The value that employers place on digital skills is not to be underestimated by job applicants or teachers, with research from the IDC demonstrating that experience and aptitude with Microsoft Office ranks in the top five most sought after attributes when selecting candidates. However it's one thing to say that you have the skills, but another thing proving it on paper.
Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications provide students with the opportunity to develop their skills in Office applications and earn a recognised qualification in the process. MOS certification can help applicants stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive jobs market. Last year also saw the announcement that the MOS certification was incorporated into the latest version of SQA’s PC Passport (PCP) qualification. This enables students to receive credit for their MOS Certification as part of their PCP qualification.
As part of the mission to Certify Scotland, Microsoft and Prodigy Learning are pleased to be offering unlimited free Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams to all SQA centres in Scotland throughout May and June.
In order to help as many Scottish students as possible earn their MOS Certifications as possible, Prodigy Learning is providing eligible SQA centres with:
Free registration and setup as a Certiport Test Centre*
Free unlimited GMetrix MOS Practice Tests* (until June 30, 2016) for delivery to registered students
Free unlimited MOS Exams* (until June 30, 2016) for delivery to registered Students at the Centre
Given the near ubiquity of Microsoft Office in today's workplace, affording students the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in a valued business skill will be of huge practical benefit as they move towards employment. Even for those who will go on to further studies, the skills they will develop and hone while preparing for and taking their MOS exams will allow them to work more efficiently and effectively across all of their subjects.
How to take part
1. Sign Up
Sign up here to register interest. A representative from Prodigy Learning will contact you to get started and with details on how to become a Testing Centre for free.
Setup the Certiport exam delivery system to deliver MOS exams at your centre. Follow the instructions here.
3. Test & Certify
Run MOS Test Fests for your students! If you are interested in running a MOS Test Fest at your location please contact Prodigy Learning for guidance and free MOS exams!