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Old 04-05-2017, 02:42 PM
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Why are you even wanting to pay for all those exam materials? Plus, you're raises will be slower than average cause you won't get proper exam raises. It's also easier said than done... passing 8 exams by graduation is no easy task... P and FM are really easy exams -- they get significantly harder after that.
To be fair, I've got my parents willing to pay the fees. I offered to even pay them back, but they don't really care because I'm going to a cheap school and it's a minor cost compared to tuition.

As far as the other stuff, yeah I don't really care. I'd rather take that than having to study for much longer after I graduate if given the choice. But again, that's just my opinion/choice.
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There's a difference between getting as many as you can and arbitrarily setting out to go way beyond Associateship. Just sayin'
They both greatly overlap. It's not arbitrary by the way. It's based on realistically how many times and when I can sit for each exam.

Even if there is a difference, what does it matter?

Never understood why some people have such an issue with this. You're just displacing when you study for exams based on what feels more convenient for you.

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Old 04-05-2017, 02:48 PM
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To be fair, I've got my parents willing to pay the fees. I offered to even pay them back, but they don't really care because I'm going to a cheap school and it's a minor cost compared to tuition.

As far as the other stuff, yeah I don't really care. I'd rather take that than having to study for much longer after I graduate if given the choice. But again, that's just my opinion/choice.
A new answer more specific to your situation.

Still in school. No money worries. Good for you.
Sure, get as many exams as you can. At the same time:
Try to find an internship - or at least some Excel-applying summer job. Look for a chance to do an information interview with somebody who is actually working as an actuary.
You might be gainfully employed as soon as you graduate.
Good luck!
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Still in school. No money worries. Good for you.
Sure, get as many exams as you can. At the same time:
Try to find an internship - or at least some Excel-applying summer job. Look for a chance to do an information interview with somebody who is actually working as an actuary.
You might be gainfully employed as soon as you graduate.
Good luck!
Yeah definitely, I'll try as hard as I can to get an internship and hone my technical skills. No doubt about that.
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At the end of the day, pass as many exams as you can. I think it's also a red flag that ANYBODY is telling you to stop passing exams in an exam centric career. Why delay the inevitable, you probably don't want to work for any company that discourages you from attaining your credentials as soon as you can anyways.
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At the end of the day, pass as many exams as you can. I think it's also a red flag that ANYBODY is telling you to stop passing exams in an exam centric career. Why delay the inevitable, you probably don't want to work for any company that discourages you from attaining your credentials as soon as you can anyways.
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I'm glad this thread exists... I had the same question...
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I'm personally an advocate to graduating with as many exams as possible.

That being said, people who decide to employ that strategy just need to be mindful that a buttload of exams passed will not make up for other deficiencies on a resume. I believe that beyond 3 exams or so, you quickly start to hit diminishing returns in terms of hireability; i.e. a well-rounded candidate with 2 or 3 exams > a candidate who did nothing else during university other than sit for actuarial exams.
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I'm personally an advocate to graduating with as many exams as possible.

That being said, people who decide to employ that strategy just need to be mindful that a buttload of exams passed will not make up for other deficiencies on a resume. I believe that beyond 3 exams or so, you quickly start to hit diminishing returns in terms of hireability; i.e. a well-rounded candidate with 2 or 3 exams > a candidate who did nothing else during university other than sit for actuarial exams.


additionally:

1) only three exams cross over societies now. advice - strive to pass the 3 exams and VEEs in college, unless you had an internship that affirmed your desire to walk the CAS or SOA path... then pass more.

2) you get to a point in the exams where the material is less "textbook" / mathy, and it will most likely take you way more time to learn the material with no experience than it would by having specific work experience / general insurance sense to draw on and utilize as a learning aid.
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