Exams 8 and 9 Test Time Increased to Four Hours
The test time for CAS Exams 8 and 9 has been extended from three hours to four hours on a permanent basis. The change was recently approved by the CAS Executive Council (EC). In approving the change, the EC agreed that increasing the time available to sit for these exams would allow candidates to better demonstrate their mastery of the learning objectives. The increase in test time does not reflect an increase of material or an expansion of the exams – there are no substantive planned changes to the syllabus for either Exams 8 or 9. The EC's decision to increase the test time was made specifically to allow candidates more time to complete these exams in light of the anticipated increase in the percent of test items at higher cognitive levels for these exams. The EC's decision endorsed the position of the CAS Education Policy Committee and Syllabus Committee, which both voted to recommend that Exams 8 and 9 have test times of four hours.