03-28-2018 04:56 PM
I am trying to find ways to improve and prepare my students for a MOS Exam. Currently, the MOS Exam is free for students to complete and is offered about two times a year. We offer the 2016 exam. I was wondering if anyone could help answer some questions I have.
Currently, I have students who I know who can pass the MOS Exam, but not self-confidence to attempt the exam.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
03-28-2018 05:07 PM
First of all, how did you get this for free for your students?
We received some free vouchers one year from a grant, and any student in any of our classes could use them (not faculty and not random students on campus). It was not a mandatory part of our class. We had 100 vouchers and students requested them from us one at a time. They had to return to us with their score before they could ask for another.
The vouchers expired before we could use them all (approximately 3 years). We had about 5 students a month test and 4/5 would typically pass so I thought that was pretty good! Those that requested vouchers were my best students.
Students were well prepared by taking our Introductory and Advanced Computing classes (Shelly Cashman series) and doing weekly SAM Exams and Projects that correlated with our Modules. We also assigned the SAM MOS exams sprinkled throughout the course, after we finished each application module for practice.
I hope this helps!
03-28-2018 09:59 PM
Thank you for the insights into your program, Sandy!
Kimberly, in addition to the MOS simulated pre-built exams within SAM, we have also mapped out SAM tasks to the Learning Objectives of the MOS exam for additional MOS prep through our Trainings and Exams
Let us know if you have any other questions!
03-29-2018 02:20 PM
Thank you for the information!
As far as I know, our school has a license agreement in order for our students to take the MOS Exam. I can find out more information if you would like.
04-02-2018 01:23 PM
I would like to know more about how your institution set up the exam for your students to take it free.
Any information you can provide would be helpful.
I just had this discussion with some of my colleagues and we discussing writing a grant for this endeavor.
Thanks for sharing.
03-29-2018 03:51 PM
Just as a bit of a side note here, when I was taking my MOS exams for the Big Four, 2016 edition, I used a practice test package from G*Metrix. The system was so glitchy that even when using it in practice mode--where you can click "Hint" and get step by step instructions--it still failed to give credit for correct procedures and results. I wish I'd been using this stuff you've been talking about!
10-31-2018 03:01 PM
Lot's of good questions regarding the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS):