Microsoft Excel Certification

Microsoft Excel Certification 

Students at the Cotsakos College of Business are invited to take Microsoft Excel certification exams 727 (Excel Specialist) and 728 (Excel Expert). The exams are independent and do not need to be taken in succession. To be eligible students must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in the College of Business
  2. Complete all prerequisites required by the Global Business & Finance Institute.
  3. Abide by all testing rules required by Certiport.

Students who pass the exams will receive their Microsoft Excel Expert certification from Certiport. Each Excel exam is 35 Questions and users have 50 minutes to complete the exam.

PLEASE NOTE the College will ONLY sponsor exams taken on the Gbfi trading floor (VR 2014). 


  1. Complete ALL four excel sections and return Gbfi Excel templates with formulas to  Instructor-led courses will be offered at Gbfi throughout the semester. Students who are unable to attend instructor-led workshops may complete their training online using our on-demand video tutorials. 
  2. Students who are interested in watching the online videos need to send an email from their WPU email to and include their 855 #. Please note we will not respond to requests from alternate addresses or missing the student’s 855#.
  3. Pass 2 GMETRIX practice exams at VR2014.

In order to sit for a GMETRIX practice exam you must first register for a GMETRIX user account. You can register for a free account on their website. Please note there is no limit to the number of practice tests a student can take but they MUST PASS 2 to be eligible for the exam.

Live Workshops

Gbfi will offer Instructor-led workshops during the semester. For a list of dates and times for our workshops, please click here.

Gbfi also offers on-demand video tutorials to compliment live sessions. To gain access to on-demand videos, please email with your WPU email and include your 855 #. For more information on how to use our on-demand videos, please click here.

Taking a Practice Exam

CCOB students must complete and pass two practice exams prior to taking the actual certifications exams at the Gbfi Financial Center (VR 2014). Students interested in sitting for the practice exams should:

  1. Register for a free account on the GMETRIX website.
  2. Schedule a time to take the Exam at the Gbfi financial center (VR 2014).
  3. Please arrive 10 minutes early and bring your WPU ID card.

Taking the Exam

After completing all prerequisites (link) students may sit for the exam. You MUST arrive at the test center 15 minutes before your testing time and bring your WPU ID card.

  1. Register for a free user account on .
  2. Schedule a time to take the exam. 
  3. Abide by all testing rules required by Certiport. For a full list of exam policies please see the Certiport site.

Exam Testing and Retake Policies Please refer to the Certiport exam policies on their website. Students must wait at least 24 hours before retaking an exam. If a student needs to retake an exam more than once they will need to wait at least 48 hours before taking additional exams.

In addition, test takers will only be able to fail each test once and still receive sponsorship from Gbfi.

PLEASE NOTE the College will ONLY sponsor exams taken on the Gbfi trading floor (VR 2014). 

Frequency Asked Questions

Do I need to register for the instructor-led workshops?

At this time no registration is required for live sessions.

How do I request access to the online training videos?

Please send your name and 855 number to from your WPU email account.