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    The mathematics is easier in FM/2 than in P/1. ...

    The mathematics is easier in FM/2 than in P/1. However, I am not from a finance background either and I found that learning all of the arcane language for the course to be the most difficult. There...
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    I think the key to exam success is to take as...

    I think the key to exam success is to take as many practice exams as possible. Make sure you take them under simulated exam conditions. Focus on working quickly.
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    Try to spend the last month doing as many practice exams as possible (in the 3-hour time limit). My goal was to do a practice exam every day. It takes a lot of time, but it is important to work on...
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    Welcome. There certainly are many study guides,...

    Welcome. There certainly are many study guides, courses, books, etc. to help you study for all of these exams. I found it helpful to always study more than one source and take as many practice...
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    Welcome. I hope you have a wonderful experience...

    Welcome. I hope you have a wonderful experience at actuary.com.
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    Welcome. There is plenty of information and...

    Welcome. There is plenty of information and advice in the various forums. I suggest being active in the forums discussing whichever exam you're presently study. Good luck. Have fun.
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    Good luck. I was in the same situation, except...

    Good luck. I was in the same situation, except about ten years older. Make studying for this test a passion. Do as many practice problems as you can. Do as many practice exams under actual...
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    I like the .... For actuarial exams: 5 + 5

    I like the ....

    For actuarial exams: 5 + 5 < 6.
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    Welcome. Get started in the exam process as soon...

    Welcome. Get started in the exam process as soon as possible. Study several sources for each exam and take as many practice exams as you can. Continue to get involved in several forums and learn...
  10. Good luck. Do as many practice exams as you can.

    Good luck. Do as many practice exams as you can.
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    Welcome. You sound like you have a good plan. ...

    Welcome.

    You sound like you have a good plan. Prepare for the long haul.

    My suggestion is to study more than one source for each exam. Do as many practice problems as you can - hundreds of...
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    I would prefer a job in a small town or at least...

    I would prefer a job in a small town or at least in the suburbs of a metropolitan area.
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    10 problems/day is a good starting point. It...

    10 problems/day is a good starting point. It takes some time to work up the cerebral endurance for the P/1 Exam. Try your best to keep increasing the number of problems to do each sitting until you...
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    I took P/1 as my first exam. It was the only...

    I took P/1 as my first exam. It was the only material I was previously familiar with and had some old texts. I read two mathematical statistics texts based on the subject material given in the SOA...
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    I would agree that you might see a basic trig...

    I would agree that you might see a basic trig function as a pdf or cdf. I would say that you won't need to memorize all of the trig identities or DeMoivre's theorem or trigonometric substitution for...
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    Sorry for the delay. Yes, those websites (from...

    Sorry for the delay. Yes, those websites (from NoMoreExams) are good sources for the VEE (validation by education experience) information. They are basically college courses (from approved colleges...
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    Yes, I am looking for actuary positions in the...

    Yes, I am looking for actuary positions in the eastern United States. Wish me luck.
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    I'm a career changer and also find it hard to get...

    I'm a career changer and also find it hard to get an internship since I'm not a student. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

    Keep studying and passing tests and complete your VEE's. I'm sure...
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    Welcome. I hope you find many useful pieces of...

    Welcome. I hope you find many useful pieces of information here. Good luck with your studies.
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    Do as many practice tests as you can the last...

    Do as many practice tests as you can the last month before the exam. Even taking the same tests over can help. I found Dr. Ostaszewski's test difficult, but that helps in the case of preparation. ...
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    Welcome. Congratulations on graduation. I hope...

    Welcome. Congratulations on graduation. I hope it opens many doors for you. I'm a career changer (education to actuary) still studying for exams and knocking on doors.
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    I do not presently work in the industry, but I do...

    I do not presently work in the industry, but I do work full-time and must study outside of work during the evenings & weekends, if I want to pass exams. I teach college math and my employer could...
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    Poll: I hold a Masters in mathematics and have taught...

    I hold a Masters in mathematics and have taught probability & statistics, so P/1 was mostly review for me. I would agree that FM/2 is easier mathematics, but it took me longer to learn all the new...
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    Poll: I liked Dr. O's quick review and many, many, many...

    I liked Dr. O's quick review and many, many, many practice problems. I would not recommend it as the primary source of instruction, but it's great for review.

    I liked Broverman, but I had an...
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    Poll: I passed it on my first "serious" attempt. I had...

    I passed it on my first "serious" attempt. I had a friend coax me into taking it earlier by saying, "What do you have to lose?" I said, "$200." He said he pay me the $200 if I did not pass, so I...
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