CPCU® 500 Exam Questions

In this blog, we will break down two example CPCU® 500 exam questions. These questions are taken directly from our CPCU® 500 online course, the questions are designed to mimic the format and feel of the actual exam.

About the CPCU® 500 Exam Questions

The CPCU® 500 exam is a 65-minute virtual exam consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions. Exams are virtual, and non-proctored, meaning you take the exam alone online directly from your computer. All questions on the virtual exam will be application-based scenario questions. These are tricky questions that require you to apply your knowledge to a real-life scenario to choose the appropriate answer (you will not be repeating a definition or concept). You will be given a real-life scenario; your job will be to select the best recommendation to solve the given scenario.

If you have not previously taken an institute’s administered exam, you will be in for quite the surprise. The questions on these CPCU® exams will be much different than what you may be used to on a typical exam that you took in high school or college. These questions require you to fully understand every aspect of the main topics and require you to actually apply the knowledge, rather than just repeating a definition. I cannot stress this importance enough, the content of the CPCU® 500 exam is not difficult, but the format is tricky. You must fully understand a topic, DO NOT simply memorize definitions and think you will be able to pass (trust me, I’ve been there!)

You can download one of our free practice exams to see what these questions look like.

Time constraint

Remember, the CPCU® 500  exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and you only have 65 minutes to complete the exam. That means, you only have about 1 minute and 18 seconds per exam question. That’s not a lot of time. You need to memorize all of the content of this exam to be able to quickly read, analyze, and correctly answer each scenario-based question.

CPCU® 500 Sample Exam Questions (First Sample Question)

Which of the following describes market risk?

  1. The price of a Model T Television has increased 3% since last year.
  2. Garry chooses not to invest in a treasury bond due to the uncertainty of the current interest rate level.
  3. Lance invests in new construction equipment for his company, but he is unable to sell the equipment after three years of use.
  4. Barry purchases stock for $100 and sells the stock in two years for $95.

Answer: D – Barry purchases stock for $100 and sells the stock in two years for $95.

As you can see, the CPCU® 500 exam will not ask for you to define anything (as is common in a college exam). Instead, it will ask you a question regarding that definition. This means you must fully understand the definition and fully understand how this definition is applied, meaning you must know “what is market risk”, “what is an example of market risk”, and “how is market risk applied”.

The answer is D. Market risk is the risk that the price of stocks and bonds will fluctuate. In this case, Barry’s stock fluctuated in value because the stock value decreased. In a typical college exam, you might expect this question to ask “What is market risk?”, with the answer being “Market risk is the risk that the price of stocks and bonds will fluctuate”. The CPCU® exams will rarely format a question in this manner. You should always expect for the question and answers to be formatted using real-life scenarios, often providing 2 or 3 partially correct answers and one BEST answer

For more concept questions, download our free CPCU® 500 practice exam.

CPCU® 500 Sample Exam Questions (Second Sample Question)

An insured pays $10,000 to hire three new employees to manage the increased call volume at the call center while business operations are suspended after a loss. This expense reduces the amount of business income lost by $2,000. Under the business income and extra expense coverage form, how much of this expense would the insurer cover?

  1. $2,000
  2. $8,000
  3. $10,000
  4. $12,000

Answer: C – $10,000

A case question will give you a scenario like the one seen above; you will be required to select the correct answer based on the given scenario. For a scenario question, you must fully understand what is being asked in this scenario and fully understand how to apply the information you have learned from studying.

In this example, you are given a lot of information, some of which is useful to the scenario and some of which is only there to confuse you. In this case, you must know:

  • What is business income coverage?
  • What is the business income and extra expense coverage form?
  • What is considered an “extra expense”?
  • What is covered under this form?
  • How much will be paid under this form?

Answer Explanation:

The business income and extra expense coverage form is an ISO form that provides coverage for the insured’s loss of income and extra expenses incurred by the insured. This form provides coverage for extra expenses even if the expense does not reduce the insured’s business income lost.

Under this coverage form, the insurer agrees to pay for the insured’s loss of income and costs incurred in excess of normal operating expenses. These are expenses that an organization incurs to continue operations while the damaged property is being repaired or replaced.

An extra expense is a new expense that the insured incurs as a result of the business interruption. This expense is incurred in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the business interruption such as paying overtime to staff, renting temporary machinery, or paying for additional labor.

In this case, under the business income and extra expense coverage, the insurer would cover this extra expense up to $10,000. The insurer would pay for the full $10,000 expense because under this form the insurer agrees to provide coverage for extra expenses even if the expense does not reduce the insured’s business income lost.

These questions are tricky and will require a LOT of critical thinking and question analysis. For more case questions, download our free CPCU® 500 practice exam.

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Remember, every CPCU® exam is different. No single exam is the same. Be sure to study ALL topics (not just our recommendation). This resource is intended to provide you with a general idea of where your focus should be. Make sure to thoroughly study every topic of this exam.

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