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MOS or MCAS?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)' started by Silverfox, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Silverfox

    Silverfox Bit Poster

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    I would be grateful for some advice on the above. I am looking to improve my knowledge of MS applications, mainly Word and Excel.

    It seems MOS relates to Office 2003 and MCAS to Office 2007. I want to take the route I am most likely to encounter in a future office type job. I have heard that most offices still have 2003 and will do for the forseeable future. However, I have 2007 on my home PC and it seems strange to be taking an exam that is on the face of it already out of date.

    Although the appearence is different, are the two versions that different to work with on a day to day basis?

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. wagnerk
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    MOS/MOUS does relate to Office 2000, XP & 2003 and the MCAS does relate to Office 2007. While fundamentally both do the same thing, there is a big difference imo between the two - the first thing is the new ribbon bar, the second thing is the format of the files. Added to that Office 14 is earmarked to be released either late this year or early next year...

    Which one to go for, I would say the MCAS, but that's personal preference (and because I've already done two of the MCAS exams) :)

    -Ken
     
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  3. ericrollo

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    MCAS is best because it is new, MOS is best because you can become a microsoft office specialist master
     
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  4. Silverfox

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    Thanks for the advice. I wasn't aware of Office 14. Early indications seem to suggest that it will share the ribbon bar feature on 2007. So MCAS is probably the way.

    Ken, can I ask what study material you used for your MCAS exams?

    Cheers
     
  5. wagnerk
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    Didn't use any study materials. I just used the experience that I had. Saying that the two MCAS exams that I did was Vista & Outlook (imo there isn't that much difference between Outlook 2k3 & 2k7 - apart from the Office Orb). At some point I'll do Word, Excel & powerpoint, but they're not high on my priority.

    -Ken
     
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  6. rgwebworld

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    If you wanted to get a MOS certification in Excel you would take one exam, you can find more information here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/officespecialist/objectives/excel2003.mspx.

    There is no MOS for 2007, those versions come under the MCAS, for example Excel 2007 can be found here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/77-602.mspx.

    MCAS covers the Office 2007 versions while MOS covers Microsoft Office 2003, Office XP, and Office 2000
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/msbc/default.mspx.

    It would depend on the version the employer uses.

    Again it would depend on the version you are using at your place of employment. I would tend to be forward looking if you are going to spend time and money on preparing and taking the cert so I would look to the MCAS.

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