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Old 06-18-2011, 08:44 PM
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:59 PM
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Some people are saying it was a lot easier than the ASM PEs and the TIAs. Some are saying that it was easier than the ASM PEs but was on par with TIAs. All seem to be saying that the SOA 289 are a total waste of time and are much easier than the actual exam.

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Some people are saying it was a lot easier than the ASM PEs and the TIAs. Some are saying that it was easier than the ASM PEs but was on par with TIAs. All seem to be saying that the SOA 289 are a total waste of time and are much easier than the actual exam.

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The SOA 289 may be easier than the exam problems, but they are by no means a waste of time. I think everyone should do them to get the basics down. Just make sure you practice some more difficult problems as well. I recommend doing the TIA exams in CBT format the week before the exam. I thought they were very close in difficulty to the real thing.

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I'll agree with Wolf's comments on the SOA 289. They are definitely worth doing, even if they are somewhat easier than the actual exam. I didn't do the ASM sample exams or the TIA sample exams, but I found the Mahler exams to be similar in style and difficulty to the actual exam.
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ASM tend to be harder than the real exam, but I think that's a pro, not a con. Ancient Roman soldiers used to train with swords twice as heavy as the ones they'd use in battle; baseball players warm up by swinging bats with weights on the end. You want something harder so that you get used to adversity, and the real thing will seem easy in comparison.
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I'd say slightly easier than TIA, more difficult than SOA 289 but not much.
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I took mine today and maybe it was because I lacked practice, but I found it to be harder than both the Fall 06 and Spring 07 exams, and harder than most of the ASM PEs (1, 5, 6, 7). Probably on par or slightly less hard than PE 2 and 3.
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All seem to be saying that the SOA 289 are a total waste of time and are much easier than the actual exam.

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Really? I just took FM and those SOA practice questions seemed to be harder than the actual exam. But I guess it could be different for 4/C.
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I'd say slightly easier than TIA
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Hard to say whether it was easier than ASM PEs since their difficulty tends to vary quite a bit between exams. I'd probably say I found it to be somewhere between PE2 and PE4 in terms of difficulty. Definitely tougher than 1 and 7 (the easiest IMO) but easier than 3.
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