Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Status in PowerPoint 2016 Achieved!

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At 11:15am On 3/22/18 I attended the Certiport certification lab presented by Certiport at the 2018 NCCIA Conference located at Asheville-Buncomb Technical Community College in Asheville, NC.

Tyler Dockery Achieves Microsoft Office Specialis status with PowerPoint 2016

Microsoft Office Specialist status in PowerPoint 2016 Achieved!

I chose to attempt this exam because the interactive PowerPoint certification program provides takers with performance-based scenarios to measure their ability to manage essential, day-to-day tasks. Since I work with this program regularly, I felt this might be achievable based on the successes I had already achieved earlier with Microsoft Products. Certification required me to demonstrate my ability to create and manage presentations, insert and format shapes and slides, create slide content, apply transitions and animations and manage multiple presentations. I found that taking the new PowerPoint exam was comprehensive, especially in its project-based testing format. This required me to complete several projects that depicted real-world functionality with project and standards-based outcome testing. Some items, especially those requiring the management of multiple PowerPoint Projects were difficult enough to maintain a feeling of completion and success for the work done.

The Official Breakdown of Subject Matter

Certiport’s official exam study page for this test: PowerPoint 2016: Core Presentation Design and Delivery Skills; Exam 77-729 outlines the following fundamentals will possibly be covered:


Create and Manage Presentations

1.1 Create a Presentation

1.1.1 Create a new presentation

1.1.2 Create a presentation based on a template

1.1.3 Import Word document outlines

1.2 Insert and Format Slides

1.2.1 Insert specific slide layouts

1.2.2 Duplicate existing slides

1.2.3 Hide and unhide slides

1.2.4 Delete slides

1.2.5 Apply a different slide layout

1.2.6 Modify individual slide backgrounds

1.2.7 Inset slide headers, footers, and page numbers

1.3 Modify Slides, Handouts, and Notes

1.3.1 Change the slide master theme or background

1.3.2 Modify slide master content

1.3.3 Create a slide layout

1.3.4 Modify a slide layout

1.3.5 Modify the handout master

1.3.6 Modify the notes master

1.4 Order and Group Slides

1.4.1 Create sections

1.4.2 Modify slide order

1.4.3 Rename sections

1.5 Change Presentation Options and Views

1.5.1 Change slide size

1.5.2 Change views of a presentation

1.5.3 Set file properties

1.6 Configure a Presentation for Print

1.6.1 Print all or part of a presentation

1.6.2 Print notes pages

1.6.3 Print handouts

1.6.4 Print in color, grayscale, or black and white

1.7 Configure and Present a Slide Show

1.7.1 Create custom slide shows

1.7.2 Configure slide show options

1.7.3 Rehearse slide show timing

1.7.4 Present a slide show by using Presenter View


Insert and Format Text, Shapes, and Images

2.1 Insert and Format Text

2.1.1 Insert text on a slide

2.1.2 Apply formatting and styles to text

2.1.3 Apply WordArt styles to text

2.1.4 Format text in multiple columns

2.1.5 Create bulleted and numbered lists

2.1.6 Insert hyperlinks

2.2 Insert and Format Shapes and Text Boxes

2.2.1 Insert or replace shapes

2.2.2 Insert text boxes

2.2.3 Resize shapes and text boxes

2.2.4 Format shapes and text boxes

2.2.5 Apply styles to shapes and text boxes

2.3 Insert and Format Images

2.3.1 Insert images

2.3.2 Resize and crop images

2.3.3 Apply styles and effects

2.4 Order and Group Objects

2.4.1 Order objects

2.4.2 Align objects

2.4.3 Group objects

2.4.4 Display alignment tools Insert Tables, Charts, SmartArt, and Media


Insert Tables, Charts, SmartArt, and Media

3.1 Insert and Format Tables

3.1.1 Create a table

3.1.2 Insert and delete table rows and columns

3.1.3 Apply table styles

3.1.4 Import a table

3.2 Insert and Format Charts

3.2.1 Create a chart

3.2.2 Import a chart

3.2.3 Change the Chart Type

3.2.4 Add a legend to a chart

3.2.5 Change the chart style of a chart

3.3 Insert and Format SmartArt graphics

3.3.1 Create SmartArt graphics

3.3.2 Convert lists to SmartArt graphics

3.3.3 Add shapes to SmartArt graphics

3.3.4 Reorder shapes in SmartArt graphics

3.3.5 Change the color of SmartArt graphics

3.4 Insert and Manage Media

3.4.1 Insert audio and video clips

3.4.2 Configure media playback options

3.4.3 Adjust media window size

3.4.4 Set the video start and stop time

3.4.5 Set media timing options


Apply Transitions and Animations

4.1 Apply Slide Transitions

4.1.1 Insert slide transitions

4.1.2 Set transition effect options

4.2 Animate Slide Content

4.2.1 Apply animations to objects

4.2.2 Apply animations to text

4.2.3 Set animation effect options

4.2.4 Set animation paths

4.3 Set Timing for Transitions and Animations

4.3.1 Set transition effect duration

4.3.2 Configure transition start and finish options

4.3.3 Reorder animations on a slide


Manage Multiple Presentations

5.1 Merge Content from Multiple Presentations

5.1.1 Inset slides from another presentation

5.1.2 Compare two presentations

5.1.3 Insert comments

5.1.4 Review comments

5.2 Finalize Presentations

5.2.1 Protect a presentation

5.2.2 Inspect a presentation

5.2.3 Proof a presentation

5.2.4 Preserve presentation content

5.2.5 Export presentations to other formats


Microsoft Office Specialist certification is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Microsoft Office globally. All in all, this test was not bad, but again, a little more vigorous than expected. To succeed I truly needed to have a fundamental understanding of the PowerPoint environment and be able to demonstrate the correct application of PowerPoint 2016 requests, demands, and real-world scenarios. Beyond having to create, edit, and enhance presentations and slideshows, presentation examples were required to include professional-grade sales presentations, employee training materials, instructional materials, and the creation of kiosk slideshows.

MOS 2016 certification exams seem to introduce a performance-based format for improved testing of a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities using the MOS 2016 programs. MOS PowerPoint 2016 exam task instructions generally did not include the command name as in previous versions. For example, function names were avoided, and were replaced with descriptors instead. This meant I had to understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects, and there were many projects to be completed in the time allowed.

The materials had an excellent amount of in-depth knowledge requirement,s and while I suffered a bit with the knowledge of managing multiple presentations, I was able to break through with a score in the upper 880s. It was a good challenge, and I felt my skills were challenged.