Are your students ready to be a Microsoft Office Specialist Champion to represent your Nation? Announcing the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations and World Championship. Prove you are the best in Word, Excel and PowerPoint by taking a Microsoft Office Specialist exam!
The MOS Four Nations Championship offers an opportunity for students across the UK and Ireland to prove their digital skills and be in the running to win fantastic prizes. To participate, eligible students must take, and pass, a MOS exam (Excel, PowerPoint or Word) before 15 May, 2017. Three finalists each from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will then be invited to the MOS Four Nations Championship finals day at Microsoft UK in June 2017.
To prepare students for Microsoft Office Specialist certification Prodigy Learning offers a comprehensive pathway from learning solutions through to certification exams. To ensure that the MOS certifications are delivered successfully, Prodigy Learning strongly recommends following the “Four Stage Learning Pathway” leveraging these solutions.
Skills Analysis: Each Student can use GMetrix as a “Skills Analysis” tool to determine their areas of weakness before they start their MOS training. This saves time for the learner and Teacher as they can then focus their learning on what they don’t know;
Learning Solutions: The learner can then use the GMetrix Online Learning alongside Microsoft Imagine Academy eLearning, eBooks and Instructor Resources to focus on their areas of weakness and supplement their knowledge on those areas;
Practice Test: Once the learner has completed the Training, they then sit the GMetrix MOS Practice Test. It is recommended that the college sets 80% as the benchmark for all learners in their GMetrix practice tests before they attempt their real MOS exam;
Exam: When the learner has completed stages 1-3 above, they sit their MOS exam in the college’s computer room. Certiport’s live in application testing software makes MOS exams easy to deliver and delivers robust, internationally standardised assessment of each candidate’s performance.
Building real skills for the working world
This global competition tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications, helping to empowering for students, MOS boosts academic performance and preps students for Further and Higher education and careers.
83% of employees use the knowledge and skills gained through certification often or all the time
88% of certified employees said MOS certification made them more effective in their work
MOS certification is the only official Microsoft-recognised certification for Microsoft Office, globally, and serves as a powerful instrument for assessing student capabilities and developing crucial digital skills expected by employers.
Andrew Flood (CEO, Prodigy Learning) added:
“Digital skills, specifically Microsoft Office skills, are critical for today’s students. The new MOS Four Nations Championship offers a unique opportunity for schools, colleges and universities across the UK and Ireland to challenge their students to prove (and improve) their skills. We are looking forward to seeing who has what it takes to be MOS Champions and which Nation has the strongest digital skills!”
National Finalists will sit a MOS exam in their qualifying category and the Excel, PowerPoint and Word winners will be crowned based on the results.
The Championship is open to all students aged 13-22 (as of June 15, 2017). Academic institutions interested in participating should visit http://www.moschampionship.co.uk for details.
Host your own TestFest today!
Microsoft Office Specialist certifications equip students with skills to boost their educational performance now, and better prepare them for their career in the future. Hosting a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) TestFest is the perfect way to promote the Microsoft related courses and certifications at your institution.
Leveraging the MOS program allows you, as an educator, to effectively teach, apply, and validate relevant skills while providing students with credentials that demonstrate current and real-world expertise to prospective employers.
This Sway will walk you through the planning and execution of your own MOS Test Fest.
Get involved now!
Contact Prodigy Leaning:
Register your TestFest by emailing Prodigy Learning
Look inside theTestFest Tool Box
Plan your TestFest using the Tool Box resources and the TestFest Preparation Check List above
Prepare your students…watch the ‘Host a MOS Exam Prep’ video below for ideas