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View Poll Results: What did you purchase to prepare for Exam P?
Study manual (printed) 9 69.23%
Study manual (online) 3 23.08%
Flashcards (printed) 1 7.69%
Flashcards (online) 1 7.69%
Online course/seminar 5 38.46%
None of the above 1 7.69%
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:26 PM
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Hey guys! This poll is for those that took Exam P after January 2018 and for those who have not yet taken it but are preparing and have made purchases. Select all that apply.

I'm interested in what the current trends are with actuarial study prep. Do people prefer a printed manual over digital? Online courses are becoming a very popular way to learn things but are actuaries interested in using them to prepare for exams? That sort of thing.

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Old 02-01-2019, 12:30 PM
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What changed in Jan 2018?
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What changed in Jan 2018?
I should have said something about that. I updated my opening comment to clarify. I took exam P way back in 2011 but things were a lot different then. Curious about recent trends.
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Ah. I don't think much has changed since 2011. Actex + Coaching Actuaries. Maybe a few more are using TIA. But on the results.
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Ah. I don't think much has changed since 2011. Actex + Coaching Actuaries. Maybe a few more are using TIA. But on the results.
I think the online courses are probably the biggest change since I took the exam. Actex, TIA, and a few others out there have online course offerings. Looking at them I haven't been terribly impressed but maybe I'm wrong and lots of students go there now. I hope this poll gives me an idea of the percentage of students that are taking online courses. Including students pre-2018 would not give an accurate percentage since those online courses are fairly new, though I don't know how long they have been available.

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I used the Actex printed manual in 2011. Do people just want the digital copies now or is paper still a thing? Also, how popular are the online courses? Those are definitely new. Looking at them I haven't been terribly impressed but some people must like them. Curious if people like those.
Printed/Digital is purely preference. TIA and CoachingActuaries both have video lessons available. They work well for people who learn better through lecture. Again, just preference.
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I hope this poll gives me an idea of the percentage of students that are taking online courses.
I think it'll be relatively low for P/FM/IFM. Just based on most people taking them being college kids and the online courses aren't cheap. The rate probably goes up on other exams as they're usually subsidized by employers.
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Printed/Digital is purely preference. TIA and CoachingActuaries both have video lessons available. They work well for people who learn better through lecture. Again, just preference.
Right, I want to know those preferences.
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I bought an actual textbook (Probability for Risk Management by Hassett and Stewart) and used the free exams from TIA. Had a decent probability & math stats course at my college too.
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I bought Actex 2018 study manual (for exam P) and also the online content (I have used the flashcards on my phone some, but mostly I've just been using the paper book.) BUT I got my degree in 2005, so I'm a bit more comfortable studying with paper than digitally than these whippersnappers coming up now.
I'm signed up to take the test in March.
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