Community Business College has been selected as an official Microsoft Office Specialist beta testing center for the newly developed Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 certification exams.
The beta testing will be offered free to volunteers who would like to participate and will take place through May 30, 2016 (or until enough exams have been administered to provide complete results). The college is waiving the regular exam proctor fee for the duration of the beta testing period.
The college began working with the Microsoft testing administrator earlier in 2016 to assist in beta testing the suite of programs that make up Microsoft Office 2016. Beginning with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, the Microsoft PowerPoint exam is now ready to be tested.
Officials at Community Business College report they will be starting the testing with current students and graduates but are also opening the testing opportunity to members of the public who would like a no-cost attempt at earning technical computing certifications.
These exam certificates are the official acknowledgement from Microsoft that holders possess certain levels of competence in the program and this information has been independently verified.
The purpose of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is to allow people to earn a certificate in a specific Office Suite program. Microsoft states that one of the advantages of earning an MOS certification is that holding a MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.
Community Business College was selected because of its expertise in the technologies required for implementing the exams and its extensive experience in beta testing technical certification exams.
To implement the beta testing program, Community Business College is providing free MOS Certification vouchers to volunteers who would like to assist in the beta testing of these fully online exams. In exchange for their evaluations of the exam system, participants who pass the exams will receive official certifications at no charge to them. The school is absorbing all costs for this high-technology project and will provide these services all at no cost to the participants. The vouchers will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis up until the project is complete.
Exams are primarily performance-based and conducted in a "live," or simulated, environment. Exam candidates taking these certification exams are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills. For example, a Word exam might ask a user to balance newspaper column lengths or to keep text together in columns. MOS 2016 presents the candidate with a project to build, with tasks and steps that build on each other.
Each beta exam takes about 2 hours to complete (although some test takers may finish quicker).
Why Community Business College?
Community Business College’s director, Dan Guerra, said, “Our goal in participating in this high technology project is to test the functionality of the updated exams and their new delivery engine environment. Modesto, with its new initiatives to kick start its technology sector, is a great place for this to happen. It’s also an excellent opportunity for people in the Central Valley to earn an official technology certification at no cost to them.”
People who do well on this exam, even if they don’t pass, might want to try their hands at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships.
The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Top students are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship. In some countries or regions, students are required to participate in a National Championship, and the winners of that event continue on to the World Championship.
Community Business College is also offering a complimentary study guide and informational outline on its website for those interested in learning more about the exam. Once the beta testing is complete, the live version of the exam will be continuously available at the institution.
People who would like to participate in the beta test can contact the school’s main office either by phone or e-mail through the webpage www.cbcwebcollege.com.