Base Programming Specialist

SAS Certified Specialist: Base Programming Using SAS 9.4

Test your true merit as a SAS Programmer. Write and execute SAS code during your exam.

SAS is proud to announce a new practical programming credential. During this performance-based exam, candidates will access a SAS environment. Coding challenges will be presented, and you will need to write and execute SAS code to determine the correct answers to a series of questions.

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Are you new to SAS programming? You may want to consider the SAS Certified Associate: Programming Fundamentals Using SAS 9.4 credential.

Successful candidates should have experience in programming and data management using SAS®9.4 and should be able to:

  • Read and create data files.
  • Manipulate and transform data.
  • Create basic detail and summary reports using Base SAS procedures.
  • Identify and correct syntax and programming logic errors.


Performance-based Base Programming Exam Tutorial

You will access SAS software during your exam. Please watch this instructional video that will demonstrate how to navigate both the exam and the lab environment.

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Exam Content & Pricing

Candidates who earn this credential will have earned a passing score on the SAS®9.4 Base Programming — Performance-based exam.

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; uses a score range from 200 to 1,000 points. For more information about scaled scores, see our FAQ.
  • Use exam ID A00-231; required when registering with Pearson VUE.
  • Use exam ID A00-233 if you currently hold the SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential. This is a shorter, less expensive delta exam. It is 75 minutes, 18-22 questions.
  • This exam is based on SAS 9.4 M5.

Exam fee: $180 USD

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