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Old 11-30-2017, 04:02 PM
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:04 PM
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If you can pass P, you can pass the rest. Good luck.
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I know many people that hit the wall on their first exam and subsequently passed the others in one or very few tries.

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Default Yikes! Your 2009 manual is almost a decade old!

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I used Actex Manual (2009 Edition) to study
We'd suggest using a newer edition of the ACTEX manual. The 2009 edition is almost a decade old! The SOA changes exam syllabi objectives every few years so that ancient edition likely doesn't cover all of the current objectives.

Here's the new ACTEX Exam P Manual Spring 2018 edition. Or you could check these forums for a used copy of a more recent edition!
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:51 PM
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For exam P, then again for exam 5 (CAS), I found that my problem wasn't the material, but how I was approaching the studying/learning process. Once you can figure out a successful study strategy, you can apply it equally to all of the prelims. Once I figured out how to study for P, I passed it and all the prelims in a sprint. I had to regroup and redesign my study strategy for the uppers as well.

In the end, how badly do you want this? Do you want to do just enough to possibly pass, or do you want to invest in your future by giving yourself the best opportunity now? The answer to this idea should give you direction in how to proceed.
P, FM, MFE, ST, LC, C, 5, 6

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Well FWIW, my situation was similar to yours. My background is in accounting and never really took any math/stat aside from the introductory courses. I have a few things that might be useful for you:

1. As for study guide, I had use "Deeper Understanding, Faster Calculation - Exam P/1 Insights & Shortcuts Study Manual." from Guo (it's on Actex Madriver). I thought his guide is really easy to understand for someone without much Math/Stat background. I used his study guide for both P and FM and I passed both exams on my first attempt. Cost is $85

2. When you said you gone through the 326 sample questions a couple times, did u just did all 326 questions a couple times? I would do all 326 questions once, mark down the ones u did wrong, or had a difficult times, then do the marked ones. Then you further mark down the ones you still have difficulties... etc etc. Guo had mentioned this in his study material, it isn't the number of questions you did, it's the number of questions you understood that'd gonna help you pass.

3. You might be doing this already if you have written any professional exams before, but timing is essential. You need to limit the time you spend on each question to 5 minutes (give or take 30 seconds). You have to do this for every practice question you worked on so you are used to it on the exam.

Good luck!

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1) Use Finan's book, it's free and sufficient to pass P. ($0)
2) Go through the sample questions until you can do them all. ($0)
3) Then buy a 2 week (or more time if you're flush with cash) ADAPT subscription from coaching actuaries and take as many practice exams as you can stomach. Both for speed + seeing more questions. ($80-$100+)
4) Probably pass.

You can use the exact same method for FM. I'd recommend replacing point 1 with ASM for MFE & C, not sure what the new exams when you get there will look like at this point but probably still holds true.
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