Examination Center Classifications

I. Computer-Based Testing

P, FM, IFM, STAM, SRM, PA, GIINT*, EA, and FSA Exams:

The above exams use Prometric Computer-Based Testing Centers as their primary testing method. (*CBT GIINT is now administered through The Institutes using Prometric Testing Centers.)

II. Paper/Pencil Administration

(a) Permanent Select/Limited Locations

P, FM, IFM, STAM, SRM and GIINT** Exams:

There are select/limited exam locations where there is no ability to test via a Prometric Computer-Based Testing Center. Information is on each exam home page. (**P/P GIINT is still administered through the SOA.)

(b) Special Center Requests

Any remote location, the candidate has the responsibility of securing the services of a supervisor and examination facilities acceptable to the SOA.

Supervisor Qualifications:

  1. a member of the Society of Actuaries, or
  2. a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society, or
  3. a member of the Institute of Actuaries (England), or
  4. a member of the Faculty of Actuaries (Scotland), or
  5. a tenured academic or a qualified testing professional.
  6. If none of the above is available, approval may also be given to the local testing representative at the United States Embassy.

Exam Room Requirements:

Examinations should be administered in a room that is conducive to taking exams (i.e. adequate space between candidates; minimal noise). A few things that need to be considered are as follows:

  • Classroom style is preferred.
  • Tables need to provide 30 inches of working space per candidate, as space is required for all the papers.
  • Seating should be no more than 2 to a table (this requires at least 6-ft. long table).
  • The room must be comfortable, with enough lighting, in a quiet area, away from machinery, construction and traffic noise.
  • If the room has speakers for a public-address system, they should be shut off during the examinations. If this is not possible, the supervisor should notify the persons responsible for the system of the examination times and the importance of not having any interruptions.  Speakers for background music should also be turned off during the examinations.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the examination room.
  • There should be a clock, visible to all candidates, in the examination room. If a clock cannot be supplied, a blackboard or easel must be provided so the supervisor can indicate the elapsed time during the examination.
  • If possible, building and restrooms should be handicap accessible.
  • If possible, restrooms should be near the exam room.

When requesting a Special Center, please email soaexams@soa.org with the following information:

  • your full name
  • exam name and what administration month
  • your location
  • supervisor information; full name and email address

We will then send to the supervisor that you have secured a supervisor form to complete and return to soaexams@soa.org before the registration deadline.

After the SOA has given its approval of the supervisor and location, the candidate will receive registration information. Please DO NOT register for the exam until your special center has been approved and you receive instructions.

Applications, fees, and supervisor forms (where required) must be received by our office before the registration deadline. Late registrations will not be accepted under any circumstance.