Excel Certification

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Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification can help differentiate you in today's competitive job market. All Albers undergraduate students are required to pass EXCEL Level I Certification (Microsoft Office Specialist exam 77-727) in order to progress in your BABA or BAE program.

As of Fall 2019 the Excel 2016 or 365/2019 exam is required for new exam candidates. Excel 2013 certification achieved prior to September 1, 2019 will be accepted, but Excel 2010 or earlier is no longer accepted.

For more information about the exam requirements and how to prepare for the certification exam, visit Microsoft's Exam Details page.


Most students will register for a pre-scheduled exam session for their IS 3150 class, or one of the open sessions listed on our Eventbrite pages. Students requiring ADA accommodations will need to apply to Certiport to receive an accommodation, and then contact the Excel Proctor to arrange for an exam session.

Students must also register with Certiport in order to take a Microsoft Certification Exam.

In-Person vs. Virtual Exams

In-Person exams

As we transition back to in-person instruction we are also resuming in-person Excel exams - these exams are administered in Pigott 328. The in-person exam experience is superior due to the larger screens and more direct control of the exam computers.

Register for an in-person exam

Remote exams

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Certiport developed a temporary method of exam delivery via a virtual machine within a browser. We are continuing to offer a limited number of remote exams as long as the "Exams From Home" option is available. After the Thanksgiving holiday when most classes will transition to virtual instruction, all exams for the remainder of fall quarter will be remote.

Remote exams are proctored via Zoom meeting. On the day before the exam the assigned proctor will invite you to their Zoom meeting and also send you the link for your exam session.

International students studying from outside the US can register for one of our virtual exams, however our testing center can only schedule exams starting between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pacific time. If the time zone difference is problematic, international students can locate the exam service provider for their home country; however exam and proctor fees may vary and would be paid directly to the service provider and testing center in that country.

Register for a remote exam


Steps to Sign up for the Exam

Register with Certiport

You must register with Certiport.com prior to your test date. It is essential that you input your Seattle U ID in the "Student/Employee ID" field during the Certiport registration process. Failure to input your Seattle U ID may delay the start of your exam session. Please also complete the Microsoft registration at the end of the Certiport registration process. We do not require vouchers at SU so you can disregard the notice about buying a voucher.

You should also login to Certiport.com to register the exam group ID for your class if you are taking the exam for credit in IS-3150.

If you have a disability that might affect your performance on this exam, you will need to apply for an accommodation with Certiport. As of March 2020 you may apply online, you must use the same username for both Certiport and the accommodations application. Approval will take at least two weeks (at least 10 business days) and possibly longer if additional documentation is requested. You may also need to contact ExcelTest@seattleu.edu to arrange an extended testing time.

Register for an exam session

You will need to register and pay for an exam session at Albers' Eventbrite page (for exams taken as part of an IS-3150 class, you will get a custom registration link from your instructor). There is a $35 charge to register for an exam session, which covers the exam fee charged by Certiport and Albers administrative costs. If you do not pass the exam you will be issued a retake promo code to register for one retake session for free. The exams are currently taken remotely via a browser, Chrome is preferred.

Retake Policies

If you fail the exam on your first attempt the Excel Proctor will email you a promo code for a retake. The exam fee includes ONE retake, if you require another retake you will have to pay the additional fee.

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.

Study Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many times can I take the Excel certification exam?

A. You can take the exam as many times as necessary to pass, however you will only receive one free retake per paid exam session.

Q. How much does the exam cost?

A. The exam fee is $35, this covers the cost of purchasing exam inventory from Certiport and related administrative costs incurred by Albers.

Q. How long do I have to pass the exam?

A. All business students entering SU summer 2012 or later are required to pass the EXCEL Level I Certification Exam as a requirement for graduation. You can take the exam at any time during your studies up until graduation; however it counts towards your final grade if you take IS 3150.

 If you have any further questions, please email ExcelTest@seattleu.edu.