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Old 05-18-2019, 02:35 PM
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Talking I Passed!

Just wanted to spread the word and be a cause for encouragement! If I can pass P, anyone can! I am a 35 year old (former) middle school math teacher who isn't even completely sure he wants to be actuary (I'm actually pretty sure ).

I hadn't taken calculus or probability in over five years when I started studying, but they were there in the background which helped a lot. I used the ACTEX manual, the Coaching Actuaries Manual, and ADAPT. Got my ADAPT score up to a 6.8 and got to the point where I could pass Difficulty 5 and 6 tests with relative ease.

My actual testing experience was very demoralizing. I didn't sleep at all the night before and I am a nervous tester in general. By the end of the three hours I was sure I had failed as there were only 15 problems or so that I was confident I had answered correctly. There were about five where I had it narrowed down to one of two answers, and about ten that were straight up guesses. I had a half hour to spare for review of marked questions which helped but I only added one to the "got that one right" category during that time. When I clicked "End Exam" I was sure I had failed.

The questions looked and felt a lot more like the simple and mid-tier difficulty in the ACTEX manual than those on ADAPT but the experience felt a lot like ADAPT. And all the time I spent on ADAPT definitely helped.

Advice: Don't hesitate to mark and skip. The first three questions were not immediately accessible to me but I still spent about six minutes on each only to leave them behind feeling frustrated and uncertain. Not a great way to start a test. If you read a question and you can't quickly develop a line of attack don't hesitate to mark and skip.

Thank you to all active posters in this forum and to all those who have come before me!

On to FM!

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Old 05-18-2019, 06:33 PM
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Me too!!!!!

My journey was extremely tumultuous, but worthwhile.

While studying, I was employed full time in NYC while living in CT. So, my commute was a total of 6 hrs per day with early mornings (up at 5am) and late nights (home by 8pm). So, finding the time and energy to study was definitely difficult, to say the least. But, thanks be to God, I passed!!!

Good luck to everyone else sitting!!
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