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  • #1991
    resact26
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    That last response was meant for a different thread and I can’t seem to delete it. Sorry about that.

    #1995
    Actuarialed
    Participant

    3 days till MAS results. and 3 weeks or so for exams 5-9

    #1996
    resact26
    Participant

    I lied. I just checked the SOA website and their fellowship exams from October/November get results on 1/15.

    #1997
    Actuarialed
    Participant

    Yes they have to wait around 11 weeks.

    #2000
    Charlie the Unicorn
    Participant

    I’m impressed that SOA has stayed on schedule.

    Switched over to CAS a few years ago, was excited for a faster grading timeline. Sat for Exam 5 in Spring 2018 (TBE nightmare and delayed results), and now this. I know it’s a first world problem but still sort of disappointing.

    #2001
    TryhardActuary
    Participant

    Are upper level SOA exams also written based? I wonder how hard SOA tries to put a ceiling on the number of admitted FSA’s.
    Something tells me they don’t

    #2002
    Tigger0209
    Participant

    Here’s the thing, there is no more snail mail in the equation. So in theory, this should reduce grading by a few weeks.

    #2003
    Actuarialed
    Participant

    I’m convinced they are dragging their feet.

    #2004
    Charlie the Unicorn
    Participant

    SOA fellowship exams are all written, and they’re also longer. 5 hours total of actual exam time – 3 hours in the morning, 2 hours after a lunch break.

    I would say they’re not as aggressive, though there have been patches where an exam or two suddenly have significantly lower-than-usual pass rates.

    #2005
    resact26
    Participant

    SOA in general (as I understand it) has a much more competent education process run by trained educators and I assume that their exam committee would be more competent as well. I would expect the SOA pass rates to be higher given how well thought out their exams are. The CAS on the other hand – don’t even get me started. You have to bear with me – I’ve been in the pipeline for 10+ years and this seems like a never-ending nightmare. At the end of the day, I can’t walk away empty handed though so I plan on hanging in there.

    #2006
    act_123
    Participant

    The SOA exams seem to have fairer standards.  The CAS standards are kinda crazy.  The CAS questions don’t really accomplish what they try to set out.

    #2008
    Charlie the Unicorn
    Participant

    While SOA does think through the process differently, I would be remiss if I didn’t also call out the not-so-great things too.

    • Pass marks are never released, so there’s a little less transparency there.
    • The appeals process is close to non-existent. 3 years ago, there was an outdated page that was very difficult to find on their website (and most importantly, it didn’t tell you how to appeal).
    • Fail reports do not break down performance by part, only the entire question. So one number for question 1, no split out by 1a, 1b, 1c, …

    So you essentially have to trust that SOA will be fair, but if you suspect that they are not there’s not much you can do. There will always be a “grass is always greener” moment whichever side you’re on.

    #2009
    resact26
    Participant

    Af this point, the fail report issue is a moot point given that the CAS no longer releases questions. Not sure how the SOA handles that. Also, I’m not sure how much it mattered before because you never got your paper back anyway so it’s not like you know what your response was.

    #2010
    Charlie the Unicorn
    Participant

    That’s fair. I don’t quite recall the timelines for everything, but I think it might help with appeals if you do decide to e-mail SOA with one. I agree that it won’t help in the general case though.

    #2014
    Olmstead
    Participant

    I think SOA actually wants to grow not cap new fellows

    #2015
    resact26
    Participant

    I remember speaking to a mentor a few years ago who told me he was grading one of the fellowship exams (Exam 8 I think). He was asking the committee why they demanded a certain response to get credit (it was some typical BS) and told me he asked, “Haven’t these people proven they’re serious about the actuarial profession by this point?”

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