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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 One

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Skills measured

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Manage and share workbooks
  • Manage workbook changes
    • Track changes, manage comments, identify errors, troubleshoot with tracing, display all changes, retain all changes
Apply custom formats and layouts
  • Apply advanced conditional formatting and filtering
    • Write custom conditional formats, use functions to format cells, create advanced filters, manage conditional formatting rules
  • Prepare a workbook for internationalisation and accessibility
    • Modify tab order among workbook elements and objects, display data in multiple international formats, modify worksheets for use with accessibility tools, utilise international symbols, manage multiple options for +Body and +Heading fonts
Create advanced formulas
  • Look up data with functions
    • Use the LOOKUP function, use the VLOOKUP function, use the HLOOKUP function, use the TRANSPOSE function
  • Apply advanced date and time functions
    • Use the NOW and TODAY functions, use functions to serialise dates and times
Create advanced charts and tables
  • Create advanced chart elements
    • Add trendlines to charts, create dual axis charts, create custom chart templates, view chart animations
  • Create and manage PivotTables
    • Create new PivotTables, modify field selections and options, create a slicer, group records, utilise calculated fields, format data, utilise PowerPivot, manage relationships

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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