Frequently Asked Questions

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Exam Preparation

How do I obtain an academic discount?

SAS Global Certification exams are available at a 50 percent discount off the standard, full-price, published fees.
NOTE: Not available in China and India. Contact the country office for other discounts or promotions that may apply.

You should be prepared to take your exam within 90 days of receiving your discount voucher. Requests for a discount voucher must be made prior to registering for your SAS Global Certification exam. Vouchers are valid for one exam attempt, are nontransferable 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.

Eligibility and Guidelines

We offer 50% off exam fees to employees, educators, teachers, students, faculty and staff associated with academic institutions and school districts.

To apply for the discount voucher, we request one of the following as proof of affiliation for verification:

  • A current, dated letter on university letterhead with the department head or other administrator's signature with information on your enrollment or employment.
  • A copy of your current semester transcript with the university name, your name and courses you are currently taking.
  • A 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 email to

Please include your email address with your faxed request. Upon receipt of your information and verification, a 50% off voucher will be emailed to you.

Schedule your exam appointment with Pearson VUE and provide the voucher number during your registration.


What credentials and exams are offered?

A list of all currently available SAS Global Certification exams can be found on the home page under Certification Options.

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 comprise 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 around the world on a pre-scheduled 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 encourage 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 four 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.

What is a scaled score?

A scaled score converts the raw score (number of test questions answered correctly) to a consistent and standardized scale and is a common practice in certification programs to ensure that all forms of an exam have the same level of difficulty. With the complexity of practical testing and multiple case studies in the Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner exam, we use scaled scoring for this purpose. Which means that candidates taking the exam will have a consistent level of difficulty regardless of the set of exam questions presented.

How can I prepare for an exam?

To help candidates prepare for exams, SAS offers a broad curriculum 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.

Are practice exams available?

Yes, practice exams are available for purchase through SAS and Pearson VUE.

What are the exam fees?

Within North America and India, the current fee associated with each exam attempt is US$180, except for the predictive modeling exam. The Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner exam fee is US$250 and is only offered through SAS.

In some countries, different pricing and additional taxes may apply. Please visit login to Pearson VUE via SAS Certification Manager 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.

After the Exam

Why is my name not appearing in the Public Registry of SAS Certified Professionals?

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 Manager system.

How can I change my name on my certificate or in the Public Registry?

You will need to contact the SAS Global Certification Program at To ensure the security of your personal account, you will be required to provide legal documentation to validate your name change. Acceptable items of documentation must show the current name and the new name. Acceptable documentation includes a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.

I need to change my address.

To update your demographic information, access SAS Certification Manager.

Can I retake my exam?

Candidates may attempt each certification exam up to five 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 Manager system. Candidates receive an email containing information on accessing this system. If you have not received your email within one week from the date you earned your SAS credential, please contact us at

Within SAS Certification Manager, your certificate can be accessed by clicking on "Certifications" and then selecting "PDF Certificate". Your certificate will be downloaded and you can open and print.

Where do I download my logo?

After you earn a SAS credential, your logo will be available in SAS Certification Manager. Candidates receive an email containing information on accessing this system. If you have not received your email within one week from the date you earned your SAS credential, please contact us at

Within SAS Certification Manager, logos can be accessed by clicking “Certification” then clicking “Download Logos”.

Certain credentials require more than one exam to earn. We encourage you to visit credentials and exams for more information.

Retired Exam Status

Do SAS Global Certification program credentials expire?

The SAS Global Certification program now issues versioned credentials that do not expire. For example, if you earn the SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS®9 credential, you will retain this credential and it will not expire. Please note: Some exams may retire as new software is developed and/or enhanced.

In previously released exams, there were some nonversioned SAS credentials that had a three-year expiration date. We no longer offer nonversioned credentials. All SAS credentials that were nonversioned have expired. These include:

  • SAS Certified Base Programmer.
  • SAS Certified Advanced Programmer.
  • SAS Certified Warehouse Development Specialist.
  • SAS Certified Warehouse Architect.
  • SAS Certified webAF Developer: Server-Side.

Retired exams include:

  • SAS Certified Developer V6.
  • SAS Certified Predictive Modeler using SAS Enterprise Miner 5.
  • SAS Certified Predictive Modeler using SAS Enterprise Miner 5.2.
  • SAS Certified Professional V6.
  • SAS Certified Professional - Data Management V6.
  • SAS Certified Professional - Application Development V6.
  • SAS Certified Professional - Business Intelligence V6.
  • SAS Certified Professional V8.
  • SAS Certified Developer V8.

These credentials are still valid for the specified version.