Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I obtain an academic discount?
SAS Global Certification exams are available at a 50% discount off the standard, full-price, published fees for those in the field of academia.
Requests for a discount voucher must be made prior to registering for your SAS Global Certification exam.
Eligibility and Guidelines
We offer 50% off exam fees to employees, educators, teachers, students, faculty and staff associated with academic institutions and school districts.
Discounted vouchers are valid for approximately 6 weeks from the current date and cannot be extended so being prepared to take and register for your exam during this timeframe is advised. Vouchers are valid for one exam attempt and are non-transferrable and must be used by the individual who applies. Only one voucher is issued per request. If you wish to take additional exams after utilizing a voucher, you must reapply.
To apply for the discount voucher, we request one of the following as proof of affiliation for verification:
- current, dated letter on university letterhead with the department head or other administrator's signature with information on your enrollment or employment
- copy of your current semester transcript with the university name, your name, and courses you are currently taking
- student ID or staff ID with expiration date.
We reserve the right to ask for additional information if needed for verification. I-20s are not accepted as proof.
Please FAX proof to 919-677-4444 (Attention: SAS Certification) or provide an electronic copy via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your e-mail address with your faxed request. Upon receipt of your information and verification, a 50% off voucher will be e-mailed to you.
What credentials and exams are offered?
A list of all currently available SAS Global Certification exams can be found on the credentials and exams page.
What are the exams like?
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 multiple-choice and/or short-answer questions, depending on the exam. Exams are generally scheduled through Pearson VUE but are also held at various locations throughout the globe on a prescheduled basis. Candidates are allotted varying time limits 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 in test development.
Additionally, SAS Global Certification requires candidates to accept the terms of the SAS Institute Inc. Certification Program Candidate Agreement before taking a certification exam.
What are short-answer questions?
What are interactive questions?
Interactive questions allow you to complete a task. The exam question will provide you with a work area. In this work area, you may be asked to:
- use drag and drop functionality to configure a user interface component
- use drop-down lists, check boxes, and radio buttons to configure user interface components
- build a SAS program from a list of available lines of code.
The exam scoring mechanism will evaluate the settings you have established in the work area to determine if the item is answered correctly.
How can I prepare for an exam?
Are sample questions available for exams?
Are practice exams available?
Yes, practice exams are available for purchase on these selected exams:
What are the exam fees?
Within North America and India, the current fee associated with each exam attempt is $180 USD, except for the Predictive Modeling exam. The Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner exam fee is $250 USD and is only offered through SAS. In some countries, different pricing and additional taxes may apply. Please visit www.pearsonvue.com/sas for exam pricing in your country. SAS Global Certification exam prices are subject to change.
Can I take the SAS Advanced Programming for SAS 9 exam without having to take the SAS Base Programming for SAS 9 exam?
I need to change my address?
Can I retake an exam?
How do I print my certificate?
After you earn a SAS Credential, your certificate will be available on the SAS Certification Records Management system. Candidates receive an e-mail containing information on accessing this system. If you have not received your e-mail within one week from the date you earned your SAS credential, please contact us at email@example.com.
Within SAS Certification Records Management system, your certificate can be accessed on the left navigation bar under "Printable Documents." To print your certificate, your pop-up blocker should be disabled before clicking the "Print Now" button. Click on "Print Now" and your certificate will open in a new window where you can download and/or print.
Certain credentials require more than one exam to earn the credential. We encourage you to visit credentials and exams for more information.
After the Exam
Within the Certification Records Management System, it shows that I have "In Progress" exams. I have not taken these exams. What does this mean?
"In progress" exams are exams that you have qualified to take based on your current certifications. These are visible only to you within the Certification Records Management System and are for your reference in obtaining additional certifications.
Why is my name not appearing in the Public Registry of SAS Certified Professionals?
Please allow 1 week after achieving your credential for your name to be added to the registry.
If your name is not appearing on the registry, you may choose to be added by updating your personal information within your account in the SAS Certification Records Management system.
How can I change my name on my certificate or in the Public Registry?
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