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Starting a thread for the June 2019 sitting of the PA exam. Does anyone know if the SOA will continue to use R version 3.5.0 on the exams or do you think they will upgrade to the latest version?
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Are there major differences between the 2 versions?
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https://cran.r-project.org/bin/windo...S.R-3.5.2.html

Seems like there is a good chunk of bug fixes in 3.5.1 and 3.5.2. Chances are that we might not run into any of these bugs, but maybe someone with more R experience than I can confirm whether or not these things matter.
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None of those updates change what you're doing, I'd just not worry about it unless the SOA mentions an update
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Can someone recommend whats the ideal amount of study time required for this exam? And whats the difficulty compared to other prelims?

Think ill register PA in Feb mid.
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Can someone recommend whats the ideal amount of study time required for this exam? And whats the difficulty compared to other prelims?

Think ill register PA in Feb mid.
4 months sounds good.

You have to read some textbooks. First sitting was easy, because it was the first sitting. Later sittings will become progressively harder.
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February - Read through An Introduction to Statistical Learning
March - Read through Regression Modeling with Actuarial and Financial Applications
April - Read through R for Everyone and Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Start modules
May - Finish modules and practice
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February - Read through An Introduction to Statistical Learning
March - Read through Regression Modeling with Actuarial and Financial Applications
April - Read through R for Everyone and Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Start modules
May - Finish modules and practice
I thought those readings are already covered in the online modules. I just finished module 1 slides and R practices but I have not completed textbook readings yet.

I hope the modules will direct us to review both R and Applied Statistics plus new contents which are adequate for this exam.
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I thought those readings are already covered in the online modules. I just finished module 1 slides and R practices but I have not completed textbook readings yet.

I hope the modules will direct us to review both R and Applied Statistics plus new contents which are adequate for this exam.
I was thinking the same. Do we really have to buy books, considering we are paying such a big amount for this exam, the material should be in the modules already.
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I thought those readings are already covered in the online modules. I just finished module 1 slides and R practices but I have not completed textbook readings yet.

I hope the modules will direct us to review both R and Applied Statistics plus new contents which are adequate for this exam.
I think the modules reference parts of the textbook, but you're required to know the books in advance. The syllabus states that candidates should read those textbooks.

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I was thinking the same. Do we really have to buy books, considering we are paying such a big amount for this exam, the material should be in the modules already.
Never underestimate the greed of the SOA.
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