Frequently Asked Questions

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Exam Preparation

How do I obtain an academic discount?

Students and educators can take global certification exams for US$75* after registering for SAS Skill Builder for Students or SAS Educator Portal. Discount vouchers must be requested before exam registration. 

*This discount is not available in China or India. Please email the country office in China or India to inquire about other discounts or promotions that may apply. Students in Japan, please contact your local SAS office to inquire about discounted certification exams.

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

Students, educators, employees and staff directly employed by or enrolled in a degree-granting academic institution or school district are eligible to take certification exams for US$75 per exam.

  • Students enrolled at a degree-granting academic institution must register for SAS Skill Builder for Students in order to request the certification exam discount. 
  • Educators directly employed by a degree-granting academic institution must register for the SAS Educator Portal in order to request the certification exam discount. 
  • Employees and staff directly employed by a degree-granting academic institution must register for SAS Skill Builder for Students in order to request the certification exam discount. 
  • Employees, educators and staff employed by a school district should contact customer service to request an exam discount voucher. 

All higher education exam candidates must request a discount voucher via the appropriate online learning portal prior to registering for a SAS certification exam. Registration for these portals requires a SAS profile with an academic email.

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. Academic discounts are available on training courses in most countries, so visit your local website for more information. For exam preparation options, go to 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?

For the latest pricing details, please visit the Global Exam Pricing page. All exam prices are in USD with the exception of Japan.

Can I take an Advanced Programming exam without having to take the Base Programming exam?

If you were to take the SAS Advanced Programming for SAS 9 exam or the SAS 9.4 Advanced Programming Performance-Based exam without holding a Base Programming credential, you will not earn the Advanced Programming credential. A Base Programming Credential (Either SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9, or SAS Certified Specialist: Base Programming Using SAS 9.4) is required to earn an Advanced Programming credential (Either SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 or SAS Certified Professional: Advanced Programming Using SAS 9.4).

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 certification@sas.com. 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 certification@sas.com.

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 certification@sas.com.

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.