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Old 10-13-2017, 12:44 PM
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Default Face-to-face C/4 seminar in December

As usual, in December I'll be offering my face-to-face exam-prep seminar for the February sitting of C/4. The dates are 9 - 13 December. Detailed information can be found on my website http://www.actuarialseminars.com .

I won't know the pass rate for the people who took my August seminar for the just-completed October 2017 sitting, but the seminar pass rate for the June 2017 sitting was 66.7% compared with 51.0% worldwide.
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Yes very thorough plan, but if I run into a long work day I'm likely to only get through my lecture and first pass problems. (; So I have good intentions - but it's not always practical.

From those you talked to who passed, did they say if any topic was more important than others as far as knowing the first principles really well?
It seems that Bayesian Credibility (not focusing on conjugate priors) and MLEs (not focusing on shortcuts and MoM) are the common themes. But the real root of the suggestion is that they exam questions are not always straightforward and more often than not requiring manipulation of formulas before application. So straight memorization is not going to work for this exam as if may have worked for you (and me) for P and FM. This exam is really about understanding the fundamentals and being able to apply them no matter the twist or turn presented.

If you look through the October 2017 thread, a lot of people who passed have added their own advice and suggestions. Of course with this being a CBT, everyone is going to have a slightly (or very) different experience. I found all 3 of my past sittings to be wildly different. I am hoping for some middle ground in February, but I am going to use no excuses and prepare for the worst lol.
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As usual, in December I'll be offering my face-to-face exam-prep seminar for the February sitting of C/4. The dates are 9 - 13 December. Detailed information can be found on my website http://www.actuarialseminars.com .

I won't know the pass rate for the people who took my August seminar for the just-completed October 2017 sitting, but the seminar pass rate for the June 2017 sitting was 66.7% compared with 51.0% worldwide.
Just curious where the seminar is being held?
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Dec 9-13
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See my website for detailed information. My seminars are in Davis, CA, just outside of Sacramento.
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I am in for February after failing in October. I felt like I knew all the material but just couldnt get through the extra twists and additional tricks in each problem for the actual exam. I had the basics down but was caught off guard in the actual exam. I had a fighting chance but also ran out of time..

My plan of attack is to enjoy the next few weeks of no studying, then dive in and start reviewing and digging deeper into topics. Then practice exams and SOA 307 for the last month or so...
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What would be the best review material for C?

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Cool Hey Actuarial Brewski! My chime in and what I also plan

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I am in for February after failing in October. I felt like I knew all the material but just couldnt get through the extra twists and additional tricks in each problem for the actual exam. I had the basics down but was caught off guard in the actual exam. I had a fighting chance but also ran out of time..

My plan of attack is to enjoy the next few weeks of no studying, then dive in and start reviewing and digging deeper into topics. Then practice exams and SOA 307 for the last month or so...
Hey Actuarial Brewski, been with you here and there through some of these exams, so I'm chiming in:

Try 25 question topic quizzes. There are 5 main topics. You can then target your weaker areas and review those lessons for now. Keep track if you miss a PE question like way off in left field and that's maybe a particular topic to review or even take a quiz on and/or redo ASM exercises.

BTW from Mahler I got this breakdown for topic distribution:

Frequency Distributions 6% = 2.1 questions
Loss Distribution 8% = 2.8 questions
Aggregate Distributions 6% = 2.1 questions
Risk Measures 3% = 1.1 questions
Fitting Frequency Distributions 4% = 1.4 questions
Fitting Loss Distributions 25% = 8.8 questions
Survival Analysis 12% = 4.2 questions
Credibility 27% = 8.4 questions
Simulation 9% = 3.2 questions

**The number of questions by topic varies from exam to exam**
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Have you learned the material yet (no?) or (yes?) did you learn it and need review material now?
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So, I'm going through Mahler's manual, which is great, but I seem to be going very s..l..o..w..l..y. I know I'm in general somewhat slow compared to other people (I just take time to try to work everything out), but I didn't expect to be behind already. There's a 14-week example schedule in the manual that I was going to try to follow, but I'm already behind, and I'm just finishing up the first week's material! Granted, it's been several years since I've taken exam P, so I've taken some time to review probability, but still. It looks like the pace the 14-week schedule would suggest is about 4-ish sections a day, 7 days a week (maybe some of the later weeks are different; I haven't looked that far ahead). I just don't work that fast. I'd love to push it out, but that doesn't give me enough time to make it by February.

Is anyone else using his manual? How are you working through it? I was tempted to just start reading through the textbook and working problems in Adapt (plus the SOA problems), but the manual is helpful and I didn't want to give up unless I really had to. Any suggestions?
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