CPCU® 555 Exam Questions

The CPCU® 555 exam questions are tough, these questions focus on the minor details and differences of the personal insurance product.

All CPCU® 555 exam questions will be scenario-based questions. These questions will require you to apply your knowledge to a specific scenario or event. You will be given a real-life scenario; your job will be to select the best recommendation to solve the given scenario.

In this blog we will break down two sample questions from the CPCU® 555 exam. We will detail exactly how to solve each type of problem and provide some insight into the type of questions you will see on the CPCU® 555 exam.

These questions are taken directly from our CPCU® 555 online course, the questions are designed to mimic the format and feel of the actual exam.

CPCU® 555 Questions Format

If you have not previously taken a CPCU® 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 from past exam experience 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® 555 exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. You will have 65 minutes to complete the exam. 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 can download one of our free practice exams to see what these questions look like.

CPCU® 555 Sample Exam Questions

Amy has scheduled her new bracelet on a personal inland marine policy for $2,500. While visiting relatives, Amy damages her bracelet. The actual cash value of the bracelet at the time of the damage was $3,000. The cost to repair the bracelet is $1,000. The cost to replace the bracelet is $4,000. How much will Amy’s insurer pay for the covered loss?

  1. $2,500
  2. $3,000
  3. $1,000
  4. $4,000

Answer: C $1,000

As you can see, a concept question will not ask for a simple definition, but it will ask you a question in regard to that definition. This means you must fully understand the definition and fully understand how this definition is applied within personal insurance, meaning you must know “what is an Inland Marine policy”, “what is covered by an Inland Marine policy” and “How are claims paid under an Inland Marine policy”

For more sample exam questions, check out our CPCU® 555 practice exam.

CPCU® 555 Sample Exam Questions

Actuaries are analyzing the personal automobile year-end results for the last three years. Based on the results detailed below, what is the average loss cost for personal automobiles over the past three years?

  1. $702
  2. $3,000
  3. $649
  4. $2,773

Answer: A $702 (Sum of incurred loss divided by sum of exposure units)

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 this type of 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 required to use the table given to you in order to determine what information is relevant in calculating the average loss cost. You must know “what is loss cost” and “how is lost cost calculated”

For more scenario-based questions, download our CPCU® 555 practice exam.

Free Practice Exam

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