Spreadsheets Competency Requirement

The School of Business, Government, and Economics undergraduate program has a spreadsheet competency requirement.  This is not a course requirement, but is rather a skill requirement. Your proficiency in the use of spreadsheets is attested to by passing the MOS 77-420 exam.  (Students who received a grade of C- or higher in BUS 1700 or CSC 1123 prior to summer 2015 have satisfied this requirement.)  This requirement applies to Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics majors in SBGE.  The SBGE spreadsheet competency requirement should be satisfied before you apply to a major in the School of Business, Government, and Economics.  It must be satisfied before courses such as ACCT 2362 Managerial Accounting or MAT 2700 Statistics for Business and Economics may be taken.

How to Satisfy the Spreadsheet Requirement

Evidence that you have passed a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in the area of Microsoft Excel is the only method approved to document your basic spreadsheet competency.  The current exam is for Excel 2013, exam number 77-420.

Students must be proficient with the Windows version of Excel. Microsoft does not offer an Apple/Mac version of this exam.

Students new to Microsoft Excel may want to obtain the Microsoft Official Academic Course for the MOS 77-420 exam.  If you are familiar with Excel, you will benefit from the shorter MOS 2013 Study Guide.

SPU is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center.  Here are the three ways a student can take the MOS exam.

(1)   Student enrolled in BUS 1700 have a $50 course fee added onto their tuition bill.  This way the cost can be covered  by financial aid.  This fee allows each student to take the MOS exam following the three-weeks of BUS 1700 tutorial lectures.  Enrolled students are also allowed one free retake of the exam if necessary.  Unlimited G∙METRIX practice exams can be reviewed online in McKenna Hall, details of which will be covered in class.  Students may retake the exam multiple times if needed, but only the first retake is free.  Subsequent retakes are charged at $50 per exam.  BUS 1700 students who pass the exam not only receive one credit toward graduation, but also earn the Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

(2)   Students are free to take the MOS 77-420 exam at any public Certiport Authorized Testing Center.  For example, the Sylvan Learning Center in Ballard is the nearest such center to SPU.  To take a test there, you would need to purchase a testing voucher online.  These are typically $100 (or $120 with a paid retake) and are offered through Certiport.  The Sylvan Learning Center adds a $65 testing fee.  To satisfy our requirement, you would stop by Dr. Sleight's office and login to your test account to show him that you had passed the exam.

(3)   Students may also acquire the Microsoft course textbook, and additional exam review materials from Dr. Sleight, and take the certification exam here at McKenna Hall after preparing for it on your own.  Reservation to take the exam are made through Dr. Sleight and are scheduled during weeks four through ten of each quarter.  Test times match the hours BUS 1700 is offered each quarter.  Students not enrolled in BUS 1700 must pay a $50 testing fee.  Any needed retakes would also be $50.  Financial aid does not cover these testing fees.  Course credit is not earned unless students are registered for BUS 1700.

For additional help, resources, or questions:

Faculty Contact

Richard Sleight

Manager of Information Systems

Phone: 206-281-2265
Office: McKenna Hall 123A

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