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01-18-2002, 10:17 AM
Which one to take???
01-18-2002, 10:28 AM
What is your desired practice area?
What do you consider your strenths?
The fellowship exams you've already taken should help you with this decisions. If you've taken I441 or I443U etc., you've already read a great deal of the syllabus.
I assuming chica hasn't taken any fellowship exams.
This debate came up in the old forum. Basically, the concensus seemed to be: it really doesn't matter. Once you're an FSA, few people care what track you took. So go with whatever you think will be more interesting/doable for you.
Investments was deemed to be a bit more mathematical (think Course 6), while Finance was seen as a little drier (not quite like Course 5 sans pension math). Also, Investments was pronounced "sexier," whatever that means.
That was the discussion in a nutshell.
[edited to add this]
Oops, my bad. I processed the "8I" as "8V". The discussion in the old forum was 8F vs 8V. Most of what I wrote still applies, though.
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Look at the pass percentages. 8F is clearly the better choice.
01-20-2002, 12:03 PM
Passing percentage differences don't help individuals. If you're trying to decide which one will be "easiest" to pass, go with your strengths. If you found investments or finance easym ir have lots of work experience there, go that route; if you have experience in pricing or marketing life insurance, 8I might be better.
01-21-2002, 09:28 AM
New 8I/8F manuals/seminars:
I got a reply to my e-mail yesterday with updated info. I'm giving them a shot for 8F this fall, as the Actex totally sucks.
01-22-2002, 12:41 AM
I agree with Minerva.
The pass-rates for all the papers are likely to remain at 40-50%.
So the question is: in which paper can you gain some sort of "edge" over the other poor sods sitting for the same subject.
Any sort of practical experience helps, since you will be able to better understand the material & to give better "solutions" to the "business problems" presented in the exam paper.
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