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Old 12-24-2014, 05:05 PM
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Default How interesting is the advanced exam material?

If someone enjoys learning about economics to better understand the world, do you think they would enjoy reading the exam material beyond the prelims?
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If someone enjoys learning about economics to better understand the world, do you think they would enjoy reading the exam material beyond the prelims?
It's a flawed question. Interest in economics doesn't necessarily mean interest in insurance.

If you are interested in insurance, and want to learn a lot of nitty gritty details about insurance, the upper level exam readings will be "interesting" to you.
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I would go a step further and say that some of the upper level materials would be interesting. Some of the material is very interesting, some of it is just flat out painful and tedious, no matter your level of interest in insurance. There are some topics on the upper level exams that just defy any attempt to make them captivating.

On balance, I would say the CAS materials are much better today than when I took exams, but there is still room for improvement.
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I think Exam 6 is interesting to the extent that you get to see how and why policymakers formulate certain regulations involving insurance. If you've taken your core economics courses you'd know that many regulations benefit some people at the expense of others, and rarely is it that you're faced with a choice that makes everyone better off. So learning the motivations behind policy decisions can be interesting...

But if you don't have an economics degree like me, you might find some of the material confusing and pointless, like most people...
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I think Exam 6 is interesting to the extent that you get to see how and why policymakers formulate certain regulations involving insurance. If you've taken your core economics courses you'd know that many regulations benefit some people at the expense of others, and rarely is it that you're faced with a choice that makes everyone better off. So learning the motivations behind policy decisions can be interesting...

But if you don't have an economics degree like me, you might find some of the material confusing and pointless, like most people...
To be fair, OP might have a math degree, unlike yourself, and therefore could find other sections of the material more interesting than you would.
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When I was taking fellowship level exams, the readings had a reputation as being a good cure for insomnia. They probably aren't do bad if you are reading them voluntarily and can discard them at any time.
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I would go a step further and say that some of the upper level materials would be interesting. Some of the material is very interesting, some of it is just flat out painful and tedious, no matter your level of interest in insurance. There are some topics on the upper level exams that just defy any attempt to make them captivating.

On balance, I would say the CAS materials are much better today than when I took exams, but there is still room for improvement.
I agree with this post, although my experience is on the SOA side. The material was mostly interesting to me because it was directly related to my work. However, the material was also quite repetitive, and could be pared down a bit without losing much if any coverage of content.
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When I was taking fellowship level exams, the readings had a reputation as being a good cure for insomnia. They probably aren't do bad if you are reading them voluntarily and can discard them at any time.
Amen to that!
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