CAS Exam 6U: April 22, 2024 - May 1, 2024Per the CAS “questions on the CAS [CBT] Exams will be similar to those that would have been asked if the exam had remained a paper and pencil exam.”
The problem: the unpredictability of the effective pass ratio.
When you are 4 to 6 weeks away from Spring 2024 Exam 6U, ask yourself:
How well do I know the material?
What can I do to better prepare for the exam?
You know the material when you can answer similar questions to those likely to appear on the exam and under exam conditions.
The best use of your time is to work enough questions drawn from the syllabus reading most likely to be tested.
number of questions, questions by syllabus section, question type (short answer, computational, both), difficulty level of the question, points tested by question and in total, and syllabus readings tested.
The exams were further constructed based on content from select articles within each syllabus section, such that the points by syllabus section ranged in accordance with the range of weights identified in the current syllabus as shown to the right.
Each exam contains questions only from syllabus readings most likely to be tested.
Although the current syllabus contains approximately 66 readings, many of them contain content that has not been, and is not likely to be, directly examined.
Thus, we limited the number of readings from which questions were selected/developed to approximately 28 readings likely to be tested.
Solutions to computational questions incorporate "Instructional" solutions.
CAS model solutions to computational questions do not provide a “step by step” solution approach nor the rationale for why a particular calculation was performed.
To circumvent this, we developed "instructional solutions", to fully explain each step in the solution process.
Solutions to short answer questions are most often CAS model solutions, which are "Efficient/Sufficient Solutions".
The solutions also include CAS Examiner Report comments to:
1. assist you in identifying what CAS examiner's were looking for in candidate responses.
2. provide you with common errors found in candidates answers to these questions.
3. further assist you in self-grading your exam.
Solutions to computational questions often incorporate:
1. "Initial Comments", which provide key excerpts from the syllabus readings to initiate your thought process on how to frame your solution.
Formulating a clear path to problem solving is the biggest stumbling block for candidates when attempting to solve questions with high point values.
2. "Instructional" solutions, which provide a “step by step” solution approach including rationale for why a particular calculation was performed.
Solutions to short answer questions were constructed to model CAS model solutions.
For each question, this tab shows:
- The question number and syllabus section 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
- 2nd Attempt Self-Grading section
Master your ability to answer questions correctly by taking them twice.
- The questions in the spreadsheets are duplicated so that you can answer them twice.
- The advantage of answering questions twice is to assess your progress.
For example, "Toggle" between sheet (1) and sheet 1(2) to compare your answers in terms of computational efficiency and /or the quality of your short answer responses.
Self grade your 1st Attempt and 2nd Attempt 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 2013 Exam 6.
- 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.
Practice Exam 1 - Past CAS Questions – Overview
Practice Exam 1 - Past CAS Questions – 26 Questions, 69.25 points
Practice Exam 1 - Past CAS Questions – Solutions
Practice Exam 2 - Past CAS Questions– Overview
Practice Exam 2 - Past CAS Questions– 25 Questions, 76 points
Practice Exam 2 - Past CAS Questions– Solutions
Practice Exam 3 - Past CAS Questions– Overview
Practice Exam 3 - Past CAS Questions– 26 Questions, 75 points
Practice Exam 3 - Past CAS Questions– Solutions
Practice Exam 4 - Past CAS Questions– Overview
Practice Exam 4 - Past CAS Questions– 26 Questions, 75 points
Practice Exam 4 - Past CAS Questions–Solutions
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Practice Exam 1 - Original Questions - Overview
Practice Exam 1 - Original Questions– 25 Questions, 76.75 points
Practice Exam 1 - Original Questions– Solutions
Practice Exam 2 - Original Questions - Overview
Practice Exam 2 - Original Questions– 25 Questions, 78.25 points
Practice Exam 2 - Original Questions– Solutions
Practice Exam 3 - Original Questions - Overview
Practice Exam 3 - Original Questions– 27 Questions, 77 points
Practice Exam 3 - Original Questions–Solutions
Practice Exam 4 - Original Questions - Overview
Practice Exam 4 - Original Questions– 26 Questions, 77 points
Practice Exam 4 - Original Questions– Solutions
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 2013 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