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guitargirl2676
March 25th 2005, 01:02 PM
I am currently a junior in highschool and am planning on taking AP calculus BC next year which counts for the first 2 calculus classes in college. I have also taken AP statistics which was pretty basic. I plan on becoming an actuary, and i am wondering if i will be prepared to take the first actuarial exam asap after i graduate and get a head start. Am i ready?

wat
March 25th 2005, 01:46 PM
I am currently a junior in highschool and am planning on taking AP calculus BC next year which counts for the first 2 calculus classes in college. I have also taken AP statistics which was pretty basic. I plan on becoming an actuary, and i am wondering if i will be prepared to take the first actuarial exam asap after i graduate and get a head start. Am i ready?

Taking BC Calc will help you in taking the exam, but unfortunately, the exam no longer tests calculus directly (finding limits, areas under curves, etc.). There are several vital topics from Exam P that only a BC calculus class will not cover. Those are:

-Multi-variable calculus (having to take double integrals)
-Probability (discrete and continuous)

...which makes up about 90% of the syllabus. Your BC calculus class will only teach you the basics - definitely not enough to pass Exam P. But, do you feel that school is a little too easy? Do you have free time where you could devote time to studying for something else? Then it's possible you can self-study for Exam P. You could even propose to do independent study for Exam P and replace one of your senior classes by studying for this exam (you'd have to check with your school if it's okay). The SOA website (www.soa.org (http://www.soa.org)) has information on what books are recommended in taking Exam P. www.actuarialbookstore.com (http://www.actuarialbookstore.com) and www.actexmadriver.com (http://www.actexmadriver.com) are two sites that specialize in study guides for these exams. They're kind of expensive, but for the most part, they're worth it. If you're willing to try, then I'm sure you'd be able to do well on them.

If you're interested in hearing support/motivation, I know of a high school student that has passed Courses 1 and 2, and is studying for Exam M (the 3rd exam). I think he graduates from high school this May.

Hope that helps. :)