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Instead of the students trying to figure out what is going on, CAS should take up the responsibility and come up with a clear announcement highlighting what’s going on behind the scenes. I seriously doubt that would happen, but that is the right approach. One thing that I would like to add in here is that CAS should really allow EXAM 7 and 9 to take place in Fall 2021 as well. It kind of puts a lot of students at risk of not being able to have enough study time for these exams in Spring sitting and if they fail because of lack of studying time, then they have to wait for another year to write those exams.
About time that someone from CAS gives us some sort of timeframe.
For Exam 6c, there aren’t study manuals that you can rely on as such except for BA. I think they do a pretty great job in highlighting what you need to know. I would suggest that you still read the source paper at least once to add to your notes. But otherwise, BA should be more than enough.
Use battleacts to help you prepare for the exam. Their content is really good. Also, they tell you what to focus on.
Is exam 9 relatively easier than 7? Any thoughts which one should I write in may 2021?
Oh wow..I didn’t think of that but THAT to me seems like a very doable thing. CAS should definitely consider this for future exams at least.
I completely agree: not being able to copy/paste or press F2/F4 or pressing the back button erases in the opposite direction, are all technical issues that just wastes time and nothing else. It can very easily throw you off your A-game during the exam. These are things that CAS needs to account for. But how is this fair that I can’t type properly (no spacebar working, no enter key working, some letters and some numbers not working)? How is this fair, that someone else had a technical issue but was given the lost time back by PEARSONVUE?
Anyways, only time can tell. Let’s hope for the best for everyone. It has been a difficult year for everyone, more so for some people.
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!
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.
”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!
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.
If they want to, they could look into the CCTV footage of my room with the chaos happening for any confirmation/proof.
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 email@example.com, 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.