MOS Certification @ SF State

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification

Optional Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification @ SF State

Overview PDF document of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification program at San Francisco State University:
https://sfsu.app.box.com/v/mos-certification


Administrator:
Daniel Ciomek
Information Systems Department
Lam Family College of Business
San Francisco State University


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Hong Qin Wu awarded 1st place in the Microsoft Office Specialist State Championship Qualifier
Any news, offerings, and updates about available exam days, training, or free vouchers, or codes to prepare or take the exam will be announced to the MOS mailing list. If you make an exam reservation through this scheduling system, you will automatically be added to the Mailchimp mailing list, there is no need for an extra registration. Unsubscribe if you are not interested any longer. No SPAM, of course, and you can unsubscribe any time.

SFSU MOS mailing list powered by Mailchimp: https://eepurl.com/dtZsuD
Excellent question! Here are multiple options:

  1. Please review the official Microsoft Study Guides for the MOS Excel and Access certification: https://links.dcio.cc/libraryreserve
  2. There are three 3-hour training courses on the LinkedIn Learning platform (Lynda.com) for the various exams. You can access these for free if you have an account with the San Francisco Public Library, which you can get for free if you are a resident of California. The closes branch is the Merced branch right across the Stonestown shopping mall. You need to confirm your ID once in-person, and then you have access to a ton of electronic resources remotely. Movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, it's like an Audible subscription for free. Highly recommended!
  3. Presentation recording with prep info: https://www.screencast.com/t/FVb4YW5VaxV
  4. If you currently take or took the ISYS 363 course using the MyLab IT platform, check with your instructor if any additional MOS prep resources are accessible in your course.
  5. Info Document and PowerPoint presentation on Box.com with discount code for GMetrix test prep software: https://links.dcio.cc/mos-info
  6. The official GMetrix Exam Prep software. This is a commercial offering. Please see the discount code instructions in the document (# 5). The software is installed on all PC computers in the Lam Family College of Business computer labs, for example BUS 209, BUS 214, etc. You will need to have your own account to login and prep and take the sample exams.
  7. Certiport Tutorial about how the software interface looks like: https://portal.certiport.com/portal/common/htmllibrary/mos/mos_2016_tutorial/page_1.html

On a rare prior occasion, we had free promo codes for the official GMetrix test prep software. If anything like this comes around, it will be announced via the mailing list.
You are permitted to take the MOS Certification exams for MS Excel, MS Excel Expert, and MS Access. Other exams are not part of the sponsored program. You can take them at a public test center instead.
The regular retail price for an MOS exam at a public test center is about $100/exam. In May 2018, the Information Systems Department sponsored a pilot program and offered the exams for free for one year to qualified enrolled business students within the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University. After the successful pilot, the Dean's Office of the Lam Family College of Business has sponsored a new site license for a fixed number of exams. Exams will be offered for free for qualified students during Spring and Fall 2020 while supplies last. The currently available number of seats are "while supplies last" or expire latest in December 2020. Future funding is uncertain.
You can only make one reservation! Please do not block 2 or more slots. Once you have taken that exam, you can make another reservation for the future, if available. If you make multiple reservations ahead of time they will be cancelled. You will only be allowed one retake for the same exam!
Cancellation policy and no show: if you change your mind, you need to change or cancel your reservation at least 24h before the test date/time. You will not be allowed to cancel or reschedule within 18h of the exam. No shows for your reserved time might be barred from future test taking. Unfortunately, too many people reserved time slots before and did not show up or cancelled 5 minutes before, rendering that time not usable for others. If you have an emergency causing you to miss the exam last minute please contact the administrator.


For Spring 2020, we will continue to offer the tests for the PC versions of Microsoft Access and Excel 2016. Over the summer, the campus will switch to the Microsoft Office 2019 version. During Fall 2020, testing will be done using the MS Access and Excel 2019 version.
Retake policy: You will only be allowed one free retake for an exam, so please come prepared. If demand is too high, people retaking the exam have lower priority and might be referred to another time. Unfortunately, too many people were clearly not prepared and did not even review the Certiport tutorial on how the test interface looks like before the exam. While the exams are currently free for you to take, they do cost money, and we would like to make sure you are serious about passing the exam and well prepared when you come for the test. We don't want to waste them. When you fail an exam, you cannot retake it within 24h. You could take another exam though. For example, if you come to take the MS Access exam and pass or fail, you could not retake the MS Access exam within 24h, but you take the MS Excel exam right after if space is available. Since you are not allowed to make 2 advanced reservations, you would be on stand-by for the second exam, but you could take it if space is available.
We tend to offer about 6-10 test days per semester. Future testing always depends on funding. It also depends on the student demand, the availability of the testing lab on campus, and the availability of qualified faculty proctors. Due to the SARS-CoV-2/COVID 19 pandemic and the related campus shutdown, only a few sessions in Spring in February 2020 could be offered. These were the last in-person sessions on campus for the foreseeable future. For Fall 2020, virtual Exam from Home (EFH) sessions are under consideration. Please sign-up for the mailing list and you hear it first when there are any updates.
SFSU is a non-public Certiport Authorized Test Center (CATC) for MOS certification, and thus only available for currently enrolled SFSU students meeting the criteria. Successful prior completion or being a current student of ISYS 363 at SF State w/ good Access/Excel grades is required. Otherwise, for the nearest public test center, please check https://portal.certiport.com/Locator.
You need to bring a valid SFSU student ID for the exam. The Certiport Authorized Test Center (CATC) is located in Burk Hall room 229. No food allowed in the room. Covered drinks are OK. SFSU is a non-public Certiport Authorized Test Center (CATC) for MOS certification, and thus only available for SFSU students meeting the criteria. For the nearest public test center, please check http://portal.certiport.com/Locator.

Update: there is currently no on-site testing available on campus due to the pandemic: https://dos.sfsu.edu/covid-19
We are happy to accommodate, but did not have the opportunity yet. This would have to be scheduled and authorized in advance as the proctoring faculty on site has no ability to adjust for extended time, for example, and cannot modify the software in any shape or form at all. We would work with Academic Technology and DPRC and try to make this happen to the best of our ability. Please review the official exam policies for accommodations and contact the administrator. https://certiport.pearsonvue.com/Educator-resources/Exam-policies/Accommodations

MOS Certification @ SF State

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification

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Hong Qin Wu awarded 1st place in the Microsoft Office Specialist State Championship Qualifier

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Any news, offerings, and updates about available exam days, training, or free vouchers, or codes to prepare or take the exam will be announced to the MOS mailing list. If you make an exam reservation through this scheduling system, you will automatically be added to the Mailchimp mailing list, there is no need for an extra registration. Unsubscribe if you are not interested any longer. No SPAM, of course, and you can unsubscribe any time.

SFSU MOS mailing list powered by Mailchimp: https://eepurl.com/dtZsuD
Excellent question! Here are multiple options:

  1. Please review the official Microsoft Study Guides for the MOS Excel and Access certification: https://links.dcio.cc/libraryreserve
  2. There are three 3-hour training courses on the LinkedIn Learning platform (Lynda.com) for the various exams. You can access these for free if you have an account with the San Francisco Public Library, which you can get for free if you are a resident of California. The closes branch is the Merced branch right across the Stonestown shopping mall. You need to confirm your ID once in-person, and then you have access to a ton of electronic resources remotely. Movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, it's like an Audible subscription for free. Highly recommended!
  3. Presentation recording with prep info: https://www.screencast.com/t/FVb4YW5VaxV
  4. If you currently take or took the ISYS 363 course using the MyLab IT platform, check with your instructor if any additional MOS prep resources are accessible in your course.
  5. Info Document and PowerPoint presentation on Box.com with discount code for GMetrix test prep software: https://links.dcio.cc/mos-info
  6. The official GMetrix Exam Prep software. This is a commercial offering. Please see the discount code instructions in the document (# 5). The software is installed on all PC computers in the Lam Family College of Business computer labs, for example BUS 209, BUS 214, etc. You will need to have your own account to login and prep and take the sample exams.
  7. Certiport Tutorial about how the software interface looks like: https://portal.certiport.com/portal/common/htmllibrary/mos/mos_2016_tutorial/page_1.html

On a rare prior occasion, we had free promo codes for the official GMetrix test prep software. If anything like this comes around, it will be announced via the mailing list.
You are permitted to take the MOS Certification exams for MS Excel, MS Excel Expert, and MS Access. Other exams are not part of the sponsored program. You can take them at a public test center instead.
The regular retail price for an MOS exam at a public test center is about $100/exam. In May 2018, the Information Systems Department sponsored a pilot program and offered the exams for free for one year to qualified enrolled business students within the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University. After the successful pilot, the Dean's Office of the Lam Family College of Business has sponsored a new site license for a fixed number of exams. Exams will be offered for free for qualified students during Spring and Fall 2020 while supplies last. The currently available number of seats are "while supplies last" or expire latest in December 2020. Future funding is uncertain.
You can only make one reservation! Please do not block 2 or more slots. Once you have taken that exam, you can make another reservation for the future, if available. If you make multiple reservations ahead of time they will be cancelled. You will only be allowed one retake for the same exam!
Cancellation policy and no show: if you change your mind, you need to change or cancel your reservation at least 24h before the test date/time. You will not be allowed to cancel or reschedule within 18h of the exam. No shows for your reserved time might be barred from future test taking. Unfortunately, too many people reserved time slots before and did not show up or cancelled 5 minutes before, rendering that time not usable for others. If you have an emergency causing you to miss the exam last minute please contact the administrator.


For Spring 2020, we will continue to offer the tests for the PC versions of Microsoft Access and Excel 2016. Over the summer, the campus will switch to the Microsoft Office 2019 version. During Fall 2020, testing will be done using the MS Access and Excel 2019 version.
Retake policy: You will only be allowed one free retake for an exam, so please come prepared. If demand is too high, people retaking the exam have lower priority and might be referred to another time. Unfortunately, too many people were clearly not prepared and did not even review the Certiport tutorial on how the test interface looks like before the exam. While the exams are currently free for you to take, they do cost money, and we would like to make sure you are serious about passing the exam and well prepared when you come for the test. We don't want to waste them. When you fail an exam, you cannot retake it within 24h. You could take another exam though. For example, if you come to take the MS Access exam and pass or fail, you could not retake the MS Access exam within 24h, but you take the MS Excel exam right after if space is available. Since you are not allowed to make 2 advanced reservations, you would be on stand-by for the second exam, but you could take it if space is available.
We tend to offer about 6-10 test days per semester. Future testing always depends on funding. It also depends on the student demand, the availability of the testing lab on campus, and the availability of qualified faculty proctors. Due to the SARS-CoV-2/COVID 19 pandemic and the related campus shutdown, only a few sessions in Spring in February 2020 could be offered. These were the last in-person sessions on campus for the foreseeable future. For Fall 2020, virtual Exam from Home (EFH) sessions are under consideration. Please sign-up for the mailing list and you hear it first when there are any updates.
SFSU is a non-public Certiport Authorized Test Center (CATC) for MOS certification, and thus only available for currently enrolled SFSU students meeting the criteria. Successful prior completion or being a current student of ISYS 363 at SF State w/ good Access/Excel grades is required. Otherwise, for the nearest public test center, please check https://portal.certiport.com/Locator.
You need to bring a valid SFSU student ID for the exam. The Certiport Authorized Test Center (CATC) is located in Burk Hall room 229. No food allowed in the room. Covered drinks are OK. SFSU is a non-public Certiport Authorized Test Center (CATC) for MOS certification, and thus only available for SFSU students meeting the criteria. For the nearest public test center, please check http://portal.certiport.com/Locator.

Update: there is currently no on-site testing available on campus due to the pandemic: https://dos.sfsu.edu/covid-19
We are happy to accommodate, but did not have the opportunity yet. This would have to be scheduled and authorized in advance as the proctoring faculty on site has no ability to adjust for extended time, for example, and cannot modify the software in any shape or form at all. We would work with Academic Technology and DPRC and try to make this happen to the best of our ability. Please review the official exam policies for accommodations and contact the administrator. https://certiport.pearsonvue.com/Educator-resources/Exam-policies/Accommodations