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Old 09-14-2016, 10:56 AM
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I was wondering how everyone is finding the adapt MC exams?

I've taken 3 level 5 exams and Ive gotton 17-19/20 on them with ~20 minutes remaining for each (such a time crunch..). Are these similar in difficulty to the MC we can expect on the exam, or would it be worth my time to go to level 6, then start on written?

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Hey guys,

I was wondering how everyone is finding the adapt MC exams?

I've taken 3 level 5 exams and Ive gotton 17-19/20 on them with ~20 minutes remaining for each (such a time crunch..). Are these similar in difficulty to the MC we can expect on the exam, or would it be worth my time to go to level 6, then start on written?

Thanks!

Jim
All of the recent MLC exams have been released on the SOA's website, if you want to get a feel for the real thing. For what it's worth, I've taken four level 3 exams, only answered all the questions on two of them, and have gotten a 10 and 13 on those. My EL hasn't moved, yet. I think you're good...
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I've used ADAPT for every exam thus far and I sat for Spring MLC. On other exams I always say the actual exam is roughly a 4.5. MLC is a tad different though. I'd say the multiple choice is closer to a level 3 exam(maybe even easier), but the written answer is going to look more like the level 5-8 questions.
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I've used ADAPT for every exam thus far and I sat for Spring MLC. On other exams I always say the actual exam is roughly a 4.5. MLC is a tad different though. I'd say the multiple choice is closer to a level 3 exam(maybe even easier), but the written answer is going to look more like the level 5-8 questions.
Does this mean that it's quite realistic to target like 18-19/20 on the MC? This would leave you only needing slightly over 50% on the WA to get a passing score, right? This is based on a pass mark of 70% and a point breakdown of 40/56 (for 96 total) for MC/WA from this past sitting.
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On ADAPT, I strongly feel like the level 3 and lower problems stump me while the 5+ are pretty "easy".

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On ADAPT, I strongly feel like the level 3 and lower problems stump me while the 5+ are pretty "easy".

Ugh.
I know what you mean. There's definitely a really steep learning curve - it feels like all the reserve/premium/annuity questions are labeled around 3-4, which is most of the material. The ones above and below that tend to be more obscure topics (asset share, pension formulas, etc) that can be quicker to solve.
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ADAPT exams are kind of a waste of time for this exam. I understand doing problems to get the material down, but I don't think it's necessary with a time limit. ADAPT quizzes or the SOA sample are more constructive.

If you're at the point where the MC is easy, start practicing WA. Once you're done doing WA samples, the MC portion is going to feel like a cakewalk. The MC on the real exam is extremely easy. I'm talking like 16 gimme's.
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Just thought I'd bump this,

I hover around 16-18/20 on level 6 MC exams. I've found doing these exams is actually extremely helpful when I do the previous SOA MLC exams because I can blow through the MC, being used to much more difficult problems, and I have a lot of time left over for WA.

Is anyone else using adapt?
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