Certiport 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

MOS US National Championship
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Official Rules

Please read the Official Rules governing this competition before entering. By taking an eligible Exam, participants agree to be governed by Certiport's 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship Official Rules.

 

Eligibility

Eligibility

Participation in Certiport's 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship (hereafter referred to as "Championship") will offer the Championship on both Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 Applications.

To participate, a student must submit a passing score on any of the following certification exams:

Microsoft Office Specialist – Word 2010

Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel 2010

Microsoft Office Specialist – PowerPoint 2010

Microsoft Office Specialist – Word 2013

Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel 2013

Microsoft Office Specialist – PowerPoint 2013

(Hereafter, these certification exams will be collectively referred to as "Exam(s)"). All qualifying Exam(s) must be uploaded into the Certiport exam administration system by an approved Certiport Authorized Testing Center.

Employees of Microsoft, Inc., Certiport, Inc., Pearson Inc., Pearson VUE, the Sponsoring Certiport Authorized Partner, their affiliates, subsidiaries, parents and related companies and agencies and the immediate family of employees are not eligible. All federal, state, local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. By taking an eligible Exam and entering this Championship, student, solution provider and distributor participants agree to abide by all terms of the Official Rules.

Participants in the Championship must be students currently enrolled in an approved academic institution recognized by the state or country in which it operates. To compete in the final round of the Championship, students must be between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of June 15, 2015). Verification of student status and student identification is required.

Previous participants of the U.S. National Championship ARE eligible for the 2015 Championship. However, they cannot compete in the exam track they previously competed in. For example, a student who competed in Microsoft Excel® (2010 or 2007) during a previous year's U.S. National Championship, may compete in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, but not Excel.


Entry

Entry

There are three (3) rounds in the Championship: Qualification, the U.S. National Championship, and the World Championship. Participation in the U.S. National Championship and World Championship are by invitation only, and invitations will be extended only to a select group of eligible candidates who participated in the Qualification round.

Qualification Round

Competitors qualify to compete by entering a passing score earned on an eligible MOS exam into the Championship. Exams must be taken between the dates of June 16, 2014 – and May 20, 2015 in order to qualify for the 2015 Championship.

Participating competitors may enter the Championship (Qualifying Round) in either of two ways:

  1. Register Eligible Exam Immediately Prior to Testing: If the eligible Exam is taken at an ACADEMIC Certiport Authorized Testing Center, the exam delivery tool will prompt the student to register his/her score into the Championship immediately prior to taking the exam. If the candidate chooses to submit his/her score to the Championship, the results of that exam will be automatically entered into the Championship.
  2. Register Eligible Exam(s) Following Testing: Students may also register any eligible Exam(s) after taking the exam(s) by logging onto their Candidate Home Page at www.certiport.com, clicking on the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship link, and following the registration instructions. Eligible Exams registered using this tool must be registered between the dates of June 16, 2014 – and May 20, 2015 in order to qualify for the 2015 Championship.

There is no limit to the number of times a student may sit for any particular eligible exam as long as he/she is not in violation of the Certiport exam retake policy. Students who fail to abide by the Certiport exam retake policy will be disqualified from the Championship.

Each Exam score registered for the Championship during the official date range period (June 16, 2014 – and May 20, 2015) receives one entry into the Championship. Standard test-taking terms and conditions apply. There is no limit to the number of times a student may sit for any particular eligible exam as long as he/she is not in violation of the Microsoft Office Specialist exam retake policy. Students who fail to abide by the Microsoft Office Specialist exam retake policy will be immediately disqualified from the Championship. Certiport retains the right to disqualify students for appropriate cause.

During the Qualification Round, a student can participate in MULTIPLE Exam tracks. For example, they can submit an Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 Exam. However, if they are invited to compete in the U.S. National Championship event, they can only compete in only ONE Exam track.

U.S. National Championship Event

From eligible students who partricipated in the Qualification Round, top students from around the United States will be invited to compete in the U.S. National Championship event from June 18 – 20 in Orlando, Florida. Certiport reserves the right to include additional criteria in identifying the candidates who will receive an invitation. During the U.S. National Championship event, the top student in each of the six (6) exam tracks will be named the U.S. National Champion for his or her category.

During the 2015 MOS U.S. National Championship event, all students will take a unique competition exam in their track.  During this exam, students will be given a printed copy of a document, spreadsheet, or presentation to recreate.  Students will be given printed instructions and guidelines and digital assets to assist in the recreation.  Students will be scored according to the accuracy of their recreation, when compared to the original.  This method is also used during the World Championship.

The six (6) First Place U.S. National Champions, one per track, will receive an all–expenses–paid trip to represent the United States and compete in Certiport's 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship from August 9 – 12, 2015 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

World Championship Event – World Champion Selection

All Regional/Country Champions will be invited to compete in the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship to compete to become:

  • 2015 Worldwide Champion for Microsoft Office on Word (2010 or 2013)
  • 2015 Worldwide Champion for Microsoft Office on Excel (2010 or 2013)
  • 2015 Worldwide Champion for Microsoft Office on PowerPoint (2010 or 2013)

All Regional/Country Champions will be responsible for preparing themselves to compete on Microsoft Office software suite version 2010 OR 2013 at the 2015 World Championship Event.

Visit www.MOSchampionship.com to view the Official Rules of the Certiport's 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship.


General Rules

General Rules

No substitution/transfer/assignment of prize by any winner is permitted. Reporting and payment of all federal/state/local or other taxes are responsibility of each winner. All federal/state/local laws apply.

All materials submitted become the sole property of Certiport, Inc. and will not be returned. False and/or deceptive entries or similar acts shall render entrants ineligible to continue to participate or win the Championship.

Except where prohibited, and at the sole discretion of Certiport, student participation in the Championship constitutes entrant's consent to publication of his/her name, Exam score(s), and city/state/country location on the Championship website and other Championship publicity without limitation or compensation. Potential winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form within 10 days of attempted notification. Noncompliance may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of any prize constitutes permission for Certiport, Inc. and/or their agencies to use winner's name/likeness/visage, Exam score(s), and city/state/country location for purposes of advertising and promotion without further compensation, unless, but only to the extent, prohibited by law.

Regional/Country Champions must be available to travel to and attend the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship on August 9 – 12, 2015 in Dallas, Texas, USA. All travelers must execute a Release of Liability prior to ticketing and must possess required travel documents (e.g. valid photo I.D., passport, visa, etc.) prior to trip.

Certiport, Inc. is not responsible for incomplete/lost/late/damaged/illegible/misdirected entries or incomplete telephone calls, faulty transmissions, recordings, malfunctions, for technical/hardware/software failures, lost/unavailable network connections, delivery failure or delay, or failed/incomplete/garbled/delayed/faulty computer transmission. Certiport, Inc. reserves the right to cancel/modify the Championship or disqualify entrant if fraud/misconduct/technical failures destroy the integrity of Championship as determined solely by Certiport, Inc. Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Championship is a violation of criminal/civil laws and should such attempt be made, Certiport, Inc. reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent of the law.

Winners agree to hold Certiport, Inc., and its respective directors/officers/employees/assigns/agents/independent contractors/affiliates/subsidiaries, harmless against any and all claims/liability/demands/actions or causes of action/costs/expenses/attorneys' fees arising out of participation in the Championship and/or acceptance and use of prize. Winners assume all liability for any injury/damage/loss caused/claimed to be caused, by participation in or acceptance and use of prize. Certiport, Inc. is not responsible for any typographical or other error in printing of offer/administration of Championship/announcement of prizes or for liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in accessing or downloading information in connection with this Championship.

 

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