Dates To Remember
Exam Registration Deadlines
June 8, 2011
June 28, 2011
August 4, 2011
August 30, 2011
September 8, 2011
Exams 3L, 6, and 8
September 15, 2011
September 29, 2011
CAS Seminars and Meetings
Seminar on Reinsurance
June 6-7, 2011
Loss Distributions Limited Attendance Seminar
June 27-28, 2011
Predictive Modeling Limited Attendance Seminar
August 17-18, 2011
Updates for CAS Online Courses
Getting Grades for CAS Online Courses
The exams for CAS Online Courses 1 and 2 being given in the April to June 2011 testing
window will not be auto-scored. That is, candidates will not receive their grades at the
testing center. After completing the exam, candidates will receive a written confirmation that they took the exam. After the testing window has closed, the results will be evaluated and final grades will be released by The Institutes by June 30.
When the final grades are determined, candidates will receive an e-mail from The Institutes stating that their grades are available. Candidates may then log into their account on The Institutes Web Site (www.TheInstitutes.org) to access their grades.
Candidates should go to the Web site and click on the log in button in the upper right portion of the screen. On the log in screen, candidates will be able to enter their
ID and PIN or follow the prompts to obtain those if they do not know them.
The grade report for each candidate will show the candidate’s overall score on the exam
in ten point increments (e.g., 60 to 69%, 70 to 79%, and so on). It will similarly show the candidate’s performance by assignment using those same ten point increments. Numerical
scores are not released.
Once grades have been released, The Institutes will send them directly to the CAS Office
to be added to the candidates’ admissions records.
Reporting Potential Errors
Questions about potentially defective questions or material should be directed to The Institutes’ Customer Service Department at (800) 644-2101 or (610) 644-2100, extension 6000, or CustomerService@TheInstitutes.org.
By Shira L. Jacobson, FCAS, Candidate Liaison Committee
Actuaries are often known for what they have in common. The actuarial exam
series guarantees that actuaries have a common knowledge base, and on-the-job
development means that actuaries learn from each other and develop common working styles.
Contrary to some stereotypes of uniformity, many actuaries have unique skill sets. Some actuaries hold degrees in non-actuarial fields, speak multiple languages, or have work experience in other areas. I wanted to learn more about these skills and experiences, so I sent out a brief questionnaire to a group of actuaries. While not a random or representative sample, I got some valuable feedback. As I learned more about actuaries’ individual skills, I realized that, while actuaries bring a wide variety of experiences to their work, they share an active and ongoing approach to learning. Actuaries have more in common than just a syllabus — they share a willingness to learn new subjects and apply them on the job.