The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions. It can be taken one time per semester. It is recommended that you review the BUS 125 text, College English and Communication by Sue Camp, on reserve at the Palomar College Library. Practice quizzes are available at In addition, an exam preview (PDF) can be downloaded.

The test can be taken on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in MD-341. Please call (760) 744-1150  x2489 to make a reservation. Results are given immediately after taking the test.


Palomar College, through the Business Administration Department, is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC) for the following Certifications:

Certiport Tests are administered Monday through Thursday by appointment only. Please call (760) 744-1150 x2496 for more information. There is a $15 proctoring fee (payable at the Cashier’s Office). This fee is in addition to the MOS Voucher purchased from Certiport. A picture I.D. is required.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

mosMicrosoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world. More than 1 million MOS exams are taken every year in over 140 countries. Demonstrate you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to productively use Microsoft Office. 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.


qbcuBookkeeping in the 21st Century requires more than knowledge of GAAP or an eye for detail—students need relevant computing skills. Intuit QuickBooks, the industry leader in managerial accounting software for small business, provides an easy-to-understand platform for students to grasp accounting concepts while honing skills in the most prevalent bookkeeping application in small business today. Students can validate their QuickBooks knowledge by becoming an Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU).

Study guide for QBCU


What is MTA? Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA certification can validate your core knowledge. And, as an industry-recognized credential, it can also enhance your credibility.

MTA Certification Exams

  1. Developer Exam
  2. Database Exam
  3. IT Professionals Exams

MTA certification tracks
MTA Student Study Guides
Free self paced training