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Old 11-27-2016, 09:49 PM
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Has anyone used Actex for C? I liked broverman for P but haven't used him for any other exam. Leaning towards Mahler but just want some feedback on Actex if there is any out there. Thanks
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Has anyone used Actex for C? I liked broverman for P but haven't used him for any other exam. Leaning towards Mahler but just want some feedback on Actex if there is any out there. Thanks
I found this post helpful. It's Broverman's response to a question regarding uniqueness of questions contained in the study manual:

The ACTEX Exam C study guide has about 200 examples,
700 problems in the problem sets and 13 practice exams
of 40 questions each. Altogether, over 1400 questions
(with detailed solutions). About 2/3 or so of the questions are
from old SOA/CAS exam, and several hundred are "new".
The new questions are drawn from term tests and exams
that I have written during years of teaching related courses
in the University of Toronto actuarial science program.

Sam Broverman
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I'm curious myself. I feel like I'm in the minority here because I prefer Actex. I've passed P, FM, and MFE using ACTEX as my study manual. For FM and MFE, I also used ADAPT.

I see that there is a new 2017 manual for purchase, and I'm seriously considering getting it. I was going to ask if anyone has used it, and if so, how is it? But since it seems fairly new, I'd imagine there's not many who can comment on the quality of the manual just yet.

If there isn't much input, I'll probably wind up buying it. As the saying goes: if it aint broke, don't fix it.
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TIA + ADAPT = pass
Get Coaching Actuaries review videos for extra credit
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I like the Actex enthusiasm. I'd like to hear what you think. There are definitely not as many unique exercises as ASM. All the SOA questions are there which is extremely important IMO. Actex usually has only 10-20 questions per lesson vs. 30+ in ASM This always stresses me out that there's so many exercises and i feel i'm not getting everything out of it unless i do them all

You'll get more exposure if you do adapt too.
Ohh yea, I'm definitely gonna get ADAPT as well. I usually read through ACTEX to get the basic understanding and do all the practice problems. I then drill ADAPT into my head to really understand the material. I'll go back to ACTEX to review something I didn't fully understand.

So would you recommend ACTEX for C/4?

If you're asking for my opinion on ACTEX:
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I like the style. I like how they have their formulas set up. They usually have them in a box so it's noticeable, and they have them all at the end of each chapter to review. I write down all the formulas I see onto a flash card. I like how after they teach a new topic, they immediately give an example, which is huge for me because that's how I learn. I typically go through a chapter, see all the examples, do all the practice problems and review the answers. I usually don't move on until I understand all of it, or most.

I tried using ASM for MFE, but I immediately got stuck on the first chapter. To me, it didn't explain it as well as I liked. Probably because I had an older version. When I switched to ACTEX, I was able to progress.

I cant say ACTEX alone was why I passed, I also had great help from ADAPT.
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Go for Actex/Broverman unless you want to have a long, grueling, painful experience
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We sound like we have had the exact same experiences. Knowing there's a difference in what type of manual students like, i can see you and are are the same. In that case, YES i recommend Actex for the very same reasons you said. You took all the right words out of my mouth!!

Cool i hope you enjoy it for this exam. I'm almost sure it's going to be another really good manual. This is the very first and final exam before ASA that I plan on not using any manual or other seminars besides TIA. For every exam so far (P, FM, MFE, MLC) i've bought multiple study manuals and seminars when in the end i always say to myself the most i would have needed is TIA, Actex (not necessary though) and Adapt. That's my winning combo if i were to get a manual. TIA keeps saying seminars are self contained and there's 831 exercises in the CBT problem system, so i'm going to work 100% plus the 5 TIA original exams and transition to Adapt. If i struggle at all remember things and keeping all topics cohesive, i'll add Coaching Actuaries review videos which have lots of short cut videos and reviewing topics goes much quicker. Well see. I hope to finish by mid Jan so i have 4 weeks to do Adapt.
Ok good, when the time comes, i'll most likely purchase this then. I've never used TIA, but I've only ever heard good things. I did see the few free videos for MFE, and thought it was pretty good, but I didn't want to spend money on it (I already spent a good amount for the manual, exam, ADAPT). I know people like seminars and videos, but I'm a simple man and only need the manual. Who knows, maybe i'll need it this time around.

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Ok good, when the time comes, i'll most likely purchase this then. I've never used TIA, but I've only ever heard good things. I did see the few free videos for MFE, and thought it was pretty good, but I didn't want to spend money on it (I already spent a good amount for the manual, exam, ADAPT). I know people like seminars and videos, but I'm a simple man and only need the manual. Who knows, maybe i'll need it this time around.

Good luck on your exam!
How is the Broverman manual so far? What is it like when you skim through it?
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ASM >>

Mahler PEs are a good supplement
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Mahler PEs are a good supplement
This.

Anything from Weishaus is better than anything else on the market in any exam for which he wrote a manual.
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