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View Poll Results: Most difficult prelim
P 66 4.91%
FM 19 1.41%
MLC 352 26.19%
MFE 240 17.86%
C 623 46.35%
Course 42 44 3.27%
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:19 PM
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Arggghh! You guys are scaring me about MFE.

I took Exam 1, and found it easy. (Well, the calculus part was insanely easy, and that got me enough points to get around the harder probability stuff). Got a 8.

I took Exam 2, and studied my rear end off. It was a tough exam, but I took it its last sitting, so I knew I HAD to pass. Got a 9.

Waited several years, and then took MLC. I didn't leave myself enough time to study, so, I got a 5.

Took it again this spring. 7.

Now I'm studying for MFE. I work at a job with ZERO study hours, so it's all evenings and weekends. Based off of the first three exams, I thought I could survive no study hours for the prelim exams, but now I'm scared. MFE harder than MLC? C more material than MLC? Crap.

For those who have done both, does C have more material than the old Exam 2? I took that one using only the required textbooks, no study guides. (I did use a supplementary MacroEcon textbook, but I just picked one up at the library.) That felt like a ton of material to me. Is C worse?
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For those who have done both, does C have more material than the old Exam 2? I took that one using only the required textbooks, no study guides. (I did use a supplementary MacroEcon textbook, but I just picked one up at the library.) That felt like a ton of material to me. Is C worse?
No. Old exam two had me reading that finance book for ages. I had to start in August to study for 2 in November. For C I started in April for the May exam. Had I simply skipped the book and used study guides maybe 2 wouldn't have taken so long.
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P is hardest

maybe because it took me some time to familiarize myself solving actuarial exam questions
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P is hardest

maybe because it took me some time to familiarize myself solving actuarial exam questions
And people looked at me like I was crazy when I said the first exam is the most difficult. The time of adaptation changes reality.
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And people looked at me like I was crazy when I said the first exam is the most difficult. The time of adaptation changes reality.
It took me three times and two years to pass Exam 1/P.
In the 11 months since then I have passed 2/FM and 3F/MFE in two sittings.

I wouldn't say that P is harder than either, but it did take me awhile to figure out how to approach these exams, so I definitely see your point. Hopefully, I finally have it... I guess I'll see in November when I take on 4/C.
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It took me three times and two years to pass Exam 1/P.
In the 11 months since then I have passed 2/FM and 3F/MFE in two sittings.

I wouldn't say that P is harder than either, but it did take me awhile to figure out how to approach these exams, so I definitely see your point. Hopefully, I finally have it... I guess I'll see in November when I take on 4/C.
Same here, I took P three times within a two year span until I passed. FM and MLC, I passed on the first time. I also sat for MFE when I sat for MLC last fall, but I am taking that again this fall with EA-2A.
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I voted MLC because (I think) it's the closest to the old Course 3.

I admit, I haven't written any of those, but I did 1-8 so I voted based on that.
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why course 42 has only 7 votes? obviously it should be the toughest among all!!!!
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Now that I'm done with prelims, I voted MLC... but the way I see it, P and FM are on one tier, MFE is on its own (middle) tier, and C/MLC are on the last tier. Between P/FM or C/MLC, the difference in difficulty is simply what you have more experience with. For example, I was a math major, so I never had the FM or MLC type material in school, so I found P (actually the old course one when I took it) easier than FM and C easier than MLC... Your experience may be different.
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Here's how I rate difficulty of the exams, in terms of the number of hours of preparation I invested before passing.

<<<<<FM<<<<<P<<MFE<<<<<<<<<<C<<MLC
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