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Old 04-03-2010, 01:02 AM
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I was wondering if the TIA $450 package is worth it for the FM exam?
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:26 AM
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Is it worth $400 of your time and money to take the exam twice, not counting study materials? Some people are visual learners, which is what TIA excels at. Others can just learn from a manual and/or textbook, which ASM and the suggested textbooks accomplish. It depends what type of learner you are. Keep in mind that TIA comes with more than enough practice problems and solutions to keep you honest for this exam.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:29 PM
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TIA was awesome for learning the material, and I didn't have any finance courses in college. I managed to get a 9.

Using TIA, you will probably speed through the material very quickly. This is one advatage it has over ASM (for FM), which people say takes forever to explain a topic.

As with any exam, make sure to have supplementary materials (and practice exams, TIA only has 2). Don't rely just on TIA, or just on ASM.
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:55 PM
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I am definitly a visual learner. I have a bit of ADHD so reading a textbook can be a problem for me. The weird thing is I get all A's and I am taking very hard math and computer science classes at NJIT so I think TIA would be best for me.

- You guys think I could get away with just using TIA practice exams and lectures and pass? I am studying for Exam P as well and I am ordering the TIA package for that exama as well. That one has 7 practice exams....

It would be nice if I could just use the TIA and pass.... Just watch the videos you know and do their exams. It is VERY overwhelming studying for actuary exams while completing my BS in Computer Science and MS in Statistics. I guess when it rains it pours lol...
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I think you could def. pass with just TIA and the SOA Sample Questions.

I've never used TIA, but if I remember correctly from what others have said, you can use it again at no additional charge if you were to fail this sitting. Check on that though.

EDIT: by the way there is a 50% student discount
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:31 PM
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By SOA sample questions do you mean the SOA sample exams? I have 8 SOA sample exams. I was planning on just doing the 8 sample exams and using the TIA exams.
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No I meant the official sample questions at the bottom of the FM Syllabus

http://www.soa.org/files/pdf/FM-09-05ques.pdf
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:13 PM
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Use as many resources as time allows; but in your case you will almost certainly benefit from TIA.

I think Dave himself would tell you that TIA works best when you do hundreds of practice questions over a period of many weeks based on the techniques you learned from TIA.
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After using ACTEX to study for P and failing the exam, I bought TIA and passed. I'm a TIA lifer for sure!

As Force of Interest said, you can get a 50% discount code if you friend TIA on Facebook. There's a link on TIA's homepage.
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That sounds great. I will definitly buy the TIA package for every exam I take because I learn so well visually. Plus we gotta have a good understanding of the material if were gonna be good actuaries. If not we may bring a company down lol...
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