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Old 09-29-2011, 08:50 AM
TheIllustratedActuary TheIllustratedActuary is offline
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Default Completing FA alone

Has anyone successfully completed and passed the FA on your own, not working with a group to bounce ideas around? I'm curious because I'm planning on doing it next week and have yet to find anyone to work with.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:20 AM
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I was in an online group, but I did not have anybody else in person to complete it with either time I did it. I passed on the second try.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:25 AM
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I wrote the FA on my own and didn't find it to be too difficult. I still have a month or so before I receive my grade, however. I'm sure this would be more helpful if I had my pass/fail.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:48 AM
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I passed the FA alone.
I am the background noise of life
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:49 AM
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I passed the FA alone. It's not hard.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:25 AM
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I submitted on 7/29 and worked alone. I will let you know if I passed when I get a grade. It has been 9 weeks and last results I heard anyone receiving was yesterday from 7/26 submissions.

I don't think it should be much harder to work alone.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:16 AM
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I failed it the first time alone and passed it the second time. I was in a study group the second time but I do not feel like it helped at all as none of my answers changed from what I wrote before participating in the group.
Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:27 AM
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I passed FA alone on the first try. Just make sure you have a full 4 days to devote to it.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:48 AM
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You can definitely pass alone. I think more importantly, your paper should be reviewed by somebody to catch simple errors, or perhaps clear up things that seem obvious to you but not others. Working with others is less important than that.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:14 PM
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