Marketing, Supply Chain, & Management Information Systems

Business Computer Proficiency Exam

MIS 302 Pre-Requisite

Attention Prospective Students of MIS 302:

The pre-requisite for MIS 302 is a passing score of 70% or greater on the Business Computer Proficiency Exam, also known as the Microsoft Office Proficiency Exam, or successful completion of MIS 182.  Previously, the exam consisted of multiple choice questions tests covering Word, PowerPoint, Excel Fundamentals, and Excel Intermediate.

We are excited to offer students the Proficiency Exam in the form of a hands-on skills based exam for Word and Excel through Certiport.  Certiport’s Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world, with more than 1 million MOS exams given within one year in over 140 countries. 

The CBT has periodic focus groups where employers have an opportunity to provide the college with feedback on our strengths and weaknesses.  One of the comments we hear the most is that college graduates are not as proficient in the ability to use basic office productivity tools as employers would like.

You can demonstrate you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to productively add value for an employer.  MOS enables you to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office system, resulting in heightened levels of individual performance, confidence, and differentiation using our internationally recognized exam.

The cost for the exam is $30.  The testing is in two parts, covering Word and Excel.  Each part takes approximately 50 minutes to complete.  The passing score for each is still 70% or better.  The schedule for the academic year 2014-15 will be as follows: 

Fall Semester          October 22 - November 21, 2014
Spring Semester      March 30 - April 24, 2015

The tests will cover Word 2013 and Excel 2013; here are details about the skills measured and Microsoft study guides and training for Word 2013 and Excel 2013. Choose your topic, then scroll down to "Preparation Resources" to make your selection for the learning method.

Please stop by the Marketing & MIS Department’s office in West Center 400C to pay for the exam.  At that time you’ll set an appointment for your exam.

Next, you will need to set-up an account by registering with Certiport at, and
click “Register”.  Please follow the instructions below, completing the required items noted on each page:

  • First Screen=Country (United States), Check Box for Privacy Policy, Characters of the above Images/NEXT
  • Second Screen= First Name, Last Name, Birthdate, Username, Password, 2 Security Questions/NEXT
  • Third Screen= Email, Mailing Address/NEXT
  • Fourth Screen= Enrolled Student, Employed Student/SUBMIT
  • Check box to take an exam/NEXT
  • Microsoft click on the Register button
  • Click on use my Certiport profile data/click Non-Disclose link/Accept and click Privacy Statement link/Accept/SUBMIT
  • Do not start the exam process/EXIT by closing the browser

The “Username” & “Password” that you just created during this process will be used when you sign-in to take the tests.  So don’t forget to bring your Username & Password with you!  Also, bring your UNK ID on the test date—IT’S REQUIRED!

My contact information is listed below.

If you happen to be distance student, please contact me for details.

Deb Nourse
Office Associate, Department of Marketing & MIS
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Phone: (308) 865-8468
Fax: (308) 865-8387