SAS Releases New Exam

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SAS, a provider of business intelligence software, announced the availability of its SAS Base Programming for SAS9 exam (#A00-211). The new test is designed to test candidates on changes to the latest version of SAS’ analytics software suite, as well as assess their proficiency with the main principles and techniques involved with its operation.

“The exam essentially is testing the candidate’s knowledge of the enhancements that have taken place in going from version 8 to version 9, as well as basic programming that really hasn’t changed within SAS,” said Dawn Hopper, communications specialist with the SAS Certified Professional Program, which is housed within the SAS Institute.

Specifically, the content of the exam will include importing and exporting raw data files, manipulating and transforming data, combining SAS data sets, creating basic detail and summary reports using SAS procedures, and identifying and correcting data, syntax and programming logic errors. SAS recommends that candidates have at least a year of experience with their software prior to attempting this test.

“The topographical areas we have haven’t changed, but some of the functions within those topics have been enhanced,” Hopper said. “The candidate takes that and if they pass, they will be granted a credential: the SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS9. We also have an Advanced Programmer certification, which is kind of the next step. That Base Programmer certification is required before you take the advanced exam.”

She added that a new exam for the SAS Certified Advanced Programmer Credential for SAS9, which is currently in beta testing, is slated for release by the end of the year. All SAS exams are available exclusively at Thomson Prometric testing centers.

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