TBE Sample Exam and Practice Exam Session
The CAS is transitioning its exams to a computer-based environment, called Technology-Based Examination (TBE). Candidates will use Excel 2016 within a virtual environment to take their exams on their own computers overseen by remote proctors. Exam 5 is the first exam to transition, with the first administration conducted in spring 2018.
The 2018 syllabus for Exam 5 is very similar to the 2017 syllabus, with the same learning objectives and readings. Therefore, the information available in prior Examiner's Reports is still relevant, and the CAS strongly encourages candidates to include this information in their study plans.
The CAS offers a number of tools to help candidates prepare for the new Excel exam environment. The materials are intended to aid candidates in understanding how the CAS will transition questions from a paper and pencil environment to the TBE environment as well as to provide guidance on how candidates can show their work in a TBE environment.
- The Sample Exam (Spring 2016 Exam 5) file allows candidates to experience the new Excel exam format. The Sample Exam is based on the Exam 5 that was administered in Spring 2016. This file is available to download free of charge and can be accessed using Excel 2007 version or later.
- The Sample Solutions (Spring 2016 Exam 5) file includes sample solutions based on the Examiner's Report for the Exam 5 that was administered in Spring 2016. This file offers guidance regarding how questions can be answered in the Excel format. This file is available to download free of charge and can be accessed using Excel 2007 version or later.
- The Excel Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) offers guidance for taking an exam in the Excel format.
- For candidates who desire to experience the virtual Excel 2016 testing environment, a Practice Exam Session will be available in early 2018. The Practice Exam Session is a 5-hour session, without a remote proctor, on the TBE virtual desktop in which the Sample Exam (spring 2016 Exam 5) is available. Note that the Excel file in the Practice Exam Session is the same Excel file that is downloadable as the Sample Exam. The primary reason for candidates to access the Practice Exam Session would be to familiarize themselves with Excel 2016 and the TBE virtual environment if they desire to do so before exam day. Candidates are not required to access the Practice Exam Session.
Candidates wishing to take the Practice Exam Session will register for it through TrueAbility for a fee of $40 and will be granted access for a five-hour session, which will not be proctored or graded. Any changes to the Excel file made during the Practice Exam Session, including answers typed into the question sheets, will not be available after the session ends. Candidates who wish to access the Practice Exam Session more than once can do so by registering and paying the fee more than once.
The CAS will not provide additional sample exams.