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When you pass you don’t get a grade report with the ranges.
“It also doesn’t help when you can’t copy formulas from formula window to formula window.”
I didn’t realize this until I was taking the exam this sitting which was really annoying. Also, I know they say you don’t need to format stuff, but I still make a point to format numbers with commas or as percents. Otherwise I really can’t comprehend if something looks reasonable or not (or if I made a really dumb formula error!).
I hope for your sake it does – while the technical issues are out of the CASs’ hands, it still is incredibly frustrating to have to deal with when you are already pressed for time.
I had some annoying glitches where the screen would freeze in between changing questions or the summary question navigator wouldn’t load and then froze my screen again. Fall 2020 I didn’t have any issues.
Did you get a case number from Pearson and file anything with the CAS?
Chugging along.. I am a repeat test taker so I can’t offer up much advice on what worked well to pass – my game plan is to do a quick read through of the material as a refresher (some source, some TIA), pick up on some areas I likely missed points on and just cranking out problems. I did a good amount of problems last time, but not as many in excel as I would have liked. For me I need to work on speed and, while this may seem obvious, just how to approach/frame responses and answer questions in excel (for the calculation questions in particular). I for one and someone who remembers things by repeatedly writing it out; in excel, it’s just different muscle memory.
I think every exam has it’s quirks, but either way it is annoying. I realized last sitting I was assuming the old range for one of the IRIS ratios – thankfully noticed before the exam!
Hopefully you pass this sitting and it’s a non-issue, but I would say just make sure to look at the latest syllabus to see which papers were added/removed/updated. The CAS doesn’t go back and update the old exam questions for the latest syllabus so that is a risk for sure if you are pulling the exams straight from the website. TIA does update their questions/solutions to reflect the changes as far as I am aware, so I think you should be okay so long as you are using the latest version.
Hi Number34 – I am not sure what manual you are using, and if this is your first go around for 6. The 15% is/was for the proration provision. Last sitting it was 15%. It looks like now it’s 25%. (You asking this question actually helped me so thanks!)
As part of my latest morning routine, I looked on Pearson for spots just now and I was able to find something in NYC (a few locations had openings). Either they opened more spots up, or as of yesterday a lot of people cancelled their registration. Either way, keep looking I guess and hope for the best!
I emailed the CAS today and received a response. They are keeping track of candidates who are unable to get a space. You can add yourself to the list by emailing ACS@casact.org. I am not sure what will come of it, but surely they will need to make some accommodations. In addition to this list, I was also advised to look outside of my local area. Not that I have any intentions of crossing multiple state lines for this exam, but for fun I looked in the entire Northeast and was not able to find anything. Florida did have some openings though!
Seems logical to me. Sadly, logic and the CAS don’t seem to go hand in hand.
Yeah this is a bit ridiculous and likely to get worse once 7 and 9 results come out. Unless magically a bunch of spots open up when people start changing whatever exam they originally registered for.
Unfortunately we are competing with other organizations as well. In theory if the CAS extends the window to make room for us all to take the exam, will that extend the grading process? Just puts us back in the same position as this sitting and shortens the study window for the fall.
I can’t schedule mine either and also emailed them. Very frustrating.
Can’t find anything in NYC. Not very reassuring.
I just got an email after registering on Thursday.