Programming Associate

Master these skills to earn a certification.

SAS® Certified Associate: Programming Fundamentals Using SAS® 9.4

Explore and access SAS data sets.

Import and export non-SAS file formats.

Control data execution with loops and conditional statements.

Manipulate data with formulas and assignment statements.

Create basic detail and summary reports using Base SAS procedures.

Sort and format SAS data using Base SAS procedures.

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Exam Details & Instructions


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

  • Fundamental SAS concepts.
  • Exploring SAS data sets.
  • Using the DATA step to access SAS data sets.
  • Using the DATA step to manipulate data.
  • Generating reports using PROC steps.
  • Using utility procedures.
  • Importing and exporting non-SAS files.



SAS 9.4 Programming Fundamentals exam

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  • This exam is administered by SAS and Pearson VUE.
  • 60-65 multiple choice and short-answer questions.
  • 120 minutes to complete exam.
  • Must achieve a score of 68% to pass.
  • This exam is based on SAS 9.4 M5.


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SAS Programming 1: Essentials

Learn how to write SAS programs to access, explore, prepare and analyze data.

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SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques

Learn how to control DATA step processing, summarize data and manipulate data with functions.

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Sample Questions

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