Test-taking tips Every MOS certification exam is developed from a set of exam skill standards (referred to as the objective domain) that are derived from studies of how the Office programs are used in the workplace. Because these skill standards dictate the scope of each exam, they provide critical information about how to prepare for certification. This book follows the structure of the published exam objectives; see “How this book is organized” in the Introduction for more information. The MOS certification exams are performance based and require you to complete busi - ness-related tasks or projects in the program for which you are seeking certification. For example, you might be presented with a file and told to do something specific with it, or presented with a sample document and told to create it by using resources provided for that purpose. Your score on the exam reflects how well you perform the requested tasks or complete the project within the allotted time. Here is some helpful information about taking the exam: l Keep track of the time. Your exam time does not officially begin until after you finish reading the instructions provided at the beginning of the exam. During the exam, the amount of time remaining is shown at the bottom of the exam interface. You can’t pause the exam after you start it. l Pace yourself. At the beginning of the exam, you will receive information about the questions or projects that are included in the exam. Some questions will require that you complete more than one task. Each project will require that you complete multiple tasks. During the exam, the amount of time remaining to complete the
Taking a Microsoft Office Specialist exam xvii questions or project, and the number of completed and remaining questions if applicable, is shown at the bottom of the exam interface. l Read the exam instructions carefully before beginning. Follow all the instructions provided completely and accurately. l Enter requested information as it appears in the instructions, but without duplicat- ing the formatting unless you are specifically instructed to do so. For example, the text and values you are asked to enter might appear in the instructions in bold and underlined text, but you should enter the information without applying these formats. l Close all dialog boxes before proceeding to the next exam question unless you are specifically instructed not to do so. l Don’t close task panes before proceeding to the next exam question unless you are specifically instructed to do so. l If you are asked to print a document, worksheet, chart, report, or slide, perform the task, but be aware that nothing will actually be printed. l When performing tasks to complete a project-based exam, save your work frequently.
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