should I prepare for it.

    2) I am pretty good in Excel and want to learn more and more, my Aim is to be a Certified excel trainer. Will MCAS certification help me in this.

    3) I am from accounting back ground so little knowledge aout access.

    4) What is the second step after getting MCAS certificate to become a trainer and what can I do to help me get it.



    Saturday, May 8, 2010 3:33 PM
  • 1. Well You can get the books, which are from Microsoft themselves on using Excel 2007...Buy Indemand Training Solutions for Office 2007, its what I used, simulates the real exam.

    2. Yes by having the MCAS Certification, you have applied yourself through extensive training that you know a thing or two not just about excel, but other spreadsheet applications as well… you can get college credit and sign up as an instructor through Microsoft Business, you’ll get a link once you pass the exam, I took mine from certiport.com.

    3. Same as #1 You can get discounted books for access as well, or maybe go online and watch interactive videos on how to accomplish stuff in access, excel and access exams I failed the first time but came around and passed it again.

    4. The second step after you have gotten your certificate is to go to acenet.edu/transcripts/register and register there in order to earn college credit for your hard work at passing any one of MCAS: Exams. Its nice because its universally accepted at most colleges, but you have to pay $55 for a transcript, that’s $40 for a first time fee… and put the logo which you create after you register on certificationlogobuilder.com and download your custom logo and put it in your resume!

    Saturday, May 8, 2010 3:48 PM
  • Hi,

    I am planning to appear for MS Excel 2007.

    Can you let me know the difference between MOS and MCAS?

    Can I apply for MCAS directly without appearing for MOS




    Sunday, December 4, 2011 3:27 PM