Microsoft Excel

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Skill in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) is a requirement for basic work-level productivity. Ensure your students or candidates are prepared for the workforce with a Excel certification from a trusted, industry-recognized name in Tosa.

The Tosa Microsoft Excel certification determines and validates a candidate’s proficiency and skill level in Excel. The Tosa Microsoft Excel certification supports students, trainees, employees, or jobseekers in their employment, professional, or academic objectives.

There are no eligibility requirements to take a Tosa certification exam. In K-12, we recommend using Tosa Microsoft certifications as part of a course or curriculum starting at grade 6.

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Tosa assessments and certification exams on Microsoft Excel

Assessments are not required to be proctored when taken remotely, while certification exams must be taken in-person or via our remote proctoring solution.

Assessment test Certification exam
Number of questions 25 35
Duration 40min 60min
Exam protocol Taken online Taken online under proctored conditions, in-person or via our remote proctoring system
Results Skill level on a 1 to 5 scale. Detailed skills reports Score on a 1 to 1000 scale. Diploma delivered within 5 business days

The Tosa Desktop Certified User for Microsoft Office certification

The Tosa Microsoft Excel certification is part of the The Tosa Desktop Certified User for Microsoft Office certification .

More information about the Tosa Desktop bundle for Microsoft Office certification

Skills Badging with Credly

We partnered with Credly to help our earners share their new certification, and the skill set associated with it, on their resumes, CVs, or professional social media profiles. You can earn a skills certification badge from Credly when you score "Productive" level or higher on the Tosa Microsoft Excel Certification Exam.

Available Badges for Microsoft Excel

Tosa Desktop Proficiency Badging

Candidates that earn the Microsoft Excel certification, plus two more Microsoft Office Tosa Desktop certifications, at the Productive level or above are entitled to receive a Tosa Desktop Certified User Credly badge that demonstrates complete proficiency in Microsoft Office software, which includes Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, VBA Excel, and Outlook.

Skill Domains Assessed


This domain covers the Excel software environment: window elements, ribbon customization, Quick Access Toolbar, etc.
It also includes questions related to saving and printing documents in Excel, the workbook layout, and the protection of documents.

  • Using editing tools
  • Knowing the software environment and using the main functions
  • Organizing workbooks, worksheets and tables
  • Knowing and customizing the display mode


Questions in this domain cover formulas and functions. They vary from simple formulas (computing a sum, performing a simple test) to complex formulas (database functions, VLOOKUP, INDEX, etc.).

  • Using calculation functions within formulas
  • Identifying and inserting database calculation functions
  • Handling formulas


Questions in this domain cover cell formatting (alignment, font, styles), advanced number formatting (sorting, charts, advanced filters) and conditional formatting. Advanced level questions and exercises also focus on data formatting.

  • Creating, and editing digital formats
  • Formatting data in a workbook (formulas, texts, and graphs)
  • Applying and handling conditional formatting

Data manipulation

This domain includes questions on formatting data in Excel (basic cell formatting, conditional formatting, dates, advanced numeric formats, etc.), charts, and pivot tables.

  • Using data management features
  • Creating and handling graphs
  • Creating and editing pivot tables

Certification Exam Detail

The Tosa Microsoft Excel Certification Exam relies on a database of more than 250 questions. It is composed of a mix of 35 questions, including multiple-choice, interactive, and live in-the-application questions, and lasts 1 hour. The algorithm adapts to each answer of the candidates to adjust the difficulty level of the questions until they reach the exact definition of the candidates’ level by calculating the limit of their skills. Candidates receive a numeric score out of 1000 points associated to a proficiency level on a five-level scale. Candidates who score between 1 and 350 points don't earn the certification. They will not receive a diploma but a certificate of completion. Candidates who score 351 points or above earn the certification. They will receive a diploma by email within five (5) business days . If candidates score 551 points or above, they will also be eligible to receive a Credly digital badge.

The Tosa Microsoft Excel Certification Exam is valid for three (3) years. Once expired, earners must retake the certification to maintain it over time. Earners wishing to demonstrate skills development and personal growth may re-take the exam to improve their score at any time. There is no waiting period between two attempts.

Rules & Technical Requirements

Tosa certifications must be taken under specific proctoring conditions. For more information about Tosa certification exam rules and technical requirements, please visit our dedicated exam policies page or consult the downloadable PDFs below.

Tosa Certification Exam Technical Requirements (PDF) Tosa Certification Exam Rules (PDF)

Prepare For Your Certification Exam

In order to be well prepared for your exam day, we recommend:

  • Taking at least one Tosa assessment test prior to your exam
    The Tosa assessment test, like the certification exam, is an adaptive test composed of a mix of multiple-choice, interactive, and live in-the-application questions. It contains 25 questions and lasts 40 minutes. It does not need to be taken under proctored conditions. Results are delivered on the same 1-to-5 proficiency level scale and includes detailed skills reports to help determine student or candidate strengths and weaknesses before taking the certification exam.
  • Utilizing the free practice tests available on our website
    In addition to our Tosa assessment tests, we offer short practice tests for free. Simply navigate to and click on the “Free practice test” button on the top right of the page, then select which test subject you’d like to practice.
  • Taking a Tosa-aligned course
    We have partnered with several eLearning providers and publishers to provide online courses that align with the Tosa certification objectives. To achieve a productive level or higher for a Tosa certification, it requires candidates an average of 150 hours of training and hands-on experience with Microsoft Excel. This average training time depends on their pre-existing skills or knowledge, the expected outcome for the certification (score/level), and the provider.

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