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Old 11-03-2017, 12:34 PM
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So first MAS-I sitting.
I just spoke with Abraham Weishaus.
Seems like MAS-I ASM manual will be released near the end of November.

AT first, I thought about taking Exam 5 first but I am leaning towards just taking this instead. Not a big fan of being a guinea pig for the its first Excel platform exam.

Also, I rather get this out of the way before going into non-prelim exams.

So which manual do you guys plan on using?

Hoping to pass this on my first try.
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FWIW, the CAS views MAS-I as the first "non-prelim" Exam.
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I consider the exams with the name format "Exam [number]" as upper level exams.
I could be wrong but I feel like these exams demand less technical knowledge and more business concept background.
Naturally making me discern these exams as two separate categories
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There is still considerable "technical" knowledge on the upper level Exams. MAS-I and MAS-II are going to still be MC Exams; so "accuracy in calculations" will be more important than conceptual understanding in passing them.

However, the uppers are not MC; so you can work out a problem, make a (small) arithmetic error in your process, and still get most of the points for that problem.

You're right in that "business concept background" will come into play for the material, but the Exams are going to test your application of the technical knowledge in those business scenarios.

And the technical knowledge will also expand considerably.
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So CAS considers MAS-I (S) easier than MAS-II (SOA C) ?
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So CAS considers MAS-I (S) easier than MAS-II (SOA C) ?
I doubt it.

And "sequenced" material doesn't indicate that later material is (necessarily) more difficult.
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I doubt it.

And "sequenced" material doesn't indicate that later material is (necessarily) more difficult.
The CAS states there is an presumption that takers of MAS-II have mastered the material for MAS-I. However, to VA's point, they also say MAS-I is not a prerequisite for MAS-II.

Citation: http://www.casact.org/cms/files/New_..._II_FAQs_1.pdf, Q12, first paragraph of answer.

On a more general note, there are numerous changes happening to exams in 2018 and, seemingly, beyond. I would suggest reviewing the CAS website on a regular basis for announcements, FAQs, updates, etc., in order to get as much information directly from the CAS sources as possible.
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Don't forget that An Introduction to Statistical Learning is available for free online (in a legal way), even though the CAS doesn't tell you that.

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Looks like online actuarial bookstores added "MAS-1" and "MAS-2" categories but so far no published books to buy. I am hoping to buy it as soon as they become available for us nerds.

Hoping to study hard and slay this beast in my first attempt.
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Looks like online actuarial bookstores added "MAS-1" and "MAS-2" categories but so far no published books to buy. I am hoping to buy it as soon as they become available for us nerds.

Hoping to study hard and slay this beast in my first attempt.
Sounds like MAS-I manual from ASM will be ready soon (almost end of November). For now, read An Introduction to Statistical Learning.

Is MAS-II offered any time soon? I thought it was later so I doubt the manuals will be ready. But, guess what, An Introduction to Statistical Learning is on that syllabus too.
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