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Old 08-16-2019, 10:01 AM
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Passed, definitely thought STAM was the hardest of the prelims (although, I haven't taken PA yet).
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Passed! Now I need to just get through this work day so I can start drinking.

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I still haven't gotten my text yet, but candidate number is there! Congrats and good luck everyone!
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Old 08-16-2019, 10:27 AM
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Passed, the wait is over...
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:18 AM
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For those of you that passed, what are some tips you would give to people preparing for the October sitting? What study resources did you use and what did you think of them? Any advice is appreciated
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Coaching actuaries online manual + quizzes. I did very little practice tests actually. I read through the manual once thoroughly and another time quickly over a week or 2. Then quizzed each section until I was about 70 to 80% on level 5-7 questions. I did 3-4 practice tests and got to a level 6 or 7 before going back to quizzes.
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I used the manual and adapt, same as partially_credible.

I just worked through the manual slowly and did quizzes after every 2-3 sections. Probably did about 15 practice tests overall. Once I got my EL to about 6.8 I started practicing on Level 6 exams rather than trying to get it higher. I'd say the actual exam is between a 5 and 6 so this strategy worked well.
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I approached STAM the same way I approached LTAM. I bought the ASM manual and read through the manual without doing exercises at the end of chapters. Then I bought 45 days of adapt and set practice exams from level 4-7 and did not actually take any of them. Instead, I would submit them and read through them to get an understanding of how to approach every problem and what common mistakes are. The SOA 300 was also very valuable to read through. Overall I skimmed ASM once, read through SOA 300 three times, and read through ~20 practice exams from Adapt more times than I actually counted. Everyone that has passed an exam has the math ability to do STAM problems, it's more important you study for the exam and what kind of questions the SOA likes to ask (know how they will try and trick you).

Caveat: I don't know what score I ended up with, but I answered 25 questions that I felt very good about, 5 that I got an answer that was listed but I wasn't extremely confident, and 5 that I more or less guessed on (two of these were questions based on the study note that I didn't read).

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