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  • #1401
    TryhardActuary
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    How did exam 9 compare to exam 7 from your experience? A lot of people have said exam 9 is the easiest out of the three post ACAS exams. I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

    #1402
    act_123
    Participant

    That’s funny. I passed exam 7 (I passed 8 before that) over 2.5 years ago and have studied for the exam 9 since then. My first attempt I got a 5.  I am probably borderline now as well.  This is a very hard exam because the questions are very tricky. The material is probably the easiest and the questions are the hardest.  If you are naturally a good test taker then this will be your type of exam as they tend to ask questions based on your SAT skills and not your actual knowledge.

     

     

    #1422
    TryhardActuary
    Participant

    Fee for the exam went up to $725. Interesting.

    #1430
    Bananas88
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    I’m assuming the higher fee is due to testing being done at Pearson.

    #1513
    Psych14
    Participant

    Any guesses as to when results will be posted (anything more specific than 1st quarter 2021)?

    #1516
    silenced one
    Participant

    On the topic of cheating again – concerns of cheating WERE ALREADY raised by multiple people when CBT was first announced, and the response at that time was that the “CAS has very high ethical standards for our candidates”, and that “candidates sign something saying they won’t cheat”.  I don’t agree that this response was/is enough.  I think a majority would be tempted to cheat if it were made easy enough, and the CAS’s job is to take any reasonable steps needed to minimize that temptation.  If they want ideas, lots of good ones have already been suggested by candidates, they only need to ask…

    #1561
    Dante
    Participant

    CAS board members and the Exam Committee:
    I wrote Exam 6c on Dec24 at one of the PearsonVue testing centers and had an unfortunate end to my exam due to the technical difficulty in the testing environment with about 20 mins left in the exam. The keyboard started to malfunction, with spacebar, enter, some numbers, and some letters not being registered in the testing environment. I tried changing the question number (to see if the particular spreadsheet was having the issue), the test center personnel tried to switch keyboards from another machine, but nothing worked. The testing center is aware of what exactly happened and have opened a case with PearsonVue regarding this technical difficulty. I have also sent an email to office@casact.org, ACS@casact.org, and Grievance@casact.org explaining the situation in detail. I’m asking those involved with the exams this sitting to look into this matter with urgency and extreme care. I hope I pass with what I have answered prior to the beginning of this difficult situation and my pass/fail doesn’t depend on the last 20 minutes of the exam where I could’ve answered at least 3 parts of questions that I knew the answer to.
    If Covid-19 wasn’t enough this year, the ending of this exam certainly made it a worse way to end this year.

    #1565
    resact26
    Participant

    Sorry to hear about your experience. While I never had any technical issues that prevented me from inputting answers, I had temporary glitches (ex. There’s an error in Excel where when you backspace, it deletes the characters in the opposite direction and there were a few other issues with copy paste and other miscellaneous issues).

    I’m convinced these errors cost me time and I wasn’t able to finish the exam. I wonder if in general, the CAS will contemplate the computer-based environment in their grading. Im aware that it does enhance things to some degree but the environment wasn’t identical to Excel.

    Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    #1569
    Loki
    Participant

    I had accidentally bumped one of the wires under the desk and “lost connection” where my application froze for a few seconds while it reconnected.  Not as consequential as your experience, though I understand  that the technological horror is real.

    #1570
    Dante
    Participant

    I cannot put in words what I was going through, staring at the screen, and not being able to write what I wanted to. Even the person in charge at the center stood there with her hands up. She wanted to help me but she didn’t know what to do. She saw the issue with her own eyes. I really hope, my pass/fail doesn’t come down to this. It would be extremely unfair. I don’t want to re-write the exam next year either since this was just the last 20 mins or so.


    @loki
    and @resact26: I feel for you guys too. These are things CAS should really look into.

    If they want to, they could look into the CCTV footage of my room with the chaos happening for any confirmation/proof.

    #1589
    Olmstead
    Participant

    Technological issues was a very plausible scenario that hopefully the CAS already came up with a solution for months before this sitting even started

    #1590
    Dante
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    #1591
    Dante
    Participant

    From above:

    ”The most common remedy for severe instances is exam rescheduling without fee during the next available exam window.”

    My situation happened only with 20min left or so. I don’t want to be rewriting the exam next sitting because of this technological failure from CAS’s end. Syllabus is being updated for this exam for 2021 Spring sitting. It would be very unfair to me if they decided to go that route. Again, I really hope these last 20mins have no bearing on my exam result. Fingers crossed!

     

     

    #1595
    resact26
    Participant

    I really hope they can make some adjustment for you. I wonder how they handle these situations. For instance, if you left three questions blank because of time, would they know which three questions they were? And if someone else had a technical issue and lost time but the questions they couldn’t do had a higher point value, how do they make the adjustments fair? Also, what if some people weren’t aware of the grievance form? I certainly wasn’t. This whole thing is a mess. Im just glad I’m not the one who has to try clean it up.

    #1601
    Dante
    Participant

    Even I didn’t knew about the grievance form until I came across it while trying to find out a way to contact CAS about this situation. I guess I’m desperate to make sure CAS sorts this out for me so I’m trying harder.

     

    #1602
    Dante
    Participant

    Also, I just found out through a friend of mine that his colleague also had some technical difficulty but the test centre was able to give him the time back. How is that even possible? If so, why wasn’t my test centre able to do that? That’s clearly unfair. Makes me Mad!

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