CPCU® 550 Exam Format

In this blog, we will break down the CPCU® 550 exam format along with the topics of the CPCU® 550 exam. These are the topics that you must memorize to be prepared for this exam. These topics come straight from our CPCU® 550 online course where we provide a detailed breakdown of the most important topics of each chapter, along with our difficulty and importance rank for each chapter.

CPCU® 550 Exam Format

The CPCU® 550 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.

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

CPCU® Question Format

The CPCU® 550 exam format is going to be different than other exams that you have taken.

If you have not previously taken an Institute’s administered exam, you will be in for quite the surprise. Although the CPCU® 550 content is not necessarily difficult, 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. 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!)

The CPCU® 550  exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. You will 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® 550 Exam – Exam Topics

The topics of the CPCU® 550 exam focus on data science and technology. This is an outline of the sections covered in our CPCU® 550 Online Course:

  • Section I: Data
  • Section II: Data Analytics
  • Section III: Insurance Analytics
  • Section IV: Technology
  • Section V: Risk Analysis
  • Section VI: Data Management

The main topics covered in this exam include big data, data mining, data modeling, data use in the insurance industry, risk analysis, and technologies (such as artificial intelligence and telematics).

You can see the most important topics of the exam here in our CPCU® 550 Important Topics Blog.

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CPCU® 550 Exam – Online Course

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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.

Difficulty rank, importance rank, and the advice provided in this resource are solely the opinion of AssociatePI. This resource is intended to provide you with a general idea of where your focus should be. Each exam administered by The Institutes is different. AssociatePI is not affiliated with The Institutes or involved in the exam writing process. Please be sure to thoroughly study every chapter and every topic of this course.

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