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Old 02-05-2018, 08:52 PM
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Default Should I bother buying ASM or Adapt at this point?

I am studying for March MFE and have not used any materials outside of the DM textbook listed in the syllabus. Do you think it is worth it to buy ASM or Adapt with the test barely a month away? How do you think a candidate's chances with the book alone compare to their chances with these materials?
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A month is really the sweet spot for ADAPT, IMO. If you already know the material and are just looking to practice, that's a great amount of time. The adjustable difficulty practice exams are really helpful.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:14 PM
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You would recommend ADAPT over ASM?
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:43 PM
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I used both ASM and ADAPT when I took the old MFE several years ago. At that time, I found ADAPT to be much more representative of the actual exam than the ASM practice exams, at least that was my experience. So If you have to choose one, I'd definitely recommend ADAPT over ASM.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:35 AM
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I would definitely recommend ADAPT over ASM.

And to your original point, I'd say that someone's chances of passing with just the Derivatives Market textbook aren't great. Learning the material is only part of the challenge. Practicing answering questions written in the style of the exam is even more important.

The textbook isn't written for the exam and asks questions in the style of the author. ADAPT and ASM, however, exist only to prepare students for the exam and do everything they can to copy the style of the SOA questions.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:07 AM
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if you've already gone through the whole syllabus, the ASM study guide probably isn't worth it at this point (and you probably don't have time, anyway).

I highly recommend ADAPT. it's a great tool to go through a multitude of practice problems. it'll also help you identify your weak areas, so you can appropriately prioritize your remaining time.

good luck and happy studying
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