Exam Stress. Oh Joy.
Monday, February 5, 2007

I'm four fifths of a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor (Office 2003). The only thing standing between me and that fancy certificate is one exam - Excel Expert.

To be a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor, you need to pass five exams - Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint Specialist, Access Specialist and Outlook Specialist. I did the other four exams last year and passed them all first time as they were all subjects I love. Unfortunately, I don't love Excel Expert. It's not a subject I teach and never one I was comfy with, so I didn't do it at the time, figuring I'd study it and do the exam later.

And I did study... sometimes... but as people who observe my pathetic lack of posts know, I *don't* have a lot of spare time. So I just never got around to teaching myself the subject fully and doing the exam. I actually took three days off last week to study. Except it was also my birthday last week, so study didn't happen.

I had until April to do the exam. Or so I thought until this morning, when my boss said she's submitting paperwork for the IT centre by the end of the week and needs me to complete the exam by Friday.

Sooo... now I have less than a week to study the subject, and I'm working most of the hours in that week. I don't even get a panicky weekend to catch up! Aaah!

Oh well. It's really past time I got this over and done with anyway. Plus since I passed all the other exams first time I get a free resit I have a feeling I'll need it

It's almost 10pm here. Time for me to go home. And study.


Tuesday, February 6, 2007 5:55 AM


Fingers are crossed, good luck and you'll do great. You're an awesome teacher and I am sure you can learn this stuff. Big HUGS and let us know!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 2:57 AM


I have every faith in you, DTH. You'll do fine in the exam, and be officially certified as the Master we know you are. XO -Mav

Monday, February 5, 2007 2:45 PM


It's only a spreadsheet, it's only a spreadsheet, it's only a spreadsheet..

isn't it?

Monday, February 5, 2007 1:45 PM


(Lines up a grip of Green tea bottles and a big box of animal crackers.)

Hope the refreshments help a bit.

Monday, February 5, 2007 1:44 PM


Whoa...sounds like a real barrel of space monkeys, DTH:(

Still...a free resit is a great resource to have, though I have faith you will pass the Excel Expert test;D



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