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Earning a Microsoft Specialist Certification can help differentiate you in today's competitive job market and broaden your employment opportunities. All Albers undergraduate students are required to pass EXCEL Level I Certification in order to progress in your BABA or BAE program.
Beginning in Fall 2015 we will be testing on the Excel 2013 exam, and students in IS-3150 will take the exam as part of the class.
If you have not completed IS-3150 but have already passed Excel certification, your certification will count towards the IS-3150 requirement.
If you have already taken the Excel 2010 exam did not pass, you will need to become familiar with the new exam format (see GMetrix below).
Limited Excel 2010 exam information is available at the bottom of this page for students graduating Summer 2015.
For more information about the requirements and how to prepare for the certification exam, visit Microsoft's Exam Details page.
Please purchase your voucher prior to your test date. Vouchers can be purchased at the SU Campus Store or online, the voucher at the bookstore includes one retake if necessary. The SU Campus Store voucher with retake is approximately the same price as the voucher without retake when purchased directly from Certiport, so the Campus Store voucher is recommended..
Vouchers purchased at the bookstore include a retake if necessary: if you pass the exam on the first attempt you will not receive a retake voucher. If you fail the exam on your first attempt Certiport will issue a new voucher number to your account and email it to you within a few days. Retake vouchers expire 30 days after the first exam attempt.
After your first exam attempt you must wait 24 hours before taking the Excel exam again. After your second and any subsequent attempts, you must wait 48 hours before taking the same exam again.
You must register with Certiport.com prior to your test date. It is essential that you input your student ID in the "Student/Employee ID" field during the Certiport registration process. Failure to input your student ID may cause a delay in processing your test results. Please complete the Microsoft registration as well at the end of the Certiport registration process. You should also login to Certiport.com to assign your voucher number to your account, and register the exam ID for your class if you are taking the exam within IS-3150.
If you have a disability that might interfere with your performance on this test, you will need to arrange support services first with Certiport. In addition, you may need to contact AlbersExcel@seattleu.edu, to arrange a testing time through Disabilities Services.
If you are not taking the Excel exam as part of IS-3150 or you need to schedule a retake, you can reserve a time to take the exam at Albers' Brown Paper Tickets page. There is no charge to register for an exam session, but please register for only one session at a time - if you are signed
up for multiple sessions at once, all of your registrations will be cancelled. If you do not pass the exam you may then register for another session. The exams are held in Pigott 328.
There are several resources available to help you prepare for the exam: online study tools, hard copy study guides, and a practice exam that simulates the actual exam. Utilizing this study material is highly recommended as the exam is very difficult.
GMetrix SMS 4 software simulates the exam environment. Beginning with Office 2013 the exam is formatted as a multi-part project editing a single spreadsheet, rather than a series of disconnected tasks in separate questions.GMetrix version 4 is required for Office 2013 practice tests.
GMetrix includes two modes, Training and Testing:
You may take any of the practice or training tests as many times as you want, it is recommended that students complete all three practice tests at least once. Students who complete all three practice tests are usually successful on their first attempt to pass the official exam.
GMetrix can be found on all computers in the computer labs and Lemieux Library. Windows users with Office 2013 installed can also download the exam software to their own computers at GMetrix.net. If you use a Mac or do not have Office 2013 on your own computer, you can access GMetrix by visiting http://desktop.seattleu.edu, downloading the VMWare client if necessary, and connecting to the Seattle University Virtual Lab desktop. GMetrix is found under Albers Applications.
You will need a GMetrix access code to take a full length practice test. Email AlbersExcel@seattleu.edu from your SeattleU email account to get an access code, or you can visit the Albers Front Desk in person to request a code.
Seattle University is member of the Microsoft IT Academy program, which provides on-line software training. Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 8.0+) is recommended for logging on to IT Academy. Click the link above, select "Organizational account", and sign in with your Seattle University email and password.
IT Academy access code: 7612-ALBERS-9007
Once you have logged in, search for "Microsoft Excel 2013 Essentials" and click the green Add button to save it in your courses.
Lynda.com provides video-based tutorials with downloadable exercise files for you to follow along and perform the same tasks demonstrated in the videos. Seattle University students can use their Seattle Public Library card to access Lynda.com, if you do not have an SPL library card you can apply online. Then visit the SPL lynda.com login page to get access.
You can search for "Excel 2013" to see all available Excel 2013 courses, Excel 2013 Essential Training covers a wide variety of exam topics.
The SU Campus Store offers two study guides:
Exam 77-420 Microsoft Excel 2013 is the Microsoft Official Academic Course textbook. (ISBN: 978-0470133088)
Microsoft Office Excel 2013 Core Certification Guide from CCI Learning is specifically designed to walk through subjects tested on the Excel exam (ISBN: 978-1-55332-392-1)
A. You can take the exam as many times as necessary to pass… BUT, you will need a unique voucher number each time. The voucher you buy through the Seattle University Bookstore includes one free retake voucher if necessary. You must use the retake voucher within 30 days of your initial exam.
A. You can purchase your exam voucher at the SU Campus Store. The voucher with one free retake costs approximately $99 plus sales tax. If you purchase your voucher on the Certiport website, it will cost $115.
A. Transfer students have until the end of their first quarter at Seattle U to pass the exam before a registration hold will be put on their account. Freshmen have to pass the exam before they complete 45 credits at Seattle University. If at the end of the quarter a student has not passed the exam, a hold will be put on their account and affect their ability to register for the following quarter. For example, fall transfers who have not passed the exam by the end of the fall quarter will not be able to register for spring classes.
If you have any further questions, please email AlbersExcel@seattleu.edu.
If you have completed all credits required for your degree and only need to pass the Excel exam to graduate, you may take the Office 2010 exam during September. For more information about the requirements of the Excel 2010 certification exam, visit Microsoft's Exam Details page
Microsoft IT Academy - Excel 2010 Courses Enrollment code: HLR8L7AS3SJDYV
We have compiled a list of recommended viewing on Lynda.com with the most relevant Lynda courses. You can also search for "Excel 2010" to see all available Excel 2010 courses.
Brown Paper Tickets
GMetrixMicrosoft IT Academy Lynda Wiley 77-882 Microsoft Excel 2010 text (available at the Campus Store)