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Old 02-13-2018, 10:59 AM
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yeah i feel like you really had to know your sh*t to pass the exam i got today, and the SOA 307 was not enough. some of the questions weren't hard, but asked in very strange ways. i didn't get a single standard chi square Q where you look up the value on the table, but i did get a question on chi-square asked in a very strange way. that question was actually one of the easier ones, but it was just a weird problem, like what was the point of this?
I would highly recommend the ASM study manual. There are 13 practice exams that come with it and it covers just about every short of twist and trick they can through at you. With the exam I took there were only two questions I hadn't seen at least something similar to before, one of which was doable just with the knowledge acquired by doing the practice questions from the manual.

I have used ASM for all four of the exams I passed and I have never sat in an exam surprised.
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yeah i feel like you really had to know your sh*t to pass the exam i got today, and the SOA 307 was not enough. some of the questions weren't hard, but asked in very strange ways. i didn't get a single standard chi square Q where you look up the value on the table, but i did get a question on chi-square asked in a very strange way. that question was actually one of the easier ones, but it was just a weird problem, like what was the point of this?
I got something like that too. The wording was just weird. And I was already thrown off by the other BS questions.
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I got something like that too. The wording was just weird. And I was already thrown off by the other BS questions.
I guess I got lucky, no "BS" questions
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I guess I got lucky, no "BS" questions
I believe that after taking Mahler exams, most other problems seem straightforward in comparison. If I just did Adapt and SOA 307 problems, I definitely would not have been to exposed to some of the problems I encountered on the exam.

Ultimately, seeing many different types of problems (especially ones that are harder than the exam) develops the ability to see the different things you can solve for with certain pieces of given information.
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I believe that after taking Mahler exams, most other problems seem straightforward in comparison. If I just did Adapt and SOA 307 problems, I definitely would not have been to exposed to some of the problems I encountered on the exam.

Ultimately, seeing many different types of problems (especially ones that are harder than the exam) develops the ability to see the different things you can solve for with certain pieces of given information.
Having taken Exam C 4 times...I agree. I definitely got a few less of the totally obscure questions this sitting, compared to my second and third attempts. (Obscure meaning the topics you wouldn't anticipate, weird wording, or something that looks totally foreign even after months of studying.)

That being said, Mahler definitely prepared me for the ones I did see. It also helped me to approach questions that were worded oddly. I would think "Crap, I need X and they only gave me Z! But...if I use Z to get Y, I can use Y to get X!"

I think the SOA 307 were also helpful, but only to a point. Mahler pushes you over the edge.
I have a longer post of how my approach changed over the 4 attempts in the February thread if anyone wants more on that.
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OK I'll try Mahler, sounds like it's a useful resource. Don't feel like getting ADAPT it seems pretty useless to me. I'll also review some things in TIA, there were definitely quite a few things that I wasn't expecting to be on the exam that I got questions on.
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Yeah I'm going for Mahler as well.
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I, too, shall drop by here to endorse Mahler. Wording-wise, Mahler questions are not similar to SOA questions, but Mahler really helps you deconstruct the questions so you know the pieces of the question by part. Mahler would take already-difficult SOA307 questions and withhold important information so you're forced to truly understand how to, to quote another user, "use Y to get X, use X to get Z"

Even for my exam, more than half my exam required me to deconstruct formulas to derive parts I need or presented information in a REALLY weird way. But after doing all the Mahler exams, I saw exactly what the exam was trying to do.
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just to clarify, is everyone endorsing mahler's PEs or his manual?
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just to clarify, is everyone endorsing mahler's PEs or his manual?
I can't offer any insight about the manual, I just used ASM. Most people here are referring to the practice exams.
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