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Certiport 2010 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft® Office

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Certiport's Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office?

A. The 2010 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office present by Certiport, Inc. is a global competition that tests students' skills on Microsoft Office Word and Excel. Students with the highest exam scores and lowest exam-taking times are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championships. At the World Championships, each student competes for World Champion in his or her category (Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Excel 2003, or Microsoft Excel 2007). In some countries or regions, students are required to participate in a regional test event as well, and the winners of that event continue on to the World Championships.

Q. Who can participate in the Competition?

A. Anyone may participate in the initial round of testing, but to participate in the World Championships, candidates must be students that are enrolled in an approved, degree-seeking academic institution recognized by the state or country in which it operates is eligible to participate in Certiport's Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office. As a new requirement in the 2010 Competition, students must also be between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of June 30, 2010). Students participating in the World Championships must be able to provide proof of age and student status upon request. Employees of Certiport, Inc., its affiliates, subsidiaries, parent and related companies and agencies and those individuals living in the same household as employees are not eligible. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. By taking an eligible Exam and entering this Competition, participants agree to abide by all terms of these Official Rules.

Previous participants of the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, including regional champions, worldwide finalists and world champions are not eligible for this 2010 Competition.

Q. What versions of Microsoft Office will the 2010 Worldwide Competition exam cover?

A. The 2010 Worldwide Competition event will have two tracks:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist Word and Excel, version 2003 exams
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Word and Excel, version 2007 exams

Q. When is the Competition taking place in my country?

A. Although this Competition is available worldwide, availability, rules, and dates vary by country. During Round One, countries all around the world are hosting local competitions to determine Country Champions (two individuals) in Word and Excel®. Contact your local testing center to find out more.

Q. How are the Word and Excel® Country Champions selected?

A. Country Champions will be selected in one of two ways by the Certiport competition operator in each country:

  • Top Score Method: Competition Operator reviews the competition results for the country and selects the student with the top score for Word and the student with the top score for Excel® per track. These students represent the country at the Worldwide Event. Certiport retains the right to review local Competition Operator selections.
  • Country Final Method: Competition Operator reviews the competition results for the country and invites several top students, to compete at a country finals event. The winners of the country finals event (in Word and Excel®) represent the country at the Worldwide Event. Certiport retains the right to review Competition Operator selections.

In the event two participants in the same country have the same high Exam score, the participant who completed the Exam in the least amount of time will be the winner. Decisions of Competition Operators and judges are final.

Q. How do I know if I am a Country Champion?

A. Country Champions will be notified by mail or phone before July 15, 2010. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible Exam entries received in each country.

Q. How are the Worldwide Champions in Word and Excel selected?

A. Round Two – Worldwide Champion Selection: All Country/Regional Champions will be invited to the World Championships to compete for the title of the World Champion in Word 2003 or 2007 or Excel 2003 or 2007. At the Worldwide Competition Event, all Country Champions will be tested in a proctored lab on their respective exams. Generally, students will only be asked to complete their exams one time, however, in rare instances Certiport may require a second round of testing.

All participants in the World Championships will be responsible for preparing themselves to compete in their respective exams. Certiport and/or Certiport's partners may provide students with preparation materials to help facilitate each student's training on the software.

Q. How does Certiport select the winning score?

A. If two Country Champions at the Worldwide Competition Event have the same high exam score on the unique comprehensive exams, the finalist who completed the exam in the least amount of time will be the winner. Decisions of judges are final. Winners will be notified during the student awards ceremony. Odds of winning will depend on the number of students competing in each exam division.

Q. How do I participate in the Competition?

A. To participate in the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, all students need to do is pass an eligible exam during the Competition dates (December 21, 2009 through June 30, 2010). When taking the exam, students will be notified that if passed, their exams will be entered into the Competition.

Q. Where can I take an eligible exam?

A. Eligible exams can be taken at any Academic Certiport Testing Center.

Q. Can I take an exam in any language?

A. Yes. During round one of the Competition, students may participate in any of the eligible exam regardless of the language. However, during the World Championships all finalists will be required to test using a specially designed version of Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2003 and Excel 2003. These exams will only be available in United States English, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Chinese Traditional, and Chinese Simplified, French, Arabic.

Q. How many times can I take an eligible exam for the Competition?

A. 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 Competition. Certiport retains the right to disqualify students for appropriate cause.