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  • Published:
    August 1, 2016
  • Languages:
    English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese Brazillian, Romanian, Russian, Thai, Turkish
  • Audiences:
    Information workers
  • Technology:
    PowerPoint 2016
  • Credit toward certification:

PowerPoint 2016: Core Presentation Design and Delivery Skills

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Create and manage presentations (30-35%)
  • Create a presentation
    • Create a new presentation, create a presentation based on a template, import Word document outlines
  • Insert and format slides
    • Insert specific slide layouts; duplicate existing slides; hide and unhide slides; delete slides; apply a different slide layout; modify individual slide backgrounds; insert slide headers, footers, and page numbers
  • Modify slides, handouts, and notes
    • Change the slide master theme or background, modify slide master content, create a slide layout, modify a slide layout, modify the handout master, modify the notes master
  • Order and group slides
    • Create sections, modify slide order, rename sections
  • Change presentation options and views
    • Change slide size, change views of a presentation, set file properties
  • Configure a presentation for print
    • Print all or part of a presentation; print notes pages; print handouts; print in color, grayscale, or black and white
  • Configure and present a slide show
    • Create custom slide shows, configure slide show options, rehearse slide show timing, present a slide show by using Presenter View
Insert and format text, shapes, and images (20-25%)
  • Insert and format text
    • Insert text on a slide, apply formatting and styles to text, apply WordArt styles to text, format text in multiple columns, create bulleted and numbered lists, insert hyperlinks
  • Insert and format shapes and text boxes
    • Insert or replace shapes, insert text boxes, resize shapes and text boxes, format shapes and text boxes, apply styles to shapes and text boxes
  • Insert and format images
    • Insert images, resize and crop images, apply styles and effects
  • Order and group objects
    • Order objects, align objects, group objects, display alignment tools
Insert tables, charts, SmartArt, and media (20-25%)
  • Insert and format tables
    • Create a table, insert and delete table rows and columns, apply table styles, import a table
  • Insert and format charts
    • Create a chart, import a chart, change the Chart Type, add a legend to a chart, change the chart style of a chart
  • Insert and format SmartArt graphics
    • Create SmartArt graphics, convert lists to SmartArt graphics, add shapes to SmartArt graphics, reorder shapes in SmartArt graphics, change the color of SmartArt graphics
  • Insert and manage media
    • Insert audio and video clips, configure media playback options, adjust media window size, set the video start and stop time, set media timing options
Apply transitions and animations (10-15%)
  • Apply slide transitions
    • Insert slide transitions, set transition effect options
  • Animate slide content
    • Apply animations to objects, apply animations to text, set animation effect options, set animation paths
  • Set timing for transitions and animations
    • Set transition effect duration, configure transition start and finish options, reorder animations on a slide
Manage multiple presentations (5-10%)
  • Merge content from multiple presentations
    • Insert slides from another presentation, compare two presentations, insert comments, review comments
  • Finalize presentations
    • Protect a presentation, inspect a presentation, proof a presentation, preserve presentation content, export presentations to other formats

Preparation options


MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft PowerPoint
Published: November 2016

Demonstrate your expertise with Microsoft PowerPoint! Designed to help you practice and prepare for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): PowerPoint 2016 certification, this official Study Guide delivers: in-depth preparation for each MOS objective, detailed procedures to help build the skills measured by the exam, hands-on tasks to practice what you’ve learned, and practice files and sample solutions.

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Who should take this exam?

Successful candidates will have a fundamental understanding of the PowerPoint environment and demonstrate the correct application of PowerPoint 2016. Candidates create, edit, and enhance presentations and slide shows. Presentation examples include professional-grade sales presentations, employee training, instructional materials, and kiosk slide shows.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 certification exams introduce a new performance-based format for improved testing of a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities using the MOS 2016 programs:

  • MOS 2016 exam task instructions generally do not include the command name, as in previous versions. For example, function names are avoided and are replaced with descriptors. This means candidates must understand the purpose and common usage of the program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects.
  • The MOS 2016 exam format incorporates multiple projects.

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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 topics listed in the "Skills measured" section.