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Seattle, WA 98104




Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications are industry recognized certifications demonstrating one's tech proficiency to an employer or prospective college.  MOS certifications validate ones tech knowledge in a Microsoft Office application.  MTA certifications are for tech professionals with tracks in software development, databases (data platform administration and business intelligence), and IT infrastructure (desktop and server infrastructure and private cloud computing).  For a limited time, The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Washington State Library to offer the MOS and MTA exams free of charge - a value of more than $125 per exam. Certification exams are available for:


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS):

Access 2013

Excel 2013

Excel Expert 2013, part 1

Excel Expert 2013, part 2

OneNote 2013

Outlook 2013

PowerPoint 2013


Word 2013

Word Expert 2013, part 1

Word Expert 2013, part 2


Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA):

Cloud Fundamentals

Database Fundamentals

HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals

Introduction to Programming using Block-Based Languages

Introduction to Programming using Python

Introduction to Programming using JavaScipt

Introduction to Programming using HTML and CSS

Introduction to Programming using Java

Mobility and Device Fundamentals

Networking Fundamentals

Security Fundamentals

Software Development Fundamentals (C#)

Software Development Fundamentals (VB)

Windows Operating System Fundamentals

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals


Are you prepared to pass?

To ensure you have the best chance of passing your certification exam, please review any of the MOS and MTA study materials:

  • Preview the MOS interface for a sample exam

  • Take a practice test using GMetrix software at the Central Library (drop in to Level 5 or call 206-386-4636 to reserve a MOS or MTA practice computer).  Practice exams are available for all certifications with exception of MTA Introduction to Programming using Python, Java, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

  • Review a MOS Study Guide books available for checkout (available for free with your Library card for Access, Excel, Excel Expert, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Word Expert); digital versions of the Study Guides and practice files are also available upon request

  • Take a Microsoft Imagine Academy class online (available for free with your Library card)

  • Take a class online (available for free with your Library card)

  • Drop in for an intermediate Word or Excel class at The Seattle Public Library

  • Sign up for 1-on-1 Tech Help with a Seattle Public Library staff member to review one of the competencies in the Excel or Word Self Assessments 


MOS and MTA exams are offered in 75 minute sessions on alternating Mondays (2:15-3:30pm and 3:30-4:45pm) and Wednesdays (3:15-4:30pm and 4:30-5:45pm).  Registration opens on Eventbrite approximately four weeks in advance of each session.

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