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Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office: 2011

U.S. Competition on Microsoft Office
2011
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New Component for 2010 Exams

New Component for 2010 Exams

Certiport Adds New Component to Word 2010
and Excel 2010 Exams

As students around the world prepare to take the Microsoft Office Specialist exams and compete in the 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, Certiport is busy working on ways to enhance the competition experience.

This year, Certiport will add a new component to the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office to be held in San Diego in August. Within the Worldwide Competition, each Word 2010 and Excel 2010 contestant will be required to take the standard MOS exam, and will also be asked to recreate an existing Word 2010 document or Excel 2010 workbook from a provided, printed example. Contestants will be given a high-resolution copy of a Word document or Excel workbook to reconstruct and a printed set of guidelines containing specifications for the document or workbook. Data files will be provided to use as building blocks to speed up the recreation of the document or workbook. NOTE: This new contest component will not be required for any of the Office 2007 MOS contests.


How will the new exams work?

The Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010 exams will now have two parts. The first will consist of the standard core competition exam. The second portion is the new component, a scenario-based task.

Contestants will be given a high-resolution copy of a Word document or Excel workbook to recreate, a printed set of guidelines containing specifications for the document or workbook, and data files that can be used as building blocks to speed up the recreation of the document or workbook. Students will be allowed up to 50 minutes to recreate the document or workbook they are provided.

Two Word documents and two Excel workbooks have been developed expressly for the competition in San Diego with one to be randomly selected for use at the event. To ensure a fair and quality testing experience among all candidates, the new scenario-based exams have undergone the same rigors and standards of test development as traditional online Microsoft Office Certification exams.

The new portion of the exam will be taken in a secure testing lab environment with official competition proctors. Candidates may choose to take the two exam portions in staggered sessions; they do not have to take the two portions back-to-back. In addition, the scenario-based tasks will be localized in all languages published on the Worldwide Competition web site.


How will the new exams be scored?

The final exam score for each contestant competing in either the Microsoft Office Word 2010 or Excel 2010 exams will be an equal combination of the two components for the competition.


Why are we changing the exams?

Certiport is working to improve and enhance the competition experience. By adding a new portion that mimics a real-life scenario, Certiport hopes to highlight students' ability to perform in real world situations.

If you have any questions about the Certiport 2011 U.S. Competition on Microsoft Office, please speak with your instructor or email us at MOSchampionship@pearson.com.

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