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I shouldn't really comment on CF since I didn't use it, but from what I recall those who did said CF was the best "learn the material" resource but left something to desire when it came to practice problems (can someone who used it confirm?). I can attest that RF has an amazing set of practice problems but doesn't go into much theory, so apparently it makes the perfect complement to CF.
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Consider supplementing that with RF. I have always been a "TIA is enough" guy, but 7 was the one exam where I found I needed something to supplement it.

If this is your first go at 7, CF+RF might be the better choice because there's a package deal and they work well together. I only added RF on my second attempt because I still had TIA from the first attempt.
When you say you needed a TIA supplement, for what aspects? For learning the material or doing practice problems? In 5, 6, and 8 I've just been using TIA to learn everything and doing all the past exam problems for practice. In my opinion the most valuable thing about TIA is how they group the past exam problems by topic, so I can just keep doing actual exam problems until I'm comfortable with a given topic.
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When you say you needed a TIA supplement, for what aspects? For learning the material or doing practice problems? In 5, 6, and 8 I've just been using TIA to learn everything and doing all the past exam problems for practice. In my opinion the most valuable thing about TIA is how they group the past exam problems by topic, so I can just keep doing actual exam problems until I'm comfortable with a given topic.
Practice problems. The ones in TIA just didn't adequately prepare me for what I encountered on the exam, even when it included relevant prior exam problems. RF's original problems did a much better job with that. The actual learning part of TIA was fine IMO.

Disclaimer: my TIA-only attempt was the dreaded 2018 exam, so YMMV.
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Practice problems. The ones in TIA just didn't adequately prepare me for what I encountered on the exam, even when it included relevant prior exam problems. RF's original problems did a much better job with that. The actual learning part of TIA was fine IMO.

Disclaimer: my TIA-only attempt was the dreaded 2018 exam, so YMMV.
Gotcha, yeah I honestly feel a little similar about 8 when I took it this sitting. TIA did a great job of teaching me the material, but the exam problems were quite different from past exams. However, I still think I was able to do well since I understood the underlying concepts well. I guess the CAS is trying to mix up their questions more and more so that you can't just know how to do past exam problems - you have to actually have a deep understanding of the material.
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Gotcha, yeah I honestly feel a little similar about 8 when I took it this sitting. TIA did a great job of teaching me the material, but the exam problems were quite different from past exams. However, I still think I was able to do well since I understood the underlying concepts well. I guess the CAS is trying to mix up their questions more and more so that you can't just know how to do past exam problems - you have to actually have a deep understanding of the material.
For comparison, for Exam 8 I used TIA as my only study guide and found it to be adequate on its own. The deficiency in practice problems for TIA was more noticeable with 7.

Disclaimer: I worked in reinsurance once upon a time, so the ass-pull questions from 8's section C didn't faze me as much as they did for the typical candidate.
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For comparison, for Exam 8 I used TIA as my only study guide and found it to be adequate on its own. The deficiency in practice problems for TIA was more noticeable with 7.

Disclaimer: I worked in reinsurance once upon a time, so the ass-pull questions from 8's section C didn't faze me as much as they did for the typical candidate.
From RF did you get the problem pack and the cookbook? I'm not sure I can convince my employer to get me both of those in addition to TIA. I still definitely want to do TIA for learning the material since it's worked so well for me so far.
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Starting to study for an hour a day now after my 5 last sitting. After studying for 8 I have a much different perspective on the WC reserving section now! Last time I never really understood what the occurrence and aggregate charges meant
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Hi again everybody. Starting up in a few days here. Still not fully recovered from Exam 8.
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Hi again everybody. Starting up in a few days here. Still not fully recovered from Exam 8.
Same.

Is the 2020 syllabus out for this one?
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You guys planning on studying for almost 6 months for this thing? Do you not get much study time at work or something? 6 full months seems crazy.
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