Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Technical Requirement (For Testing Center)

FOR DELIVERY OF THE MOS 2010, MOS 2013, MTA, MCE, & IC3 GS4/GS5 EXAMS (see program section for )


Required / Minimum



Pentium 4 or equivalent
1.3 GHz or higher

Core i5 or equivalent
2.6 GHz or higher




Windows Admin Privileges

Complete local administrator rights
with no group policies to install and deliver

Hard Drive: (Free Space after Office and Windows install)


+1GB over Min Per
Exam Program Installed

Keyboard & Mouse
(pointing device)

Yes (mouse not required for exams
with ADA accommodations)

Video Resolution
(Widescreen 16:9)

1280 x 800

1920 x 1080

Note: Console 8 was designed to have the best testing experience on a widescreen device.
Video Resolution
(Standard 4:3)

1024 x 768

1280 x 1024

Internet Connection Speed (click here to test your bandwidth)

256 kbps or DSL

High Speed
Internet Connection

Communication Ports 
and IP addresses

Required: The domain needs to be accessible. Also, need to have full access through ports 80 (HTTP), 443 (HTTPS) and HTTP redirects permitted.

Recommended: Whitelist the domain "*".

Minimum - The following IP addresses must be accessible:

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  • | Additional Security IP
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Note: If the internet is accessed through an authenticating proxy server and the system is not configured to automatically pass credentials to it, you will experience issues while testing.

Automatic Updates

Automatic software updates including Windows updates should be turned off or set to not occur during testing.

Adobe Flash Player

current version

Adobe Flash
Player Plugin

version 13

Adobe Reader

current version

Java (required for MySpeed Test)

current version

.NET Framework

Requirements for MOS Delivery:

  • All Windows Versions: .NET 4.0 or .NET 4.5

Requirements for ACP Delivery:

  • See the  Product Section for requirements

*Requirements for IC3, MTA, MCE, and ACA Delivery:

  • Windows 7 Users: .NET 3.5 is already built into this version of Windows so only .NET 4.0 will need to be installed
  • Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 Users: .NET 4.0 or 4.5 is already built into these versions of Windows so only .NET 3.5 will need to be installed
*Note: You must install the.NET prerequisites prior to installing the IC3, MTA, MCE, and/or ACA driver component via Console 8 update services.

Restoring Software

Software must be disabled during an exam or computer will not keep user-tracking progress in the event of an error

Installed Printer


Supported Web Browser

Internet Explorer 11 (32-bit version only)

Note: Microsoft Edge is not supported.

Click here for a guide on using
IE11 with Windows 10.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 7: Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate w/ SP1 (32 or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1: Core, Pro, or Enterprise (32 or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10: Home, Pro, or Enterprise (32 or 64-bit)

Supported Microsoft
Office Versions

Click  for MOS 2010 information.

Click  for MOS 2013 information.

Console 8 employs concurrent technology which uses hard-coded paths and registry access on your local machine to function. Other software could create a conflict, or prevent these settings from occurring. We recommend that Console 8 be installed on a machine that has as few other software applications installed as possible.

Note: The Console 8 software must be installed locally in a dedicated (fat client) environment - thin/zero/web/citrix clients are not supported.

Note: If it is not found in the requirements above then it should be considered "Not Supported".