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Old 09-15-2018, 04:54 PM
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Also, in case anyone accuses me of trolling, below each question, there's a footnote that informs you which exam each problem comes from.

Notice how almost all of them are from the pre-2016 MLC exams?
There was a HUGE spike in difficulty in all the pre-lims starting 2016.

Compare the 2018 MLC exam with the 2014-2016 MLC exams. You will notice a tremendous gap in difficulty.

I don't mean to scare anyone, but I just want people to understand that these problems help people who struggle with the material (IE. People who haven't memorized all the formulas yet). I don't think they are close to the difficulty of the real exam.
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It seems like a lot of the older exam problems can be done by people with average IQs who study 24/7.

The recent exams seem to be testing for some innate aptitude (IE. IQ > 150).

Just memorizing and understanding everything don't seem to be the keys to success now. The SOA demands that you be a genius as well.

I guess this could explain why all the younger actuaries seem to be smarter than the older actuaries.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:29 PM
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I got up to 6.1 now (~40 questions)

I got everything correct except for the first problem, because I didn't memorize the definitions/lists in the first section of the CA manual.

It does seem like the difficulty went up a bit in the later problems, but I still don't think they're as hard as the actual exam problems. Will report back once I finish everything.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:57 PM
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You need to tone down ur trolling a bit... EL 30-40?

But in all seriousness, I agree that the Spring 2018 was a lot harder than the previous exams. The MC for that was probably around 5-6, compared to a 3-4 in the past. A couple of the written parts (eg. part d,e,f) were ridiculously high effort for very few points.

One skill to learn is to recognize which questions are high and low value. Will also comment about the LTAM165 after I finish them.

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You need to tone down ur trolling a bit... EL 30-40?

But in all seriousness, I agree that the Spring 2018 was a lot harder than the previous exams. The MC for that was probably around 5-6, compared to a 3-4 in the past. A couple of the written parts (eg. part d,e,f) were ridiculously high effort for very few points.

One skill to learn is to recognize which questions are high and low value. Will also comment about the LTAM165 after I finish them.
Trust me, we have it pretty good.

Just imagine how hard the exams will be 20 years from now. It might even be above EL 100.
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I bet that you're gonna need a 300 IQ to pass Exam P in 20 years
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I bet that you're gonna need a 300 IQ to pass Exam P in 20 years
This is a bit of an exaggeration, but I do feel that the exams require significantly higher IQs to pass now.
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This is a bit of an exaggeration, but I do feel that the exams require significantly higher IQs to pass now.
I took several exams in the 90's. I bet you never even looked at those exams to have any clue of a comparison to now. Also, they always need to look for new things to test, so those questions you think were easy in the past probably weren't so easy under exam conditions. They also possibly were not asked in the past themselves, but now that you have both the question and the solution, of course its easy.
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I'm pretty sure that in the late 90s you needed more exams than you do now to get asa, but with the recent change it's getting closer.
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So quit being an annoying whiner and pass the exams. No, younger actuaries are not smarter
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