SAS Base Programming

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SAS Certified Specialist: Base Programming Using SAS 9.4.

Read and create data files.

Create basic detail and summary reports using Base SAS procedures.

Manipulate and transform data.

Identify and correct syntax and programming logic errors.

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Exam Details & Instructions


The following objectives will be tested on the exam. For more information about each objective, download the complete exam content guide.

  • 20-25% - Access and create data structures.
  • 35-40% - Manage data.
  • 15-20% - Error handling.
  • 15-20% - Generate reports and output.




SAS 9.4 Base Programming - Performance-Based Exam

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  •    This exam is administered by SAS and Pearson VUE.
  •    40-45 multiple choice and short-answer questions.
  •    135 minutes to complete exam.
  •    Passing score is 725 (score range from 200 to 1,000 points).
  •    This exam is based on SAS 9.4 M5.


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