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I think PA might have a 10% pass rate.

The SOA lost a ton of test-takers for their upper-prelims and need to make up the lost revenue.
Expecting a 10% pass rate is NotSmart.
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Expecting a 10% pass rate is NotSmart.
SOA needs repeat takers at $1125 a pop.

IFM and STAM number of test takers dropped by half. SOA is in panic mode, since the majority of their annual budget comes from exam fres.
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Expecting a 10% pass rate is NotSmart.
Speaking like Yoda Gandalf is?
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And what if you have no experience with R?
I took about ~3.5 months with it and I felt comfortable with the R knowledge required by the end of it. It just took me a bit to understand everything since I didn't remember a lot from statistics but I think I was able to figure it out without too much trouble.

I was able to write out the code from scratch by the end of it but like others said, there was a lot of code already given but you still had to understand it well enough to fix the issues with the data, or display the data properly in graphs, or use the correct parameters for the functions.
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I took about ~3.5 months with it and I felt comfortable with the R knowledge required by the end of it. It just took me a bit to understand everything since I didn't remember a lot from statistics but I think I was able to figure it out without too much trouble.

I was able to write out the code from scratch by the end of it but like others said, there was a lot of code already given but you still had to understand it well enough to fix the issues with the data, or display the data properly in graphs, or use the correct parameters for the functions.
Yeah. I don't know anything about R. The only programming experience I have is VBA, SQL and SAS.

Considering my low aptitude, I'm predicting I'll need to study far longer to pass this exam than the average candidate. If it takes you 3.5 months, it'll take me 7 months minimum.
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Yeah. I don't know anything about R. The only programming experience I have is VBA, SQL and SAS.

Considering my low aptitude, I'm predicting I'll need to study far longer to pass this exam than the average candidate. If it takes you 3.5 months, it'll take me 7 months minimum.
7 years you mean
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Yeah. I don't know anything about R. The only programming experience I have is VBA, SQL and SAS.

Considering my low aptitude, I'm predicting I'll need to study far longer to pass this exam than the average candidate. If it takes you 3.5 months, it'll take me 7 months minimum.
NS, does Coaching Actuaries have a product for this exam yet that could help you? I've heard that CA is far and away the best company for exam prep (for the prelims). You should check out Coaching Actuaries!
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Yeah. I don't know anything about R. The only programming experience I have is VBA, SQL and SAS.

Considering my low aptitude, I'm predicting I'll need to study far longer to pass this exam than the average candidate. If it takes you 3.5 months, it'll take me 7 months minimum.
I found R was easier to use than VBA several years ago, but I have not used R for a few years. If you know SAS, you should be able to pick up R for statistical analysis part. You do not have to do a lot data cleaning in this project exam I assume.

Some university courses even teach you R and SAS in one course per semester and expects you to know both in a timed final exam in the end. You do not have to write a report for that programing exam, but this PA exam has more time for writing extra report.
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