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Microsoft Office World Champions Named in Las Vegas

Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office names six winners from a record 285,000 participants

LAS VEGAS, NV (Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office) – Certiport (www.certiport.com), the official test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced the 2012 World Champions in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office to date.

The 2012 Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office attracted more than 285,000 unique candidates from 53 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 113 student finalists participated in the final round of competition.

The 2012 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office winners include:

  • Tran Dinh Vi, Vietnam, Microsoft Word 2010
  • Jin Ran, China, Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Jacob Blacksten, United States, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Sim Li Jin, Singapore, Microsoft Word 2007
  • Eduardo Velarde Polar, Peru, Microsoft Excel 2007
  • Yeh Chih-Chang, Taiwan, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
Certiport recognized these top six student competitors at the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office Student Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, and presented each with a $5,000 scholarship.

"With more than a half a million exam uploads this year, the growing popularity of the Microsoft Office competition reflects the desire for students to master these key productivity skills worldwide," said Lutz Ziob, General Manager of Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Corp. "The winners have studied and become experts in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint, and now they can apply those skills as they further their academic careers and enter the workforce. Knowing industry-leading Microsoft programs inside and out will help them be more productive and I believe it will be a shining star on their resume for the rest of their life."

In the concluding round, competitors participated in timed, unique tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations for the information presented in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The winners each received a $5,000 scholarship.

"In its 11th year, the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office has seen a 58 percent increase in the number of participants compared to last year, and students worldwide are excited about this competition," said Ray Kelly, CEO, Certiport. "More than 3 million individuals have now taken a Microsoft Office Specialist exam to validate their skills, so these winners are truly the best of the best. They will hold the title of "World Champion" forever, a valuable asset as they continue their academic and professional careers."

Next year, Certiport will host the 2013 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office in Washington D.C., USA. Preview and download quality photos of this year's winners, along with images of the student awards ceremony at: www.flickr.com/photos/certiport.

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE company, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Certiport reliably delivers over two million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce and corporate technology markets in more than 158 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.