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Old 09-24-2014, 11:35 PM
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For the actuarial exams, I know that you need a 6 to pass, but what does that relate to in percentage? I read about how 100% to 110% of the passing mark is a 6, but I don't understand what that means, can anybody help me out?

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For the actuarial exams, I know that you need a 6 to pass, but what does that relate to in percentage? I read about how 100% to 110% of the passing mark is a 6, but I don't understand what that means, can anybody help me out?

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Not everyone gets the same exam, and neither do they get the same pass mark. You may get a more difficult exam that requires 60% to pass, or an easier exam that requires 75% to pass.

The SOA releases the average percent needed to pass which is usually around 65-72%. You should be aiming for at least 70% on practice exams to give yourself a reasonable chance of passing.

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Old 09-25-2014, 06:15 AM
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I think the question was asking something a little different.

If I'm remembering this correctly, if your particular exam requires, say, a 65% minimum to pass, then get a 65% and you get a 6. Get 1.1*65% = 71.5% and you get a 7. Get 1.2*65% = 78% and you get an 8, etc. Also get .9*65% = 58.5% and you get a 5, and so on. These percentages only apply, of course, to the subset of questions that aren't pilot questions. My guess is there are about 5 pilot questions.
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:22 AM
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Sounds like the question is, "What constitutes a pass for the exam?" so yeah, 65-72% is the answer (I did not go look to verify this).
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Old 09-25-2014, 02:32 PM
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Thanks for the input guys. Appreciate it
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