Top 6 recommendations for SAS Certification preparation

Certification is always a hot topic on our social media channels. A popular, ongoing discussion in our LinkedIn group focuses on advice for candidates preparing for the SAS Certified Base Programmer exam. Here’s a summary of the top recommendations to help you prepare for the exam.

  1. Review the exam content. Focus your studying on the sections you are least familiar with.
  2. Master the sample questions and practice exam. For the answers you get wrong, make sure you go back and fully understand why.
  3. Use the SAS Certification Prep Guide to lead your studies.
  4. Learning SAS By Example: A Programmer’s Guide is also a highly recommended book among credential holders to help you prepare.
  5. Be confident. Improve your knowledge with training, reading, experience or a combination of all three until you feel confident enough to take the exam. (SAS Programming 1: Essentials and SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques are the recommended training courses.)
  6. Practice makes perfect. The amount of time you need to prepare greatly depends upon how much you use SAS on a regular basis. More SAS experience = less exam preparation time.

Do you have any additional advice to add to the list? Leave us a comment below.

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  1. Michelle
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    When is the next update of the SAS Certification Prep Guide for the Advanced Programming text expected? Is there anything in the next year? Thanks!

    • Maggie Alexander
      Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      Hi Michelle,
      There are no changes planned to the edition in the near future. Thank you for your interest.

  2. Posted May 18, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    A SAS certified person has tremendous opportunities in in these industry.SAS certifications are really the most globally recognized credentials in this industry and hence has worthy value for it's certification

  3. Ali
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I have only been recently inspired into persue a career with SAS.
    Some questions naturally came to mind while considering the certification program:

    When will the next edition of SAS be announced?
    Will 'SAS10' make previous certificates redundant?

    • Michele Reister Michele Reister
      Posted July 11, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Hi Ali,

      When a major release of SAS occurs (for example, we just released SAS 9.4 this week), we always update the credential to reflect the new release number. However, the “SAS 9” credentials will not expire and will continue to be valid.

  4. pratyusha
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    As i was new to the sas please let me know the different certifications available,concerned exams,books available,all relavant information regarding sas certification.............

  5. Pulkit
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I am interested in doing sas .
    I want to know what is the role or job we have to do using sas software ?
    And after doing basic and advance sas , what are the further studies we can do related to sas ?

  6. Nikki
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    I have masters in GIS and worked for 1 year. Then i was stay at home mom for 4 years now i want to start working again but my field doesn't look very promising so i want to switch to SAS programmer. I know basics of statistics and used it for my masters thesis work. Also took stat-I class during graduate studies. I used SPSS,SAS, Minitab softwares. This feels like next known territory where i can try to switch. Can you please guide me in the process.
    Is base certification enough to land a job?
    Do you think as coming from another field just certification will be enough?
    How should i prepare for the certification?Join training or self study?
    Further i want to go for clinical SAS. Any suggestions on that front?
    Do you think i need any other skills to go into clinical SAS or to switch fields.
    Thanks for your time and effort.

  7. Varun Rajasekaran
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Can you suggest me training materials/books/websites for ‘SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9 ‘ exam ?

    • Ankit Gupta
      Posted March 7, 2016 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Vikas,

      I seen that you requested for study material on SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9 ‘ exam. Hope you have cleared it with flying colors.
      I am planning to appear for this exam. Can you please share your knowledge and book if possible?

      Also, is it worth to take up this certification or should I go for predictive modelling certification?

      Waiting for your response.


    • Ankit Gupta
      Posted March 7, 2016 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Sorry for Addressing you with Vikas.

      Varun I wll be waiting for your reply.

      • Maggie Miller Maggie Miller
        Posted March 8, 2016 at 9:23 am | Permalink

        Just a reminder that the distribution or use of SAS exam content in whole or in part in any form is unlawful, but there are several legal sources of material to help you prepare for a SAS exam.

        There are suggested training courses on the webpage for the Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9 exam.

        One of the suggested courses is Statistics 1 -- which can be taken in e-learning format for free.

        Good luck on your attempt.

  8. Akshat DUbey
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Hello All,

    I have done MSc in Statistics and now I want to learn SAS. Can you please suggest me if "SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst" or I should do SAS foundation & SAS advanced.

  9. Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    I would suggest using concept maps to visually summarize essential information for every chapter, syntax constructs and options for distinct levels: system, session, data step or procedure step.

  10. Sachin Aggarwal
    Posted January 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I am looking to prepare for SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9: Regression and Modeling Credential. But I am not able to find out any book on SAS site which can help in preparing for this exam. Please guide me on this topic.

    Posted February 27, 2015 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    what are the "SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS" in Base SAS 9 Certification Exam ?

  12. smh
    Posted March 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    i have used sas miner and now would like to sit the sas miner exam but do not currently have access to the software.
    is there any facility by which i can have access to the software for exam prep?

    thank you.

  13. shivangee
    Posted July 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I have just come to know about this interesting software and the benefits of learning sas skills and I am eagerly looking forward to it. Can anyone please help me out of this by guiding me from where to get free prep materials and yes most importantly the SAS SOFTWARE .
    It will be great if there is a reply.

  14. Lopita
    Posted August 21, 2016 at 1:14 am | Permalink


    I want to appear in base SAS certification exam. I am going to uk now. Can I register myself from India and after reaching UK can give the exam?
    What is the job market for base SAS certified in UK ? Please suggest and guide me.

  15. surya
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    can i take exam by home or go to center take test.............

  16. Sowparnicap
    Posted January 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I am interested to learn SAS base programm. Could u please suggest me a good training cum consultancy in the US.

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