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Crystal Dragon.
01-29-2002, 04:36 PM
Dudes and Dude-ettes,
It's the time-old question... HOW MANY HOURS is enough. I'm not the brightest candle in the box, so I don't need the minimum; I'm not a wet match, so I don't need the maximum. How about a nice one standard deviation, symmetric about the mean confidence interval?

ASA_Woman
01-29-2002, 05:11 PM
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BigMactuary,
01-29-2002, 05:19 PM
You go girl - C2W

01-29-2002, 05:29 PM
I passed C2 on 300, C3 on 600(350 1st time, 250 2nd time)

Now for C4, my goal is 400.....

I'd love to get it on my first try, but any more hours than that I may go insane in the membrane.... insane in the brain!

Crystal Dragon.
01-29-2002, 06:22 PM
how many "HOURS" is the exam... whatever that means.

Crystal Dragon.
01-29-2002, 06:26 PM
ladies man... i hope you have a lot of hours already booked.

400 hours divided by (may 15 minus today) = 3.75 hours EVERY DAY!!!

400 hours divided by (nov 15 minus today) = 1.25+ hours every day... more realistic?

toomuchtime
01-30-2002, 08:13 AM
On 2002-01-29 18:26, Crystal Dragon wrote:
ladies man... i hope you have a lot of hours already booked.

400 hours divided by (may 15 minus today) = 3.75 hours EVERY DAY!!!

400 hours divided by (nov 15 minus today) = 1.25+ hours every day... more realistic?

I am now studying for Course 6 and intend on studying at least 450 hours between now and May 10. For these exams you need to be willing to put in 4-5 hours a day. Hopefully study time from work can help with that - 10 or so hours a week from work, then another 10 during the week on your own plus 10 on the weekends. 30 hours a week for 15 weeks, plus studying more as the exam nears. This can be accomplished pretty easily and still take every Friday and Saturday night off.

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New at pd
01-30-2002, 08:29 AM
I think that 450 is more than sufficient. The one thing to keep in mind is that, unlike exam 3, the problems don't really deviate all that much from the ones you are practicing, especially if you're using ASM.

My experience was:
350 hours + ASM = 10 on first try

01-30-2002, 10:15 AM
I only have about 10 hours so far so I've got a lot ahead of me. Maybe 300 is more realistic.

I just don't see myself passing with say 200 or 250 hours like some people though. Maybe I need to change my study techniques.

New at pd
01-30-2002, 11:21 AM

Course 4 is all about one thing -- applying the correct formula at the correct time. You can easily pass without getting any of the true/false questions correct (I didn't). So my recommendation is sit back, work all the problems in ASM and old exams, and memorize formulas via flashcards. Of course, all the while sippin' on Courvoisier.

ACCtuary
01-31-2002, 12:34 PM
Break it down and figure it out yourself depending on your background.

This is how my study broke down:

Credibility Theory: 40 hours
Bayesian Theory & Conjugate Priors: 10 hours
Survival Models: 40 hours
Regression: 30 hours
Fitting: 45 hours
Simulation: 35 hours

This was good for a 6.

This is for initial reading and some problems. Multiply your result by 1.5 to get total estimated hours.

Cook at 350, and adjust spices to taste.