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Old 01-21-2019, 08:13 AM
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There are four texts required for the course. Two of them are the texts for the Statistics for Risk Modeling Exam. These are listed below this paragraph. It is assumed that candidates are familiar with all this material. Explicit reference to parts of these texts may be made from time to time within the modules. However, that does not imply the other sections are unimportant.
From the Exam PA Syllabus.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:59 PM
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I was thinking the same. Do we really have to buy books, considering we are paying such a big amount for this exam, the material should be in the modules already.
If you start reading module slides you will see those few slides in module 1-3 can be done in less than 2 hours. They only reference to where you need to read the textbook.

It is a lot less content than FAP modules that have hundreds of slides per module plus additional readings in textbooks.
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If you start reading module slides you will see those few slides in module 1-3 can be done in less than 2 hours. They only reference to where you need to read the textbook.

It is a lot less content than FAP modules that have hundreds of slides per module plus additional readings in textbooks.
And then the exam throws something completely obscure from the textbooks that was not in the slides.
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Is it safe to assume the syllabus isn't changing much (or at all) for the June sitting? The SOA website still shows the Dec 2018 syllabus.
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Is it safe to assume the syllabus isn't changing much (or at all) for the June sitting? The SOA website still shows the Dec 2018 syllabus.
I would recommend emailing them.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:54 PM
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Can someone recommend whats the ideal amount of study time required for this exam? And whats the difficulty compared to other prelims?

Think ill register PA in Feb mid.
This certainly varies on the test-taker's familiarity, comfort and ability in multiple areas.

I was ill in Dec and did not sit, but I feel I thoroughly studied. I have a masters in stat, experience in R and superb confidence in my technical and nontechnical written communication abilities. But putting it all together against the enormous backdrop of the unknown with which SOA has blessed us is a very tall task.

Modules 1, 3 and 4 are introductory. Modules 2 and 9 offer a recommended writing style and format--probably best to obey. Comedy aside, many slides waste space and time cautioning against thesaurus factory explosions in your submissions. Module 5 is elementary stat, IIRC. The meat and potatoes is found in Modules 6-8. These chapters introduced me to branches of statistics that my coursework, research and journal reading hadn't covered at the time.
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Started the PA modules this week, already the SOA instructions for "freezing" Rstudio didn't work for me. Gonna be fun.
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Just registered for the exam.
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When you freeze Rstudio, do you see this message in your new project?

"Error in data.frame(timestamp = Sys.time(), snapshotDate = snapshotDate, :
arguments imply differing number of rows: 1, 38, 37"
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Can we get recommended PA texts for free?

I am talking about

1. Regression Modeling with Actuarial and Financial Applications, Edward W. Frees, 2010

2. R for Everyone, 2nd ed. Lander, 2017, Boston: Addison-Wesley

Are these available for download somewhere, or will they have to be purchased? Kind of hard to find money for additional resources after paying a huge amount for this exam.
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