Exam MAS-I Details

Below we’ll lay out everything you need to know for your MAS-I exam from registration details to exam day to what to do after you receive your results.


Exams P and FM. Exam MAS-I assumes prior knowledge of these 2 exams. While you could technically take MAS-I before P and/or FM, since MAS-I is likely the first exam on the CAS track (not jointly-administered with the SOA) you will take, we recommend passing P and FM before committing to the CAS track.

Exam Offerings

Exam MAS-I is offered twice a year, once in the Spring (late April/early May) and once in the Fall (late October/early November).

Exam Format

40+ Questions of 4 Different Exam Item Types, Computer-Based Testing Administered by Pearson VUE

Exam Duration

4 Hours + One 15-min Break

Registration Info

  1. Visit the CAS website's Exam Registration page.
  2. Register online before the registration deadline (you'll need to create a user account if you do not have one already).
  3. Alternatively, you can register by paper by filling out the form and mailing it to the CAS before the registration deadline.
  4. Choose your exam location. CAS examination centers are listed on the Exam Registration page of the CAS website.

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  1. Oct 30, 2024

    Exam registration refundable by Oct 9, 2024

Exam Day and Results: Things To Keep In Mind

Don't forget your must-haves for exam day! Know what to bring and what to do after you pass the exam

What to Bring

  • A government-issued photo ID that includes a signature
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Exam Results

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.

Passing the Exam

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.

Expert Tips: Helpful insights from our coaches

Our coaches know this exam inside and out. Check out their expert tips for achieving a passing score.

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    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.

    Photo of Baron CaoBaron Cao Content Coach
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    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.

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  • Photo of Larry Saw

    Make sure you can do most of the easy and intermediate questions. You can pass the exam without ever worrying about an advanced question you haven't seen before.

    Photo of Larry SawLarry Saw Content Coach
  • Photo of Kong Foo Pang

    Knowing how to use basic principles to solve problems is critical. Always prioritize these principles as the heart of your learning and treat shortcuts as supplementary tools.

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Course Offerings: Topics and weights

  1. 30%

    We begin our MAS-I journey by exploring important probability models such as Poisson processes, Markov chains, reliability theory, and life contingencies.

    In this section, we will also review key probability concepts from previous exams as well as popular parametric distributions and their properties.

    We then end with studying simple computer simulation.

    • 76 Efficient, bite-sized Learning Manuals
    • 600 Minutes of high-quality Learning Videos
    • 75 Assignment Questions
    • 581 Quiz and Exams questions
  2. 20%

    We shift gears from theoretical probability models to statistical ideas that incorporate observable data. In this section, we will learn to perform point estimation and interval estimation.

    We then assess and validate the estimates using various methods including estimator quality and hypothesis tests.

    We end our lesson with order statistics.

    • 48 Efficient, bite-sized Learning Manuals
    • 501 Minutes of high-quality Learning Videos
    • 60 Assignment Questions
    • 557 Quiz and Exams questions
  3. 50%

    With big data and data analytics on the rise, it is crucial for actuaries to be well-equipped with statistical tools. In this section, we will learn modeling to help us identify patterns in datasets.

    We will begin with basic linear regression models, then expand to generalized linear models, and finally generalized additive models. Along the way, we will also cover model validation and selection procedures.

    • 83 Efficient, bite-sized Learning Manuals
    • 759 Minutes of high-quality Learning Videos
    • 76 Assignment Questions
    • 413 Quiz and Exams questions

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