Computer-Based Testing

Updated June 10, 2021

Fall 2021 CBT Candidate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What exams will be offered in Fall 2021?

CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, 5, 6-Canada, 6-International, 6-United States and 8 will be offered in Fall 2021. See 2021 Examination Schedule below:

EXAM EXAM DATES
Exam MAS-I Oct. 18—25, 2021
Exam MAS-II Oct. 18—25, 2021
Exam 5 Oct. 23—29, 2021
Exam 6-Canada Oct. 23—29, 2021
Exam 6-International Oct. 23—29, 2021
Exam 6-United States Oct. 23—29, 2021
Exam 8 Oct. 23—29, 2021

 

When does Fall 2021 registration open and close?

Fall registration opens on June 15, 2021 and the registration deadline is October 1, 2021.

What is the last day I can request a refund?

The refund deadline is October 8, 2021.

Update to Fall 2021 Refund Policy:
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 four health situations listed are eligible to request a refund of their Fall 2021 exam fee up to 72 hours before their scheduled exam time. Candidates requesting a refund must provide proof (copy of email and/or screenshot) of their cancelled Pearson VUE exam appointment. Refund requests within 72 hours of your scheduled exam time will not be accepted. For all other situations, your refund request must be submitted by October 8.

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 8. 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 8. 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 $100 administrative fee per examination will be assessed on all refunds. Exceptions may apply.

Please note: because we are opening registration before all candidates have their results, administrative refund fees will be waived for spring 2021 CAS candidates for five business days after spring exam results are released. This applies to CAS Exams 5-9 only.

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

  • Candidates who cancel their registration for an exam within five business days after spring 2021 results are released
  • Candidate changes their registration from one exam to another at any time during the open registration period
  • Candidate cannot find an exam appointment and CAS cannot find an appointment within a reasonable distance and therefore candidate requests refund
  • Candidate receives cancellation from Pearson and for whatever reason does not want to reschedule and requests a refund

Scenarios where we WOULD charge administrative fee:

  • Candidate cancels their registration more than five business days after results are released
  • If a candidate who will not be admitted to the test center because they fall into any of the four 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?

Scheduled Pearson VUE appointments cannot be transferred to a different exam.

How does CBT change the format and style of questions on Fall 2021 CAS Exams?

While the CBT environment can allow for more sophisticated test questions and the use of larger datasets in the future, those changes will not be implemented for the Fall 2021 exam sitting. The questions on CAS Exams will be similar to those that would have been asked if the exam had remained a paper and pencil exam.

What changes can I expect to see for the Fall 2021 sitting?

For Exams 5, 6-Canada, 6-International, 6-United States and 8: pure written response questions (no numbers or formulas) will be asked in a non-spreadsheet form.

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 in Fall 2020. 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, which led to concerns from the candidates that they were accidentally changing their answers. For the Spring 2021 sitting, Pearson VUE has changed this so you 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.”

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 8, 2021.

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

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