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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam
MOS Exam

Lamar Institute of Technology partners with Certiport  to administer the Microsoft® Office Specialist(MOS) exams in the LIT Testing Center.  Certiport, Inc. is the leading provider of global, performance-based certification programs and services designed to enable individual success and advancement through certification. Certiport is the exclusive administrator of the Microsoft® Office Specialist(MOS) program worldwide, responsible for the development, marketing, and administration of certification tests for the Microsoft Office suite.

Many area students, faculty and community individuals have taken the exams and received certifications to help them gain employment, promote within a company, or simply gain new skills.  The Microsoft® Office Specialist program is a globally recognized standard for demonstrating desktop skills with the Microsoft Office suite and LIT students enrolled in several of the computer or office technology programs are encouraged to seek certification in one or more of the business applications.  By encouraging individuals to develop advanced skills with Microsoft's leading business desktop software, the Office Specialist program helps fills the demand for qualified, knowledgeable workers in the modern workplace. At the same time, Office Specialist helps satisfy an organization's need for a qualitative assessment of employee skills.

Thousands of Office Specialist-certified individuals have demonstrated increased productivity and proven ability to utilize the advanced functionality of the following Microsoft applications:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint®
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Outlook® 
  • Microsoft Project

Certification candidates must pass one or more certification exams to earn Office Specialist certification. The exams provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise by evaluating overall comprehension of Microsoft applications. They test the ability to use the advanced features of the products and to integrate the products with other software applications. The exams are developed and validated by industry experts and are administered at Certiport Centers worldwide.

Office Specialist certification is available at three levels: Specialist, Expert, and Master. The following table illustrates the requirements for achieving these certification levels for each of the products available in the Microsoft Office XP suite.

Office XP


Specialist Certification 
Candidates must successfully complete ONE of the examinations: 
Microsoft Word version 2002 
Microsoft Excel version 2002 
Microsoft PowerPoint version 2002 
Microsoft Access version 2002 
Microsoft Outlook version 2002 
Microsoft Project version 2002


Expert Certification
Candidates must successfully complete ONE of the Expert examinations:
Microsoft Word version 2002 Expert
Microsoft Excel version 2002 Expert


Master Certification
Candidates must successfully complete the following examinations:
Microsoft Word version 2002 Expert
Microsoft Excel version 2002 Expert
Microsoft PowerPoint version 2002
Microsoft Access version 2002 or Microsoft Outlook version 2002