Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I Passed!!! I have a Credential!!!

It's official! I am a Microsoft Certified Word Expert! Check out the logo, which I can officially add to my email signature (which I won't):

The test was difficult, probing into all the little nitpicky corners of Word. I got a 906 out of 1000, with 630 needed to pass. The cool part is I googled "Microsoft Word Expert" and came up with all these help wanted posts for people looking for certified Word experts to design courses, fly out and train people. Cool! Maybe I can quit my day job!

The best part about this is it is a credential. Credentials are critical when writing nonfiction. A while back, I thought about self-publishing my Word for the Novelist articles. Well, now I can conceivably put together a proposal package and sell the idea to a publisher like . . . maybe Writer's Digest Books? I'm thinking it can't hurt to try?

On Friday, I take my test for Microsoft Access. It is for a specialist-level test, because that's all they offer. The only other expert-level exam they offer is for Excel, and I don't think I have that much expertise in Excel. But if obtaining such a credential might help me eventually change careers into Instructional Design, then I might just start studying.

10 comments:

  1. Congrats! Maybe I ought to look into taking that test.

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  2. Congratulations! (Yes, again; I'm impressed.) {BIG SMILE, REALLY BIG GRIN}

    What was the score again? It looks like the score is higher than the possible total. That would be very high indeed! {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

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  3. Oops; you're right. I got 906 out of 1000, with 630 being the minimum required passing score.

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  4. Well Done *whoops & claps*

    I've favourited your Word articles too ... they're a great help.

    :o)

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  5. Thanks, Wend! I'm putting together my table of contents now. I looked at AgentQuery--there are a LOT of agents who represent technology books.

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  6. Woo Hoo - congrats to you! Given the economy, you can't have too many skills.

    Thanks for the clarification on the scoring. You can always edit your post and fix it.

    You can even add to your resume the postings for 'how to' on your Fantasy Debut Blog and how greatly appreciated and well received it has been.

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  7. That 1000 and 630 make more sense. That does sound like a great score. {BIG SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

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  8. Ok, I fixed the post.

    I passed my Access test too!

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  9. Hey, congrats! Very cool. Credentials are a definite plus when you're looking for freelance work--I mean, the paying kind (grin). That's some score, too. You should get the SUPER-expert logo :).

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  10. Congratulations! I may have to think a little harder about getting a certification.

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