RSSA® Competency Final Exam

After successful completion of the 5-module self-study online tutorial course, you are eligible to register and take the RSSA® Competency Final Exam to obtain your credential. It is given online once a month on the second Tuesday of the month and consists of two parts. You have 2 hours to complete each part. While you take the exam online from the convenience of your office or home computer, the final exam is a proctored exam whereby a live person will monitor your test-taking. For this reason, there is a registration proctoring fee of $175.00. All registrants must have access to a computer with a webcam on the date they will be taking the final exam.

Part I includes 80 multiple-choice questions and requires a passing grade of 75% (60 questions must be answered correctly). Once all the questions are completed and registrants have submitted their answers, Part I will automatically be graded. If you do not pass Part I, you cannot proceed to take Part II of the exam. Registrants that fail Part I may re-register to take the exam again at a future date.

Part II of the final exam is a Social Security case study for which registrants are required to use cloud-based financial software to analyze alternative claiming age scenarios to maximize a client's Social Security benefits. Registrants have been provided 30-day free access to practice and use the Maximize My Social Security® software in Module V of the self-study online tutorial course. Due to free trial timing limitation, registrants should plan to begin and proceed through Module V and take the final exam within the 30-day period.

Allow 2-3 weeks for grading of Part II of the final exam. The Part II case study inputs and results will be graded on a 20-point scale, with a score of 75%, or 15 points, required to pass. Registrants will be notified by postal mail whether they have passed or failed. Those passing will be sent their RSSA® Certificate for framing.

When you pass the RSSA® Competency Final Exam, you will have demonstrated that you have a foundation of education and understanding of issues related to Social Security and Medicare. Associate Members that have passed the exam are considered Registered Members and may use the RSSA® designation after their name as a Registered Social Security Analyst®.