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MattF 07-08-2015 07:46 PM

Exam P Combinatorics
 
How many combinatorial problems are there throughout Exam P? Actex's coverage of these is very brief and honestly not very good for someone without a background in statistics. I've had no problems with anything else after I skipped it. Should I buy another book to become more versed with these types of problem or is it not worth it?

Nate! 07-09-2015 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by MattF (Post 8139417)
How many combinatorial problems are there throughout Exam P? Actex's coverage of these is very brief and honestly not very good for someone without a background in statistics. I've had no problems with anything else after I skipped it. Should I buy another book to become more versed with these types of problem or is it not worth it?

I took this a long time ago, but don't remember combinatorics being a major deal on the exam. I don't think I had any explicit "how many ways" kind of problems, but of course it is necessary for the basis of several concepts on the exam, e.g. binomial distribution probability. Don't bother getting a book on it.

CatGameNoShame 07-16-2015 08:13 PM

@MattF @Nate! I am starting to study for Exam P now. What books did you use? How long did studying take you? Any advice to a newbie intern?

Thanks!!!

ActSciMan 07-17-2015 03:39 PM

Probability and Statistics with Applications, unlike most actual textbooks, has old exam problems as homework problems, as well as other problems the authors created. And, they just came out with a second edition. It would also work for Exam S if you ended up on the CAS side.

As far as study manuals, I have heard Actex is the best for P (but not the best for any other test).

There's always Marcel Finan's book, which has the advantage that it's free and it has old exam problems in it.

MattF 07-19-2015 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by CatGameNoShame (Post 8151027)
@MattF @Nate! I am starting to study for Exam P now. What books did you use? How long did studying take you? Any advice to a newbie intern?

Thanks!!!

I'm using Actex and TIA Seminar. I'm breezing through the material and practice problems right now, haven't got stuck on a single problem yet except Combinatorics. I'm going to move back and use TIA to try and understand it though.


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