CAS Admissions Roadmap: 2022-Infinity (and beyond)

Specific notes of interest:

  • 2021 - exam questions will be randomized. Two candidates taking a given exam may not see the exact same questions. [This was reportedly done in the spring session.]
  • 2022 - removal of guessing penalty on MAS-I and MAS-II; new syllabi for each; announcement on items that 5-9 will cover going forward.
  • New formats and syllabi for 5-9 won’t be before 2024.
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I feel like this makes it less likely for candidates to go the CAS route.

Well, I do think 3F/MFE was the most useless and irrelevant exam to actuarial.


Really? Sounds like IFM is phased out of both societies so not sure why this would make CAS less appealing.

I find it hard to imagine candidates taking the online course if they aren’t already in the CAS track. Prior candidates would take Exam MFE/IFM/3F and would not yet need to decide. I think candidates will just take the take home assessment from the SOA instead and forget about the CAS.

Agree, felt CAS should have replaced ifm with the same ATPA exam SOA is doing

Also it costs students money to purchase online courses and exams. I think it makes them less likely to pursue.

Eh, it costs money to take the first few exams anyway before you’re employed. You shouldn’t be paying for online courses, and if you are, I doubt the cost is prohibitive enough.

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iirc CAS did away with multiple choice questions back in 2003/2004 for upper level exams for a variety of reasons including inability to obtain partial credit. I understand the need for balance between ease/speed of grading versus that though.

Also in the 2000 transformation they removed shorter exams and merged them together into longer ones in order to speed up transition time (someone correct me if I am wrong).

It almost seems as though we are going back to that in a way or at least it is being considered.

As for the online courses, I thought that the ones they implemented that replaced parts of the old parts 5/7 were a step in the right direction (not that it made what those exams became any easier).

Regarding the randomized question part… does CAS said anything about compensating for difficulty?

How does CAS judge the difficulties of question and make sure each candidate is graded accordingly?

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I may try to get an FSA just in case CAS becomes irrelevant