Coaching Actuaries gives you the tools to study smarter and pass the Probability Exam.
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Dave Kester, FSA, MAAAExam P Video CoachAttained FSA via the ILA Track
I’ve been helping aspiring actuaries for more than 20 years. When I’m not teaching, I like to read, run, and listen to good math stories. When I was preparing for the actuarial exams, there was nothing like Coaching Actuaries. Now, we combine teaching and technology to guide the next generation of actuarial students.
Terence Chow, ASA, CFAExam P Product ManagerPursuing FSA via the QFI Track
I graduated from Drake University in 2012 and have been working at Coaching Actuaries ever since. I'm equal parts actuary, math geek, amateur baker, and Harry Potter nerd, not necessarily in that order. I love answering questions about how to prepare for an exam or which exam to take next!
30 Computer-based, multiple-choice questions
December 10, 2019 (Midnight CST)
January 13-24, 2020
None. P is an ideal first exam for aspiring actuaries, along with Exam FM. You should be familiar with calculus, however. Students who struggle with double integrations will find Exam P to be extra challenging.
P is offered 6 times per year in the odd months (January, March, etc.).
Learn more about how to register for official SOA exams on their website.
Questions related to these concepts will appear the most on the exam.
“If you love math, start with Exam P. If you love finance, start with FM.”
“Understand the concepts as much as possible rather than memorizing them. Work on more practice problems to learn the method to tackle different types of questions.”
"P is uniquely challenging because there are usually many different ways to solve a single problem. Students become more prone to making mistakes due to this. Thus, it's best to stick to one strategy, but you'll need to determine what that will be."
"Stay calm during the exam, even if you see questions you don't know. Remember, you don't need to get every question right to pass. Just try to get those you know right, because every question is weighted equally."
After you complete your exam, you will receive a preliminary Pass-Fail result. This is not your official final result.
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.
Exam STAM resumes where Exam P ends. However, STAM is significantly more difficult than Exam P. You will not only need to understand the material, but prepare yourself for a more challenging exam experience.
If P was the first exam you’ve taken, you might also consider Exam FM, the other introductory exam.