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Any guesses on when they’ll release pass rates? I’m very interested in seeing how everything shook out with all the changes…
Should theoretically be sooner than the past, since they don’t need to provide Examiner’s Reports. Whether that’s true in practice is questionable.
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.
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- The appeals process is close to non-existent. 3 years ago, there was an outdated page that was very difficult to find on their website (and most importantly, it didn’t tell you how to appeal).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.
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.
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.