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Terence Chow, ASA, CFAExam MAS-I Product ManagerPursuing FSA via the QFI Track
I graduated from Drake University in 2012 and have been working at Coaching Actuaries ever since. I'm equal parts actuary, math geek, amateur baker, and Harry Potter nerd, not necessarily in that order. I love answering questions about how to prepare for an exam or which exam to take next!
45 Multiple-Choice Questions, Paper-and-Pencil test Format
March 6, 2020 (Midnight CST)
April 22, 2020
MAS-I is offered 2 times per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
Questions related to these concepts will appear the most on the exam.
CAS exams like MAS-I have a 'guessing adjustment' that will deduct one-quarter of the point for incorrect answers, unlike the SOA. There is no penalty for leaving a question blank.
“MAS-I's answer choices are in ranges, not exact values. If your answer is greater than one interval away from the smallest or largest answer choice, you know there is probably something wrong.”
"Don't be afraid to skip questions. Make sure to give yourself enough time to ace easy questions that may be at the end of your exam. Remember, easy questions are worth just as much as hard questions."
"Make sure you can do all the easy questions, and at least half of the intermediate questions. You can pass the exam without ever worrying about an advanced question you haven't seen before."
"If you wish to have your own examination booklet and scrap paper mailed to you after the exam, bring a self-addressed envelope to the exam ($2.87 minimum postage for U.S. domestic mail). This will allow you to grade your exam when the CAS publishes the preliminary answer key, which is usually long before exam results are officially released."
You’ll receive your official final score approximately 8 weeks after your exam.
Passing candidate numbers will be emailed out between 2 PM to 3 PM Eastern Time on the day that they become available.
Several days after the email is distributed to candidates, a link to the list of passing candidates will be posted on the CAS website and candidates will receive the result in mail.
Exam MAS-II is the logical next step after passing MAS-I. MAS-II doesn't officially require you to pass MAS-I first, but the exam does assume you've mastered the material covered in MAS-I.