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Ugh got a 5 this time… hopefully next time goes better. Thank you all for the advice!
For you guys that passed, do you have any tips on how to study better? I only used TIA this time around and didn’t find it to be very helpful for the actual exam.
Didn’t pass either. This was my last exam ever, and I failed for the first time. Felt like this was an extremely unfair exam, but who knows, maybe I’m just stupid.
I’m getting pretty nervous about the results. I’m almost certain I failed but hoping for a miracle.
Has anyone heard back from the SOA? I got nothing so far.
Yes, I think we all should email the SOA and complain about Q1 at the very least. That question clearly had off syllabus material that should not have made it on to the LAM exam. I’m not sure when it’s safe to actually discuss exam questions, but I think one week after the exam (this Thursday) should be safe.
It’s crazy how deep they get into the syllabus on just a few topics. On a 40 point exam, I think that’s a horrible idea because you can select a few very difficult readings vs. a few very easy readings which will make the pass rates extremely volatile and pretty much luck-based. I was looking over the readings today, and I realized the actual exam only tested like 20-30 pages of material out of 800+. That’s really dumb and comparable to playing the lottery. Actuarial exams shouldn’t be like that. On these small exams, they should make an effort to include as much of the syllabus as they can. Otherwise, how can they even determine whether someone has adequate knowledge of the syllabus by testing <5% of it?
I felt ok after I took this one, but after yesterday’s adrenaline died down, I’m not so sure anymore. By a conservative estimate, I think I got 20 – 25 points, so hopefully there’s a ginormous curve. I think the pass rate will be very low this time (low 30%) due to all the niche and bizarre things they decided to test. The material for this exam honestly wasn’t that bad (though a little boring at times), but this exam felt harder than anything I’ve ever taken. I’m not sure if some of the exam questions were even on the syllabus, and for people who haven’t taken the other life exams yet, they would’ve had no idea what the questions were even asking. I agree with the others that this was a pretty poorly designed exam.
sorry no miracles until Christmas 🙁
What do you guys think the difficulty was like compared to the past sittings? I thought it was most similar to 2020 Spring which was pretty hard… fair-ish but hard
Nah I doubt you need 30 points to pass. I think usually the pass mark is ~65%, so 26 points or higher should be safe.
How do you think you guys did? I thought it was ok but had a few challenging questions.