Casualty Actuarial Society

Exams & Admissions

Spring 2007

Casualty Actuarial Society
4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 250, Arlington, VA 22203
E-Mail:; 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.



March 15, 2007—Exams 3, 5, 7, and 8

The registration deadline for applications for CAS Exams 3, 5, 7, and 8 to reach the CAS Office is March 15, 2007.

March 22, 2007—Exam 1

The registration deadline for applications for Exam 1/P to reach Preliminary Actuarial Examinations is March 22, 2007.

April 2, 2007—Exams 2 and 4

The registration deadline for applications for preliminary Exams 2/FM and 4/C to reach Preliminary Actuarial Examinations is April 2, 2007.

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.


Information needed to register for CAS Examinations is contained in the 2007 CAS Syllabus of Basic Education. Refer to the section beginning on page 6 of the Syllabus or online.


If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your examination registration by March 5, 2007, please contact the CAS Office or your accounting department to ensure that the application reached the CAS Office.

New Refund Deadlines

New Policy

A new policy for refunds has been implemented.

  • Exams 3, 5, 7, and 8 The refund deadline for Exams 3, 5, 7, and 8 is April 23, 2007.
  • Exams 2/FM and 4/C The refund deadline for Exams 2/FM and 4/C is May 10, 2007.
  • Exam 1/P For Exam 1/P, a candidate must both cancel the appointment by noon of the second business day before the appointment at the test center and submit a refund request to arrive by May 13, 2007.

Update to the CAS 2007 Syllabus


The most recent updates to the 2007 Syllabus of Basic Education are available online.

Exam Updates

Exam 5 Insert

Exam 5 will contain a copy of the ISO Personal Automobile Manual and the ISO Personal Automobile Policy.


The Examinations Committee has posted an article discussing changes in the CAS Examinations on the CAS Web Site.

Examination Administration

Arrival & Departure

Candidates should arrive at the examination center at least 45 minutes before the examination is scheduled to begin. 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.

New Reading Time

For Exams 3, 5, 7, and 8, a 15-minute reading period will be given immediately prior to the start of the exam. The reading period will begin at the published start time of the exam. After candidates have read the instructions, the proctor will give candidates 15 minutes to silently read the questions. 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 15 minutes, 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.
  • [Exams 2 and 4] Ticket of Admission:For Exams 2/FM and 4/C, candidates also must present a valid Ticket of Admission that will be sent with Instructions to Candidates from Preliminary Actuarial Examinations.
  • No. 2 Pencils: Please bring a supply of number 2 pencils to the examination center to fill in the short answer card.

  • 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 2007 Syllabus or online. Use of an unauthorized calculator may result in the disqualification of the candidate’s examination.
  • Exams 3,5, 7, and 8] Self-addressed, Stamped Envelope: To obtain your own examination booklet (for CAS Exams 3, 5, 7, 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 $2.79 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 Exams 3, 5, 7, and 8, the examination and a preliminary answer key for the multiple-choice questions will be posted in the “Admissions/Exams” section approximately one week following the completion of the examinations. Sample solutions to essay questions will be available within the time frame announced in the Syllabus (July 31, 2007, for the Spring 2007 examinations).

Rules regarding examination discipline are printed in the
2007 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 Status

Candidates may view their education and examination status under "Verify Candidate Exam Status" in the "Admissions" 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, 2, and 4 as well as VEE topics. Candidates may directly contact the CAS Office from the Web screen displaying their examination status. Please include your full name, date of birth, and address with any inquiry as well as the exam session you passed an exam.


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 in the "Admissions" section of the CAS Web Site. This information is provided as a convenience to CAS candidates. The CAS takes no responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the study aids and seminar announcements attached to this notice. (Click on the links below for more information.)

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