Computer-Based Testing

Updated April 5, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What exams will be offered in Spring 2021?

CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, 5, 6-Canada, 6-United States, 7, 8 and 9 will be offered in Spring 2021. See 2021 Examination Schedule.

How does CBT change the format and style of questions on CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II and 5-9?

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 Spring 2021 exam sitting. The questions on CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II and 5-9 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 Spring 2021 sitting?

For MAS Exams: candidates will now have to click directly on the radio button beside the letter of their answer, unlike Fall 2020, where they just had to click anywhere in the same general row.

For all exams: the order of questions will be randomly presented within the various sections of the syllabus. Candidates will now see the total number of points added to the opening page of CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II and 5-9.

What is the last day I can request a refund? (Updated April 5, 2021)

The refund deadline is April 16, 2021.

Update to Spring 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 Spring 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 April 16.

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 April 16. The CAS will not be extending the examination window.

How do I request a refund? (Updated April 5, 2021)

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 April 16. Canceling the appointment does not entitle you to a refund if you do not send a request to refund@casact.org before the refund deadline.

Are there any cancelation fees for this sitting? (Updated April 5, 2021)

We are offering full refunds for the Spring 2021 sitting. This is an exception to our normal refund policy and may not apply to future sittings.

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?

No, 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 April 16, 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.

Will the Spring 2021 exam window be extended?

As a follow up to the letter from the CAS President and CEO issued on February 8, the CAS has found that capacity is no longer a critical issue and we will not be extending the window. If you are still having an issue finding a spot after April 9, 2021 when registration closes, please contact the CAS at acs@casact.org.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Send your additional questions via email to acs@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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