About the 2019 MOS World Championship
The 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, and Microsoft Excel®.
At the World Championship Event, each student competes for World Champion in his or her category (Microsoft Word 2016 and and Microsoft Excel® 2016).
Certiport, the worldwide administrator or Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams, will be holding the 2019 Certiport Microsoft® Office Specialist Championship (hereafter referred to as “Championship” or “Final Round”) in New York Marriott Marquis, New York City, USA, on July 28-31, 2019.
Innovative Training Works, Inc. (hereafter referred to as IT Works”), being Certiport Authorized Partner (CAP) in the Philippines, will hold a Qualifying Round and Country Championship Round to select the Country Champion/s to represent the Philippines and compete in the World Championship.
- Contest is open to all students between the ages of 13 to 22 as of June 15, 2019
- Registration fee is Php 999 per student
- Entrants who have previously competed in the MOS World Competition can still join, but in other MOS categories
- Limited slots are available until March 15, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is Certiport’s Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship?
A. The 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel® and PowerPoint®. Top students are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship. At the World Championship Event, each student competes for World Champion in his or her category (Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft Excel® 2013, Microsoft Excel®2016, Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2013, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2016). In some countries or regions, students are required to participate in a regional test event as well, and the winners of that event continue on to the World Championship.
Q. How do I participate in the World Championship?
A. There are three (3) steps to participate in the World Championship:
- Register and join the MOS Regional competitions.
- Win the regional competition and advance to the MOS Country championship.
- Win the country competition and represent the Philippines in the MOS World Championship.
Q. Who can participate in the Championship?
A. Anyone may participate in the qualification round, but to participate in the World Championship, candidates must be students that are enrolled in an approved, degree-seeking academic institution recognized by the state or country in which it operates. Students must also be between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of June 15, 2019). Students participating in the World Championship must be able to provide proof of age and student status upon request. By entering this competition, participants agree to abide by all terms of these Official Rules.
Previous participants of the World Championship Round ARE eligible for the 2019 Championship. However, they cannot compete in the Exam they previously competed in during a World Championship Round. For example, a student who competed in Microsoft Excel® (2013 or 2016) during a previous year’s World Championship Round, can compete in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint® in the Qualifying Round and the World Championship Round of this year’s competition.
Q. What versions of Microsoft Office will the 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist National Championship include?
A. The 2019 World Championship will include the following two (2) tracks:
- Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2016
- Microsoft Office Specialist Excel® 2016
Q. What prizes are awarded?
A. MOS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP – PHILIPPINES
The First Place Champion receives Travel Expenses to New York for MOS World Championship not to exceed Php 150,000 along with a trophy, medal of achievement, and certificate. The Second Place winner receives a medal of achievement and certificate. The Third Place Winner receives a medal of achievement and certificate.
MOS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – USA
The First Place Champion receives $7000 (USD) along with a trophy, medal of achievement, and certificate. The Second Place winner receives $3500 (USD) along with a medal of achievement and certificate. The Third Place Winner receives $1500 (USD) along with a medal of achievement and certificate.
Q. When is the Qualifying Round taking place?
A. In the Qualifying Round, IT Works will conduct simultaneous live events for student participants to take and pass the MOS certification exam in four major regions;
- NCR – April 3, 2019
- Luzon – April 2, 2019
- Visayas – April 5 and 6, 2019
- Mindanao – April 5 and 6, 2019
Q. When is the Country Championship taking place?
A. Top scorers from the qualifying round for each region will be invited for the Country Championship which will be held on April 24, 2019 at ________________________.
Q. When is the World Championship taking place?
A. The Country Champion/s will be sent to compete in the 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in New York Marriott Marquis, New York City, USA, on July 28-31, 2019.
The Country Champion will be responsible for preparing himself/herself to compete on Microsoft Office software suite version 2016 at the Final Round. IT Works may provide the Country Champion with preparation materials to help facilitate the student’s training on Microsoft Office 2016 software.
Q. How are the World Champions in Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® selected?
A. Country Champions will be invited to the World Championship Event to compete for the title of the World Champion in Word 2013 or 2016, Excel® 2013 or 2016 and PowerPoint® 2013 or 2016. At the World Championship Event, all Regional/Country Champions will be tested in a proctored lab on their respective exams. Generally, students will only be asked to complete their exams one time, however, in rare instances Certiport may require a second round of testing.
All participants in the World Championship will be responsible for preparing themselves to compete in their respective exams. Certiport and/or Certiport’s partners may provide students with preparation materials to help facilitate each student’s training on the software.
Q. What kind of exam do students take at the world competition? Is it the same as the certification exam?
A. No, students will be taking a completely new exam. Like the certification exam, this will be project based. However, since the competition tests the most advanced students from around the world, we encourage students to study and prepare for topics outside the certification exam. A great way to prepare is to look at the Microsoft Office Specialist Expert exams, available for both Word and Excel.
Q. How does Certiport select the winning score?
A. If two students at the World Championship Event have the same high exam score on the unique comprehensive exams, the finalist who completed the exam in the least amount of time will be the winner. Decisions of judges are final. Winners will be notified during the student awards ceremony. Odds of winning will depend on the number of students competing in each exam division.