Microsoft Excel Certification - Frequently Asked Questions
I have a Mac. Can I use it?
I already have Office on my Mac. Can I use that instead of getting Windows?
I'm trying to install Gmetrix on my Mac, but it isn't working. Why not?
I already have Microsoft Office 2007/2010/365. That should work, right?
My computer has Windows XP. Will that work?
I just got certified in Excel 2010. Do I need to recertify? Is my certification any less valuable?
I already know Excel really well. Do I really need to do all this extra stuff?
What score is needed to pass the MOS Excel 2013 exam?
Why am I required to score 800 or better using Gmetrix?
You’ve probably heard that a passing score on the Excel Certification exam is 700. This is mostly true; however, the questions are weighted. Some questions count more than others, so it is technically possible to fail the exam with a score of 700.
For this reason, we set the bar higher than just a passing score. We ask you to consistently score well above passing so that you have the best chance possible of passing the exam on your first try.
This method has a demonstrated success rate of over 95%. Simply put, doing the practice exams and fulfilling this requirement is the highest predictor of success on the actual exam.
I'm having a tough time getting a passing score. What can I do?
I didn't pass the MOS Excel Certification Exam on my first try. When can I take it again?
As of July 1, 2014, the Microsoft Office Specialist exam retake policy states the following:
- If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on an exam the first time, the candidate must wait 24 hours before retaking the exam.
- If a candidate does not achieve a passing score the second time, the candidate must wait two (2) days before retaking the exam a third time.
- A two-day waiting period will be imposed for each subsequent exam retake.
- There is no annual limit on the number of attempts on the same exam.
- If a candidate achieves a passing score on an MOS exam, the candidate may take it again.