MIS Lab


mis lab, management information systems lab
Know how to Excel? Do you want to excel in MS Excel and know all Excel functions?


The MIS lab is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in JSOM. The lab assistants are prepared to answer questions related to the usage of Excel in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, International Business, Marketing & Supply Chain Management. Lab assistants can also answer programming questions related to Java, Python, and SQL. MIS lab also offers help to train students on Microsoft Excel 2016 Expert Certification by providing tutorials and sample problems aimed to improve their Excel skills.

For Fall Semester 2020 the lab will be available both on campus and virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Lab hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm CST
On campus: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Via Microsoft Teams: Monday – Friday
You can connect to the Teams meeting here: Meeting link.
Or via phone at: 1-469-297-6880 United States, Dallas (Toll), Conference ID: 598 748 542#

Lab hours: Monday – Friday : 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Lab Assistants: Ishan Sharma and Shreyash Churi

There are two types of certifications available:

  1. Excel 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (77-727) Associate
    • Learning videos for this certification can be found at this link
    • The content that is covered within this training and the exam syllabus can be found here
  2. Excel 2016 Microsoft Office Expert (77-728) Expert
    • Learning videos for this certification can be found at this link
    • The content that is covered within this training and the exam syllabus can be found here

To help you with this certificate preparation, MIS Excel lab is scheduling a workshop in the upcoming month which will give you an overview of the exam. You will shortly receive an email about the information. The lab will be open from Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm to assist you.

This workshop will be recurring every semester, so make sure you register for it once communicated.

Since UTD testing center is not yet available, you cannot take the exam at the center. There are no discounts available from the university at the moment.

Due to the current crisis, exam now can be taken at home. Certiport is the portal where you can register and find details about buying coupons for the exam.

For more details about taking the exam from home, click here.

Once you register your account, you have two options for buying the coupon:

  1. Microsoft Office Specialist Exam Voucher
    • The cost of this voucher is 100$
    • This voucher is only valid for one attempt
  2. Microsoft Office Specialist Exam Voucher with Retake
    • The cost of this voucher is 120$
    • This voucher helps you retake exam after 24 hours if you fail at the 1st try

When you buy a particular coupon before starting the exam it asks you the tool on which you plan to take the exam on; that is when you select Excel(77-727) or Excel Expert(77-728) as applicable.

Click on the question to view the answer.

Please visit Certiport, to register for the MOS exam

Due to COVID-19, UTD testing center is closed until Fall 2020, students can take the proctored exam from home. For details visit Certiport website.

You can take MS Excel 2016 (Exam 77-727) Associate and 2016 (Exam 77-728) Expert

Students prepare for the exam at their own pace and on their own time. The Jindal School of Management has opened an Excel Lab in room 2.711 on second floor that provides assistants to answer Excel-related questions. The lab is open on campus on Monday, Wednesday and Friday(subject to change depending upon the situation). Otherwise you can connect on MS teams from Monday – Friday between 11 AM – 3 PM.

It is not mandatory, but it is suggested students take and pass the exam. Being proficient and holding a certification in Excel enhances career prospects in many fields.

Please visit Certiport, to buy the necessary MS Office Specialist certification voucher.

Regardless of which certification test you take, the voucher for one test costs $100, and vouchers for two, (an initial exam and a re-take) cost $120. Please also note that re-take voucher will be sent to you by Certiport within 24 hours of your initial failed exam.

Yes, typically, an MOS voucher is good for one year.

Retake vouchers must be used within 30 days of the initial failed exam. Please note that retake vouchers can be used only to retake the same exam.

No, Microsoft does not offer refunds for exams you fail or exam appointments you miss.

You will receive notification of your pass or fail status within a few minutes of completing your exam. In addition, you will receive a printed report that provides your exam score and feedback on your performance on the skill areas measured.

Yes, Microsoft certification exams are available in variety of languages. However, candidates who must take the exam in English rather than their native language can request an additional 30 minutes. To request the additional 30 minutes, you need to register by phone rather than online. You must request this additional time when you register for the exam and make this arrangement before appearing at the testing center.

Please visit the links – Certification Exam Policies OR Certiport Website for detailed exam policies.