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Old 07-17-2019, 02:11 PM
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More more silly question for everyone. Do we print out a copy of the case study and take it in with us to the exam? Or do they give us a fresh copy? And if it's the first one, can we write on it?

Sorry for all these noob questions. My guess it that it is the second one, but the SOA doesn't seem to lay out the minutia of exam day very well...
They'll give you a nice, fresh copy! So, unfortunately, no notes can be brought in.
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You also can't mark the case study in any way during the read through period at the start of the exam - including folding of pages.

You may have already seen this, but I will post it here as a reference for everyone - the SOA written exam rules as of November 2018 (they can change them - if they do, it would likely be September at the latest for the fall sitting)

https://www.soa.org/globalassets/ass...structions.pdf

As an aside, when I was first writing exams many years ago, a friend of mine came to me and was outraged that the exam he had just written had an unannounced huge change in the mix of questions between Multiple choice and long answer from the previous version of the exam.

I was totally in shock that the SOA would do something like that. Then I read the SOA rules document and in BIG BLOCK LETTERS they wrote basically: "We are changing the mix of questions between MC and LA for X exam ..." & they also advertised this in several places. Unfortunately, my friend never read what was sent to him by the SOA.

So it's very good, math, that you are reading up on the rules and clarifying everything. All of these things that you do, bit by bit, add to your chances of passing.

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Spring passing percentages are out for those interested

https://www.soa.org/globalassets/ass...gbfeieuthg.pdf

38 passes out of 79 students

A further breakdown I can provide is:

11 passes out of 12 for XP prem. pkg students. (8.3% failure rate)

27 passes out of 67 for non-XP prem. pkg students. (59.7% failure rate)

Hopefully we can all work together to get a much higher overall pass rate in the Fall as SDM is a total beast compared to ERM and CFE.

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A few SDM resources for students from Outpost that students this sitting may have missed:

Pyramid Principle
http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...d.php?t=340467

Cognitive Biases
http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...d.php?t=338993

Online sources of most study notes
http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...d.php?t=340708

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@Paul - Does purchasing the study manual give you access to the PAK online forum as well?

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@Paul - Does purchasing the study manual give you access to the PAK online forum as well?
It sure does!
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Hope everyone’s studying is going well. Come introduce yourself over at the link below, and collaborate with other students taking this exam... let’s crush SDM together!

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Is there any reasoning behind the numbering of the study notes? I know the last two numbers (after the hyphen) are the year it was added to the syllabus, but the other numbers seem arbitrary and there's no order to them. For example the lowest sequential one was in objective 3 I think.
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Is there any reasoning behind the numbering of the study notes? I know the last two numbers (after the hyphen) are the year it was added to the syllabus, but the other numbers seem arbitrary and there's no order to them. For example the lowest sequential one was in objective 3 I think.
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The order is simply the order they were introduced into the syllabus. For example, the first syllabus back in 2013 had notes like 100-13, 101-13, etc.

As study notes are dropped and new ones brought in, they are given the next number. So there's no reason to read the study notes in numerical order. For example, 173 (Milliman report on MCEV) is going to be more understandable to students than 172 (CFO Forum on MCEV) - which I note in the study manual.

There was a time there was like 40 different study notes on the syllabus and many have dropped off over the last two years of syllabus changes

And one related comment: the listing of the readings for each objective of the syllabus is NOT in any important order. It's simply alphabetical order of text books and then numerical order of study notes.

So for example, Objective 1 starts with Organizational Behavior Ch. 13, but it's not like it's important to read that first for that objective.

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