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Adamszequi 11-20-2016 01:04 AM

JANUARY 2017 P/1 THREAD
 
Hello friends,
I started this thread for those of us taking the p exam in January 2017 .I took it this November having studied only the SOA 152 questions and I failed.Surprisingly I was more confident about taking it again when I left the exam hall.I just started doing my research about resources and found out about the various outlets that can be used as practice material.
I started this thread for others taking the exam in January so we can share resources and exchange ideas.

taemisung 11-22-2016 05:53 PM

Took exam p last Wednesday as well, but failed. I've been going at problems nonstop via adapt but I was only at level 4 so that probably explains it (mentor-type figure says I should be around level 7-8). I've also taken TIA's 4 free exams. But I haven't attempted any of the SOA 153 problems, so I'll probably be doing those as well this time around.

Adamszequi 11-22-2016 08:28 PM

Hey , I'm sorry you didn't pass.Wish you better luck this time around.I would suggest a few of resources I gathered online which I'm using now.The highlight of most suggestions I gathered was practice practice practice so here they go.
1.Michigan state University actuarial p online simulation exam(free)
2.Actex questions
3.ASM questions
4.Guo Manual
5.Adapt
I would be posting a lot more as I come across them.Goodluck!!
I would be using adapt a little later tho since I want to familiarize myself with the material again .

toesockshoe 11-22-2016 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by taemisung (Post 8781208)
Took exam p last Wednesday as well, but failed. I've been going at problems nonstop via adapt but I was only at level 4 so that probably explains it (mentor-type figure says I should be around level 7-8). I've also taken TIA's 4 free exams. But I haven't attempted any of the SOA 153 problems, so I'll probably be doing those as well this time around.

is that profile pic a real picture of you?

redearedslider 11-22-2016 09:07 PM

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Originally Posted by toesockshoe (Post 8781331)
is that profile pic a real picture of you?

Asking the important questions.

toesockshoe 11-22-2016 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by redearedslider (Post 8781346)
Asking the important questions.

edited to look professionally competent

taemisung 11-24-2016 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by toesockshoe (Post 8781331)
is that profile pic a real picture of you?

Yes, hahaha that is a real picture of myself

taemisung 11-24-2016 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Adamszequi (Post 8781310)
Hey , I'm sorry you didn't pass.Wish you better luck this time around.I would suggest a few of resources I gathered online which I'm using now.The highlight of most suggestions I gathered was practice practice practice so here they go.
1.Michigan state University actuarial p online simulation exam(free)
2.Actex questions
3.ASM questions
4.Guo Manual
5.Adapt
I would be posting a lot more as I come across them.Goodluck!!
I would be using adapt a little later tho since I want to familiarize myself with the material again .

Thanks! I wish the same for you as well. I'll take a look at the ones I haven't tried yet

Adamszequi 11-24-2016 10:10 AM

You're welcome pretty !!

redearedslider 11-24-2016 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Adamszequi (Post 8782676)
You're welcome pretty !!

;-)

tom111 11-28-2016 10:03 AM

not to sound dis-encouraging, but if you dont pass the 2nd time, this profession may not be for you...

toesockshoe 11-28-2016 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by tom111 (Post 8784561)
not to sound dis-encouraging, but if you dont pass the 2nd time, this profession may not be for you...

of course im not an expert (as i am still very young into my career), but there are obviously exceptions to that. Of course exam p will be much much easier than the rest of your exams, but in the case that this test takers didn't take their first 2 tries seriously or had other matters might make them exempt from this norm. In fact my school had an actuarial guest speaker in our class who passed 5 prelim exams in college, however he failed each exam about 3 times (i found him on AO and he failed exam p twice and exam 3 trice and a lot of other exams). The reason he is an exception though is that he took it as a freshman and didnt take multi variable calc. He however doesn't wanna be an FSA (lol) and said ASA is good enough... not sure if thats cause he can't pass the exams or cause the government doesn't need FSA's.

ALivelySedative 11-28-2016 12:10 PM

I used Actex and the SOA samples only for P and passed back in the day. I believe this to still be sufficient, though Adapt is now commonplace.

toesockshoe 11-28-2016 12:25 PM

Oh yeah... I bough ASM, did the SOA 240 (or half of them atleast), and took the 4 free sample TIA exams. I passed with an 8 in september

redearedslider 11-28-2016 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by toesockshoe (Post 8781370)
edited to look professionally competent

weak

ALivelySedative 11-28-2016 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by taemisung (Post 8782671)
Yes, hahaha that is a real picture of myself

Iiiiiiii wouldn't do that here if I were you. The internet here is...well, still the internet.

Louis Vuitton 11-30-2016 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by tom111 (Post 8784561)
not to sound dis-encouraging, but if you dont pass the 2nd time, this profession may not be for you...

I failed FM twice and went 3/3 on P, MFE, and C (and possibly 1/1 on MLC too, we'll see on Jan20)... so idk man.

risk41 12-13-2016 11:09 PM

I am also taking P in January. Anyone else using Adapt? If so, what progress are people making? I was worried I started poorly (3 range) but am now slowly moving up. Lots of studying before Jan 6 though...

redearedslider 12-13-2016 11:51 PM

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Originally Posted by risk41 (Post 8806709)
I am also taking P in January. Anyone else using Adapt? If so, what progress are people making? I was worried I started poorly (3 range) but am now slowly moving up. Lots of studying before Jan 6 though...

keep on chugging and you're in good shape. jan 6 is far away

MemorizingFormulas 12-16-2016 01:20 PM

Gonna take P in January too.
Failed FM in June 2016... I hope this time i can pass...

imareal1 12-20-2016 02:38 PM

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Originally Posted by taemisung (Post 8782671)
Yes, hahaha that is a real picture of myself

Wow ur hot

redearedslider 12-20-2016 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by imareal1 (Post 8814592)
Wow ur hot

:toth:

Actuarial_Bernie 12-22-2016 11:13 AM

Good luck to all on Exam 1/P in January!

:party:

dkamka 12-22-2016 03:52 PM

The study manual by Dr. Ostaszewski at Illinois State University is #1

JimF 01-02-2017 02:12 PM

I want to take Exam P in March, but will be out of town from March 18-26. Thus, it looks like my only options are the 17th, 27th and 28th and I would prefer the 17th. If I wait until February to register, is there much danger that the centers in the Pittsburgh, PA area will be booked for March 17? Do any of you have experience with similar situations? Thanks in advance.

Abelian Grape 01-02-2017 07:57 PM

some thirst in this thread

redearedslider 01-02-2017 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Abelian Grape (Post 8825295)
some thirst in this thread

was better before toeshoesock edited her post

Abelian Grape 01-03-2017 08:49 AM

PM me what it was pls?

Taemisung1 01-10-2017 04:15 PM

Has anybody taking the exam yet? any advice or comments?

If so, how'd you do? I take it on the 17th.

R2Capital 01-10-2017 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Taemisung1 (Post 8835078)
Has anybody taking the exam yet? any advice or comments?

If so, how'd you do? I take it on the 17th.

Much easier than expected. I used ACTEX and did the most recent release of SOA questions, plus questions 120-153 and skimmed the rest.

Shawarma 01-13-2017 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Taemisung1 (Post 8835078)
Has anybody taking the exam yet? any advice or comments?

If so, how'd you do? I take it on the 17th.

Went well for me - hopefully for you too! The SOA questions were extremely helpful and TIA's exams seemed appropriate.

Also reading these forums kept me sane and let me know what to expect so thank you everyone! Now onto FM next month.

B.th 01-14-2017 02:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Taemisung1 (Post 8835078)
Has anybody taking the exam yet? any advice or comments?

If so, how'd you do? I take it on the 17th.

Im taking mine on the 17th as well. Really nervous.

How did everyone study on the last few days approaching your exam?

taemisung 01-14-2017 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Taemisung1 (Post 8835078)
Has anybody taking the exam yet? any advice or comments?

If so, how'd you do? I take it on the 17th.

username seems oddly familiar :wink:

I'm taking mine on the 17th as well. Super nervous!

taemisung 01-14-2017 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by B.th (Post 8840645)
Im taking mine on the 17th as well. Really nervous.

How did everyone study on the last few days approaching your exam?

Wow, I basically repeated what you just wrote!

I'm just grinding out quiz problems on ADAPT now at this point, with my EL of 5.7

toesockshoe 01-14-2017 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by redearedslider (Post 8825445)
was better before toeshoesock edited her post

gdi... im a boy an actuary

taemisung 01-14-2017 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by toesockshoe (Post 8841077)
gdi... im a boy an actuary

That actually clarified some questions I had but thought I shouldn't ask. Heh

Goldbrick 01-14-2017 08:00 PM

Most likely gonna fail on the 17th (2nd attempt). Might just skip to FM.

toesockshoe 01-14-2017 09:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Goldbrick (Post 8841137)
Most likely gonna fail on the 17th (2nd attempt). Might just skip to FM.

lol i might not be in any position to give you this, but that sort of mentality is not generally a good thing. you have 3 days.... id say just go over soa 240 and look at all the solutions of what you dont get. then try and redo soa 240... and do them in few sittings. dont do one problem then go to facebook do another problem go to youtube... do 15 problems at once then take a break maybe. try building up to 30 problems. if you cant do a problem just go to the solutions and try understanding what they are doing.

Goldbrick 01-14-2017 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by toesockshoe (Post 8841187)
lol i might not be in any position to give you this, but that sort of mentality is not generally a good thing. you have 3 days.... id say just go over soa 240 and look at all the solutions of what you dont get. then try and redo soa 240... and do them in few sittings. dont do one problem then go to facebook do another problem go to youtube... do 15 problems at once then take a break maybe. try building up to 30 problems. if you cant do a problem just go to the solutions and try understanding what they are doing.

Thanks for the advice. Haven't been studying for these exams seriously enough.

B.th 01-15-2017 03:59 AM

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Originally Posted by taemisung (Post 8841005)
Wow, I basically repeated what you just wrote!

I'm just grinding out quiz problems on ADAPT now at this point, with my EL of 5.7

I think I may do the same. Might do one practice exam on the 16th. Current EL 6 after the last PE, but I think I just got lucky.


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