Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certificate demonstrates that you have specialist skills in using Microsoft applications.

As a member of Lancaster University, you can self-study one or more MOS qualifications at your own pace. Each are a qualification in their own right. Each qualification is around 40 learning hours.  

The qualifications available in Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 are: 

  • Excel 
  • Outlook 
  • PowerPoint 
  • Word

Expert level is also available in Microsoft Word and/or Excel.  Expert level assumes completion of a previous level, or equivalent knowledge and experience.  All MOS qualifications are entirely self study. Please note:

  • Expert level in Word and/or Excel 2010 is one exam
  • Expert level in Word and/or Excel 2013 there are two separate exams (part A and part B - fees apply to each separate exam part)

All exams to be taken before 29 September 2015.  

Please note: Registration for MOS is only available on Microsoft Office 2010/2013 for Windows and not on any other versions or other operating systems.

How much does it cost?

The current discounted fee is £15.00 for students and £28.00 for staff per exam. This includes eBook, GMetrix practice exam software and one attempt at the exam (exam is non-transferable and can only be taken in the designated exam room on campus at Lancaster University by 29th September 2015). No refund is available.

Please note:

  • The PC that you are using to access GMetrix will need to have the Microsoft Office 2010/2013 applications installed
  • All exams (including resits) have to be taken before 29 September, 2015
  • One FREE resit exam per person (subject to availability)
  • You have to wait at least 24 hours before taking a resit on the first failed attempt 
  • For any consequent resit you have to wait at least 48 hours (fees apply)

How do I study and take the exam?

1. Register and pay for your chosen MOS qualification

  • MOS qualifications are only available to students and staff of Lancaster University
  • Please register using your Lancaster University email address for your registration to be valid - you shall receive an email from us with all instructions within 5 working days
  • If you are a staff member and wish to register using Journal Transfer - please email iss-training@lancaster.ac.uk for further instructions

2. Self-study using provided electronic training guides and GMetrix practice exam software

3. Attend a MOS revision session (optional)

4. Book a MOS Exam slot and take a task-based invigilated exam which typically lasts 60 minutes - on completion the exam results are displayed immediately on screen 

If you wish to discuss if MOS is suitable for you, or for any further information, please contact the trainers at iss-training