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Old 08-24-2012, 12:25 PM
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Alright, missed by one question Nov 2011 and May 2012. I pretty much had all the old material down by May but chose not to study any new material (couldn't afford to buy a brand new manual at the time).

Now that I have my employer paying...how do I best prepare for the new material? Have ASM 10th edition currently...will 60 days of ADAPT along with the SOA 300+ be enough? I learn best by doing sample problems and not reading wordy manuals but is it worth it to buy new ASM for just the new topics?

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I advise students who have an edition earlier than the 11th to buy a new manual, but perhaps just using ADAPT is good enough if all you want is a lot of questions on the new material. The SOA 300+ is very weak on the new material - a total of 26 questions are on the new material, whereas 40-50% of the exam questions are on new material.
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If you aren't that into reading, why not try a online video seminar?

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I suggest you buying a new manual really. I had the ASM 11ed 1st printing but I ordered the 2nd printing yesterday. The exam is totally new and we don't know what to expect ahead.
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Thanks for the input, I just purchased the ASM e-manual and plan on doing 30 or 60 days of ADAPT!
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I advise students who have an edition earlier than the 11th to buy a new manual, but perhaps just using ADAPT is good enough if all you want is a lot of questions on the new material. The SOA 300+ is very weak on the new material - a total of 26 questions are on the new material, whereas 40-50% of the exam questions are on new material.
Do you think there is any chance that the SOA will put less emphasis on the new material for the next exam?

My completely baseless intuition is that they will back-track a little (maybe leaving like 30-40% for the new material, which is still a lot). Even so, it'll still be wise to make sure to know the new stuff VERY well.
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How about reading the textbook and doing the problems in the textbook?
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Do you think there is any chance that the SOA will put less emphasis on the new material for the next exam?

My completely baseless intuition is that they will back-track a little (maybe leaving like 30-40% for the new material, which is still a lot). Even so, it'll still be wise to make sure to know the new stuff VERY well.
I doubt there will be less emphasis on the new material. Count on it being about the same.

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How about reading the textbook and doing the problems in the textbook?
Not sufficient. The textbook questions are not similar to the exam questions.
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