Microsoft Certification Program
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Microsoft Office Certifications?
Microsoft Office is the foundation of business technology. With over 1.2 Billion users Microsoft Office is used throughout the globe and remains the #1 platform for business. By equipping UCA students with curriculum, testing, and certification it will prepare our students for a technologically driven future.
What is the Value of a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification?
This program will give our students a great advantage as they move into college and ultimately the work force. In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Office Specialist certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers. In addition, once certified, students may earn college credit pending on the Universities policies.
What Should My Child Expect?
The good news is that if your child has been in our school for more than a few years it’s likely that they have already been exposed to many of the learning objectives that are required to pass the exam. Junior High students have the opportunity to take the certification classes during 7thperiod elective. High School students also have the opportunity to enroll in MOS certification classes as electives within their school day. Our partner in this venture, STEP Certified, will provide online based training which not only supports our students, but our teachers as well, to ensure simple and complete understanding.
Once they are ready for the certification exam, students will be provided with a Pre-Test to ensure they are ready to pass the certification exam. A minimum score on the Pre-Test of at least 700 is required to be eligible to take the certification exam. Once a successful score is achieved, they can take the certification exam with their elective teacher or make an appointment with Mrs. Fuentes to take the certification exam at their convenience.
Is Getting Certification Required?
Obtaining certification is not required, however with as much value as these certifications provide, we hope that all students in grades 6-12 will do their best to become certified!
Will this Require Extra Time of My Child?
Due to the Microsoft Certification content being offered in a limited elective for both Junior High and High School, time spent outside of the classroom on assignments is highly recommended, but up to you. We recommend students spend time on the STEP Certified website to review tutorials as well as take several GMetrix practice tests.
How Can I Help My Child?
You can help your child by encouraging them as they pursue certification. In addition, review and assist them with the materials provided within the STEP Certified web-based learning system. This system is provided to our students at no cost and will play a key role in getting your student prepared to pass the exam.
This Sounds Great, But What Will It Cost?
There is no additional cost for this program! It is an opportunity available to all 6th-12th grade students.
How Long is a Microsoft Certification Good For?
Once a Microsoft certification is earned that certification is registered with Microsoft and stays as part of the students record forever.
Opportunity Available to Parents as Well!
Parents, this opportunity is available to you as well for a small fee. Please contact Mrs. Fuentes for more information.
Ready to Take the Certification Pre-Test or Have Questions About the Program?
Contact Mrs. Fuentes at sfuentes@UCacademy.org
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