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Forum: General 08-27-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,802
Posted By DBactuary
I'm late to this thread, but just my own opinion,...

I'm late to this thread, but just my own opinion, which seems to be in opposition to what many of you are saying:

As an interviewer and involved in the hiring process for my company (one of the...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 07-30-2016, 04:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,192
Posted By DBactuary
ADAPT is a great tool for the prelim. exams, but...

ADAPT is a great tool for the prelim. exams, but the FSA exams require a totally different study approach.

It's no longer about doing hundreds and hundreds of sample problems and getting used to...
Forum: CAS Exams - General 06-27-2016, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,395
Posted By DBactuary
Yes, while the exams do build on each other in a...

Yes, while the exams do build on each other in a way, they don't build on each other that much, so I agree with the other commenters. Maybe spend a bit of time in a quick review of the calculus, but...
Forum: FAC, APC and PEC discussion forum 05-09-2016, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,102
Posted By DBactuary
Eddie is right. The modules and DMAC have...

Eddie is right.

The modules and DMAC have clear deadlines listed in the SOA link for each FAC sitting. You must submit by that date to guarantee that you'll be graded in time to be eligible for...
Forum: FAC, APC and PEC discussion forum 04-04-2016, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,169
Posted By DBactuary
To me, having credit for Modules 1-5 (as it...

To me, having credit for Modules 1-5 (as it states in the SOA guideline) means having actually passed it. That would be going through the reading, submitting the EOM assessment and having that come...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 04-02-2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By DBactuary
I concur with the others: you won't lose points...

I concur with the others: you won't lose points if it's not wrong or contradicting something else. They'll go through their grading checklist to make sure you included everything needed, and that's...
Forum: Group & Health Advanced Exam 03-31-2016, 06:07 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,057
Posted By DBactuary
First of all, sorry about this. It's so...

First of all, sorry about this. It's so frustrating when the model solution is far from ideal or maybe even not answering the question at hand. It's also frustrating the the SOA will never admit...
Forum: Group and Health Track 03-30-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,436
Posted By DBactuary
I don't have an answer for that, but my opinion...

I don't have an answer for that, but my opinion is that I wouldn't think that many non-actuaries would be taking the ERM exams (presumably for the CERA designation?), so I'd think that would be a...
Forum: Group and Health Track 03-24-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,436
Posted By DBactuary
The SOA posts passing percentages in the Exam...

The SOA posts passing percentages in the Exam Results section of the website. Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015 percentages are listed below, respectively:

ERM: 40.3%, 41.3%,...
Forum: Group and Health Track 01-27-2016, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,436
Posted By DBactuary
From my experiences and knowing people that have...

From my experiences and knowing people that have the CERA, I haven't heard of it really being worth much. Like you said, it has to get to the point where companies and industries recognize and value...
Forum: Group & Health Advanced Exam 01-19-2016, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 811
Posted By DBactuary
Pretty sure it will be this Friday, around the...

Pretty sure it will be this Friday, around the same time that passing candidate names are released. (Based on prior exams)
Forum: Group & Health Advanced Exam 01-18-2016, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
Posted By DBactuary
Hey, It sounds like you may be feeling a)...

Hey,

It sounds like you may be feeling a) burned-out by the process and b) a bit disheartened by your first time failing an exam. I also tended to start later than most in terms of studying for...
Forum: Group & Health Advanced Exam 01-18-2016, 11:09 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,057
Posted By DBactuary
Yes, although you were super close, try your best...

Yes, although you were super close, try your best not to get caught up in wondering "What if I wrote a little more here?" or "What if they didn't see my 3rd page for part c?", etc. This is not going...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 01-18-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,357
Posted By DBactuary
The passing rates will be posted on the SOA...

The passing rates will be posted on the SOA website, in the same section as the exam results lists. (You can see the Spring 2015 one is already there from last time, and the Fall 2015 one will be...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 01-17-2016, 01:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,072
Posted By DBactuary
Like BeachBum, I used both materials. TIA...

Like BeachBum, I used both materials.

TIA was essential to me to be able to watch the videos multiple times to understand how to set up and attack the problems. Going into some of these...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 10-26-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,308
Posted By DBactuary
That being said, hopefully those that are coming...

That being said, hopefully those that are coming up for the questions for these exams are up to date and wouldn't ask about something that has since changed.

That's never a guarantee, though.
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 10-26-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,308
Posted By DBactuary
NO, I don't think you are safe to assume that. ...

NO, I don't think you are safe to assume that. The exams try to stay up to date, but the source material for questions and answers is the books/study notes listed in the syllabus. If those aren't...
Forum: Group & Health Specialty Exam 10-26-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,172
Posted By DBactuary
Good luck everyone!!!

Good luck everyone!!!
Forum: Group & Health Specialty Exam 10-01-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 686
Posted By DBactuary
Without doing any research, I don't remember...

Without doing any research, I don't remember seeing any questions on the CAST model in the past. (Someone correct me if they know of any)

In terms of questions, I'd think they might ask something...
Forum: Group & Health Specialty Exam 09-30-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 850
Posted By DBactuary
Agreed. ERM is not a hard concept to grasp, but...

Agreed. ERM is not a hard concept to grasp, but it's just hard to pull in the information from different sources and make sure they all mesh together in your head and in your response if you get a...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 09-29-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,260
Posted By DBactuary
1. Just go with something simple and be...

1. Just go with something simple and be consistent. I'd probably do something like 3 or 4 decimals in the calculation and then round the final answer to 2 decimals, as it will usually be a dollar...
Forum: Group & Health Specialty Exam 09-22-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 821
Posted By DBactuary
Yes, it's just an issue of semantics/how you...

Yes, it's just an issue of semantics/how you classify the cost of capital.

In the first formula, you're viewing it as a negative profit item, so it would be expressed as a negative value in this...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 09-17-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By DBactuary
Hi Markov, Yes, they will often call it the...

Hi Markov,

Yes, they will often call it the "discount rate" though that term is then used interchangeably with "interest rate." This is not the same as where there is a differentiation in the...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 09-15-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 831
Posted By DBactuary
If it's not relevant, that shouldn't be as much...

If it's not relevant, that shouldn't be as much of a problem. If it's not correct, that's where it might hurt you. The biggest problem with irrelevant info is that it just takes away from your time...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 09-04-2015, 03:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 506
Posted By DBactuary
I agree with Kimbo. What you said in your...

I agree with Kimbo. What you said in your original post is basically true, but just be careful about confusing it with profit margin.

Also, in other places, you'll see this called margin for...
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