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crayolaab
March 12th 2005, 12:54 PM
What book(s) from the soa.org reading list have you found most useful for prep for Exam 1/P and/or for further exams?

I would really prefer not to buy all of them - I can't even find most of them in the UK. Any suggestions would be appreciated!


Also -- have any of you used both BPP and Actex study materials? I'm leaning toward Actex, can anyone convince me otherwise?

krzysio
March 18th 2005, 01:45 AM
I would certainly encourage you to consider the ASM manual.

smj
March 18th 2005, 06:09 PM
So far - it's going well. Bear in mind that I've had a calculus course, and a probability/stats course - but never calculus based probability.

Is there a specific textbook you would suggest to use Dr. Ostaszewski?

Thanks,
Stephen

krzysio
March 18th 2005, 09:03 PM
I have made every effort for the ASM manual for exam P to be completely self-contained, so that you do not need any additional book. If you absolutely must have a textbook, my favorite probability and statistics book is by DeGroot. Also, the book by Michael Bean listed as a possible reference by the SOA is good. Both books definitely go much further than you need to for exam P. But then again, I have always been in favor of overstudying, so that to never repeat an exam.

I have found four typos in the ASM Manual for exam P, and have posted corrections for them at this web site (in a PDF file):
http://www.math.ilstu.edu/krzysio/P-Manual-Errata.pdf

Yours,
Krzys' Ostaszewski

smj
March 18th 2005, 09:44 PM
Yeah - so far for me it's been entirely self contained - I was just curious in case I need some further help on the subjects I've yet to be exposed to.

Saikat
March 22nd 2005, 06:28 AM
Where can I get ASM manual?Can I download it for free or do I need to buy it?Any help will be greatly appreciated.

wat
March 22nd 2005, 04:10 PM
Where can I get ASM manual?Can I download it for free or do I need to buy it?Any help will be greatly appreciated.

http://www.studymanuals.com/exam1.htm

You'll have to buy it. Haven't seen the price yet, though. Ask Dr. Ostaszewski if you have any questions about it.

smj
March 23rd 2005, 08:11 PM
http://www.actexmadriver.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=377

krzysio
March 25th 2005, 09:45 PM
The practice exam No. 5 from the ASM manual is available as a free download at:
http://www.studymanuals.com/exam1.htm
The manual costs $84. If you take my intensive review for exam P at Illinois State University:
http://www.math.ilstu.edu/actuary/prepcourses.html
you will get a complimentary manual, but the review costs $250.
The review will include a new practice exam given in real exam-like setting.

Yours,
Krzys'

aqida
March 27th 2008, 01:08 PM
Everyone keeps referring to Actex and ASM... are they both the same? or are they different books? or what?

rjkst14
March 27th 2008, 01:48 PM
Different books by different authors

aqida
March 29th 2008, 06:42 AM
http://www.actexmadriver.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=1135

Is this the Actex book used?

Linkster
March 29th 2008, 04:31 PM
Actex and Asm are two different companies that produce study manuals for different actuary tests. And for textbooks, i much prefer Sheldon Ross's A first couse in Probability over DeGroot's Probability and statistics. Unless you plan on going much more in depth than what the p/1 test requires(you would only need about a third of DeGroot's book), i would get Ross's. I found it much clearer.