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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 2010 Level I Certification in order to progress in your BABA or BAE program. For more information about the requirements and how to prepare for the certification exam, visit Microsoft's Exam Details page
You can reserve a time to take the exam at Albers' Brown Paper Tickets page - registration is required whether it is your first time or a retake. 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.
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.
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, contact AlbersExcel@seattleu.edu, to arrange a testing time through Disabilities Services.
Vouchers can be purchased at the SU Campus Store or online, the voucher at the bookstore includes one retake if necessary. Please purchase your voucher prior to your test date.
There are five resources available to help: a workshop, two online study tools, a physical book, and a practice exam that simulates the actual exam. Utilizing this study material is highly recommended as the exam is very difficult.
GMetrix SMS 3.2 simulates the exam environment and 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 2010 installed can also download the exam software to their own computers at GMetrix.net. If you use a Mac or do not have Office 2010 on your own computer, you can access GMetrix by visiting http://vlab.seattleu.edu, downloading the VMWare client if necessary, and connecting to the Seattle University
Virtual Lab desktop. GMetrix is found under Albers Applications. Enter the code below to access a full-length practice test.
You will need to email AlbersExcel@seattleu.edu from your SeattleU email account to get a GMetrix access code, or you can visit the Albers Front Desk in person to request a code.
There will be two voluntary two-day workshops offered each quarter to help you prepare for the EXCEL certification exam. Additional preparation and review hours outside of the workshop hours are necessary for success. The fee for the workshop is $50, and the workshops for Winter 2015 are scheduled:
Both workshops will take place in Pigott 328 and will be presented by Liz Wick, Albers Tech Support Specialist. She has achieved the Microsoft Office Certified Master level.
To sign-up for the workshop you should first go to Pigott 318 and tell the front desk staff that you want to sign-up for the EXCEL Workshop . You will be given a short form to fill in your Name and ID number, and circle either the Friday or the Saturday workshop. Second, go to Pigott 319 to give either a check or credit card information to the Albers Budget Manager who is generally available between 8:30 -12 p.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. You must give her your check or credit card information in person.
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, you can automatically add the following courses to your "My Courses" list by clicking the dropdown link next to your name, select "Redeem enrollment code" and enter the Enrollment code listed below. (You can also manually search for and add these recommended courses individually):
Excel Courses Enrollment code: HLR8L7AS3SJDYV
Lynda.com provides video-based tutorials with downloadable exercise files for you to follow along and perform the same tasks demonstrated in the videos. Sign in with your Seattle University username and password at the Seattle University Lynda Portal.
Click recommended viewing on Lynda.com to see a list of the most relevant Lynda courses, or search for "Excel 2010" to see all available Excel 2010 courses.
The SU Campus Store offers the Wiley Microsoft Excel 2010 textbook for $93, specifically designed to walk through subjects tested on the Excel exam (ISBN: 978-0-470-90767-2)
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.
Brown Paper Tickets
GMetrixMicrosoft IT Academy Lynda Wiley 77-882 Microsoft Excel 2010 text (available at the Campus Store)