The Secret to Passing the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams
If you are trying to get ahead in you career today, you will know that the
computer skills you have under your belt are what will make the difference
between you moving up the ladder or down. When it comes to trying to prove your
computer competency in using office applications there is no other certification
path that stands out like the Microsoft Office Specialist program.
With over three million exams now undertaken and well over two million Microsoft
Office Specialist Certificates issued, this certification has become the one to
get to prove your skills in using Microsoft Office.
One thing I have found though is that many people fail these exams first time
around and there really is no reason for it. The way the Microsoft Office
Specialist exam works is that you will be taken into a room and sat at a
computer. On this computer you will be asked by the computer to carry out a
series of tasks. Each set of tasks is designed to represent tasks you would be
expected to do on a day-to-day basis.
These exams really are a good representation of what people would be expected to
do on a day-to-day basis. I should say I am a little bias since I am a Microsoft
Office Specialist Master Instructor and my company is a Microsoft Office Specialist
Authorized Testing Centre but having trained about 4,000 to 5,000 students through
my training center in Townsville, Australia the certification exams really do
represent the skills you would be expected to perform in your workplace.
There are in fact seven exams in the Microsoft Office Specialist Program and
they are the Microsoft Word Core and Expert Exams, Microsoft Excel Core and
Expert Exams, Microsoft Outlook Core Exam, Microsoft PowerPoint Core Exam and
the Microsoft Access Core Exam.
If you were a Secretary or Personal Assistant, I would expect at a minimum you
would have passed the Microsoft Word Core Exam and the Microsoft Excel Core
Exam. If you hold the position of a salesman, I would expect you to have the
same certifications as the Personal Assistant or secretary plus the Microsoft
PowerPoint Core certification and maybe the Microsoft Excel Expert Certification
and Microsoft Access Core Certification.
Ok, so how do we prepare for these exams.
First of all, you need to choose how you want to study for these exams. In terms
of passing these exams it doesn't matter whether you want to do a course at a
training center, buy a self paced training program or doing the training on the
Internet. Use the form of training that you feel most comfortable with. Me
personally, I prefer to use self-paced training where as many of my students
prefer classroom based training.