About Exam STAM

Get essential information, tips, and strategies to help you on your Exam STAM journey in our guide below.

Exam Overview

35 Questions

Computer-Based, Multiple-Choice Test

3.5 Hours

Exam Duration

February 8-14, 2019

Next Available Sitting

January 3, 2019

Registration Deadline (Register by Midnight US Central Time)

Before the Exam

  • Exams You Should Pass First

    Exam P. Exam STAM is built on concepts from P, covering more technical topics that require mastery of Probability.

  • Exam STAM Offerings

    STAM is replacing Exam C starting October 2018, then will be offered three times per year, with sittings in February, June, and October.

  • How Do I Register?

    1. Register online at www.soa.org before the registration deadline.
    2. Wait 3-5 business days to receive an email confirmation letter.
    3. Schedule a seat at a Prometric Center.

    Learn more about how to register for official SOA exams on their website.

  • Highest-Weighted Concepts

    Questions related to these concepts will appear frequently on the exam.

    1. Aggregate Loss Models
    2. Maximum Likelihood Estimators
    3. Bayesian and Bühlmann Credibilities
  • Tip from Coach Felicia, ASA

    "If you are like me and you don't like abstract math, do tons of practice questions until you've seen almost every type of exam question."

  • Tip from Coach Jon, M.S.

    "Many topics on the exam are application-based. In going through the exam material, focus on understanding as much as possible from a big-picture perspective."

Exam Day

  • What to Bring:

    • A government-issued photo ID that includes a signature
    • Recommended Calculator: TI-30XS MultiView (See Other Options)
  • Tip from Coach Felicia, ASA

    "Be prepared to do some heavy calculus. I highly recommend you use the TI-30XS MultiView calculator for this exam."

  • Tip from Coach Terence, ASA

    "If you've taken a CBT exam before, the format won't surprise you on Exam Day. I was pretty much used to the Prometric CBT experience by the time I took this exam's previous version (Exam C), having taken P, FM, and MFE at the same testing center."

After the Exam

  • Getting Your Exam Results

    Unlike some of the other CBT exams, STAM currently does not give you an unofficial Pass-Fail result immediately after you finish. (The SOA has stated that instantaneous results will eventually be available.)

    After approximately 8 to 11 weeks, the SOA will release the list of passing candidates' ID numbers. A few days after this list has been published, you will be able to see your final score in your official SOA transcript when you log into the SOA website.

  • Next Steps

    If you haven't yet taken Exam LTAM, we'd recommend you take that exam next.

    If you've already taken LTAM, you will need to take Exam SRM (unless you've obtained transfer credit for it via VEE Applied Stats), obtain your remaining VEE credits, complete your PA and FAP modules, and fulfill your APC requirement in order to attain your ASA designation.