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How to Pass Actuarial Science Exams: Study Materials & Practice Tests

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Enter Coaching Actuaries, your comprehensive guide to this demanding journey, following two essential phases: Learn and Practice. Let’s explore the key features of each phase.

Note that not all of these features are available with every course. Be sure to check your course’s page to verify what’s included.

Phase 1: Learn with the leading actuarial prep platform

To pass your exam, you need to master complex concepts. That's why we provide you with comprehensive, high-quality study materials. From video lessons and manuals to assignment questions, learn everything you need to know in a simplified, engaging way.

Plan for Passing

  • Intuitive Platform: Stay organized and motivated with our user-friendly platform. Benefit from a personalized study plan and track your performance.
  • Integrated Scheduler: Keep your studies on time with our scheduling tool. It works backward from your exam date to map out milestones and set section-specific deadlines.
  • Smoother Studying: Enjoy a user interface that not only looks good but also puts everything you need within easy reach. We designed with you in mind.

Study Manuals

  • Focused Readings: Study manuals cut to the chase for more efficient learning. Detailed examples help you apply your understanding.
  • Latest and Greatest: Stay up-to-date with dynamic content that's always aligned with syllabus updates. You don't need to worry about errata or new editions!
  • Detailed Examples: See how to apply what you learn in each reading with exam-style questions.

Video Lessons

  • Full Understanding: Dive deep with step-by-step instructional videos. Taught by our coaches, including Dave Kester and Mike Carmody, each lesson simplifies one concept, quickly and clearly.
  • Banish Boredom: Dynamic visuals keep you engaged. High-quality animations illustrate key concepts, making learning both informative and enjoyable.
  • Adjustable Playback: Speed up (or slow down) your video playback to suit your needs. Watch high-definition video lessons in full screen or their own browser window.

Graded Assignments

  • Quick Check: Efficiently assess your understanding with assignments on each concept. If you don't score well, go back to the material and keep at it.
  • Coach Curated: All assignment questions are created and curated by our expert coaches. Solutions for each question show you how to reach the answer yourself!
  • Reinforce Knowledge: Assignment questions serve as a valuable tool for concept checking, helping you deepen your understanding of key principles.

Phase 2: Practice till you're prepared

When you walk into the exam center, you should feel confident that you'll pass. Every feature of our Practice phase is aimed at exactly that goal, from objective metrics of your preparedness to dynamic mock exams and quizzes.

Your Exam Confidence Boosters

  • Earned Level® (EL): Measure your exam readiness on a 0–10 scale. The higher your EL, the more difficult your dynamic practice exams will be. Our surveys show that 90% of users who reach an EL 7 or higher pass their exams.
  • Mastery Score®: Assess your performance based on every practice problem you attempt. You also get personalized study suggestions from our coaches. Leading up to exam day, you'll work to get your Mastery Score as high as possible!

Learning Tailored to Your Needs

  • Dynamic Quizzes: Use our extensive question bank to create personalized quizzes, focusing on specific topics. Choose your preferred quiz length and difficulty, customizing your learning experience to meet your needs.
  • Dynamic Exams: Push your limits with Adapt exams that automatically adjust in difficulty. As you excel, the exams intensify. Complementing this, Calibration exams evaluate your initial proficiency, providing a starting point for improvement.

Simplifying Your Study

  • Real Exam Questions: Real questions from past instances of the exam are integrated into our question bank. Each question comes with a dedicated forum, so you can get support from our coaches specific to that question.
  • Solutions: Each question on Coaching Actuaries comes with a solution. Step-by-step processes show you how to reach the answers yourself.
  • Formula Sheet: Maximize your memorization with all the essential exam formulas in one organized place. Our included formula sheet takes the pressure off you to create your own and gives you a quick reference for your exam prep.

An Overview of Your Performance

  • Section Reports: Get a summary of your performance in each section. Topics that need extra attention are marked red, while topics where you excelled are green. Global averages help you compare your performance to your peers.
  • History: Review the practice questions you’ve taken in prior quizzes or practice exams to see what you missed.

Discussion Boards: Support throughout your journey.

Along the way, you might encounter challenges and need more in-depth explanations. Our discussion forums put you in direct contact with dedicated coaches who have "been there, passed that." We're here to provide the extra support you need and guide you toward passing your exam.

  • Answers Keep You Moving: Get personalized answers to questions where you need a little extra clarity or detail. You will receive in-depth responses from our coaches within 2 business days.
  • Built-In Motivation: Receive encouragement from both our coaches and the community. Engage with fellow aspiring actuaries to deepen your understanding and boost your retention of key concepts.
  • Always Improving: Hearing from you helps us ensure Coaching Actuaries is always focused on meeting your needs. Share your feedback about your journey, our content, and the platform.

We’re always listening to students on ways to improve our product. Don’t hesitate to reach out!

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