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Microsoft Office Specialist - MOS Excel Expert - How Hard is the test? RRS feed

  • Question

  • How hard is it and what is the best way to prepare besides using training disks, how do you prepare for unexpected questions and the fact that shortcuts may not work (even though they do the task) because Microsoft wants you to click the menu....

    I use INDTraning CD's and I have found that many times in 2003, using shortcuts, although they result in the correct solution, is graded as wrong.  Is this how it is on the MOS test?  That is rediculous?

    E.G I can't hit Control 1 to get to formating, or Control F3 to define name, no i have to use the menus?  In INDTRAINING CD's these shortcuts although working to obtain the same solution as clicking the menu, often result in grading errors (grade you wrong though u obtained correcct solution, but used a shortcut...

     

    ????? anyone know what I'm talking about??? PLEASE ADVISE!

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 8:51 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    All of the MOS exams (and the earlier ones for that matter) are hard tests. The hard part is exactly what you describe namely that you have to do it the 'correct' way to get the maximum result. Why you have to do it the correct way.. that's the way the exam engine can monitor your actions by monitoring the clicks on the various menuoptions. Using shortcuts is harder to monitor because there might be variations and keyboard interruptions. So in in that way i agree with you but the exam policy is do it the correct way. This is not only for the Office exams but for all exams.

    Is the MOS Excel expert hard? I haven't taken it yet and that mostly because i like the hands on experience the most as preparation for the exam. So the real life scenario's offer me the most insights for where the various options are and how the work.

    For additional resources i use the step by step books for the 'general stuff' and for the surprise element i use 'Ribbon Hero' which has the most fantastic questions one never would have thought of. Get Ribbon hero here:

    http://www.officelabs.com/projects/ribbonhero/Pages/default.aspx

    it's free and you'll enjoy using it as additional prep.

    Good luck on taking the exam

    Maurice


    Maurice
    • Marked as answer by Bribil01 Monday, November 22, 2010 3:51 PM
    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:02 PM

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  • btw, i'm talking about MOS excel expert, ....when i ask the above questions in case you don't read title.
    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 8:51 PM
  • Hi,

    All of the MOS exams (and the earlier ones for that matter) are hard tests. The hard part is exactly what you describe namely that you have to do it the 'correct' way to get the maximum result. Why you have to do it the correct way.. that's the way the exam engine can monitor your actions by monitoring the clicks on the various menuoptions. Using shortcuts is harder to monitor because there might be variations and keyboard interruptions. So in in that way i agree with you but the exam policy is do it the correct way. This is not only for the Office exams but for all exams.

    Is the MOS Excel expert hard? I haven't taken it yet and that mostly because i like the hands on experience the most as preparation for the exam. So the real life scenario's offer me the most insights for where the various options are and how the work.

    For additional resources i use the step by step books for the 'general stuff' and for the surprise element i use 'Ribbon Hero' which has the most fantastic questions one never would have thought of. Get Ribbon hero here:

    http://www.officelabs.com/projects/ribbonhero/Pages/default.aspx

    it's free and you'll enjoy using it as additional prep.

    Good luck on taking the exam

    Maurice


    Maurice
    • Marked as answer by Bribil01 Monday, November 22, 2010 3:51 PM
    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:02 PM
  • thanks maurice, yeah i take excel 2003 this weekend, that's the plan anyway, i worry about surprises IN VB (it is MOS EE - expert) so...

     


    Brian J. Bilinski
    Monday, November 22, 2010 3:49 PM
  • Hello All

    I am working pro and i use lot of excel. I recently took up MOS exam and i cleared it. i would like share my exp with all as it was not eazy to pass.

    first of all to simplify what one could expect ; questions wil be asked in 6 different sections. i felt difficult in formulas as the questions were not straight forward. i even skiped one too.

    text to convert, remove duplicates, subtotal, averageif or sumif or countif, join to blocks using double arrow connectors and set weightage, one question of color with percentage (something like red with 25 lighter), data validation, conditional format, change in chart format either to change height and width or select data..

    all the best..

     

     

    Sunday, April 24, 2011 11:22 AM
  • Be very careful. I studied off and on for 6 months to pass the Excel MOS exam (77-888). I previously passed both Word and PowerPoint and Excel was by far the most difficult and required the most study. So I was thrilled to bits that I passed! However, due to a glitch with the log in, my exam credit was "lost". After going back and forth for 6 weeks over this issue, Ceriport informed me that the credit was not transferable. I am completely disillusioned with the MOS certification process. Unless they can fix with is a serious flaw, I am not going to be pursuing any more certification.
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:29 PM