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Old 09-17-2018, 06:11 PM
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I don't know how anyone can honestly believe this unless they're trying to protect their egos.

Today's pool of candidates are significantly stronger than the ones from 20 years back. Even as the problems got harder, the pass rates and the pts needed to pass have gone up.

You think all those job rankings placing actuaries as the best job in america didn't affect the pool of candidates?
many of the candidates from 20 years back dropped out before attaining ASA or FSA. I'm referring to the ones who got through it.
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Your evidence being?
I've looked at past exams. The questions seem very straight-forward and doable by people with average IQs who study a lot.

LTAM requires you to be a genius to pass. The questions are not straight-forward and require you to do out-of-the-box thinking to pass.
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I've looked at past exams. The questions seem very straight-forward and doable by people with average IQs who study a lot.

LTAM requires you to be a genius to pass. The questions are not straight-forward and require you to do out-of-the-box thinking to pass.
you've looked at the old courses 5 and 6? I doubt that. I doubt you even heard of them until I just mentioned them.
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Liar a week ago: Just be a mindless memorizing robot and you can pass!

Liar now: You have to be a genius to pass LTAM.
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I've looked at past exams. The questions seem very straight-forward and doable by people with average IQs who study a lot.

LTAM requires you to be a genius to pass. The questions are not straight-forward and require you to do out-of-the-box thinking to pass.
I've closely followed the "life contingencies" exams continually since 1989, teaching university courses and exam-prep seminars. I've observed it as Course 150 (a 4.5-hour exam), Exam 3, Exam MLC (multiple-choice only or including written answers), and now Exam LTAM.

Prior to the addition of the written-answer section on MLC, all these exams were notorious for having many convoluted puzzle-problems, which you could fail to be able to answer despite knowing the formulas and understanding the material thoroughly simply because you couldn't puzzle out some interrelationships among seemingly diverse topics on the syllabus. Such problems have almost never appeared since the advent of the written-answer questions on MLC. Since then, the vast majority of the multiple-choice questions and the "calculate this" and "find that" and "show that this number equals such and such" written-answer questions are straightforward non-puzzle problems, and there are enough such questions to pass the exam with an 80% accuracy rate. I expect the LTAM questions to continue this pattern. There are also vastly fewer symbols to learn now.

In my opinion, the material itself has remained at a fairly consistent level of difficulty over the nearly 30 years I've paid attention. Although one can make an arbitrarily difficult exam on just about any topic, in my opinion the lack of many puzzle problems on MLC and, I presume, on LTAM make it a little easier to pass than prior to the recent addition of written-answer questions.
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Anyone else using ADAPT and absolutely hate Abraham's answers to questions as much as I do? Half the time he doesn't answer the question, instead just tells the inquirer that they are wrong. Seems like he doesn't answer any new questions anymore so maybe he is off the LTAM team now. TG

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Liar a week ago: Just be a mindless memorizing robot and you can pass!

Liar now: You have to be a genius to pass LTAM.
Funny how things change.
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Anyone else using ADAPT and absolutely hate Abraham's answers to questions as much as I do? Half the time he doesn't answer the question, instead just tells the inquirer that they are wrong. Seems like he doesn't answer any new questions anymore so maybe he is off the LTAM team now. TG

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Is Adapt for LTAM any good? Better than ASM practice exams?
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