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Old 09-03-2015, 10:52 AM
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It's funny people say FSA is easier.

I met a guy who had both FSA and FCAS yet he said FSA upper exams were more challenging.

Idk why people assume FCAS is more difficult when they only have done one or the other
Meh, I've taken upper-level exams in both societies. FSA exams are only harder because it's more BS.
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If you think Des Moines has bad traffic...
Okay, maybe only during peak hours. Chicago is much worse from what I recall. Minneapolis can be bad. Madison isn't anywhere near as bad as any of these other cities.

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I got my FSA under the current system which has very difficult upper level exams. I got my FCAS in 2001. The exams were 4 hours back then. (They were reduced to 3 hours at one time, but are back to 4 hours again.)

I studied 750 hours for the 6 hour FSA exam. I studied 450 for the 4 hour FCAS exam.

So my experience is completely relevant to the discussion.
The CAS has seriously ramped up the exams since you took them. I took exams in the 90s and in the 2010s. They're considerably harder now than they were then, and it's not because I'm older. But I can't speak to how they compare to SOA exams.
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However, speaking to the OP, the CPCU Society has a professional experience requirement for membership. It's kind of ridiculous if the CAS/SOA don't.
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The CAS has seriously ramped up the exams since you took them. I took exams in the 90s and in the 2010s. They're considerably harder now than they were then, and it's not because I'm older. But I can't speak to how they compare to SOA exams.
And before the marginal CERA exam, it was 2 6-hour exams vs 5 4-hour exams.
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What's the over-under on when he decides to leave the profession? 1 year?
^This. If $$$ is his goal, he could use his smarts elsewhere. If he wants to benefit society, actuaries aren't curing cancer.

Also, he was too young to drink at the FAC (assuming he completed in the US).
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