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Old 09-25-2001, 09:55 PM
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Alright, enough small talk -- I need to get down to business. I've done the research, so let's get the discussion going. I went to all the links here at the Rebel outpost to find the best manual. In aphabetical order:

http://www.all10.com -- a casualty company. sample of manual provided at website

http://www.archactuarial.com -- a new manual. sample chapter at website (IE users must download to view)

ASM -- http://www.studymanuals.com -- discussed often on rebel forum, but I didn't see a sample to download

CSM -- http://www.csmanuals.com -- I couldn't get to this site, so I'm not sure if there's a sample or not.

http://www.how-to-pass.com -- discussed often, sample sections available at website.

What do you guys think? Thanks in advance!!

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Old 09-27-2001, 06:58 AM
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You forgot about ACTEX (though they're not linked on the rebel site)!
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Old 09-27-2001, 02:01 PM
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This is rediculous...Who on earth has studied from more than 3 of the above? How can anyone be expected to rank them all?

Of the list I have used only How to Pass- which is very good but does not include solutions to the exercises (a major obstacle especially if the problem contains an error).

Also there is a solutions manual available for the Actuarial Math book which I have found very helpful...Forgot the primary author's name, but it is coauthored by Dale Hall (who might even be lurking here).

If we could get say 100 C#3 takers to grade study manuals on a 1-10 basis then we could average the results and try to rank the manuals...still not terribly accurate but something anyway...
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Old 09-29-2001, 09:48 AM
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Did you forget Mahler's notes ? They are very very good.
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Old 10-17-2001, 12:34 PM
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Free study materials? Are you kidding me? Back in my day, you were lucky if the SoA gave out free exam problems three years later!! And nobody had ever heard of a review manual!! You guys have it easy -- be smart, boys and girls, use this free stuff and defeat the exams!!
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Old 11-07-2001, 09:59 PM
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All right folks -- let's hear the opinions! Who liked their manual? Who didn't?
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Old 11-08-2001, 07:04 AM
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If anyone has questions about the new ARCH manual, I will be happy to answer them.

(My opinions may be biased since I am one of the authors ....)
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Old 11-08-2001, 07:57 AM
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OG, that's only free *samples*... to get you to buy their stuff later.

Oh, and I heard of a new one at http://www.bpptraining.com -- they claim that if you get their manual you don't need to buy any texts. And there's a deal for the first so many to get 50 bucks off the price.

I don't know if I want to take a chance on a new product. Anyone with thoughts on the established ones? Will they know more of the 'tricks'?
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Old 11-08-2001, 08:04 AM
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Rabbit:

Why don't you send me a brief synopsis?

I'm at mamenzie@hotmail.com and interested in courses 3 & 4.

I was told by one of our qualified actuaries that there was a company at the SOA meetings touting a total textbook replacement. If you got this manual for about $400 you would not need anything else. They were sellling it as a money saver, since typical text and study manual expenses run about $700 per exam (pretty accurate once you get past course 2). Even course #2 is about $500 now. Of course that probably does not take into account the repeated use of texts between #3 & #4...
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Old 11-08-2001, 08:07 AM
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macroman, the 'replacement' one is the bpp I mentioned above. I already have most of my texts, so not a money-saver for me, but I do like the thought of on-call tutors just for the price of a manual....
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