- Word Expert
- Excel Expert
See the Exam Releases page for planned dates.
*The MOS 365 Apps exams are only delivered with the Compass for Windows delivery system.
Supported Office Versions:
- Microsoft 365 Apps (formerly Office 365 ProPlus) versions 2202 or later (32 or 64-bit). Note: Versions prior to and including 1808 can take MOS 2016 exams. Versions from 1808 to 2202 can take MOS 2019 exams. We recommend the Semi-Annual Enterprise update channel, but also support the Monthly update channels; see the Office 365 FAQ for more info
*Note: All Live-in-the-application Microsoft Office Specialist exams delivered with Compass for Windows require a complete, local installation of the Office software, and only one Office Suite version may be installed per machine.
Microsoft 365 Apps: If you are using a cloud-based subscription to install the Office software, please see the Office 365 FAQ as it relates to delivering MOS exams with our Compass system.
Office Shared Computer Activation and Device-based License: As documented in the Compass for Windows User Guide, CATCs using shared computer activation or device-based license of the locally installed Microsoft Office software required for Live-in-the-Application testing will be prompted for action when administering MOS exams. These actions may include activating the software (if opened for the first time), or signing in to the application. Compass opens the software and addresses any one-time or other prompts from the application prior to the exam to avoid anything that may cause an interference during actual testing.
- Technical Info: If you should encounter any errors launching a MOS exam in a traditional (native) classroom environment using the shared license model please contact Technical Support.
- Exams from Home: If the Shared Computer Activation is preventing you from testing in a timely manner, you have the option to use Exams from Home, which is a virtual environment where the locally installed Microsoft Office software is managed by Certiport. See our Exams from Home page to get started.
The following requirements are in addition to any requirements specified in the Compass for Windows
||Required / Minimum
||1.6 GHz or faster, 2-core
||Core i5 or equivalent
||4 GB RAM; 2 GB RAM (32-bit)
|Hard Drive: (Free Space after Office and Windows install)
||5 GB on a Solid State drive
||1280 x 800
||1920 x 1080
|Keyboard & Mouse
|Internet Connection Speed
||256 kbps or DSL
||High Speed Internet