FIrst-Time Test Taker Information

Updated: October 6, 2021

General Information

  1. NDA: All candidates will be required to review and agree to the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) acknowledging the CAS Exam Discipline Policy at the start of their exam. Please review the policy in full so that you are not reading it for the first time before you begin your exam.
     
  2. Reporting Misconduct: Please note that there is misconduct reporting guidance available for CAS candidates and members.
     
  3. Candidate Feedback and Grievances Policy: This policy outlines the process for submitting proposed and defective questions and covers Candidate Grievances, such as administration irregularities (noise, technology issues, etc.). You can find more information and details on how to submit grievances in the Candidate Feedback and Grievances Policy on the CAS website. Candidates should request a Pearson VUE Case Number to submit with grievance submissions (see next item below).
     
  4. Pearson VUE Case Number: Pearson VUE Case Numbers are assigned to any administration irregularity that may occur from the time a candidate checks in at the exam center to when they leave the exam center. Case Numbers are directly connected to the cited irregularity and should be included with feedback and grievances submissions to the CAS. Candidates who find themselves experiencing an administration irregularity should report the issue and ask the site administrator for the Case Number before leaving the test center.
     
  5. Reschedule Policy: To reschedule your exam, you must contact Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account at least 48 hours prior to your testing appointment. 48 hours is not 2 business days; it is 48 hours prior to the scheduled exam start time. Those who fail to either reschedule as required or appear for their appointment will be considered no-shows. See No-Show Policy below.
     
  6. No-Show Policy: Candidates who fail to follow the Reschedule Policy or appear for their appointment will not be issued a refund and will be charged a $100 No-Show fee.
     
  7. Site Closures: Should a candidate be notified that their test site has closed and are within 48 hours of their scheduled exam appointment, they should first contact the CAS.  Candidates who receive a site closure notice more than 48 hours before their scheduled exam should contact Pearson VUE Customer Service or login to their Pearson VUE account to reschedule.
     
  8. Pearson VUE Admission Policy: Candidates should review the Pearson VUE Admission Policy prior to their scheduled exam appointment. The Admission Policy includes information such as when to arrive to your test center, what to bring with you to check in, and the ID Policy.
     
  9. Pearson VUE Test Centers Health and Safety Measures: We strongly urge all candidates to check the COVID-19 Update Page prior to your scheduled exam for the latest health and safety measures in place for testing. Pearson VUE test centers comply with and enforce safety procedures per local government requirements. Where required by federal, state, local and tribal regulations, candidates must wear face masks properly while in the testing centers. To find out if masks are required at your testing location, search your test center name using this link.

    Please be aware that while most Pearson VUE test centers are available for exam delivery, there are currently exceptions and/or unique requirements impacting specific areas.  Full details are listed on the COVID-19 Update Page under country-specific testing information.

If you have any questions, please send an email to casexams@casact.org.

We recognize that our candidates spend a significant amount of time preparing for CAS exams and often make personal and professional sacrifices to get to this point. On behalf of the CAS, we thank you for your continued dedication to the exam process and hope to welcome you as a credentialed member in the near future.

Exam-Specific Information

CAS Exams MAS-I & MAS-II

We would like to make you aware of some resources as you prepare for CAS Exams MAS-I & MAS-II administered at Pearson VUE Testing Centers.   

Sample Questions

There are sample questions for both MAS-I and MAS-II available on the Pearson/CAS website, at the bottom of the page. The main purpose of the sample questions is to present an example of what to expect in the Pearson VUE testing environment, complete with the instructions similar to those that are given on exam day. These sample questions are intended to give our candidates an opportunity to practice and become familiar with Pearson VUE functionality. The sample questions are retired questions from fall 2019 and will not appear in future CAS examinations.

A blank sample worksheet is available on the Pearson/CAS website. The sample worksheet is untimed and does not require reviewing the exam tutorial. The worksheet is also larger than what is typically used for individual questions. For most items presented during exams, candidates are given 150 rows and 40 columns. This spreadsheet has 500 rows to allow candidates to build multiple items in the same worksheet. Candidates for MAS-I and MAS-II will have access to one blank spreadsheet to use for scratch calculations over the entire exam.

  • Zooming In and Out: Candidates are able to zoom in and out of Pearson's platform by either selecting Ctrl +/- on the keyboard
     
  • Functions: Pearson's spreadsheet includes several functions. Candidates are free to use any of these functions in their responses to the questions on the exam. See the list of functions here and on the Pearson VUE/CAS website under “Related Links.”
     
  • Reference Items and/or Tables: Any reference items and/or tables required for the examination will be loaded directly into the Pearson environment and will be available to the candidates on the screen by the click of a button either in the bottom left corner or at the top of the question. More information on this is available in the tutorial that precedes the exam.
     
  • F11: Pressing F11 while doing the sample exam questions will increase the screen size and more closely mimic the exam center experience.
     
  • Navigator Button: Clicking on the Navigator button in the Pearson environment will provide a list of all questions, including a topic description and point value. Candidates can use the navigator to quickly jump between questions.

 

Exam Day Information

For questions about what you will need to bring on the day of your exam, please visit the Pearson VUE/CAS website and review the Admission Policy.
 
If you have any additional questions, please contact CAS Administrative and Customer Support at casexams@casact.org.

 

CAS Exams 5-9

We would like to make you aware of some resources as you prepare for CAS Exams 5 – 9 administered at Pearson VUE exam.  

Sample Questions

The CAS released a set of nine sample questions and example solutions for Exams 5 – 9 through the Pearson VUE/CAS website. The question set allows candidates to:

  • practice and become familiar with Pearson VUE's computer-based testing functionality and interface.
  • understand how to work in the spreadsheet format, respond to questions, and navigate between questions.
  • understand how full-credit solutions could be presented, as sample solutions are included for each question.

The question set includes problems that generally represent a cross-section of question styles from CAS Exams 5 – 9 and are not exam specific.

The questions on Exams 5 – 9 will be the similar as those that would have been asked if the exam had remained a paper and pencil exam; in other words, the questions will be similar in format and style to previous offerings of the same exam.

There will be no changes to the way exam questions are graded, except graders will now be able to consider formulas entered in the Pearson VUE spreadsheets. Candidates should compose responses in the same way as before and show all work and reasoning to maximize credit. Partial credit will be given for candidates who are able to demonstrate some understanding of the question. Candidates should note that the sample solutions that have been provided with the question set are one possible way to answer the questions but are not the only solution that would be awarded credit.

As candidates access the sample exam questions and work the problems, please note the following:

  • Graphing/Drawing: Candidates will not be expected to do any graphing or drawing in their responses on the exams.
     
  • Formatting: Formatting capabilities do exist in the Pearson spreadsheet environment. As long as candidates show their work and graders are able to follow their logic, candidates are not required to format their work to be visually appealing (e.g., borders around tables).
     
  • Functions: Pearson's spreadsheet includes several functions. Candidates are free to use any of these functions in their responses to the questions on the exam. See the list of functions here and on the Pearson VUE/CAS website under “Related Links.”
     
  • Zooming In and Out: Candidates are able to zoom in and out in Pearson's spreadsheet by either selecting Ctrl +/- on the keyboard or by changing the viewing % on the toolbar. The spreadsheet defaults to 90%.
     
  • Reference Items and/or Tables: Any reference items and/or tables required for the examination will be loaded directly into the Pearson environment and will be available to the candidates on the screen by the click of a button either in the bottom left corner or at the top of the question. More information on this is available in the tutorial that precedes the exam.
     
  • F11: Pressing F11 while doing the sample exam will increase the screen size and more closely mimic the exam center experience.
     
  • Navigator Button: Clicking on the Navigator button in the Pearson environment will provide a list of all questions, including a topic description and point value. Candidates can use the navigator to quickly jump between questions.
     
  • Symbols: A symbol selector has been included to allow you to insert symbols or mathematical operators that are not available on a keyboard. The symbols included in the sample questions are just a sample of possible symbols and additional symbols may be available. We do not anticipate that you will need to use these symbols very often.
     
  • Showing Your Work: The entire spreadsheet, including all formulas used, will be sent to the graders. Candidates can answer anywhere outside the grey area, however, they should make sure the responses are well-organized and easy for the graders to find and understand.
     
  • Undo Options: If you accidentally erase part of the question, there is an option to "undo" the last several keystrokes by using the appropriate undo button in the toolbar or by pressing Ctrl-Z. There is also an option to reset the entire question, however, this will erase any part of the solution you have already typed.
     
  • Sorting: The Pearson spreadsheet does not allow candidates to sort any of the data.
     
  • Time Limits: While we have set the sample questions with a time limit of two hours, candidates will have four hours to work the exam questions during the actual CAS exams.

A blank sample worksheet is available on the Pearson VUE/CAS website. The sample worksheet is untimed and does not require reviewing the exam tutorial. The worksheet is also larger than what is typically used for individual questions. For most items presented during exams, candidates are given 150 rows and 40 columns. This spreadsheet has 500 rows to allow candidates to build multiple items in the same worksheet.

 

Exam Day Information

For questions about what you will need to bring on the day of your exam, please visit the Pearson VUE/CAS website and review the Admission Policy.
 
If you have any additional questions, please contact CAS Administrative and Customer Support at casexams@casact.org.

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