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Old 07-09-2018, 04:41 PM
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I sat the exam last week and the Coaching Actuaries bundle is worth the investment if you can swing it. I did find their MFE videos on options to be a lot more helpful than the videos they created for the same topics on IFM though and also recommend working through all of the practice problems provided by the SOA at least twice.
What if I can only afford the manual? Still worth it or no better than ASM?
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:27 PM
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Does anyone else learn better from reading the material?
Currently, I am reading through Derivatives Markets and the Corporate Finance textbook in the recommended readings. In September, I plan to start taking practice exams on Adapt.
Has this approach worked for anyone else?
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:01 PM
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Using the ASM book. Mine is the first printing. Yes, a lot of errors but I just keep the errata handy and it isn't a big deal. After I get through the book I will use ADAPT for its practice exams and the SOA website for its practice problems.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:06 AM
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Any thoughts on Coaching Actuaries bundle? It includes ADAPT as well.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:43 PM
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Any thoughts on Coaching Actuaries bundle? It includes ADAPT as well.
So far I like the videos. I prefer watching them to reading an ASM since I can get in a quick 15min study session here and there instead of needing dedicated time to sit down and read something. Haven't started problems yet, but honestly, just drilling problems over and over is the way to go to pass any actuarial exam. The more exposure you get to the different ways they can try and trick you in a problem the better, so I consider ADAPT the most valuable tool for pretty much any exam.

TLDR; Yes, it's worth the extra $$.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:17 PM
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How is the Actex manual for this exam? I want to purchase it since it has worked well for me for P and FM but no one seems to be talking about it so I want to see if it's worth it. I'm also on a bit of a budget atm so that's another reason I want to get it.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:06 PM
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Has anyone else purchased TIA for this exam?
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:38 PM
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I used it and It was a complete waste of money. Just my opinion.
Well that's reassuring. What made you come to that conclusion. I have already purchased it and just saw that they do not issue refunds. So being as I am taking this exam in November, what should I know going through this seminar? any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:39 PM
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Well that's reassuring. What made you come to that conclusion. I have already purchased it and just saw that they do not issue refunds. So being as I am taking this exam in November, what should I know going through this seminar? any help would be appreciated.
It's not totally worthless. I definitely would recommend going through the SOA sample problems or getting ADAPT. I just don't like how he drones on and on, and his voice is kind of ridged and annoying to me. The material isn't interesting, and the practice problems suck.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:49 AM
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It's not totally worthless. I definitely would recommend going through the SOA sample problems or getting ADAPT. I just don't like how he drones on and on, and his voice is kind of ridged and annoying to me. The material isn't interesting, and the practice problems suck.
That's harsh. I had no issues with the videos/instructor. For the July sitting it was incomplete. They need to get many many more problems on the new material. Also, there might be some things missing. For example, I don't think he ever reviews distributions like exponential, poisson etc. They can (and are) used on the exam. If I hadn't purchased ADAPT for a week I probably wouldn't have remembered what I needed to about those distributions. Also, I wish they were quicker with the responses to the message boards. With that said, you'll know the material well with the videos and problems on the old material. I'd recommend 15 days of ADAPT as well.
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