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Hi Experts.

I see there is a Excel Expert Certification 77-888.
Has anyone taken it?
Would this certification be better than 77-882?
I have just finished teaching a Intermediate Excel 2007 semester class,
using the excellant New Perspectives, Cengage textbook & materials.
Would this adequately prepare me to take the exam?

Here is a link about the exams:
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mos.aspx#certifications

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AndyPandy,

How are you doing?

This is an excellent question and one that is a bit difficult to answer, because these tests are not so much, study this, memorize that and then give it back to us. The best thing to do to study for these is to practice working in Excel. The question then becomes, what do I practice?

See this, which is the certification page, tab 2 (Skills Measured tab in the middle of the page):
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=77-888&Locale=en-us#tab2
--> Can you comfortably answer/solve situations that involve the majority of what is proposed on this page? If so, then you will have a very good chance of passing (remember it is just pass/fail) the exam.

Personally, for me, the first section "Sharing and Maintaining Workbooks" is something I do not do a lot. The first sub point - saving templates, etc, I do, but I do not work with protected spreadsheets or maintain shared workbooks all that often (I use SQL or Access for shared data entry), so I would need to brush up on this.

The next two should be where you will do most of your work, ie (Apply Formulas/Functions and Presenting Visually) and I would assume (since the percentages are not give) the majority of the weight (65~70% of the test) will focus on these areas.

So go through this and see if you can do these things. If you can, then you are probably good to go, if not, look them up, learn them, practice them if you can. I know a lot of the testing centers give you a huge break on a re-test if you pre-pay for it. So instead of paying like $90 for the test, you pay maybe $125 and get two cracks at it. If you are close, you will know what seemed foreign to you during the first test, then you can practice it before taking version two.

I personally have not taken the 2010, yet, but I am going to be required to here in the near future as my 2003 testing isn't going to cut it anymore!

If you plan to teach and want to be an MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist Certification - MASTER) which is the highest level, then you have pass both the Word 2010 - Expert and the Excel 2010 - Expert tests. These are usually requested (sometimes required) to teach at the community college level for Advanced Office Courses, plus you are not just limited to Excel, you can then teach Excel, Word, Access and Power Point.
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mos.aspx#mastercert

Finally, the expert course being the highest, means that you will not run into, "great that you have 77-882, but we really need you to have 77-888." I don't have figure for 2010, but I know with Office XP/2003 that say 1,000 people passed the lower level, only something like 15% went on to take/pass the expert - thus less competition.

Hope this helps,
Kevin
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