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Old 01-13-2019, 02:15 AM
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Hi All. Was wondering for those who took PA, how many hours did you put in for the modules/exam? Any recommendations or tips would be greatly appreciated!
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I heard from others that the material on this exam isn't as hard as the other prelims, so 4 months doesn't seem unreasonable.
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I heard from others that the material on this exam isn't as hard as the other prelims, so 4 months doesn't seem unreasonable.
Thank you for your input. I heard the same thing as well. Based on the first sitting, seemed like more people are saying its more about communicating results rather than coding (supposedly 85% of the code is written for you). Hopefully it won't be too bad the 2nd sitting, but heard the 1st sitting was awful with programs crashing/people not finishing on time.
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Thank you for your input. I heard the same thing as well. Based on the first sitting, seemed like more people are saying its more about communicating results rather than coding (supposedly 85% of the code is written for you). Hopefully it won't be too bad the 2nd sitting, but heard the 1st sitting was awful with programs crashing/people not finishing on time.
I gonna take it later this year, but we only have one chance to pass it or pay for the whole cost of the exam fee again. It's not like FAP re-take.
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4 months is overkill. If you have prior knowledge of R, give it you 2 weeks and you are all set. This is kind of similar to the FAP modules, you don't need a whole lot of preparation to know how to write a report.
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4 months is overkill. If you have prior knowledge of R, give it you 2 weeks and you are all set. This is kind of similar to the FAP modules, you don't need a whole lot of preparation to know how to write a report.
And what if you have no experience with R?
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And what if you have no experience with R?
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I think people are seriously overestimating the generosity of the SOA.
The first sitting was a joke because it was the first sitting. Hell, SRM had a near 70% pass rate for its first sitting. I wouldn't be surprised if the exam progressively gets harder in future sittings.
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I think people are seriously overestimating the generosity of the SOA.
The first sitting was a joke because it was the first sitting. Hell, SRM had a near 70% pass rate for its first sitting. I wouldn't be surprised if the exam progressively gets harder in future sittings.
This has nothing to do with SRM or any other traditional exam.

This is a 5 hr long Final Assessment. They want you to produce a report, there is not 1 specific good answer.
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I think PA might have a 10% pass rate.

The SOA lost a ton of test-takers for their upper-prelims and need to make up the lost revenue.
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