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    I am going to take the SOA/CAS Exam 1 in February of 2006, and I'm studying for it now. I have "A First Course in Probability" by Sheldon Ross (5th ed.) and I would like to know what other material I need for the first exam. I am interested in study guides too, but isn't all the material actually contained in the Ross book? I have read the www.beanactuary.com website and the syllabus recommending Ross among other probability books. I plan on working through "Probability for Risk Management" after I work through Ross.

    Basically, what I am asking is, if I work hard and understand everything in Ross, will I be prepared for the 1st exam? If not, what else should I buy and study?

    One last question, how much time ahead of the exam should I register to sit?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Last edited by rippalizer; September 22 2005, 09:18 PM.

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    Originally posted by rippalizer
    I am going to take the SOA/CAS Exam 1 in February of 2006, and I'm studying for it now. I have "A First Course in Probability" by Sheldon Ross (5th ed.) and I would like to know what other material I need for the first exam. I am interested in study guides too, but isn't all the material actually contained in the Ross book? I have read the www.beanactuary.com website and the syllabus recommending Ross among other probability books. I plan on working through "Probability for Risk Management" after I work through Ross.

    Basically, what I am asking is, if I work hard and understand everything in Ross, will I be prepared for the 1st exam? If not, what else should I buy and study?

    One last question, how much time ahead of the exam should I register to sit?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Most people will disagree with me but, I felt that book was all that was necessary to pass the exam. I worked through Ross's book and did SOA problems that they had posted from previous exams. You should make sure you look at the exam P syllabus and make sure you're touching upon everything you need to know.
    Whether you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be running.

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      Hi rippalizer I am in your same position and have the same question. I too want to begin studying ASAP but was wondering any other recommended texts. If you hear anything can you please pass along the info thanks

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