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 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?

Short-answer questions require you type your answer in a text box, rather than select your answer from a choice of 4 options. Typically, you will provide a numeric answer or a short section of SAS programming code. When entering code, case is ignored and all variations of SAS syntax that correctly complete the program are accepted as correct.

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?

To help candidates prepare for exams, SAS offers a broad curricula of instructor-based training, Live Web classes, and e-learning courses. Information on exam preparation options are listed on the exam preparation tab within each exam.

Are sample questions available for exams?

Sample questions are available for production exams and illustrate the types of multiple choice and short-answer questions that may appear on SAS Global Certification 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 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?

The SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential is a prerequisite to obtaining the SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 credential. If you do not hold a SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential prior to taking and passing the SAS Advanced Programming for SAS 9 exam, the SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 credential will not be awarded until the prerequisite has been met.

I need to change my address?

To update your demographic information you will be able to access SAS Certification Records Management and update your information. This change will be effective within 24 hours.

Can I retake an exam?

Candidates may attempt each certification exam up to five (5) times in a 12-month period, waiting a minimum of 14 days between attempts. Exam charges are incurred for each exam attempt. Exams that do not comply with this retake policy will be considered invalid and will not be eligible for refund and/or a certification credential. Once a passing score is achieved on a specific exam, no further attempts are allowed on that 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

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?

You will need to contact Pearson VUE, our testing administrator. Pearson VUE verifies all candidate information based on the identification provided when registering for an exam. To ensure the security of your personal account, candidates will be required to provide legal documentation to validate your name change. Acceptable items of documentation must show the current name as well as the new name.

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