View Full Version : How hard is it to pass Exams 5 and 7 at the same time?

12-17-2004, 02:58 PM
I am drawing a study roadmap out for myself and notice that the way that things are lined up, I would run out of Fall exams to take while having 2 Spring exams left to complete.

May 2005: Exam 3
Fall 2005: Exam 6
Spring 2006: Exam 5
Fall 2006: Exam 9
Spring 2006: Exam 7
Fall 2007: Nothing left to take
Spring 2007: Exam 8

All of this is assuming I don't fail of course. In case I am crazy enough to try it though, is it an impossible task? Is taking Course 5 and 7 at the same time impossible?

Or would taking Course 5 and 8, or 7 and 8 be easier? In other words, which of the Exams 5, 7, and 8 is the hardest? Thanks for any help. :)

12-17-2004, 03:00 PM
I sat for 7 and 8 last sitting and pulled two 5's

It sucks that the pass mark for 8 was so high

12-17-2004, 03:00 PM
IMHO, 8 is -- by far -- the hardest spring exam. I know someone who passed 5 and 7 in the same sitting, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's hard enough to pass one exam per sitting.

12-17-2004, 03:02 PM
I know someone back in the day who passed 8 and 10 in the same sitting because he didn't feel like waiting. I don't recommend this for mortal men.

If I pass 9, I'll have only 7 and 8 left (and I'm coming off a 5 on Part 7 last spring). I'm looking forward to the fall off and some rest to gear up for my last exam. Don't rush the process.

tommie frazier
12-17-2004, 03:03 PM
In a word, Hard.

7 has tons of stuff on it. really really really little list like stuff. so much it hurts.

8 has lots of stuff on it. more calculation type questions, but not the sort of thing most of us bump into in everday work, and that alone makes it a challenge.

No offense, but fretting over your exams 2 or more years in advance isn't terribly productive. read bostonbound's post, and figure out if you'd prefer having a spring/fall parity issue over putting in a ton of effort and not passing either.

I'd rather pass one now, and then deal with that "problem" when it comes up.

12-17-2004, 03:23 PM
Anything is possible, but this is extremely rare and extremely tough. I would recommend against it.

12-17-2004, 03:38 PM
Why don't you change your roadmap to this?

Spring 2005: Exam 5
Fall 2005: Exam 3
Spring 2006: Exam 7
Fall 2006: Exam 6
Spring 2006: Exam 8
Fall 2007: Exam 9

12-17-2004, 03:38 PM
Here's how to pass Exam 5 and 7 in one shot:

1. Commit a crime that gets you a 5-month prison sentence.
2. Use all your time to study.

Good luck!

12-17-2004, 03:39 PM
Why don't you sit for 5 this spring and 3 next fall?

edit -- ramanujan beat me to it!

12-17-2004, 03:45 PM
As to the question of which is harder, it varies greatly by student.

5 is pricing and "the CPCU stuff". If pricing is new to you, or you can't master lists, this one may throw you. If you are in a pricing job, it may not be too bad.

7 is Reinsurance/Accounting/Regulation. Lists up the wazoo. Disjointed topics. Lots of boring items. Drives many people crazy. Didn't happen to bother me too much.

8 is Finance - Often totally new topics to the candidates, which can be a very tough thing. But the study materials are the best on the syllabus, and the topics the most cohesive.

12-17-2004, 04:00 PM
That is actually a great idea. I think I will sit for Exam 5 this Spring. I had thought about doing that but figured that I should do them in order, but really, I guess that isn't a necessity.

Thanks for the advice. I think I am going to go ahead and order the Course 5 material from CAS. :)

12-18-2004, 12:52 PM
This is a very interesting topic. I took CAS/SOA 3 this past Fall. I don't give much hope for passing this time. If I need to repeat it next sitting, I will have the same roadmap: 4 exams to take in Spring (3, 5, 7 and 8) and 2 exams to take in Fall (6 and 9). Is it a good idea to repeat 3 next Fall and start 5 next Spring? Any suggestion is appreciated.