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Certification - FAQ's

Q: My name is not appearing in the SAS Global Certification Directory. 
A: The directory is updated weekly, so please allow 1 week from receipt of your credential for your name to be added to the directory. If you received your credential prior to August 1, 2008, please contact us at

Q: How do I obtain an academic discount? 
A: We are proud to offer a 50% discount off of exam fees to university faculty, staff, and full-time students. To receive the discount, we request that a letter with department head or other administrator's signature be provided to us as proof of your affiliation with a post-secondary degree-granting institution. A copy of a current student transcript or staff ID is also accepted provided there is an expiration date on the id. Please FAX the proof to 919-677-4444 (Attention: SAS Certification) or provide an electronic copy via e-mail to Please include your e-mail address with your request. Let us know which month you plan to take your exam. Upon verification of these items, a unique code will be e-mailed to you in order to receive the discount.

Q: Can I take the SAS Advanced Programming for SAS 9 exam without having to take the SAS Base Programming for SAS 9 exam? 
A: The SAS Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential is required prior to obtaining the SAS Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 credential. If you have not earned the SAS Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential prior to taking and passing the SAS Advanced Programming for SAS 9 exam, the SAS Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 credential will not be awarded.

Q: Can I obtain a hard copy of my certificate? 
A: Effective January 1, 2009, the SAS Global Certification program has taken an environmentally-friendly approach and our certificates are only available in electronic form. In the welcome e-mails, a printable .pdf copy of your certificate is provided. These soft copy certificates have been provided to you at a resolution that will allow you to print a hard copy should you desire one. The SAS Global Certified Professional Directory is also available so that you can refer prospective employers to this Web site to verify your certification.

Q: My name is incorrect in the directory and/or on the certificate, how do I change it? 
A: You will need to contact Pearson Vue, our testing administrator. Pearson Vue verifies all candidate information based on the identification information you provided when registering for an exam. You can contact the Pearson Vue UK Customer Care Department at 0800-7319905 and 1-800-552131 for Ireland or for any type of name change as they have your original information and will need to update your records. Once they have completed their process, they will notify us and we will update any necessary documentation.

Q: What credentials and exams are offered? 
A: A list of all currently available SAS Global Certification exams can be found on the credentials and exams page.

Q: What are the exams like? 
A: Each exam challenges candidates to apply specific knowledge they have acquired through SAS software training and/or job experience. Computer-based in format, SAS Global certification exams are comprised of approximately 60 to 70 multiple-choice questions, depending on the exam. Exams are generally scheduled through Pearson Vue, our testing administrator, but are also held at various locations throughout the globe on a prescheduled basis. Candidates are allotted 2 - 3 hours to complete the exam, depending on which exam is taken. Specific exam content and passing criteria are located within each exam. To assure your feedback, SAS Global Certification exams include a feature that allows candidates to comment on specific test questions. Your opinions are important to us and are a critical component of the test development process. Additionally, SAS Global Certification requires candidates to accept the terms of the SAS Institute Inc. Certification Program Agreement before taking a certification exam.

Q: What is a beta exam? 
A: When SAS Global Certification comes out with a new exam, a beta release version is available for a short period of time. The beta version of an exam contains more questions than the production version of an exam, and requires more time to complete. Beta candidates will be graded only on those questions selected for final production. Consequently, beta candidates can expect to receive their test results 4-6 weeks following the beta ending period, when the selection process is complete as they are only scored on the items that will be on the final production exam. Candidates who take the production version of the exam will receive their score reports immediately upon completing the exam.

Q: How can I prepare for an exam? 
A: To help candidates prepare for the exams, SAS offers a broad curricula of instructor-based training, Live Web classes, and e-learning. For more information on exam preparation options, please visit our exam preparation page.

Q: Are sample questions available? 
A: Sample questions are available for production exams and illustrate the types of multiple choice questions that may appear on the SAS Global Certification exams.

Q: Are practice exams available? 
A: Yes, practice exams are available for the following SAS Global Certification exams and are sold separately and as part of the Web-based preparation guides — SAS Certification Practice Exam: Base Programming for SAS 9; SAS Certification Practice Exam: Advanced Programming for SAS 9 and Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner 7.

Q: What are the exam fees? 
A: Within North America and India, the cost associated with an exam offered through Prometric is US $180. Please note that the Predictive Modeling with SAS Enterprise Miner 7 exam fee is $250.

Q: Can I retake an exam? 
A: Candidates may attempt each SAS Global Certified Professional exam up to three times in a twelve-month period, waiting a minimum of 30 calendar days between attempts. Exams that do not comply with the retake examination policy will be considered invalid. Exam retakes require payment of the full exam fee and are not discounted.

Q: Where is my certificate & logo information? 
A: All SAS exams are administered by Pearson Vue, our testing administrator. Once you take an exam your results are displayed immediately and you are provided with a hard copy score report for your files. We process the data received from Pearson Vue twice weekly and if we receive your data in a timely manner, you should receive a welcome e-mail and certificate within two weeks. If you have not received your e-mails within two weeks, please contact us at

Certain credentials require more than one exam to earn the credential. We encourage you to visit credentials and exams for more information.

Q: How can I find a location for an exam? 
A: There are over 4,000 sites globally. The information is readily available on Pearson Vue's site . You can select SAS from the pull down menus and then Step 2 is country selection - this will bring up the list of all countries. Once a country is selected, you can then bring up a listing of individual sites in that country.

Q: Does SAS run Certification exams at their offices? 
A: Yes, we regularly hold most certification exams at our Marlow, Manchester and Glasgow sites. Details are available by selecting the appropriate Learning Path here.