Actuarial Outpost
 
Go Back   Actuarial Outpost > Actuarial Discussion Forum > General Actuarial
FlashChat Actuarial Discussion Preliminary Exams CAS/SOA Exams Cyberchat Around the World Suggestions

DW Simpson
Actuarial Jobs

Visit our site for the most up to date jobs for actuaries.

Actuarial Salary Surveys
Property & Casualty, Health, Life, Pension and Non-Tradtional Jobs.

Actuarial Meeting Schedule
Browse this year's meetings and which recruiters will attend.

Contact DW Simpson
Have a question?
Let's talk.
You'll be glad you did.


General Actuarial Non-Specific Actuarial Topics - Before posting a thread, please browse over our other sections to see if there is a better fit, such as Careers - Employment, Actuarial Science Universities Forum or any of our other 100+ forums.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-31-2018, 02:14 PM
Pension.Mathematics Pension.Mathematics is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Studying for Done with exams.
Posts: 1,288
Default What is the highest number of exam attempts you have heard of?

We all know that these actuarial exams are hard, but what is the highest number of attempts (for one single exam) you have heard of?

I know someone that attempted the same FSA level exam 5 times until he/she passed, smart guy/gal but he/she was very unlucky and got, i think, 3 back to back 5s, before passing.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-31-2018, 02:22 PM
redearedslider's Avatar
redearedslider redearedslider is offline
Member
CAS
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 13,331
Default

5
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abraham Weishaus View Post
ASM does not have a discussion of stimulation, but considering how boring the manual is, maybe it would be a good idea.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-31-2018, 03:19 PM
act_123 act_123 is online now
Member
CAS
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 3,228
Default

Someone told me he was on his 7th attempt of Cas exam 6. I think he passed it on his 8th attempt. At the time he had gotten 1 four, and 5 fives. I think his 7th attempt he also got a five.
__________________
ACAS 7 8 9
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-31-2018, 03:50 PM
trueblade's Avatar
trueblade trueblade is offline
Member
CAS
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Castlevania
Studying for Freedom
Posts: 574
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by act_123 View Post
Someone told me he was on his 7th attempt of Cas exam 6. I think he passed it on his 8th attempt. At the time he had gotten 1 four, and 5 fives. I think his 7th attempt he also got a five.
Also heard someone who failed exam 6 seven times, but he gave up eventually
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-31-2018, 04:14 PM
YetAnotherCareerChanger's Avatar
YetAnotherCareerChanger YetAnotherCareerChanger is offline
Member
CAS
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 2,925
Default

8

Missed polling opportunity, imo.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-01-2018, 08:24 AM
siomai_lover's Avatar
siomai_lover siomai_lover is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Martingale Road, besides SOA office
Studying for Life!
Favorite beer: Carabao's Milk
Posts: 244
Default

Five attempts for a friend for FA.
__________________
  • Associateship: Done
  • Fellowship
    • Modules: Regulation and Taxation | ERM | Financial Economics
    • Exams: Life Pricing | Life Finance and Valuation | LRM
    • DMAC

Signature updated last 9.25.2017
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-01-2018, 08:55 AM
act2106 act2106 is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,222
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pension.Mathematics View Post
3 back to back 5s
Quote:
Originally Posted by act_123 View Post
1 four, and 5 fives
I also know someone who got multiple 5s before passing. I admired their persistency because I don't know if I could study the material yet again at the depth required to pass an exam after being so close so many times. I would have a hard time continuing.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-01-2018, 08:58 AM
act2106 act2106 is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,222
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YetAnotherCareerChanger View Post
8

Missed polling opportunity, imo.
.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pension.Mathematics View Post
I don't believe in polls. remember that the huffingtonpost presidential forecast model gave Hillary Clinton a 98% chance of winning.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-01-2018, 10:52 AM
Marcie's Avatar
Marcie Marcie is online now
Member
CAS
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 7,935
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pension.Mathematics View Post
We all know that these actuarial exams are hard, but what is the highest number of attempts (for one single exam) you have heard of?

I know someone that attempted the same FSA level exam 5 times until he/she passed, smart guy/gal but he/she was very unlucky and got, i think, 3 back to back 5s, before passing.
13 (and counting?).

At least 6 of those attempts were 5's.

Brilliant Actuary, but just can't seem to get over that hump on this one exam.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-01-2018, 11:18 AM
Pension.Mathematics Pension.Mathematics is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Studying for Done with exams.
Posts: 1,288
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marcie View Post
13 (and counting?).

At least 6 of those attempts were 5's.

Brilliant Actuary, but just can't seem to get over that hump on this one exam.
that is crazy, 7 years for a single exam!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
*PLEASE NOTE: Posts are not checked for accuracy, and do not
represent the views of the Actuarial Outpost or its sponsors.
Page generated in 0.22730 seconds with 9 queries