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You didn't see the candidate pool for last year's exam 9. People were studying a minimum of 500 hours. They knew things that were referenced in footnotes of other footnotes mentioned in a footnote in one syllabus reading.
I'd describe the people who I took exams 7 and 8 with in exactly the same way.
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I thought 9 was harder than 8, but I have pricing experience. 9 felt like there was significantly more material with a "hump" to get over. BKM CAPM/arbitrage models, the capital papers, all of Section D.

8 had a lot of papers that required a lot to cover, but nothing besides retro rating, the WC papers, and part of GLMs required me pouring over things time after time in order for it to click.
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Although 9 was my first fellowship exam so there may have been a new "study learning curve" on that one.
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I suppose I'm one of the weak candidates that thinks 7 is harder than 8, but each of those MUCH harder than 6. Oh well! This is just my perspective. I have yet to try 9 with the big boys.
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7 > 8 > 9
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Here's an overview of each paper based on my opinion of each:

Mack 2000 - Easy, just a different way of looking at an exam 5 topic. Definitely a good intro to this exam.

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Brehm Ch 5 - Medium, supply/demand and different modeling methods isn't too bad and it makes sense intuitively. Probably the most understandable chapter from Brehm

The biggest complaint I had with this exam though is the sheer volume of the syllabus and the amount of questions and problem types that have never been tested but are a big portion of each papers key ideas (MSE Calc, Venter Methods, Verrall Fully Stochastic BF). However, mostly everything is intuitive and I think working on a conceptual understanding in this exam really helps a lot because it's easy to mix things up.
Damn, son! Thanks for this. Very, very helpful.
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I'd be surprised if there's huge difference in the candidate pools. People who struggle with 7 can very easily switch to take 9 instead.
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damn, is it just me or anyone else thinks 8 is the hardest
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damn, is it just me or anyone else thinks 8 is the hardest
I think 8 is definitely trickier than 7. Whether it's more difficult is tough to say and I think varies on how well you take to the exam 8 material and how good you are under exam conditions.
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