Future Fellows - September 2012
September 2012, Volume 18, No. 3      

Dates to Remember
Exam Registration Deadlines
Exam 1/P (November)
September 20, 2012

Exam 3F/MFE (November)
September 20, 2012

Exams 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8
September 20, 2012

Exam 2/FM (December)
October 22, 2012

Exam 1/P (January)
December 3, 2012

Exam 4/C (February)
December 20, 2012

Exam Refund Deadline
Exams 3L, 6-Canada, 6-United States, and 8 October 29, 2012
CAS Seminars And Meetings
Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar
Denver, Colorado
September 5-7, 2012

In Focus: Taming Cats— Managing Natural and Man Made Catastrophe Risk
Baltimore, Maryland
October 4-5, 2012

Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management
CAS Online Course
October 12-29, 2012

CAS Annual Meeting
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
November 11-14, 2012


Exams 8 and 9 Test Time Increased

The test time for CAS Exams 8 and 9 has been extended from three hours to four hours on a permanent basis. The change was recently approved by the CAS Executive Council (EC). In approving the change, the EC agreed that increasing the time available to sit for these exams would allow candidates to better demonstrate their mastery of the learning objectives. The increase in test time does not reflect an increase of material or an expansion of the exams – there are no substantive planned changes to the syllabus for either Exams 8 or 9. The EC’s decision to increase the test time was made specifically to allow candidates more time to complete these exams in light of the anticipated increase in the percent of test items at higher cognitive levels. The EC’s decision endorsed the position of the CAS Education Policy Committee and Syllabus Committee, which both voted to recommend that Exams 8 and 9 have test times of four hours.

Going Mobile with the New CAS Web Site
By Mike Boa, Director of Communications and Marketing

Access of Web sites on smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices is exploding. Consider this:

  • As of February 2012, nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone in May 2011 (Pew Internet).
  • The number of iPad users in the United States will rise by over 90% in 2012 (eMarketer).
  • In the United States, 25% of Internet users only use their mobile device to access the Web (mobithinking.com).
  • At the end of 2011, there were 6 billion mobile subscriptions, which is equivalent to 87% of the world population (The International Telecommunication Union).

The CAS is responding to the rapid growth in access of online content by mobile devices with the launch of the newly redesigned CAS Web Site. With the launch, a mobile version of casact.org is now available to allow members and candidates easy access to CAS information through their smart phones and tablets.

The need for a mobile Web site was just one requirement that the Committee on Online Services and staff became aware of during their research before beginning the redesign project. Interviews with members and candidates were conducted to learn about preferences for online services so that the redesigned Web site was responsive to member and candidate needs.

In consideration of what we heard, the redesigned CAS home page presents a clean, modern, and attractive design. The user-friendly navigation uses drop-down menus for quick access to important content.

The new Web site also features an upgraded search engine that will make it easier for Web

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