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  • Published:
    03 September 2013
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  • Audiences:
    Information workers
  • Technology:
    Microsoft Office 2013 suites
  • Credit towards certification:
    Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Excel 2013 Expert Part Two

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Manage and share workbooks
  • Manage multiple workbooks
    • Modify existing templates, merge multiple workbooks, manage versions of a workbook, copy styles from template to template, copy macros from workbook to workbook, link to external data
Apply custom formats and layouts
  • Apply custom data formats
    • Create custom formats (Number, Time, Date), create custom accounting formats, use advanced Fill Series options
  • Apply custom styles and templates
    • Create custom colour formats, create and modify cell styles, create and modify custom templates, create form fields
Create advanced formulas
  • Apply functions in formulas
    • Use the IF function in conjunction with other functions, use AND/OR functions, use nested functions, use SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS and COUNTIFS functions
  • Create scenarios
    • Use the watch window, consolidate data, enable iterative calculations, use What-If analysis tools (including Goal Seek), use the Scenario Manager, use financial functions
Create advanced charts and tables
  • Create and manage PivotCharts
    • Create new PivotCharts, manipulate options in existing PivotCharts, apply styles to PivotCharts

Who should take this exam?

Expert-level candidates for the Excel 2013 exam should have an advanced understanding of the Excel environment and the ability to guide others in the proper use of features in Excel 2013 of Office Professional Plus. They should know and be able to demonstrate the use of advanced and specialised features within the application.

Candidates should be able to create, manage and distribute professional spreadsheets for a variety of specialised purposes and situations, and they should know how to customise their Excel environment to meet needs and enhance productivity. Workbook examples include custom business templates, multiple axis financial charts, amortisation tables and inventory schedules. Candidate roles might include accountants, financial analysts, data analysts, commercial bankers and others.

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Preparing for an exam

We recommend that you review this exam preparation guide in its entirety and familiarise yourself with the resources on this website before you schedule your exam. See the Microsoft Certification exam overview for information about registration, videos of typical exam question formats and other preparation resources. For information on exam policies and scoring, see the Microsoft Certification exam policies and FAQs.


This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format. To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the specified training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills measured" section.