Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification in a specific Office program. Holding a MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.*

If you are pursuing the higher level Microsoft Office Specialist Expert and Microsoft Office Specialist Master certifications, a Microsoft Office Specialist certification is a great entry point.

Office 2013 combines cloud and web technologies to extend the way you create and consume information and introduces a new cloud app model for you to build secure and flexible apps—all discoverable from the familiar Office interface.

Certification title

Required exam

MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013


MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2013


MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013

MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2013

MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2013

MOS: Microsoft SharePoint 2013

MOS: Microsoft Office OneNote 2013

Certification title

Required exam

MOS: Word 2010


MOS: Excel 2010


MOS: PowerPoint 2010


MOS: Outlook 2010


MOS: Access 2010


MOS: SharePoint 2010


MOS: OneNote 2010


Certification title

Required exam

MOS: Word 2007


MOS: Excel 2007


MOS: PowerPoint 2007


MOS: Outlook 2007


MOS: Access 2007


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* Anderson, Cushing, and John F. Gantz. Skills Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need. IDC/Microsoft. October 2013.

Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address MOS certifications. Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.


You can find courses, e-learning, and books which cover preparation for MOS certification exams by browsing through our Training Catalog.


Exams are primarily performance-based and conducted in a "live," or simulated, environment. Exam candidates taking exams for MOS 2007 or 2010 are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills. For example, a Word exam might ask a user to balance newspaper column lengths or to keep text together in columns. MOS 2013 presents the candidate with a project to build, with tasks and steps that build on each other.


MOS 2010 and earlier versions provide a variety of brief tasks to complete using Office application tools and functions. The new exam format for MOS 2013 presents a short project that the candidate must complete, using the specifications provided. This creates a real-world testing experience for candidates. For more information, check out the MOS 2013 demo video.


A typical exam takes up to 90 minutes.


All Microsoft Office Specialist exams are administered by Certiport. Direct your questions about exam schedules and pre-registration to the Certiport location where you intend to take the exam.


Yes, Microsoft offers localized exams for the MOS certification.


Exam results are displayed on your screen immediately after you complete an exam. Those who pass will receive (by mail) an official certificate within approximately two to three weeks.