Excel Expert Certification Preparation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 238

       Course Name: Excel Expert Certification Preparation

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Prerequisite: Recent completion of CAB 235 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers an intensive review of the methods and techniques which should be on the Microsoft Expert Certification Exam for Excel. This will include taking actual sample exam questions under both an untimed and timed environment.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be prepared to take the Microsoft EXCEL EXPERT Certification Exam.

The principle underlying the course is that, while you learned most of  the Excel subjects that should be on the expert exam when you took CAB235, it is difficult during the actual exam to remember where all the options are on the menu bar, the various toolbars, and so forth. This is a critical issue when taking the exam, since it has a very tight time limit, and if you don’t know immediately how to get to the various options to get a required task done, your chances of passing the exam are greatly diminished.

So in this course you will be revisiting and retrying all the techniques you learned in CAB235, but in the context of how to quickly get to the correct dialog boxes and other interfaces in order to accomplish each task. The course does not go into detailed explanations of how to accomplish each task, since you are expected to already know that. We will do each task, but only as the end result of learning how to quickly and efficiently bring up the appropriate menu or toolbar options necessary to get the task done.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.  Organizing and Analyzing Data
         1.   Use subtotals
         2.   Define and apply advanced filters
         3.   Group and outline data
         4.   Use data validation
         5.   Create and modify list ranges
         6.   Add, show, close, edit, merge and summarize scenarios
         7.   Perform data analysis using automated tools
         8.   Create PivotTable and PivotChart reports
         9.   Use lookup and reference functions
         10. Use database functions
         11. Trace formula precedents, dependents and errors
         12. Locate invalid data and formats
         13. Watch and evaluate formulas
         14. Define, modify and use named ranges
         15. Structure workbooks using XML
B.  Formatting Data and Content
         1.   Create and modify custom data formats
         2.   Use conditional formatting
         3.   Format and resize graphics
         4.   Format charts and diagrams
C.  Collaborating
         1.   Protect cells, worksheets and workbooks
         2.   Apply workbook security settings
         3.   Share workbooks
         4.   Merge workbooks
         5.   Track, accept and reject changes to workbooks
D.  Merging Data and Workbooks
         1.   Import data to Excel
         2.   Export data from Excel
         3.   Publish and edit Web worksheets and workbooks
         4.   Create and edit templates
         5.   Consolidate data
         6.   Define and modify workbook properties
         7.   Customize toolbars and menus
         8.   Create, edit and run macros
         9.   Modify Excel default settings

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Demonstrations with concurrent hands-on, assignments, quizzes, and practice exam questions,  both timed and un-timed.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course will be fast-paced with a heavy emphasis on “repetition”, to reinforce the steps necessary to quickly get to the dialog boxes and other interfaces necessary to get each exam task done.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation will be based on completion of assignments and quizzes, as well as how well you do on the practice exam questions.

XI.   Other Course Information

Software users! Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties applied.

Specifically, you do not have the right to:
      1.    Make copies of software for yourself or others.
      2.    Receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

Students are expected to attend all classes.
Work will not be accepted after the due date unless previous authorization is given by your instructor.
      50% completion of assignments and quizzes
      50% practice exam questions

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.