Computer-Based Testing

Updated July 1, 2022

 

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Fall 2022 CBT Candidate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What exams will be offered in Fall 2022?

CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, 5, 6-Canada, 6-International, 6-United States and 8 will be offered in Fall 2022.

EXAM EXAM DATES
Exam MAS-I November 1 - 7, 2022
Exam MAS-II November 1 - 7, 2022
Exam 5 October 25 - 31, 2022
Exam 6-Canada October 25 - 31, 2022
Exam 6-International October 25 - 31, 2022
Exam 6-United States October 25 - 31, 2022
Exam 8 October 25 - 31, 2022

 

When does Fall 2022 registration open and close?

Fall registration opens on July 5, 2022 and the registration deadline is October 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.

What is the last day I can request a refund?

The refund deadline is October 14, 2022.

Fall 2022 Refund Policy:

Under the health protocols established by Pearson VUE, candidates will be asked to acknowledge that they meet the health requirements outlined on the Pearson VUE COVID-19 webpage and to follow the health and safety guidelines while testing. Candidates who will not be admitted to the test center because they fall into any of the health situations listed are eligible to request a refund of their Fall 2022 exam fee. Candidates requesting a refund must provide proof (copy of email and/or screenshot) of their cancelled Pearson VUE exam appointment. For all other situations, your refund request must be submitted by October 14, 2022 for the Fall exams.

Refund requests must be sent via email to refund@casact.org.

Candidates who must cancel their appointment due to Pearson VUE’s COVID-19 policies but are still eligible to sit at the end of the exam window based on the health guidelines, can either attempt to reschedule their exam to the end of the exam window, or request a refund using the guidelines listed. The CAS cannot guarantee exam availability for those who have to cancel their exam after October 14th. The CAS will not be extending the examination window.

How do I request a refund?

To receive a refund, a candidate must email refund@casact.org requesting a refund for the exam, as well as cancel any Pearson VUE appointments that were made for the exam. Please note that the request must be received by October 14. Canceling the exam appointment does not entitle you to a refund if you do not send a request to refund@casact.org before the refund deadline.

If you scheduled your exam appointment with Pearson VUE and are requesting a refund, please include proof of appointment cancellation.

Are there any cancelation fees for this sitting?

Yes, a $200 administrative fee per examination will be assessed on all refunds. Exceptions may apply.

Exception to Administrative Fee for Fall 2022 Examinations:

Scenarios where we would NOT charge an administrative fee (exceptions):

  • A candidate changes their registration from one exam to another at any time during the open registration period
  • A candidate cannot find an exam appointment with Pearson VUE and the CAS cannot find an appointment within a reasonable distance and therefore the candidate requests a refund
  • Candidate receives cancellation from Pearson VUE and for whatever reason does not want to reschedule and requests a refund

Scenarios where we WOULD charge administrative fee:

  • If a candidate who will not be admitted to the test center because they fall into any of the health situations outlined on the Pearson website requests a refund
  • If the candidate cannot find an exam appointment, the CAS offers them one and they decline the appointment and ask for a refund
  • All refund requests received before the deadline that do not fall into the exception category

 

Can I transfer my Pearson VUE appointment from one exam to another for the same sitting?

Candidates should be aware that due to Pearson VUE requirements, exam registrants who register and then decide to sit for a different exam will be required to cancel their original CAS registration and Pearson VUE exam appointment and then re-register and make a new exam appointment. Please note that there are no fees associated with switching exams after the initial registration.

How does CBT change the format and style of questions on Fall 2022 CAS Exams?

As we adapt to the CBT environment candidates will begin to see items that take advantage of the new platform. This may take the form of larger, more realistic, datasets as well as leveraging some of the built-in capabilities of the spreadsheet environment.

The April/May sitting will also introduce a new essay response question type on exams 5-9. Moving forward, questions that do not require calculations or spreadsheet functionality will utilize the new essay response format.

When will the guessing penalty for MAS-I and MAS-II be removed?

The guessing penalty for MAS-I and MAS-II will be removed for the Fall 2022 administration.

What can I bring into the testing center?

No personal items may be taken into the testing room except a single approved calculator. This includes all bags, books, notes, phones, writing instruments, watches and wallets. Food and water are prohibited in the exam area.

Can I use scratch paper during the exam?

Regular scratch paper, ink pens, or pencils are not allowed.

A non-erasable spiral notebook will be given to candidates with a fine-point felt pen for scratch work. If you need an additional spiral notebook, you can raise your hand and a Pearson VUE representative will provide you with up to two additional notebooks.

Are there demo exams available?

The CAS released a sample set of exam questions for MAS-I, MAS-II and Exams 5-9. The CAS has also developed a CBT Tutorial Video to accompany the sample questions and example solutions for CAS Exams 5-9. The sample questions provide candidates a way to review and familiarize themselves with the functions and features of taking a test in the Pearson VUE testing environment.

Please note, the MAS-I and MAS-II sample exams have the functionality where the candidate can “click anywhere in the row” to respond to a question. This is only on the sample exams. On exam day, candidates will have to click directly on the radio button beside the letter to answer a multiple-choice question.

Also, note that in response to the feedback we received from candidates who took the Fall 2020 CAS exams, we have added a new tool to assist with your preparation. Pearson VUE has posted a blank sample worksheet for candidates to build and practice in their spreadsheet environment. Candidates can find the blank sample worksheet on the Pearson VUE/CAS website under “Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Sample Testing.”

What Excel functions are available in the Pearson spreadsheet environment?

See the list of functions here and on the Pearson VUE/CAS website under “Related Links.”

Is there any specific guidance as to what spreadsheet formulas candidates might need to know? (New 3/16/22)

There may be times where knowing a spreadsheet formula will make the calculations quicker, but candidates will not be required to have knowledge of specific spreadsheet formulas to receive full credit.

If a particular spreadsheet function is recommended to produce a result, candidates will be given instructions for its use, or a definition of inputs and outputs.

What if I cannot find an exam slot after the refund deadline; can I still request/receive a refund?

The CAS will work with candidates to find them a spot. In order to receive a refund, you must submit a refund request to refund@casact.org by October 14, 2022.

There are no exam slots available in my city or nearby; what will the CAS do to make sure I can sit for my exam within a reasonable distance?

In the United States, a reasonable distance is defined as 180 miles. Exam availability cases outside of the United States will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The CAS will work with the candidate and Pearson VUE to find them a spot at a testing center.

What if I cannot make it to my exam appointment?

If you are unable to attend your scheduled exam appointment, please cancel your exam slot at least 48 hours before by either contacting Pearson VUE support, or via your Pearson VUE account. If it is within 48 hours, please contact Pearson VUE support and email casexams@casact.org. Candidates who fail to appear for their scheduled exam slot will be charged a $100 administrative “no-show” fee. We are aware that exam slots are limited, so if you are unable to attend your exam time, please cancel your appointment, or you will be charged the “no-show” fee.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Send your additional questions via email to casexams@casact.org. For general information and helpful links, please visit the Pearson VUE/CAS website.

Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Sample Testing

The following demonstration exams are a resource developed with questions from previous exams. The purpose is for the candidates to prepare for the exam environment by reviewing previous exam material with the features and functions of the Pearson VUE CBT environment.

MODERN ACTUARIAL STATISTICS I DEMO EXAM

MODERN ACTUARIAL STATISTICS II DEMO EXAM

WRITTEN RESPONSE (Exams 5-9) DEMO EXAM