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Old 12-01-2017, 02:49 PM
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Default 2018 EA-2L: Who’s studying?

Has anyone started yet? Planning to as soon as the new materials from Dave are available.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:18 AM
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I will be taking it in the spring. I got a 5 on it last time.
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Old 12-18-2017, 01:55 PM
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I'm taking it this sitting. Any idea when the material is supposed to be available?
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Old 12-18-2017, 02:54 PM
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I'm taking it this sitting. Any idea when the material is supposed to be available?
My materials are available now through the Actuarial Bookstore and ACTEX.
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Old 12-20-2017, 05:45 PM
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Do you sense any last minute syllabus changes due to tax reform? I'm not sure if anything applies.
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Old 12-21-2017, 01:27 PM
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Do you sense any last minute syllabus changes due to tax reform? I'm not sure if anything applies.
Any law changes enacted after November 30, 2017 cannot be tested on the May, 2018 exam.
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Since I passed 2F in October I'll be jumping on board for 2L this spring. Anyone that has taken 2F, how does 2L compare in all facets (e.g., difficulty, dryness, use in everyday work, etc.)?
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I'm in. Got a 5 last time, but just passed 2F, so I've got a little confidence boost there. I work on public sector pensions, though, so I don't get any daily exposure to the 2L concepts.

KernelMustard, if you work on private sector pensions, you've likely come across some of the 2L concepts already. If, like me, you lack that experience, each section of 2L's gonna feel like fumbling around in the dark in an unfamiliar house trying to find the lightswitch at first. Eventually you'll find it, but you're gonna bump into things on the way.

I liked 2F because a good amount of the material (i.e. funding methods) was based on actual mathematical concepts that could be reasoned out. 2L is almost entirely based on rules that - at least to me - feel quite arbitrary. There's a LOT to memorize in that respect. However, I wouldn't say the exam is "difficult" so much as "tricky." The number of technicalities to keep track of is enormous and any one of them can be the difference between getting the points and getting nothing. You never really get over the frustration of finding out you only got that 5-point problem wrong because you forgot to include 2 employees in your counts that are only eligible for benefits because of some special qualification.

Also, the 2017 2L exam was riddled with issues. There were 6 defectives out of 45 questions. I'm hoping that the exam writers take a good hard look in the mirror before putting the 2018 exam together, but who knows.
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Old 03-27-2018, 03:08 PM
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Does anybody know how many points you typically need to pass?
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