Originally Posted by ehezel
That's my concern as well - No idea how to prepare for next time. I've done poorly on plenty of exams before but typically my own fault. I studied hard for this and SOA spit in my face.
Yeah, that's where I'm at. Just frustrated with the exam I was given. I was expecting one particular exam (based on the SOA 300 and after reading AMLCR) and got something from left field. Additionally, the questions that I was prepared for were far too wordy and time intensive. Even for a prepared student there's no way a 6 min/prob pace could be achieved. And if you made any mistakes, you've wasted all your time crunching numbers that you can't spend any more troubleshooting your error.
This is my last prelim but my advice to another student - NEVER take an exam right after a syllabus change. Exam manuals have no idea what emphasis to put on the new material and the SOA's sample problems aren't any indication. The textbooks won't clue you in either. Who knows if the exam you studied for will be the exam you're given.