Q. What is the MOS: Excel 2003 exam?
A. Microsoft Office Excel 2003 certification is intended for students and information workers whose responsibilities include the use of Microsoft Excel to create, modify, and manage common business workbooks and worksheets in organizations of every size. This is a performance-based exam. That means, it will require you to perform a series of tasks using Microsoft Office Excel 2003.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the MOS: Excel 2003 exam?
A. None

Q. What are the benefits to becoming an MOS?
A. Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification helps you differentiate yourself in competitive job market. It broadens your employment opportunities by displaying your advanced skills, and result in higher earning potential. Research indicates that certified individuals have increased competence, productivity, and credibility with their employers, co-workers, and clients.

Q. What credit does the MOS: Excel 2003 exam provide?
A. Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel 2003

Q. What certificate does it provide?
A. Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel 2003

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. This exam has 15-20 questions involving 30-45 tasks.

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 50 minutes

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Performance-based

Q. What is the passing score?
A. Multiple versions of this certification exam are produced to maintain exam security. The passing score for this exam, accordingly, depends upon the form that is administered.

Approximately 550 is the passing score.

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. Candidates may retake the same exam one time without restriction. However, candidates who wish to retake the exam a second or subsequent time must wait a minimum of seven days before retaking the exam. Candidates participating in exam beta-testing may take each beta exam only once.

Q. Is the MOS: Excel 2003 exam right for me?
A. Microsoft Office Excel 2003 certification is intended for students and information workers whose responsibilities include the use of Microsoft Excel to create, modify, and manage common business workbooks and worksheets in organizations of every size.

Q. What to expect in the MOS: Excel 2003 exam?
A. This Microsoft Office Specialist exam is performance-based, requiring you to perform a series of tasks using Microsoft Office Excel 2003.

Many of the questions in this Microsoft Office Specialist exam require you to complete a series of tasks to create or modify a typical business document. For example, you might be instructed as follows:

Modify the Store Inventory worksheet by completing the following tasks:

  • Enter a formula in cell F26 to average the values in cell range F3:F25 to calculate average purchase price.
  • Use AutoFilter to display the records for items with a retail price greater than or equal to 100.00.

This exam uses the actual Microsoft Excel 2003 program. All menu items, keyboard shortcuts and right-click options will be available to complete the tasks. The help menu, including use of the Office Assistant, is not available in any of the exams.

One to three points are possible per question, depending on the number of specified tasks. At the conclusion of an exam your final score is derived by converting the task score to a 1000-point scale.

While some questions involve more tasks than others, each question is scored on a total-score basis (i.e., number correct) rather than on a pass/fail basis. For example, a 20-question exam may have 34 possible points; one point for each task.

Q. What are the code languages available for the MOS: Excel 2003 exam?
A. English

Q. What are the skills being measured for the MOS: Excel 2003 exam?
A. This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks:

Creating Data and Content
Analyzing Data
Formatting Data and Content
Collaborating
Managing Workbooks

Q. Where to take the test?
A. Certiport (http://www.certiport.com/Portal/Pages/LocatorView.aspx)

One thought on “Everything you want to know about MOS: Excel 2003 exam?

  1. I am looking to have my sons take the MOS Excel certication tests in January. They already know Excel and I found a testing center for $100. What I need is some written or on-line Preparation Booklet, or at a minimum a listing of what is typically on the test. I do not need basic Excel instruction materials.

    Can someone assist me … I’m willing to order a book, etc.
    profheller@gmail.com

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