Microsoft Office 2013 Certification


Waiting time is over: finally, new Microsoft Office 2013 certification exams are available since mid-March.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 (MOS) exams for Word 2013 and Excel 2103 are out and other MOS 2013 exams are scheduled for release throughout this year, except for SharePoint 2013 and OneNote 2013 exams that are on the release schedule in 2014.

Performance based testing have always been present in MOS exams as well as tasks that have to be completed in a live, working environment, that is, in a real application.

This time, in MOS 2013 series exams, candidates have to complete a project during the test, opposed to completing specific tasks in previous MOS 2010 and MOS 2007 exams. This makes testing experience a bit more challenging but more relevant.

MOS exams can be taken at Certiport testing centers worldwide using Certiport Testing center Locator.

Look at the table below to plan your studies and to get an overview of exam release schedule. Of course, release dates are subject to change so be sure to check this blog, Certiport and Microsoft MOS related web pages for exam availability when planning your studies.

MOS 2013 Certification Exam Release Schedule


Exam Number


Chinese Traditional



Word 2013 – Core



Q4 2013

Q4 2013

Q1 2014

Excel 2013 – Core



Q4 2013

Q4 2013

Q1 2014

PowerPoint 2013


June 2013

Access 2013


June 2013

Word 2013 – Expert


Q3 2013

Excel 2013 – Expert


Q3 2013

Outlook 2013


Q4 2013

SharePoint 2013



OneNote 2013





Use this links to read Preparation Guides or Skills Measured:

MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013 (Exam 77-418)

MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013 Expert (Exam 77-419)

MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2013 (Exam 77-420)

MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2013 Expert (Exam 77-421)

MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013 (Exam 77-422)

MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 (Exam 77-423)

MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2013 (Exam 77-424)

MOS: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 (Exam 77-425)

MOS: Microsoft Office OneNote 2013 (Exam 77-426)


Information about Microsoft Office Specialist exams can be found on official Microsoft Learning MOS page.

If you are an MCT, don’t forget that you are eligible for a FREE MOS exam voucher every year!

Good luck!