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MOS Exam Information
What is the MOS test?

The MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) test is a 50-minute timed test that assesses your ability to use Microsoft Excel 2010.  The exam is administered online through

Why am I required to take the test?
The MOS Excel 2010 test is required of all Fogelman College of Business students in order to get credit for MIS 2749 at the University of Memphis.  Excel is a widely used business software application, and many employers will expect that you, as a business major, are skilled in the use of this Office software.

When do I take the test?
You take the MOS when you enroll in MIS 2749.  If you have transfer credit for a computer based course that did not come in as MIS 2749, you can take the test to meet the requirement for MIS 2749.  The test will be offered at least once per semester.  Please check with MIS department about test dates by contacting Professor Judy Brown at or calling 901-678-4616.

If you do not have transfer credit for a computer based course that did not come in as MIS 2749 AND you have never taken MIS 2749, you can take the credit by examination. Please visit for more information on this.

Where do I take the test?
Please check with the MIS department about the test location by contacting Professor Judy Brown at or calling 901-678-4616.

What is the "passing" score?
The passing score varies.  The score to obtain an MOS certification changes as the test is updated by Microsoft.  You are not required to obtain a certification in order to graduate. You are required to score the equivalent of a 70 (C), as determined by the MIS 2749 scale for the exam you are taking.

Is there a fee for the test?
Currently the fee is $60, which must be paid in advance.  You will need a MOS Exam Request form filled out.  You will need to take the form to the Bursar’s Office.  The form tells the Bursar’s Office where this money is to be deposited.   Be sure to bring your receipt and request form with you on the day of the test.

Where can I get additional information to prepare for the test?
Visit and click on the Microsoft Office Specialist icon.  This icon will take you to a page where you can select information on exam objectives and a test preparation guide.  Remember that you will only be tested on Excel 2010, not other Office applications.

Should I study for the test?
This test is difficult because it is a certification exam.  You should be very familiar with Excel 2010.  You may want to look over a textbook for 2010 that covers the objectives listed.  There are several exam preparation books available at bookstores if you think you need further help. 

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