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Old 04-16-2019, 11:10 PM
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How negatively are exam failure looked upon for those applying to EL jobs?
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:20 PM
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How negatively are exam failure looked upon for those applying to EL jobs?
Dude. Why are you making threads about things you cannot control? It is hard to confirm failures but easy to confirm passes. A 4/6 candidate all else equal is preferable to a 2/2 candidate. We usually just see the 4 and the 2, not the attempts.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:35 PM
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Dude. Why are you making threads about things you cannot control? It is hard to confirm failures but easy to confirm passes. A 4/6 candidate all else equal is preferable to a 2/2 candidate. We usually just see the 4 and the 2, not the attempts.
Lol, I am very new here.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:42 PM
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Lol, I am very new here.
It's all good. Just don't worry so much. You'll be fine. Just read through the EL threads and use the search tools on the forum.

You want to be the best candidate that you can be during your search in the near future. However, anything that has already occurred (e.g. bad grades, a couple exam failures) is a sunk cost. You can do nothing to change those.

However, you can look forward to doing things that will make you a better candidate as you begin your career. This forum has a plethora of good advice for EL candidates. Just relax and start doing the things you can do going forward to maximize the chance that you land the career you seek.

Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:58 PM
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if you have like 1 pass and 9 fails then you'd be wasting your time but if you're 4/10 then I guess that should be average with an average pass rate of 40%
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:15 AM
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... if you're 4/10 then I guess that should be average with an average pass rate of 40%
I guess not, because there is probably a suvivorship bias effect
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:46 AM
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How negatively are exam failure looked upon for those applying to EL jobs?
Do you note the failures on your resume? If so, that's not a good strategy.

Who knows that you failed an exam? You do. No one else does. The SOA publishes names of passing candidates. Not the names of failing candidates. You want to bring up your failures during an interview, well, I'd say that's not a good strategy, either.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:49 AM
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Number of passed Exams will help you get past HR filters.

But as for perception, you're as good as your most recent passed Exam.
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I knew a hiring manager that preferred candidates who had failed an exam or two. It showed that they wouldn't give up easily. I doubt they ever didn't hire someone because they'd never failed an exam, but it was just an opinion they had.
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I knew a hiring manager that preferred candidates who had failed an exam or two. It showed that they wouldn't give up easily. I doubt they ever didn't hire someone because they'd never failed an exam, but it was just an opinion they had.
you're only cheating yourself if you pass every exam on the first attempt because in your heart of hearts, you know that you don't really grasp the material as well as you should /red
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