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About MCAS, MOS and the future

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)' started by aestudiar, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. aestudiar

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    I'm considering getting either MCAS or MOS.
    What's the difference between them? ie which one is harder, what app. software you need to know, etc.
    I know this has been asked before, but things change, so I'd like to be up to date.

    Also, this year MS Office 2010 will be released. When will the new certs be available?
    Does the MCAS include Vista? If so, the fact that I have no experience with it (my laptop still runs on XP Pro) :rolleyes: will be a barrier?

    Thanks. I've seen this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467198433&pf_rd_i=468294

    Which looks good, but does NOT include any info on Vista (making it all worse for me).
    Can you guys recommend some materials?

    Cheers. :helpread
     
  2. JonnyMX

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    MCAS is better than MOS was.

    However I believe that Ken or UKDS posted a news article a while back saying that MCAS wouldn't be available for Office 2010.
     
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  3. aestudiar

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    What's the Vista content in the exams?
     
  4. wagnerk
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    The Vista content for the MCAS (77-600) is from a power-user point of view, not technical. It's a easier exam than the 70-620, for sure, however you need to know Vista in order to pass.

    The MCAS range of certs are harder than the MOS versions, I was told from one of my mates (who's a MCT) that when he went to Microsoft, he was told that the current version of the MCAS certs will be discontinued (so it's only for office 2007 & Vista) for the more favorable MOS/MOUS version. This was due to the complexity (hardness) of the MCAS vs the MOS/MOUS for standard users. Because of this also, the MCAP range of certs, that were suppose to be release was stopped in it's tracks.

    -ken
     
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  5. ericrollo

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    Im an MOS Master! Yeah baby!!!

    Infact MOS is so pointless it was a running joke in our class for 2 years.
     
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    If I was in a class that was a running joke for two years, I'd be praying for someone to kill me! 8)
     
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  7. aestudiar

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    Hi,
    what are the type of questions presented in the exam? Really basic?
     
  8. wagnerk
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    For the MCAS/MOS/MOUS exams it's all about using the applications/OS, instead of supporting/deploying them.

    See here for more information :)

    -Ken
     
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