CAS Exam 5: October 25 - 31, 2022The best way to determine "what you know and what you don't know" before sitting for the CAS exam is to take practice tests 7 to 8 weeks before the actual exam.
The best practice tests are Syllabus Section Tests.
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The questions on these tests are actual CAS questions randomly selected from CAS exams administered between 2011 and 2019.
Solutions to computational questions incorporate "Instructional" solutions.
Solutions to short answer questions are most often CAS model solutions, which are "Efficient/Sufficient Solutions".
EXAMINER REPORT COMMENTS
Solutions include CAS Examiner Report comments to:
1. Identify what CAS examiner's were looking for in candidate responses.
2. Cite common errors found in candidate responses.
3. Assist you in self-grading your exam.
1. Questions Worked
Record the date you worked the problem to:
2. Self Grading
3. Time to Complete
Record how long it takes you to answer questions to retrospectively assess:
For each question, this tab shows:
- The season, year and question number the question was drawn from.
- The number of points for each question (in total and by sub-question within question)
- 1st Attempt Self-Grading section
Self grade your responses using Model solutions and Examiner Reports comments.
- Compare your answer to the model solution provided.
- For past CAS questions, review CAS Examiner’s comments on what information was sought in each sub question and then determine if this was included in your response.
CAS Examiner’s comments are included for all questions beginning with the Fall 2012 Exam 5.
- Enter your score in the area to the right of the question. Your cumulative scores are recorded in the point grid tab.
Your cumulative scores are a good indicator or what you know and what you need to work on during the final weeks before your exam.
Tracking your progress
Each question contains a status indicator allowing you to flag questions as Incomplete, Finished, or Review.
Quickly identifying the number of questions as Incomplete or needs further Review is key during your final weeks of exam preparation.
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Syllabus Section Test 1 - Chapters 1 to 8 – 20 Questions, 61.5 points
Syllabus Section Test 2 - Chapters 1 to 8 - 20 Questions, 42.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 3 - Chapters 1 to 8– 20 Questions, 48 points
Syllabus Section Test 1 - Chapters 9 to 12– 20 Questions, 43.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 2 - Chapters 9 to 12– 20 Questions, 40.5 points
Syllabus Section Test 3 - Chapters 9 to 12– 20 Questions, 41.5 points
Syllabus Section Test 1 - Chapters 13 to Appendix– 14 Questions, 31.75 points
Syllabus Section Test 2 - Chapters 13 to Appendix– 14 Questions, 31.5 points
Syllabus Section Test 3 - Chapters 13 to Appendix– 12 Questions, 29.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 1 - Chapters 1 to 6 – 9 Questions, 16.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 2 - Chapters 1 to 6 – 9 Questions, 17 points
Syllabus Section Test 3- Chapters 1 to 6 – 9 Questions, 17.75 points
Syllabus Section Test 1- Chapters 7 to 10 – 16 Questions, 35 points
Syllabus Section Test 2- Chapters 7 to 10 – 14 Questions, 33.75 points
Syllabus Section Test 3- Chapters 7 to 10 – 14 Questions, 36.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 1- Chapters 11 to 13 – 15 Questions, 36.75 points
Syllabus Section Test 2- Chapters 11 to 13 – 15 Questions, 38.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 3- Chapters 11 to 13 – 17 Questions, 43.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 1- Chapters 14 to 17 – 21 Questions, 46.25 points
Syllabus Section Test 2- Chapters 14 to 17 – 21 Questions, 46 points
Syllabus Section Test 3 - Chapters 14 to 17 – 21 Questions, 43.75 points
Formulating a clear path to problem solving is the biggest stumbling block for candidates when solving high point value computational questions.
To circumvent this, our solutions include:
- introductory comments which reference key excerpts from the syllabus readings to initiate your thought process on how to frame your solution, and then transitions into a,
- a step by step approach to arrive at the final answer.
Questions and Model Solutions
CAS solutions can be vague, lacking in detail, and difficult to follow at times.
To circumvent this, our solutions include an instructional approach to computational questions, comprehensive enough to fully explain each and every step in the solution process.
This problem solving approach:
- is comprehensive as it fully explains each step in the solution process.
- provides clarifying comments to CAS model solutions making them easier to understand.
- provides a logical framework to implement when solving similar computational problems.
- allows you to adopt a blended problem solving process that streamlines our approach with your problem solving methods to provide Examiners with what they seek; that being “enough support on [your] answer sheet to follow the calculations performed.”
Our solutions include CAS Examiner’s Reports dating back to the Fall 2012 Exam.
These are critical to review to accurately self grade your solutions. They provide question specific comments on:
- the overall difficulty level in total and by question part.
- what candidate’s were expected to know on how to calculate specific ratios, tests, statutory balance sheet and income statement values, surplus thresholds, solvency metrics, etc.
- whether candidates were able to:
- justify all selections when prompted to do so
- provide appropriate responses to a “briefly describe” question
- defend their responses given in prior sub questions
- demonstrate knowledge of the purpose, components, similarities and differences of the question at hand.
- common errors included in candidate responses