Coaching Actuaries



Everything You Need To Pass

Coaching Actuaries gives you the tools to study smarter and pass the Short Term Actuarial Mathematics Exam.

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Meet our team of expert coaches who will guide you through
Exam STAM.

Dave Kester, FSA, MAAA

Exam STAM Video Coach
Attained 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.

Content Team

Terence Chow, ASA, CFA

Exam STAM Product Manager
Pursuing 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!

Exam STAM Overview

What To Expect

Exam Details

35 Computer-based, multiple-choice questions

Registration Deadline

September 8, 2020 (Midnight CST)

Exam Duration

3.5 Hours

Next Available Sitting

October 7-18, 2020

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 offered three times per year, with sittings in February, June, and October.

  • How Do I Register?

    1. Register online at 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 the most on the exam.

    1. Aggregate Loss Models
    2. Maximum Likelihood Estimators
    3. Bayesian and Bühlmann Credibilities
    4. Loss Reserving and Ratemaking
  • 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."

Day of Exam

  • What To Bring:

    • A government-issued photo ID that includes a signature
    • Recommended Calculator: TI-30XS MultiView
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  • 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."

  • 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 Larry

    "Don't be afraid to skip questions. The CBT platform makes it easy for you to mark a question and come back to it later. Make sure to give yourself enough time to ace easy questions that may be at the end of your exam. Remember, easy questions are worth just as much as hard questions."

After the Exam

  • Getting Your Exam Results

    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.

  • 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.


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Study Plans

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