Are you between the ages of 13 and 22 and rather proficient in Microsoft Office? Well showcasing that knowledge can win you an all expenses paid trip to compete in the 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, July 29 – Aug. 1, 2018. In order to reach the World Championship though, participants must win two initial rounds, where the top scoring students in the first round will be able to participate in the second round, their country’s National Regional Finals. Eligible scores must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2017 for the Fall Qualifier, and May 11th, 2018 for the Spring Qualifier. The exams include Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2013 or 2016), Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2013 or 2016), and Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2013 or 2016). Up to 12 State Champions, one per application (Word, Powerpoint, or Excel), will be named and invited to represent their state and compete at the 2018 MOS U.S. National Championship, which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, June 13-15, 2018 (for the US, other countries will differ).
“The number of students entering this competition in the United States continues to grow rapidly – we had more than 320,000 total entrants last year, and many U.S. Champions have gone on to compete- and place- at the MOS World Championship where they matched up against students from all over the world,” said Aaron Osmond, General Manager, Certiport. “More importantly, the level of expertise is astounding – we are so pleased to see this competition not only promote industry-endorsed certification, but also prepare students for long term college and professional success.”
Those national winners will then get to represent their nation at the MOS Four Nations Championship finals, where one winner will then be crowned. So if you think you have what it takes, or just may want to visit Orlando, Florida for free, make sure you brush up on your Office skill and get your exam in by the submission date.