Exam Day Information
Arrival & Departure
Candidates should arrive at the examination center 30 minutes before the scheduled exam time. For Exams 3L, 5, 5A, 5B, 7, and 9, candidates may not leave the examination room until two hours after the start of the examination. Candidates may not leave during the last 15 minutes of the examination.
For Exams 3L, 5, 5A, 5B, 7, and 9, a reading period will be given immediately prior to the start of the exam. The reading period for Exam 3L will be 10 minutes; for Exams 5, 5A, 5B, 7, and 9, it will be 15 minutes. Candidates may wish to use this time to ensure that they do not have a defective exam and to develop a strategy for which questions they will attempt first. Writing will NOT be permitted during this time and candidates will not be permitted to hold pens or pencils or use calculators. At the end of the reading time, the proctor will give the instruction for candidates to begin the exam. This will mark the beginning of the timed section of the exam.
Things to Bring
To be admitted into an examination center, each candidate must present a positive identification with a signature and a photograph (e.g., driver’s license, passport, school or work ID, etc.). If a photo ID is not available, the candidate must present two forms of identification with a signature, with at least one form containing a physical description (height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.). Each candidate will be required to sign in at the examination center. A candidate who does not present positive identification or who refuses or is unable to provide a matching signature will not be permitted to write the examination.
Writing Instruments for Exams 3L, 5-9
For multiple-choice Exam 3L, please bring a supply of number 2 pencils to the examination center to fill in the short answer card. For Exams 5-9, please bring dark ink pens to respond to the constructed response exam items.
Only authorized calculators will be permitted at the examination center. All unauthorized calculators brought to the exam will be confiscated for the duration of the exam (see the calculator section of the Syllabus). Use of an unauthorized calculator may result in the disqualification of the candidate’s examination.
Self-addressed, Stamped Envelope
[Exams 3L, 5, 5A, 5B, 7, and 9 only]
To obtain your own examination booklet (for CAS Exams 3L, 5, 5A, 5B, 7, and 9 only) after the examination, bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the examination center. The proctor will give detailed instructions. (This procedure is necessary for examination security.) Postage for the booklets varies by weight; use at least $2.87 in postage within the U.S. Candidates outside the U.S. should consult their local post office about postage for a booklet weighing at least 11 ounces. Candidates who do not have a self-addressed, stamped envelope must enclose their examination booklets with the answer card/sheets in the envelope that is returned to the proctor.
NOTE: For Exam 3L a preliminary answer key for the multiple-choice questions will be posted in the “Admissions/Exams” section of the CAS Web Site approximately one week following the completion of the examinations. For Exams 5, 7, and 9, sample solutions to essay questions will be available within the time frame announced in the Syllabus (July 31, 2012, for May 2012 examinations).
Rules regarding examination discipline are printed in the Syllabus of Basic Education.
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