I am a nonactuary considering taking the FAP modules, since I frequently deal with actuarial topics and sometimes with the actuaries themselves. My job often includes making financial plans incorporating actuarial data. I have to understand the studies (which I am already pretty good at); find problems, errors, questionable assumptions, and usually conservative or optimistic studies; and help clients make policy decisions (e.g., look at effects of open/closed amortization, level dollar/% payroll far into the future). On those occassions when I find real problems, I might have to go back to the actuary for clarification or correction.

I haven't found sample FAP exams. I don't really have a sense of how difficult they will be to someone who has dealt with actuarial studies for years without being an actuary. Are there sample exams? If not, can anyone comment on how difficult they might be?