Casualty Actuarial Society

Exams & Admissions

NOTICE OF EXAMINATIONS
October-November 2011

Casualty Actuarial Society
4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 250, Arlington, VA 22203
E-Mail: office@casact.org; Telephone: 703.276.3100; Fax: 703.276.3108

Purpose of Notice

  • Indicate changes to the Syllabus of Basic Education.
  • Remind candidates of examination policies.
  • Provide information on study manuals and examination review courses.

Registration

Deadlines
  • August 30, 2011—Exam 2/FM
    The registration deadline for applications for the Exam 2/FM October 2011 test window to reach Preliminary Actuarial Examinations is August 30, 2011.
  • September 8, 2011—Exam 4/C
    The registration deadline for applications for the Exam 4/C October 2011 test window to reach Preliminary Actuarial Examinations is September 8, 2011.
  • September 15, 2011—Exams 3L, 6, and 8
    The registration deadline for applications for CAS Exams 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8 to reach the CAS Office is September 15, 2011.
  • September 29, 2011—Exam 3F/MFE
    The registration deadline for applications for the Exam 3F/MFE November 2011 test window to reach Preliminary Actuarial Examinations is September 29, 2011.
  • October 6, 2011—Exam 1/P
    The registration deadline for applications for the Exam 1/P November 2011 test window to reach Preliminary Actuarial Examinations is October 6, 2011.

    Late registrations will NOT be accepted. No exceptions will be made. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications early. If candidates rely solely on their accounting departments to ensure timely registration, there may be problems. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the application is received by the stated deadline.

Registration

Information needed to register for CAS Examinations is contained in the 2011 CAS Syllabus of Basic Education.

Acknowledgment

If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your examination registration for Exam 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8 by September 8, 2011, please contact the CAS Office to ensure that the application was received at the CAS Office.

Refund Deadlines

Refunds
  • No Refunds for Joint Exams
    No refunds are given for jointly sponsored CAS/CIA/SOA Exams 1/P, 2/FM, 3F/MFE, and 4/C.
  • Exams 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8
    The refund deadline for Exams 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8 is October 24, 2011.

Changes in the CAS Exams

  The December 2010 issue of Future Fellows contains an article, “The Evolution of CAS Examination Questions,” that the Examination Committee recommends to candidates of upper-level exams.

Update to the CAS 2011 Syllabus

Updates The most updates to the 2011 Syllabus of Basic Education are available in the “Admissions/Exams” section of the CAS Web Site.

Examination Administration

Arrival & Departure Candidates should arrive at the examination center 30 minutes before the scheduled exam time. For Exams 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8, 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.
Reading Time For Exams 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8, 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 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8, 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
  • Photo ID: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.

  • Authorized Calculator: 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 (cf. page 15 of the Syllabus). Use of an unauthorized calculator may result in the disqualification of the candidate’s examination.

  • [Exams 3L, 6, and 8 only] Self-addressed, Stamped Envelope: To obtain your own examination booklet (for CAS Exams 3L, 6-US, 6-Canada, and 8 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 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8, sample solutions to essay questions will be available within the time frame announced in the Syllabus (January 31, 2012, for October 2011 examinations).

Rules Rules regarding examination discipline are printed in the Syllabus of Basic Education.
Ear Plugs Simple foam earplugs are allowed and must be checked in with the Supervisor upon entrance to the exam. The ability to hear all verbal instructions, including exam start and stop times is the responsibility of the candidates, regardless of the use of earplugs.

Examination Status

Check your Exam Status Candidates may view their education and examination status under “Verify Candidate Exam Status” in “Candidate Information” in the “Admissions/Exams” section of the CAS Web Site. The data displayed will be updated after all grades for a sitting have been released and the list of passing candidate names has been posted. Subsequently, the data on the CAS Web Site will be updated periodically (approximately once a month). Please verify that credit is properly reflected for joint CAS/SOA Exams 1/P, 2/FM, 3F/MFE, and 4/C as well as the three VEE requirements. Candidates may directly contact the CAS Office from the Web page displaying their examination status. Please include your full name, date of birth, and address with any inquiry as well as the exam session in which you passed the exam.

Supplemental Study Materials and Exam Review Courses

E-mail Study Groups E-mail study groups are available for candidates preparing for CAS examinations.
Study Aids and Seminars Information on study aids and seminars is provided as part of this Notice only as a convenience to CAS candidates. (Click on the links below for more information.) The CAS takes no responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the study aids and seminar announcements attached to this notice.

Please note that the Examination Committee expects candidates to read the material cited in the Syllabus and to use other material as a complement to the primary sources rather than a substitution for them.

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