SOFTWARE savvy students will put their knowledge of key programs to the test in a competition that could see the best jetting to New York.

Middlesbrough College is hosting a “MOS Test Fest” – a day of exams that will give students the chance to become Microsoft Office Specialists in Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

Scores of computing students will battle it out to get the highest score in the best time possible.

It’s all part of the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship – a global challenge in which students from hundreds of countries will compete.

The UK finals take place at the British Library in June, and then in New York in August there will be competitors from as far afield as Brazil and Japan.

Nicola Loughran, curriculum team leader in Computing and IT at Middlesbrough College, said: “Test Fest might be a competition but there are no losers.

“This is all about helping students to build their employability and Microsoft Office skills are so important to employers across all sectors.

“We’ll have a lot of fun on the day, and students will also get certificates that will help them with their careers.”