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View Poll Results: Total Travel, Calculus to FSA/FCAS
16+ years 29 31.87%
14-15 years 7 7.69%
13 years 2 2.20%
12 years 5 5.49%
11 years 3 3.30%
10 years 5 5.49%
9 years 6 6.59%
8 years 4 4.40%
7 years 0 0%
6 years 5 5.49%
5 years 2 2.20%
4 years 2 2.20%
3 years or less 1 1.10%
42 weeks or I wanna see the numbers 20 21.98%
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Sorry, I don't think I want to vote. I belong to the career changer category, which means I didn't start taking exams until several years after I graduated from college.
Maybe it should start when you first start studying for your first actuarial exam..? You could have taken calculus in high school but not have decided to go on the actuarial track at that time...
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Maybe it should start when you first start studying for your first actuarial exam..? You could have taken calculus in high school but not have decided to go on the actuarial track at that time...
You could start your own poll.
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oy, I took calculus 4 years before I took my first actuarial exam, and 3 years since that first exam. So 7 so far.
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I studied calculus in 1959 on my own and got 5 on the AP test. In 1969, after college and grad school, I started taking the exams. Killed the ASA tests (exams 1-5 then) by 1971 but then took until 1986 for FSA.
long time, but it has zilch to do with calculus!

Your study is horribly flawed for any meaningful conclusions. I would have to say 27 years, yet I destroyed the calc exam in 69 with a ten! What conclusion would you infer from this?
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For all of the reasons above, the CAS has since the late 90's measured travel time as the time from first actuarial employment to ACAS/FCAS. Folks take many paths to get to their designations and measuring from events in college introduces way too much noise.
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Given many of us had calc before college, that somewhat messes it up, too.
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I studied calculus in 1959 on my own and got 5 on the AP test. In 1969, after college and grad school, I started taking the exams. Killed the ASA tests (exams 1-5 then) by 1971 but then took until 1986 for FSA.
long time, but it has zilch to do with calculus!

Your study is horribly flawed for any meaningful conclusions. I would have to say 27 years, yet I destroyed the calc exam in 69 with a ten! What conclusion would you infer from this?
Something about 69 and a 'ten'.
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For all of the reasons above, the CAS has since the late 90's measured travel time as the time from first actuarial employment to ACAS/FCAS. Folks take many paths to get to their designations and measuring from events in college introduces way too much noise.
That may have worked in the days when the majority of students didn't take any, or at least many, exams while they were still in college but with the proliferation of actuarial programs at various schools we're seeing far more people graduate with a number of exams [when I took my first job I had one exam (and that by credit for writing the GRE in advanced math) and it was relatively rare to see students graduate with more that one or two exams] so the meaning of "time from first employment to fellowship" has changed significantly.
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I didn't start taking exams until I was 30. Took Calculus first or second year of college, which would have been 10/11 years earlier.

Those 10/11 years I had no idea I'd become an actuary. It was a stroke of luck.
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You forgot negative numbers, for those precocious youngsters who get FCAS before taking calculus.
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