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Well we can hope if enough people give that feedback and they see the results on the IQ from the graders that the pass Mark will be adjusted accordingly. Although I suspect that since the pass mark for 2020 was so high, we will pay the price via a higher pass Mark on this sitting
Overall I thought it was a fair and challenging exam. Certainly wasn’t easy, and i definitely could have used an additional 30 minutes, but I did not think it was unreasonably difficult. It also seemed like they removed alot of the very easy, straight forward “no brainer” type calculation problems, as almost every problem seemed to have some twist to it
I did reach out to the CAS concerning the style of exam questions for the 2021 sitting. The response I got can be seen below in bold. It would be nice to know whether or not we should expect more data-intensive excel questions, as it would certainly impact which topics to focuses on when going through the source material / study manuals. However it seems like that important information will not be shared with candidates for another few weeks…
“Unfortunately, we don’t have information about the exam questions that we can make available at this time. I did reach out to our admissions department and they will be sending out more detailed information about the exam questions in the coming weeks. “
In the FAQ that was released last November it says:
Q: How does CBT change the format and style of questions on CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II and 5 – 9?
A: While the CBT environment can allow for more sophisticated test questions and the use of larger datasets in the future, those changes will not be implemented for the Fall 2020 exam. The CAS is focused solely on the transition from paper and pencil to a computer-based delivery format at this time. The questions on CAS Exams MAS-I, MAS-II and 5 – 9 will be the same as those that would have been asked if the exam had remained a paper and pencil exam; in other words, the questions will be similar in format and style to previous offerings of the same exam.
I have searched but I was unable to find any update on this question in regards to Spring 2021 exams. Does this mean we should be prepared for more sophisticated questions using larger datasets during the Spring 2021 Exam 7 sitting? Or will this sitting still be using the same question style as those that would have been asked if the exam had remained a paper and pencil exam?