SBGE Graduate Pre-requisite: Excel Certification

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Graduate Certification Pre-requisite
Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel

Possessing the initial Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificate in Excel® is a general prerequisite for graduate study in the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government, and Economics. The certificates which satisfy this requirement include, MO-200 (Office 365 and Excel 2019), MOS 77-727 (Excel 2016), and MOS 77-420 (Excel 2013).  The exam is a rigorous test of your basic competency with Microsoft Excel.  MOS certification is a worthy addition to your résumé.

Students are encouraged to earn their MOS Excel certification prior to their first quarter here.  It must, however, be earned by the end of the second quarter in our program.

MOS Excel badgeIf you have already earned a MOS Excel certificate:

To document the successful passing of the MOS Excel certification exam, email your name, SPU ID number, and the verification code from the lower left corner of your certificate to Dr. Richard Sleight at  The code has this format: U28r-sFpk.  If you do not have your certificate, login to your Certiport account and download the PDF copy of your certificate available on the MY TRANSCRIPT tab.

If you intend to take the MO-200 exam at SPU:

Microsoft Office Specialist exams can be taken at Certiport Authorized Testing Centers (CATC) all over the world.  You may locate the centers nearest to you on the CATC locator.  SPU also has a CATC in McKenna Hall 113.  Dr. Sleight is the Organization Administrator for our center.  Information on how to register to take an exam at our center is available in the green area toward the bottom of our CATC information page.

Preparing to take the MO-200 Excel exam:

Depending on your current experience and skill level with Microsoft Excel, you may find some or all of these resources especially valuable in helping you prepare for the MO-200 (Office 365/Excel 2019) exam.  Be aware that the MO-200 exam tests your ability to use the Windows (not Apple) version of Excel.  Use of Excel with a mouse rather than a touch pad or touch screen is required.

  • The MO-200 exam consists of 35 “tasks” to be completed in 50 minutes. These tasks are spread across 5 to 8 “projects.” Here is the task list from which the 35 questions are drawn.

  • Are you ready to take the MO-200 exam?  If you think you are, try both of the sample Excel 2019 exams prepared by Dr. Sleight that can be found near the bottom of our CATC page.  Can you complete each in under 50 minutes?  Can you perform at least 25 of the 35 tasks correctly?

  • The MOS Study Guide for Microsoft Excel Exam MO-200 offers a concise review of the exam topics.

  • Take the SPU exam prep class - BCE 0022-418 MOS Excel Exam Preparation Workshop. 
    The next session will be held on Monday evenings August 17 – September 7, 2020. Register online here.

  • YouTube videos are useful resources for learning about specific Excel features.

  • Microsoft Office Specialist Authorized Testing CenterThis free 11.5 hour Udemy course on the MO-200 exam topics might be what will best help you prepare. Excel 2019: From beginner to intermediate (MOS cert MO-200)

  • And if you want additional help on any specific Excel feature,
    feel free to contact Dr. Sleight and he can send you his Excel
    workbook covering that topic.

Contact / CATC Organization Administrator

Richard Sleight

Manager of Information Systems
PhD, University of Washington

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