May 2012 Exam 9 Time Increased to Four Hours
The test time for May 2012 Exam 9 has been extended from three hours to four hours. The change was approved by the CAS Executive Council (EC) at its March meeting, as the EC continues to review feedback and suggestions submitted in response to CAS President Pat Teufel’s open letter regarding exams. Several individuals suggested, and the EC agreed, that increasing the time available to sit for this exam would allow candidates to better demonstrate their mastery of the learning objectives.
The increase in test time does not reflect an increase of material—there were no substantive changes to the Exam 9 syllabus for 2012. In fact, the exam itself was finalized prior to the Executive Council’s decision, and it had been set with the expectation that it would be offered in a three-hour timeframe. The Executive Council’s decision to increase the test time was made specifically to allow candidates more time to complete this exam.
Pending a review of the exam sitting, the EC will consider a permanent change to make this a four-hour exam. In addition, the EC and Admissions Committees are considering whether extending the time of other exams may be warranted. Any changes to future exam times will be announced in the Syllabus of Basic Education.
The EC continues to invite comments on the CAS examination process, which can be submitted on the CAS Roundtable.