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Casualty Actuarial Society Introduces Exam Breaks for Improved Candidate Experience

The CAS is pleased to announce the introduction of exam breaks during our four-hour exams, starting with the Fall 2023 exam sitting. This new initiative is designed to enhance the performance and well-being of all exam takers, by providing them with an opportunity to rest and recharge during their exams.

Research has shown that taking breaks during exams can improve cognitive performance, reduce stress levels, and improve overall mental and physical well-being. We have received numerous requests for breaks from our candidates and believe that introducing exam breaks is a significant step towards enhancing the quality of our examinations and ensuring our candidates are set up for success.

Each exam administered at a Pearson VUE testing center will include one 15-minute break. The time taken during the exam break will not be counted towards the overall exam duration. Candidates can take this break at any time during the four-hour exam. After taking a break, candidates will be able to access previously answered questions. If a candidate does not take a break, the exam will still end at four hours. An additional 15 minutes of time will not be given.

During this break, candidates will be allowed to leave the exam room and use the restroom. Candidates may access their locker for food and/or beverages, and medication if necessary. Candidates may also access their backup calculator during any break if needed. Candidates are not allowed to leave the premises or access a mobile phone, exam notes, study guides, or any other personal items.

More details about the exam breaks will be featured in the updated 2023 Syllabus of Basic Education.

The introduction of exam breaks is a significant step towards ensuring that our candidates have the best possible experience during their exams.

We are committed to supporting our candidates and will continue to explore new initiatives that enhance their overall testing experience. For inquiries about the new exam breaks, please contact

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