Originally Posted by dhyamamoto
I am somewhat dismayed by this thread because when I read the question, I thought it was pretty basic and almost a "gimme." For anyone working in the area, the response should have been automatic. Before I get slammed making that statement, yes, I know that most taking this exam do not work in this area but the reason I wrote it here is that if you ever do actually work on retiree group benefit valuations, you have a lot more studying to do.
If you've read this thread, you should have found that my objection had nothing to do with the question being easy (as I'm sure some, particularily those who knew of the syllabus change, found it) or hard (I've talked at least one person who thought they did well on it even though they didn't know of the syllabus change, but only managed a 1, so in all reality you probably needed to know the list directly from the study note to get sufficient credit).
My objection is to the fact of inequal information and the fact that the SOA was alerted of the situation and admittedly did nothing to remedy it. Some takers knew a question on this information was coming, and others had no way of knowing to read the appendix tested, as they were not informed nor given time to react. Therefore, to be fair to everyone, the exam should have be graded out of the points that everyone had fair access to, not those where there was a great inequity.
Don't you think this seem like a reasonable solution to the problem?