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    HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Is there anyone here who has taken and successfully passed the Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam? I have had the humbling experience of failing it twice in one day. Before you ask, I've been using the programme for over two years, and used the objectives from MS and Mr. Leonard's SE Using Office 2000 as a study guide and studied for about 10 days--I still feel I'm very well-prepared to take the exam.

    i need to pass the exam for my Master MOUS certification (which feels more and more like something that should come from Disney) and have entered that precarious zone where I no longer feel my knowledge of the programme is being tested effectively--it's between me and the exam simulator now.

    Does anyone who has taken this exam have any tips on how to pass it? In my "section analysis," I scored 100% in five out of eight categories with a 75% in another--but still somehow manage only 41% for "Communicating Using Mail." What does this mean? How can I score so high in the other categories for what is, essentially, a mail programme and then score so low? The advanced features are not the problem. It's more like a bloody MickeyMOUS exam... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    If anyone with experience of this has any info about interacting with the simulator or proper interpretation of the exam tasks, I would really appreciate it.

    Defeated but still thankful,

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Yikes. When I took the Outlook 2000 MOUS Exam, I received a much lower score (70%) on Communicating with E-mail than on any other section (90%-100%), too. I don't know what to tell you except to follow the instructions exactly as they are presented (I know you've heard that a million times). Don't send the email unless the instructions specifically say to, and make sure you spell everything in the body of the email correctly. I thought there had to be something to the test that I missed, but apparently the Outlook test wasn't so well designed. The most frustrating part is that the test is (overall) so easy. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Hi! Yes, I've taken and successfully passed the MOUS Outlook 2000 test, and I find it to be quite different than the other Office program MOUS tests. I got a high score, but I used to teach the program, including teaching from a MOUS certified book, and so basically had been exposed to each part. Like has been said -- read the instructions very carefully. Most people I saw who failed it were trying to hurry through (although I realize you have limited time). Read and re-read the question before answering.

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Exactly. I have to say, I'm a very good typist and as the test was so easy, I had plenty of time to double-check all of my input. But I know what you mean. The testing center is investigating their setup thoroughly because it may be they haven't updated the testing engine properly. I keep going over my reference material but it's very strange to feel so confident of my knowledge of the programme and then fail twice. I'm retaking it again in a few days at a different centre so...we'll see. I think the nature of this particular exam is that any advanced knowledge of the programme really trips you up. So I'm focusing on playing dumb.

    Thanks for your reply.

    S.O.

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    You're taxing my memory, S.O. -- It has been several months since I took the test. I used to work at a place that administered the test, so I had to be one of the first ones to take it when it came out, in order to make sure the system was working properly.

    I'm also wondering if your testing center has it set up correctly, because it they don't have the Outlook test set up just right, some of the references they give you in the test won't work (such as the names they mention won't be in the address book, etc).

    I think you have the task problem right. Choose new task, write in the task, and on the new task window (before you save & close it) go to Actions on the menu bar and assign the task. Miller should be there if they have it set up right.

    The forwarding a contact they definately want you to do it one of two ways. You can open an email (as you said), and attach it as an object. Or, I believe, you go into your contacts area itself, select the contact record (not open it, just select it) and then go up to Actions and just choose "forward" (not forward as vcard) and it will bring up a mail window for you to address. Perhaps they are wanting you to use the Actions on the menu bar instead of the right click. I find that MOUS exams don't love our right-click options that we all use in daily life.

    The year at a glance -- I remember that one. When you are in Month view (actually, you can be in ANY calendar view) go clear to the right edge of your calendar screen until your mouse turns to an east/west double arrow. Drag the window back toward the left and it will show you a small month calendar. This you can adjust the left side and bottom edges in order to be able to see the entire year on. Practice that one first so you understand what I mean.

    I'm not sure of your question about the sort fields in the rules wizard, because the rules change from inbox to tasks, etc.

    I did think the Outlook test was strange in that it was the only one that had multiple choice questions interspersed with action questions -- none of the other Office tests do that.

    I have a friend at work here who took it just within the last month. I will see how much she remembers about it and let you know more.

    Pribb

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Just wanted to let you know that I passed both my Outlook 2000 and PowerPoint 2000 MOUS exams today. I'm glad I went to a different testing center because there was definitely something wrong with the testing engine/drivers at the other one--the questions were updated and without really changing what I was doing I managed to score 883/1000 (952/1000 on PP). I'm proud to have stared down my past failures and finally succeed!

    Thanks for all your help. (FYI: I deleted my earlier messages because they were too explicit about what was on the test.)

    sb

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Sean,
    I'm SO glad to hear you finally made it through! I think the original testing center should give you a refund for not having their test set up right -- I thought it sounded pretty flaky from the way you intially described it. What a great score on the PowerPoint too! Does this give you your MASTER? What type of job do you have that you were required your MOUS certification before this week?
    Tracy

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Tracy:

    My apologies--I've been out looking for work and have been less faithful to the board! I'm still trying to get a refund from the testing centre--it's not fun since Nivo and the centre in question just keep me in the middle. But, anyway, I did go on and finish my Master cert a few weeks after and did even better on the Excel Expert and Access. I took on the MOUS certs for myself because I'm transitioning back into the job market after four years of working as a freelance writer from home--I hoped it would balance out a lack of recent experience. I've been taking temp assignments (the agency was floored when I my Word, Excel and Access test results said I was an Expert--I was pleased my certs held up! They stopped testing me after those three). But lately I have been going up for some corporate presentation stuff, so it's helped get me in the door.

    There's the update. Are you working on any certs now? I've got the certified bug now but I'm not certain which direction to go with it, since I don't have a huge desire to be a sys admin.

    Thanks for your interest, Tracy.

    Sean

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Read your thread about the MOUS 2000 Exam. Like you I've been using the program for a while. However, I would like to review a half-decent book before taking the exam. Could you recommend one? Thanks in advance!!

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    i think the complete reference series by osborne-mcgraw hill is supposed to be the study guides for the exams.

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    Re: HELP! with Outlook 2000 Core MOUS Exam (2000)

    Got it. Thanks!

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