Orlando, Florida – August 2, 2023
The winners of the 2023 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship have been announced by Certiport, the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners.
The annual competition challenges students from ages 13 through 22 to prove their skills in Microsoft Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. Now in its 21st year, this year’s competition – the only one endorsed by Microsoft since its inception in 2002 – attracted more than 1.3 million entries from around the world.
To enter, students took a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office technology. Regional competitions were held worldwide, and 133 finalists qualified to compete in the final round of competition held in Orlando, Florida from July 31 – August 2, 2023.
The 2023 MOS World Champions are:
Microsoft Word (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
- First place: Chan Wai Wong, Macau, China
- Second place: Cheng-Yan Wu, Taiwan
- Third place: Thuy Linh Hoang, Vietnam
Microsoft PowerPoint® (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
- First place: Lucie Dorňáková, Czech Republic
- Second place: Ana Guo, Macau, China
- Third place: Ching-Chi Tsao, Taiwan
Microsoft Excel® (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
- First place: Yuxiang Lin, Macau, China
- Second place: Jamie Kildea, Ireland
- Third place: Songglod Petchamras, Thailand
Microsoft Word (Office 2016)
- First place: Bing-Hong Chen, Taiwan
- Second place: Chi Kuan Tan, Macau, China
- Third place: Thi Minh Anh Dang, Vietnam
Microsoft PowerPoint® (Office 2016)
- First place: Man-Him Law, Hong Kong, China
- Second place: Noppanat Chalouy, Thailand
- Third place: Celia Cole, USA
Microsoft Excel® (Office 2016)
- First place: Sora Takaya, Japan
- Second place: Thi Thanh Truc Nguyen, Vietnam
- Third place: O-Man Wong, Hong Kong, China
In the concluding round, competitors participated in a 100-minute exam that tested their knowledge, application skills, and creative talents. For the second consecutive year, finalists were required to complete a free-form project. This year’s challenge asked competitors to create an informational document for a non-profit client.
At the final event in Florida, Certiport and Microsoft recognized the top student competitors in the MOS World Championship Awards Ceremony and presented each First-place winner with an $8,000 cash prize. The Second-place and Third-place honorees received $4,000 and $2,000, respectively.
"This year marks 21 years since the Microsoft Office Specialist competition began in 2002. We are exceptionally proud of what we have managed to achieve, through our partners around the world, in providing young people with a platform such as this to learn, compete, and gain valuable skills that will help them in their future careers," said Craig Bushman, General Manager, Certiport.
Microsoft Office Specialist is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Microsoft Office globally and serves as a powerful instrument for assessing learners' skills and preparing them for real-world application of their knowledge.
"For over two decades, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship has recognized the top students using Microsoft Office from across the globe. These students are passionate and dedicated learners who have the skills and competitive drive to succeed. At Microsoft, we know this experience will prepare students to demonstrate their valued digital skills in a real-world work environment," said Christian Wylde, Principal Group Manager, Microsoft Worldwide Learning.
Next year, Certiport will host the 2024 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Anaheim, California, from July 28 through 31.
Learn more about the MOS World Championship »
See what our competitors and other news outlets are saying by searching the event hashtag #MOSWC on social media.
Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 13,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Certified Fundamentals certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Professional certification program, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit certification program, the App Development with Swift certification program, the Unity Certified User certification program, the Communication Skills for Business certification program, the IC3 Digital Literacy certification, the Cisco Certified Support Technician certification, and the Entrepreneurship and Small Business certification program. Certiport reliably delivers millions of tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in 148 countries and 26 languages worldwide. For more information, certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.
"Certiport" is a registered trademark of NCS Pearson, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.