Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Certiport’s 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Online Championship?

A. The 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Online Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a national competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Q. How do I participate in the Championship?

A. Students can participate in the Championship by taking a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam and entering their score into the Championship. Students that have passed a MOS exam and submitted it during the Championship period are already entered into the Online Championship. The deadline to submit a qualifying MOS exam is May 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM MT.  To review how to submit an exam into the Online Championship, please visit https://gocertiport.pearsonvue.com/MOSNationalOnlineChampionship. If you have questions about whether or not a score has been received, please reach out to Certiport at MOSChampionship@pearson.com and include "Online Championship" in the subject line.

Q. Who can participate in the Championship?

A. To participate in the MOS U.S. National Online Championship, candidates must: have taken a qualifying MOS exam between June 16, 2019 and May 14, 2021; have been over 13 years old at the time you took the qualifying exam; have been under 22 at the time you took the qualifying exam; and must be students that are enrolled in an approved, degree-seeking academic institution recognized by the state in which it operates. Students participating in the U.S. National Online Championship must be able to provide proof of age and student status upon request. Employees of Certiport, Inc., the sponsoring Certiport Authorized Partner, their affiliates, subsidiaries, parent, and related companies and agencies and those individuals living in the same household as employees are not eligible. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. By taking an eligible Exam and entering this Championship, participants agree to abide by all terms of the Official Rules.

Previous participants of a MOS U.S. National Championship ARE eligible for the 2021 Online Championship. However, they cannot compete in the same product they previously competed in during any MOS U.S. National Championship. For example, a student who competed in Microsoft Word (Office 2016) or Microsoft Word (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019) at any previous year’s MOS U.S. National Championship, can compete in Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint in the 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship. Attending and taking the competition exam at a MOS U.S. National Championship constitutes competing in a MOS U.S. National Championship.

Q. Can students at an Imagine Academy participate?

A. Yes, students at Microsoft Imagine Academies are encouraged to participate. Many of those students participating prepare for the competition using the curriculum and lesson planning materials offered through their school by the Microsoft Imagine Academy program. This program provides schools flexible curriculum, customizable lesson plans, and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Q. What versions of Microsoft Office will the 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Online Championship include?

A. The 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship will include the following six (6) tracks:

  • Microsoft Word (Office 2016)
  • Microsoft Excel (Office 2016)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (Office 2016)
  • Microsoft Word (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
  • Microsoft Excel (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)

Q. What scholarships are awarded?

A. There are six tracks and a first, second, and third place winner will be identified in each track. Each First Place Champion receives $3,000 along with a medal of achievement, trophy, and certificate. Each Second Place Winner receives $1,500 along with a medal of achievement and certificate. Each Third Place Winner receives $750 along with a medal of achievement and certificate.

Q. How does Certiport select the winning score?

A. If two students at the MOS U.S. National Online Championship event have the same high exam score on the unique comprehensive exams, the student who completed the exam in the least amount of time will be the winner. The odds of winning will depend on the number of students competing in each exam track.

Q. Where can I take an eligible exam?

A. Eligible exams can be taken at any Academic Certiport Authorized Testing Center or through Certiport’s Exam from Home platform.

Q. How many times can I take an eligible exam for the Championship?

A. There is no limit to the number of times a student may sit for any eligible exam as long as he/she is not in violation of the Microsoft Office Specialist exam retake policy. Students who fail to abide by the Microsoft Office Specialist exam retake policy will be immediately disqualified from the Championship. Certiport retains the right to disqualify students for appropriate cause.

Q. How many different types of eligible exams can I submit into the Competition?

A. Students can participate in MULTIPLE Exam tracks. For example, they can submit a Microsoft Excel (Office 2016) and Microsoft Excel (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019). However, a candidate cannot be named a U.S. National Online Championship winner in more than one exam track in one year.

Q. How many days after the deadline does Certiport wait to notify the 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship winners?

A. Certiport runs the reports the following Monday, after the closing deadline. We then go through each state’s results manually and select our U.S. National Online Winners. This can take several days. Therefore, notification emails are usually sent several days following the closing day. We encourage students to update their email on their Certiport profile, because this is where all email notifications are sent.

Q. I just received an email notification stating that I am a 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship winner. What do I do now?

A. Congratulations! Based on your submitted exam score and time, you have been identified as a 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship winner. You must respond to the email within 72 hours after it is sent to your inbox, and you must also sign and return all required documents within three days. Failure to do so will result in you being disqualified and deemed to have forfeited the prize and another potential winner may be selected among all eligible exams received based on the same winner criteria listed in the rules.

The documents that need to be signed and returned will be linked in the notification email.

If you have questions about the 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Online Championship, please reach out to Certiport at MOSChampionship@pearson.com and include "Online Championship" in the subject line.
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