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What is the exam format?

Exams are primarily performance-based and conducted in a “live,” or simulated, environment. Exam candidates taking exams for MOS 2007 or 2010 are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills. For example, a Word exam might ask a user to balance newspaper column lengths or to keep text together in columns. MOS 2013 presents the candidate with a project to build, with tasks and steps that build on each other.

How is the MOS 2013 format different from previous MOS exams?

MOS 2010 and earlier versions provide a variety of brief tasks to complete using Office application tools and functions. The new exam format for MOS 2013 presents a short project that the candidate must complete, using the specifications provided. This creates a real-world testing experience for candidates. For more information, check out the MOS 2013 demo video.

How long does a typical exam take?

A typical exam takes up to 90 minutes.

Are MOS exams available in different languages?

Yes, Microsoft offers localized exams for the MOS certification.

Where can I find my exam results?

Exam results are displayed on your screen immediately after you complete an exam. Those who pass will receive (by mail) an official certificate within approximately two to three weeks.

How many exams do I need to pass to earn an MTA certification?

To earn an MTA certification, you need to pass one exam.

Will MTA certifications expire?

No, MTA certifications do not expire.

What do I get when I earn an MTA certification?

Earning an MTA certification helps prove your knowledge of fundamental technology concepts. Having a validated certification from Microsoft can help you launch a successful career.
When you earn an MTA certification, you become a member of our Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community. You get access to members-only benefits, such as special offers, a transcript tool, and private newsgroups where you can network, find peer support, and share your accomplishments with millions of MCPs worldwide.

How does the MTA certification fit into the overall Microsoft Certification Program?

The MTA certification provides the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications. The MTA certification creates a new entry point to help those who are new to IT to jump start their careers.
If you already have an in-depth understanding of and hands-on experience with Microsoft technologies, you might want to start with an MCSA certification or an MCSD certification. Find out more about Microsoft Certifications.

I'm an instructor. How do I integrate MTA Certification Exam Review Kits into the curriculum that I’m already teaching?

The Exam Review Kits were created in a modular format so that they can be adapted for a variety of teaching scenarios. Each kit includes 20 lessons based on the topics covered in the associated MTA certification exam. You can select which lessons to use in your classroom, based on the curriculum you are already teaching.

Does Adobe Offer Certification?

Yes, Adobe offers the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification for validating entry-level skills.

Why was the ACA certificate created?

The workplace demand for digital media skills—creating, managing, integrating, and communicating information by using Adobe’s video, graphic, web, illustration, or design software—is on the rise. The ACA certification program will help educators effectively teach and validate digital communication skills while providing students with credentials that demonstrate real-world prowess to prospective employers and academic institutions.

What are the benefits of becoming ACA certified?

When someone becomes ACA certified, it validates their technical abilities and demonstrates proficiency. Adobe’s ACA certifications are based on research about digital communication skills required by industry, government, and education. The exam objectives reflect the expertise needed to be successful communicators in today’s digital world. In educational settings, industry-recognized certification programs ensure students and teachers are acquiring the knowledge and abilities valued in today’s workplace. For institutions seeking to keep curriculum vitalized and relevant, certification plays a critical role in bridging classroom learning to real world application.

What are the ACA certifications available?

There are six ACA certifications currently available:

  • Web Authoring Using Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Interactive Media Communication Using Adobe Flash Professional
  • Video Communication Using Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop
  • Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator
  • Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign
How is an ACA certification earned?

To earn ACA certification an individual must pass a rigorous examination administered through a Certified Authorized Testing Center (CATC). All ACA exams are created with input from Adobe subject-matter exerts and are psychometrically validated. Each Adobe certification exam will correspond to a particular Adobe application used for digital media communication and will represent a single certification.

What is the question format used for ACA exams?

ACA exams validate a test candidate’s knowledge and skill by using two types of questions:

  • Performance-based questions simulate the Adobe application, requiring the student to complete a task or perform a function.
  • Linear-based questions use traditional true/false, multiple-choice or matching formats.
How can I find out what is on the ACA exams?

Learning objectives for the current ACA exams are listed on Adobe’s website: http://www.adobe.com/education/certification-programs.edu.html

What happens when I pass an ACA exam?

As soon as you pass an ACA exam, your name and exam results are given to Adobe by Certiport. Your exam data is then entered into a database. Within two weeks of passing a certification exam, you will receive an official certificate in the mail with an ACA logo that highlights your accomplishment.

Do ACA certifications expire?

Creative Cloud-based ACA certifications become non-current three years after date of issue.

What is an ACA Classroom and ACA Campus Site License?

Institutions can purchase an ACA Classroom or Campus Site License that includes unlimited use of the ACA certification exams with an upfront, one-time annual cost. The ACA Site License includes unlimited use of the ACA certifications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Premier Pro in all available versions. The ACA ClassroomLicense also includes practice test software to prepare your students and staff.

What are the benefits of becoming certified?

By certifying one’s skills, individuals can validate their technical abilities and demonstrate proficiency. HP’s associate-level certifications are based on IT skills required by industry, government, and education. The objectives reflect the skills needed to successfully design and deploy end-to-end customer IT solutions for a complexity level typically found within small- and medium-sized businesses. In educational settings, industry-recognized certification programs ensure students and teachers are acquiring the knowledge and skills valued in today’s workplace. For institutions seeking to keep curriculum vitalized and relevant, certification plays a critical role in bridging classroom learning to real-world application.

For what types of jobs do these certifications prepare candidates?
  • HP ATA certification directly applies to a broad range of IT job roles, including but not limited to:
    • IT Architects
    • System Engineers
    • System Administrators
    • Technical Support Engineers
What are the necessary skills and knowledge candidates will need to have in order to pass the certification exams?

The learning objectives for the HP ATA exams can be found here: http://macsedu.com/hp-ata/

Does a candidate need to take multiple exams in order to certify?

No. Each time a candidate successfully completes an exam, he/she will earn the corresponding HP ATA certification. To complete the HP ATA—Cloud certification, a candidate must first complete the Connected Devices, the Networks, and the Servers and Storage certifications.

Do the exams need to be taken in any order?

No. Except for the HP ATA—Cloud certification, which must be proceeded by the three pillar certifications, the certifications may be taken in any order.

Can other certifications be substituted for the HP ATA certification?

If a candidate has successfully completed the Cisco CCNA certification, he/she may use that as a substitute for the HP ATA—Networks certification requirement before taking the HP ATA—Cloud certification. More information will be provided prior to launch.

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