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    Exam FM, May 2009 - When to Discuss (or not)

    Since Exam FM is tested from May 5 to May 11, it's time for the standard warning on discussing exam content.

    Once you have taken the exam, please DO NOT discuss specific questions on the exam or discuss specific exam details while testing is ongoing. Examples of comments you should not make include:
    -- I had these kinds of questions, didn't have a problem on ____
    -- I thought I knew how to do _____ / It's a good thing I remembered how to do ______
    -- I spent hours making sure I knew how to do _______ and then it didn't show up on the exam
    -- Any comment that gives specific information about an exam question

    Not only is discussing details about your exam while testing is going on prohibited, it's a potential violation of rule #14 in the SOA's "Exam Rules and Regulations/Instructions to Candidates" ... which may subject you to disciplinary action from the SOA that can include
    -- disqualification of the candidate's exam paper,
    -- prohibition from writing SOA exams for a specified period
    -- any other penalties the SOA deems are appropriate

    Other actuarial forums have turned information over to the SOA when information was divulged while others were taking the same exam; while I have no idea what the official policy here is, considering that integrity is the hallmark of this profession, getting in trouble with the SOA over this would be a really lousy way for you to start your career (and might well hinder your chances of finding employment in this field).

    Giving general thoughts - "I did good/OK/bad" or "I had to rush / I had plenty of time" or other broad comments that don't give details about the exam are fine. If in doubt about whether your post will reveal too much information, don't post it. If you have yet to take the exam and need info on practice questions, ask away - but once you've taken the exam, please hold your comments except as described above.

    Comments or questions specific to this exam sitting should be withheld until 9:00pm Eastern on May 11; after that time, you're all free to ask whatever questions you want about the exam. Any threads that contain specific questions [or appear to contain exam questions] from this sitting will be deleted immediately (and people responsible may be referred to the SOA for possible disciplinary action) ... so don't do it.

    Good luck to everyone!
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