What is a Microsoft Certification Exam?
As you may have heard, Microsoft provides a certification exam for users of its software to demonstrate their skills through an independently administered exam. Community Business College has been selected as an official Microsoft Certification Testing Center. As of July, 2016 the college is helping Microsoft beta test the 2016 version of the Outlook exam.
The current Outlook exam code number is Microsoft Outlook exam number 77-423. This description covers the basic functions of what is asked on the exam. Community Business College offers a free study guide to all potential test takers. A summary of that study guide is listed below at the end of this blog.
So the question that comes to mind to a lot of people is: why go to all the effort and expense to pass the certification?
Why Go For The Outlook Certification?
Here are 5 good reasons to obtain an Outlook user certification:
1. Achieve industry-recognized certification;
2. Learn the computing skills companies want. Microsoft Outlook is an industry standard program;
3. Boost your resume - Since most employers who are casual users of Outlook are not aware that a certification exists, you can describe your certificate during the job interview;
4. Differentiate yourself from other Microsoft Outlook users;
5. Increase your earning potential.
At Community Business College we’ve yet to hear of anyone who got a raise by just passing the exam but the testing author suggests it can be an additional justification when asking for a raise. Here are a couple of other uses along those lines:
- Continuing Education Units. Whether your employer requires these or not they are good to have because they demonstrate continuous improvement.
- Be the office Outlook expert. Every office needs somebody who can help when a coworker gets stuck. By getting certified, you have a better chance about filling that roll.
What Are The New Exams Like?
A.MOS 2010 and earlier versions provide a variety of brief tasks to complete using Office application tools and functions. The new exam format for MOS 2013 presents a short project that the candidate must complete, using the specifications provided. This creates a real-world testing experience for candidates. For more information, check out the View the MOS 2013 demo video.
Here are the categories on the Microsoft Outlook exam:
How much does the Microsoft Outlook exam (77-423) cost? The voucher prices range from $89 to $130 depending upon whether you choose the single exam voucher or the voucher with the retake. The retake voucher is a bit more expensive but is handy, especially for first-time test takers because it gives you a second attempt at the exam if you fail the first time, without having to pay the full price for a whole new exam voucher. It kind of gives you a de facto practice test.
Need a voucher to take the Microsoft Outlook exam? Community Business College offers discounts on vouchers. A voucher purchased through our college can be used at any Microsoft testing center throughout the United States. You can purchase an exam voucher through our Amazon store or directly from Community Business College at http://www.cbcwebcollege.com/shopcart/