CAS Exam Registration
Administration of Examinations
The CAS basic education structure has Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements, two online courses, several examinations, and the Course on Professionalism. Credit for Exams 1, 2, and 3F is granted based on exam options as defined in the individual exam syllabi. The two online courses are available through The Institutes. The CAS exclusively administers Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5 through 9 and the Course on Professionalism. The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) cosponsors all the examinations except Exam 6-United States and Exam 6-Actuarial Institute of Chinese Taipei. The CAS-administered examinations utilize computer-based testing (CBT) in partnership with Pearson VUE Testing Centers.
Disclosure of Exam Questions
Candidates are reminded that it is strictly against the Examination Discipline Policy to disclose any exam question unless it has been publicly released by the sponsoring societies. All candidates agree to this restriction when applying for an actuarial exam.
Download the 2021 Examination Schedule
Details & Deadlines
Registration Deadline: April 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
Exam Dates for MAS-I & MAS-II: April 26, 2021 - May 3, 2021
Exam Dates for Exams 5-9: May 3, 2021 - May 8, 2021
Refund Deadline: April 16, 2021
Please note: because we are opening registration before candidates have their results, the CAS will not charge admin/refund fees for the spring 2021 sitting. This applies to CAS exams MAS-I, MAS-II and 5-9. Refund requests must be submitted by the April 16, 2021 deadline.*
Candidates submitting their registrations online for Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5 through 9 must pay by credit card. All credit card payments will be processed in U.S. funds.
Candidates will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt of their application upon registering online. This acknowledgment is the candidate's receipt of exam fees paid. Please retain this acknowledgment for tax purposes if needed. Candidates that have not received an acknowledgment prior to the registration deadline should contact the CAS Office. The candidate can also verify their registration by logging into their CAS account and checking their profile.
*You must be logged in to register.
Registration Deadline: February 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
Exam Dates: April 21, 2021
CAS Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are available through The Institutes. When candidates register for the individual online course, the fee includes one attempt at the exam. Before registering for the exam, candidates must obtain their Master ID number from the CAS—it will be required to register for the exam. After progressing through the online course, candidates arrange for their exam by contacting:
The Institutes, Customer Success Group
720 Providence Road, Suite 100
Malvern, PA 19355-3433
Telephone: (800) 644-2101 or (610) 644-2100 ext. 6000
CAS Online Courses page at The Institutes website
Online Registration (external site)
|Exam||Exam date||Register deadline||Time remaining to register|
|SP9 Enterprise Risk Mgmt Specialist Technical Exam|
|Exam MAS-I — Modern Actuarial Statistics I||-||Closed|
|Exam MAS-II — Modern Actuarial Statistics II||-||Closed|
|Exam 5 — Basic Techniques for Ratemaking and Estimating Claim Liabilities||-||Closed|
|Exam 6C — Regulation and Financial Reporting (Canada)||-||Closed|
|Exam 6U — Regulation and Financial Reporting (US)||-||Closed|
|Exam 7 — Estimation of Policy Liabilities, Valuation, ERM||-||Closed|
|Exam 8 — Advanced Ratemaking||-||Closed|
|Exam 9 — Financial Risk and Rate of Return||-||Closed|
Candidates must use their legal name on all examination registration materials and when corresponding with the CAS. Any change in name must be accompanied by acceptable documentation.
Examination fees must be paid each time a candidate registers for an exam. All fees are listed in U.S. dollars and are subject to change.
Exams 1, 2, and 3F
For Exams 1, 2, and 3F, the candidate should follow the application process and deadlines of the sponsoring organizations.
Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5 through 9
All candidates filing for an examination(s) must register online and pay the required fees.
Applications must be received by the registration deadlines.
The exams for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are offered by computer-based testing (CBT). Because there are distinctive processes and procedures for CBT, additional information is available on The Institutes website. The rules and procedures provided on The Institutes website related to Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are part of the CAS examination rules.
Online Courses 1 and 2 are administered at established test centers. The Prometric website contains a list of the CBT centers.
Details for changing a CBT center for the exams for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 are available on The Institutes website.
The CAS will not host exams in any country that has trade sanctions held against it per the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5 through 9 and Online Courses 1 and 2
Exam questions and instructions will be printed, and exams administered, exclusively in English. Candidates must submit written responses in English; non-English responses will not be graded with the following exception: Should a candidate for an exam jointly sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries wish to respond to any or all of the constructed-response test items (essay questions) in French, advanced notice must be provided to the CAS Office when applying to write the exam.
Provided such advanced notice was received and a suitable translator is available from the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, responses submitted in French will be translated into English by qualified translators and graded exclusively in translation. All translations will be literal translations from French to English. If advanced notice has not been provided, non-English responses will not be graded. If a suitable translator cannot be engaged before the date of the exam, the candidate will be notified. The CAS cannot guarantee the accuracy of any translation. Appeals based upon errors in translation of a candidate's responses will not be considered. Grade reports for exams requiring translation may be delayed.
A candidate with a formally diagnosed disability who needs special testing arrangements must submit a written request for each examination that the candidate intends to write. Documentation of the disability, e.g., physician's statement, diagnostic test results, as well as the need for special arrangements, is required of each candidate. Previous accommodations given to the candidate in an educational program or work setting may be considered.
Requests for special arrangements and supporting documentation must be submitted at the applicant's expense at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline for Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5 through 9; and prior to the first day of the testing window for the exams for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2. For Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5 through 9, contact the CAS Examinations Coordinator. For the two online courses, contact The Institutes.
For Exams 1, 2, and 3F, contact the sponsoring organization.
Exams 1, 2, and 3F
Contact the sponsoring organization.
Online Courses 1 and 2
The fee for Online Courses 1/CA1 and 2/CA2 includes one attempt at the exam by CBT. No refund for a course is provided once the candidate has accessed the online course. If the candidate decides not to access the online course after payment has been made, the candidate may submit a request for a refund. The request must be submitted to the Customer Success group at The Institutes.
Any candidate who registered for a course exam and subsequently decides not to take the exam may receive a refund for the exam portion of the course fee ($190) only by doing both of the following:
- Cancel the appointment prior to the third day preceding the exam at the test center, and
- Submit a refund request to Customer Success group at The Institutes that must arrive prior to the third day preceding the exam.
Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, and 5 through 9
Any candidate who submits an application for Exams MAS-I, MAS-II, or 5 through 9 and subsequently does not write the examination should submit a written request for an examination fee refund. This request must reach the CAS Office by the refund deadline stated in the Examination Schedule. Refund requests may be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Late requests will not be considered. A $100 administrative fee per examination will be assessed on all refunds. Change-of-center fees, special center fees, and other additional fees will not be refunded in any case. Refunds will be issued one month after the refund deadline. Refunds are issued in the manner that fees were paid, i.e., by credit to a bank card or by check to an individual or company. Fees cannot be transferred from one exam session to another.