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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Program


Program Overview

The Santa Ana College Business Applications & Technology (BA) Department is an official testing site for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification testing.
The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification program is a training and certification program that verifies a user’s computer skills using the Microsoft Office applications. Upon successful completion of a hands-on exam, the user is issued a certificate by Microsoft Corporation. The Microsoft Office Specialist exams include Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Why become a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist?

  • A certificate from Microsoft Corporation validates to a prospective employer that you have skills using Microsoft Office software.
  • A Microsoft Corporation certificate on your resume will make you more competitive and have an advantage over other candidates applying for the same job.
  • You will gain confidence in your skills when interviewing and being able to handle tasks efficiently and quickly.
  • SAC Business Applications (BA) has preparation courses, practice exams, and a convenient location on campus to take the exams.

How can Santa Ana College help you to become a Microsoft Office Specialist?

Business Applications (BA) offers several Microsoft Office related semester classes to help you learn the proper usage based on current business standards and requirements which helps you prepare for the MOS exam, develop job skills, and earn an AA degree or certificate. The BA 043 Microsoft Office Certification Preparation class is only .5 unit and helps you prepare specifically to take the MOS exams. The BA 179 Introduction of Microsoft Office class is an in-depth course in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Employers can tell if you are professional educated in the use of Microsoft Office for business. Our classes show you proper setup of files, shortcuts, and business formatting methods.

How can you prepare for the tests?

You can take a practice test in the SAC BA MOS testing center located in the Business Division (A Building) on SAC campus. You will need to set an appointment by contacting Dena Montiel at
The BA 043 Microsoft Office Certification Preparation class provides registered students practice tests and coaching from an instructor in this class. You receive .5 units of credit when you complete four practice tests.

What are the tests like?

The tests are not written tests. They are hands-on real-world assignments based on the way you actually use your computer. The test runs along with Microsoft Office and provides you with tasks to perform on a real document. You work at your own pace, but you do have a time limit. Most exams can be completed in less than an hour. You receive your score upon completion of the test.
For additional Information visit the website which reviews the skills you must demonstrate to successfully complete each level of test.
If you need additional information please contact Dena Montiel at or call the Business Division at (714) 564-6750.
SAC Business Applications is also an official testing site for Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) testing site. Contact Dori Dumon at for more information about Adobe certification at SAC BA.

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