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01-12-2003, 01:45 PM
I will be writing 8I for the 3rd time. Can anyone give some advice?
Thanks in advance!
01-12-2003, 02:48 PM
Maybe you should ask yourself if you still want to take the same track. I know somebody who switched to 8G and felt more comfortable with the material and the test.
I think two things that I've done to help me prepare for my 8I.
I re-wrote actuarybert's condensed outline in my own word.
(also added some details that I thought that I wanted to memorize.)
Keith Sharp's seminar. I think he covers little bit too detail, but I think he has good exam-like problems.
(I know many people who didn't attend Keith's seminar and passed on their first try.)
01-12-2003, 04:45 PM
Unfortunately, I had to take course 8 3 times to get my candidate number on the passing list. It did take awhile for me to convince myself that I should take it again after the 2nd 5. What I found helpful:
1. I studied from my notes this time. Only went back to the books/study notes when I needed clarification on something.
2. Since I had a very good understanding of the material (after having studied it twice), my focus this time was big picture/how things interrelate with each other, and how can a question be asked about a certain topic.
3. I tried to make up numeric questions when I studied.
4. During the last 2-3 weeks, tried to memorize the necessary stuff
Hopefully this helps - but don't give up, it is doable.
01-13-2003, 07:34 AM
I just passed 8I on the third try. I rewrote my outline based on ActuaryBert's detailed outline and looking at the original material somewhat but not too much (I needed more detail in my outline). I don't have my score yet so I can't tell you how well I did!
01-13-2003, 01:35 PM
Thank you Lilypad and in England.
I made my index cards based on Actex on my 1st try and got 5 ( low 5). Then I revised some of my index cards based on ActuaryBert's notes for my 2nd try. Most likely I got 5 again.
Switch to another track sounds scary to me.
01-13-2003, 01:55 PM
I started this time with Actex and have to say that I was feeling really hopeless until I found the light and switched to actuarybert's notes.
I basically recreated the detailed outline adding a few things. I also built a new condensed outline along with cards. Building a new condensed outline from scratch was a great tool for me.
Honestly, Actuarybert's advice really worked for me: go through detailed outline as much as possible. Memorize condensed outline.
Another point: I don't think you get past this one without giving up a few months of your life. I gave up all my vacation days and weekends to study. Even with the great study guide - I would have failed without many multiple hours of study.
01-13-2003, 02:27 PM
I pretty much waited till about September 15-20 to start the reading. I spilled beer all over the Kotler book and pretty much ruined it, so I didn't study those chapters at all. I also went on a Carnival Cruise in October. You've got to check those out. Anyway, I lost my admissions ticket, so I made up a candidate number and wrote that on my answer sheets.
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