Microsoft Exam duration and question types

Exam duration

The number of questions on a certification exam is subject to change as we make updates to ensure it aligns with current changes in the technology and job role. Most Microsoft Certification exams typically contain between 40-60 questions; however, the number can vary depending on the exam.

Exam time varies based on the type of exam you take.

Exam duration*Seat duration*
Fundamentals exams45 minutes65 minutes
Associate and expert role-based exams without labs**100 minutes120 minutes
Associate and expert role-based exams that contain labs120 minutes140 minutes
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams delivered through academic channels45 minutes50 minutes
MTA exams delivered through commercial channels45 minutes80 minutes
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams50 minutes60 minutes

*Exam duration refers to the amount of time that you have to complete the exam. Seat time refers to the amount of time that you should allocate for the exam. It includes the time needed to review the instructions, read and accept the NDA, complete the exam questions, and provide comments after completing it (if you choose to do so).

**Because labs can be removed at any time due to Azure outages, bandwidth issues, etc., Microsoft does not provide a list of exams with labs. When you register for the exam, you will be provided with the exam time. When you launch the exam, carefully review the overview pages that provide information about what to expect on the exam, including if labs are available.

Take a practice exam

One of the best ways to get familiar with Microsoft Certification exams is to take an Official Microsoft Practice Test. While practice tests will assess your skills and help you get familiar with the exam experience, they aren’t identical to the actual exams.

Question types on exams

To protect exam security and the value of our certifications, we don’t identify specific exam formats or question types before the exam. Here are some samples of questions you might see on an exam:

Active screen (0:44)

Active screen

Best answer (0:20)

Best answer

Build list (0:45)

Build list

Case studies (1:13)

Case studies

Drag and drop (0:37)

Drag and drop

Hot area (0:17)

Hot area

Multiple choice (0:37)

Multiple choice

Repeated answer choices (0:20)

Repeated answer choices

Short answer (0:29)

Short answer

Labs (2:58)


Mark review (0:33)

Mark review

Review screen (1:36)

Review screen

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