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Old 07-25-2018, 02:33 PM
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So I just got an email from the SOA thanking me for being an exam volunteer. I normally delete those things without opening them, but there was a $25 Amazon gift card code in there.

Just wanted to put the word out there for other potential volunteers to not throw away $25.

I'm not sure this is the best use of my dues, but whatever. If they really want to pay me $25, fine.
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btw I like this compared to that "gift".
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So I just got an email from the SOA thanking me for being an exam volunteer. I normally delete those things without opening them, but there was a $25 Amazon gift card code in there.

Just wanted to put the word out there for other potential volunteers to not throw away $25.

I'm not sure this is the best use of my dues, but whatever. If they really want to pay me $25, fine.
Have you also thrown away the exam volunteer thank you cards in the past? (Those were also $25 Amazon GCs.)

And I'd say it's a good use of dues when the alternative is to pay for exam sites to be available or to outsource some part of the process.
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Have you also thrown away the exam volunteer thank you cards in the past? (Those were also $25 Amazon GCs.)

And I'd say it's a good use of dues when the alternative is to pay for exam sites to be available or to outsource some part of the process.
I'm not sure... possibly.

Were they physical cards? I'd probably open a physical card.

I proctor exams all the time and this is definitely the first $25 gift card I've received. But at my site they split up the sessions so it's possible that this is the first time that my name ever filtered back to the SOA as the official proctor. Not sure.
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I'm not sure... possibly.

Were they physical cards? I'd probably open a physical card.

I proctor exams all the time and this is definitely the first $25 gift card I've received. But at my site they split up the sessions so it's possible that this is the first time that my name ever filtered back to the SOA as the official proctor. Not sure.
I also proctor exams, and following every sitting (except maybe one), we've received a physical thank you card from the SOA with an insert similar to this e-mailed one that described how to redeem the gift.

I think they send it to the main supervisor of the exam.
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I also proctor exams, and following every sitting (except maybe one), we've received a physical thank you card from the SOA with an insert similar to this e-mailed one that described how to redeem the gift.

I think they send it to the main supervisor of the exam.
It could well be that this is the first time my name has gotten to them.

For a typical FSA exam we'll have four proctors: first half morning session, second half morning session, first half afternoon session, second half afternoon session.

Could be that I'm usually doing the second half but this time I was doing the first half and so my name was the one on all the paperwork? No idea. Or maybe I threw out a $25 credit at Amazon!

Like I said, I'm pretty sure that I would at least open a physical card. If this is the first time they emailed them, then I probably didn't miss out on anything, but now I know to sign up for the "first half" session so I can get $25!


ETA: This year I also qualified for a much better SOA gift than I usually do... could well be related to proctoring an exam.
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I'm not sure this is the best use of my dues, but whatever. If they really want to pay me $25, fine.
How much of "your" dues is it?
Please show your work.

I'm guessing somewhere between 10 and 15 cents of each of OUR dues, spread equally among members of the SOA.

After doing a quick and dirty, I think it's less than my estimate. My calculation hinges on:
1. # of graders per session. (50 is my estimate.)
2. All graders get the same amount.
3. Two sessions of written answer grading per year.
4. 2017 Annual Report's membership count.

Oooh, crap: "exam volunteer." I was thinking only graders.
Not sure how many there are of them.

So, might be as much as a dollar.
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So I just got an email from the SOA thanking me for being an exam volunteer. I normally delete those things without opening them, but there was a $25 Amazon gift card code in there.

Just wanted to put the word out there for other potential volunteers to not throw away $25.

I'm not sure this is the best use of my dues, but whatever. If they really want to pay me $25, fine.
Exam fees would cover these items
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Dues and exam expenses are separate. Exams are self-supporting with some money left over, that is what I was told.
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So I just got an email from the SOA thanking me for being an exam volunteer. I normally delete those things without opening them, but there was a $25 Amazon gift card code in there.

Just wanted to put the word out there for other potential volunteers to not throw away $25.

I'm not sure this is the best use of my dues, but whatever. If they really want to pay me $25, fine.
When exactly did you get the email? I don't want to lose this deal!!!
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