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Examination Rules - Exam Registration

Fees
Examination Centers
Languages other than English
Refunds


Starting in 2018, Exam 5 is being administered using a computer-based environment called Technology-Based Examination (TBE). Because there are distinctive processes and procedures for TBE, additional information is available on the Technology-based Examination web page. The rules and procedures provided on the TBE web page related to Exam 5 are part of the CAS Examination Rules.

Administration of Examinations

The CAS basic education structure has Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements, two online courses, several examinations (see Basic Education Summary), and the Course on Professionalism. Credit for Exams 1, 2, 3F, and 4 is granted based on exam options as defined in the individual exam syllabi. The two online courses are available through The Institutes. The CAS exclusively administers Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5-9 and the Course on Professionalism. The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) cosponsors all the examinations except Exam 6-United States and Exam 6-Actuarial Institute of Chinese Taipei.

Filing of Applications and Deadlines

Exams 1, 2, 3F, and 4

For Exams 1, 2, 3F, and 4, the candidate should follow the application process and deadlines of the sponsoring organizations.

Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 6-9

All candidates filing for an examination(s) must submit a signed application for each examination period. Both online registration and application forms are linked at each of the individual Examination pages under the "Exams and Admissions" section of the CAS website. Payment must accompany each application to be valid. Applications must be received by the registration deadlines stated in the Examination Schedule of this Syllabus. Please allow at least 10 working days for your mailed application to reach its destination. Whether payment is made by personal or company check, it is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that the application and fee are received by the stated deadline. Exceptions will not be made.

Send applications as follows: Candidates may submit examination registrations for Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 6-9 by mail or online. Applications must be received by the published deadlines. Candidates submitting a hard copy of their registration should mail them as follows:

Mail application with check or money order in U.S. funds or Canadian equivalent (payable to "Casualty Actuarial Society") to:

Send application with credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) and all overnight deliveries to:

Casualty Actuarial Society
P.O. Box 425
Merrifield, VA 22116-0425

Casualty Actuarial Society
4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 250
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Telephone: 703.276.3100

Candidates submitting their registrations online for Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 6-9 must pay by credit card. All credit card payments will be processed in U.S. funds.

Candidates will be sent an acknowledgment of receipt of their application within three weeks of the date that the application form was received at the CAS Office beginning in early February for April/May Examinations and early August for October/November Examinations. This acknowledgment is the candidate's receipt of exam fees paid. Please retain this acknowledgment for tax purposes if needed. Candidates that have not received an acknowledgment prior to the registration deadline should contact the CAS Office or their accounting department to ensure that their applications reached the CAS Office. The candidate can also verify their registration by logging into their CAS account and checking their profile.

Exam 5

The CAS exam registration process for exams offered in the TBE environment is the same as for paper and pencil exams. Candidates will register for the exam by completing an online registration form on the CAS website. Registration will open in December 2017.

Candidates will find information on creating an account with PSI and scheduling their exam start time on the Technology-based Examination web page. These additional details and step-by-step instructions will be available in early 2018.

Online Courses 1 and 2

CAS Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are available through The Institutes. When candidates register for the individual online course, the fee includes one attempt at the exam. Before registering for the exam, candidates must obtain their Master ID number from the CAS—it will be required to register for the exam. After progressing through the online course, candidates arrange for their exam by contacting:

The Institutes, Customer Service
720 Providence Road, Suite 100
Malvern, PA 19355-3433
Telephone: (800) 644-2101 or (610) 644-2100 ext. 6000
E-mail: CustomerService@TheInstitutes.org
CAS Online Courses page at The Institutes website

Name

Candidates must use their legal name on all examination registration materials and when corresponding with the CAS. Any change in name must be accompanied by acceptable documentation.

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Fees

Examination fees must be paid each time a candidate registers for an exam. Payment options are described in a previous section, Filing of Applications and Deadlines. A $20 surcharge will be assessed for all returned checks. The charts below show the examination fee schedules for 2017 at the time of publication. All fees are listed in U.S. dollars and are subject to change. Other fees that may apply include fees for change of center, refund, and/or a special exam center.

Exams 1, 2, 3F, and 4

Contact the sponsoring organization.

Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5-9 and Online Courses 1 and 2

2018 Examination Fees

 

Other Fees

 

Candidates

Full-Time Students

 

Refund (Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, 5-9, and ST9)

$100

Exam MAS-I & MAS-II

$450

$360

 

Change of Exam Center

$60

Exams 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

$675

$540

 

Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2: Contact The Institutes for fees that apply.

Online Courses 1 & 2 Retest†

$315

$315

 

Exam ST9

$675

$650

 

†The first exam attempt is included in the $575 Online Course fee.

Exams 1 and 2 Fee Reimbursement Program in the U.S.

The Joint CAS/SOA Committee on Career Encouragement and Actuarial Diversity sponsors a program to reimburse qualified minority candidates for Exam 1 (SOA Exam P) and Exam 2 (SOA Exam FM) fees. Eligible candidates are members of specified groups that are underrepresented in the actuarial profession in the United States, including African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native North Americans who are sitting for actuarial exams. The reimbursement application is available in the Diversity Programs section of the actuarial career website at www.BeAnActuary.org.

Fee Discount Program in Qualified Countries

The CAS sponsors a program to provide financial relief to candidates of qualified countries. Eligible candidates must be current full-time residents of a qualified country. Candidates must write their exams in a qualified country. Information, including a list of qualified countries and the application, is available on the Fee Discount Program page of the CAS website.

Computer-Based Testing - Online Courses 1 and 2

The exams for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are offered by computer-based testing (CBT). Because there are distinctive processes and procedures for CBT, additional information is available on The Institutes website. The rules and procedures provided on The Institutes website related to Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are part of the CAS examination rules.

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Examination Centers

CAS examination centers are listed on the Exam Registration page of the CAS website. Centers are determined by the number of candidates near a center and the availability of proctors. Special examination centers may be arranged at the discretion of the CAS on a case-by-case basis if the request is received by the registration deadline. Candidates will be sent the exact location of their examination center at least two weeks before the examination.

For Exam 5, examination centers are no longer necessary (see the Technology-based Examination web page for more information).

Examinations by computer-based testing - Online Courses 1 and 2 - are administered at established test centers. The Prometric website contains a list of the CBT centers.

The CAS will not host exams in any country that has trade sanctions held against it per the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Change of Center

For Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 6-9, any registered candidate who requests a change in examination center must pay a change-of-center fee. No requests will be accepted after the registration deadline. If a request for a change of center occurs, every effort will be made to have the candidate's records and supplies on hand at the appropriate center in time for the examination. If this effort fails, however, the CAS is not responsible. If either a candidate's registration and fees, or request for change of center are received so late that it is not feasible to arrange for the candidate to write the examination, the fees will be refunded in full. The CAS is not responsible for difficulties caused by postal service delays or inadequate postage.

Details for changing a CBT center for the exams for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are available on The Institutes website.

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Languages other than English

Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 6-9 and Online Courses 1 and 2

Exam questions and instructions will be printed, and exams administered, exclusively in English. Candidates must submit written responses in English; non-English responses will not be graded with the following exception: Should a candidate for an exam jointly sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries wish to respond to any or all of the constructed-response test items (essay questions) in French, advanced notice must be provided to the CAS Office when applying to write the exam. Provided such advanced notice was received and a suitable translator is available from the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, responses submitted in French will be translated into English by qualified translators and graded exclusively in translation. All translations will be literal translations from French to English. If advanced notice has not been provided, non-English responses will not be graded. If a suitable translator cannot be engaged before the date of the exam, the candidate will be notified. The CAS cannot guarantee the accuracy of any translation. Appeals based upon errors in translation of a candidate's responses will not be considered. Grade reports for exams requiring translation may be delayed.

Special Arrangements for Candidates with a Disability

A candidate with a formally diagnosed disability who needs special testing arrangements must submit a written request for each examination that the candidate intends to write. Documentation of the disability, e.g., physician's statement, diagnostic test results, as well as the need for special arrangements, is required of each candidate. Previous accommodations given to the candidate in an educational program or work setting may be considered.

Requests for special arrangements and supporting documentation must be submitted at the applicant's expense at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline for Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 6-9; at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline for Exam 5; and prior to the first day of the testing window for the exams for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2. For Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5-9, contact the CAS Examinations Coordinator. For the two online courses, contact The Institutes.

For Exams 1, 2, 3F, and 4, contact the sponsoring organization.

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Refunds

Exams 1, 2, 3F, and 4

Contact the sponsoring organization.

Online Courses 1 and 2

The fee for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 includes one attempt at the exam by CBT. No refund for a course is provided once the candidate has accessed the online course. If the candidate decides not to access the online course after payment has been made, the candidate may submit a request for a refund. The request must be submitted to Customer Service at The Institutes.

Any candidate who registered for a course exam and subsequently decides not to take the exam may receive a refund for the exam portion of the course fee ($190) only by doing both of the following:

  • Cancel the appointment prior to the third day preceding the exam at the test center, and
  • Submit a refund request to Customer Service at The Institutes that must arrive prior to the third day preceding the exam.

Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5-9

Any candidate who submits an application for Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, or 5-9 and subsequently does not write the examination should submit a written request for an examination fee refund. This request must reach the CAS Office by the refund deadline stated in the Examination Schedule of this Syllabus. Refund requests may be sent via e-mail to refund@casact.org or by fax to (703) 276-3108. Late requests will not be considered. A $100 administrative fee per examination will be assessed on all refunds. Change-of-center fees, special center fees, and other additional fees will not be refunded in any case. Refunds will be issued one month after the refund deadline. Refunds are issued in the manner that fees were paid (i.e., by credit to a bank card or by check to an individual or company). Fees cannot be transferred from one exam session to another.

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