Some 51 young adults and teenagers competed this week in Park City, Utah, to find the world's best at Word and Excel. The finalists came from a pool of about 115,000 who took part in the initial competition.
In this photo, student competitors are preparing to take the final certification test and being checked in by Certiport proctors who oversee the competition.
Mercado with Certiport CEO Ray Kelly at the final competition in mountain resort town of Park City, Utah.
The 51 finalists got an all-expenses-paid trip to Utah, while the winners in each of the four contests received a $6,500 scholarship.
Two competitors wait for their turn to test on Monday morning.
Many of the international competitors brought keyboards specific to their language for the event.
Microsoft Office VP Takeshi Numoto (center) was among those who was on hand to watch the finals. Numoto also took the certification test himself. He passed, which Numoto told CNET was a good thing.
"I think if I didn't pass, I might have had some problems," Numoto said.