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    Here are my scores from 5 of the 2007 Actex (Broverman edition) study manual. All of them were timed for 3 hrs so once the 3 hrs were up I randomly guessed on anything I didn't have. I have studied alot for this exam but the time factor is a pain. I go over anything I guessed on and/or got wrong. I think my scores are pretty low and am just wondering what kinds of scores everyone else is getting on these things because I just don't know who else to ask:

    Practice Exam 1: 21/30 = 70%
    Practice Exam 2: 13/30 = 43.3%
    Practice Exam 3: 14/30 = 46.7%
    Practice Exam 4: 17/30 = 56.7%
    Practice Exam 5: 21/30 = 70%

    I still have 2 more practice exams in the study manual to do and need to do SOA 140 so that should keep me busy with problems until exam time.

  • #2
    This may be useful..
    http://www.casact.org/admissions/stu...Exam_1pass.pdf

    it tell you a 6 is ~63% of questions correct. If you take into account problems you get an answer for but are wrong, you should be able to get through the whole exam in less than 3 hours. I don't want to scare you or anything, but since i was an Act Sci major, that is just what i've gathered from all my fellow students taking the exam.

    i would suggest to do the SOA 140 over and over. Maybe not all, but keep doing it till you can do it in your sleep lol. Also, go to
    http://www.soa.org/education/exam-re...oice-exam.aspx
    and check out past exams. A lot of problem are the same or similar to the SOA 140 but they are in exam formats. There are 5 total! Get to know these problems!

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    • #3
      I have Actex 2006. Here are my practice exam scores before I took the test:

      12/30
      14/30
      19/30
      11/30
      10/30

      The actual test I failed miserably. I scored a zero.

      Here are my practice exam scores this time:

      13/30
      17/30
      18/30
      20/30
      13/30

      I hope to consistently score in the 20's before I think I'm ready. Even at that point I still probably won't pass. The actual test for me was so much harder than the practice exams. I'm a terrible test-taker though. I get nervous and can't think clearly and make stupid mistakes. I'm sure you'll pass before I do. Best of luck!

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      • #4
        bookyjoo, i suggest you to do more practice questions to boost your confidence level. I feel that the 500 BPP questions are quite useful as a practice. Have trust in yourself, believe you can do it! work hard!

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        • #5
          Well I finished doing the last two practice exams of Actex and did the first 60 problems of the SOA 140. results so far:

          Practice Exam 6: 17/30 = 56.7%
          Practice Exam 7: 18/30 = 60%
          SOA 140 (1-30): 23/30 = 76.7%
          SOA 140 (31-60): 23/30 = 76.7%

          I'm just wondering if anyone got these types of grades going in and passed.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Y2A View Post
            Well I finished doing the last two practice exams of Actex and did the first 60 problems of the SOA 140. results so far:

            Practice Exam 6: 17/30 = 56.7%
            Practice Exam 7: 18/30 = 60%
            SOA 140 (1-30): 23/30 = 76.7%
            SOA 140 (31-60): 23/30 = 76.7%

            I'm just wondering if anyone got these types of grades going in and passed.
            Well, I did all of the tests in the ACTEX manual and all of the SOA 140 (in fact did the complete SOA 140 in a 2 day sitting). I did very poor on the final ACTEX test. I actually just gave up in frusteration b/c I couldn't do half of the problems.

            Ok, well I did pass. I'm pretty sure I scored in the 7-9 area, I was confident when I clicked submit. Here were my results / procedures:

            Procedure: If I took an ACTEX practice exam, I would mark check, OK, or NO for each question. Check means I got it right, OK means I understood (like set up the integral right but didnt do the process right) and NO means I could never get it right based on my knowledge. I did not take the exams under exam procedure. I did time it, but gave myself only one chance to do the problem (At which point I would check the answer and give the problem a check, OK, or NO.) Ok, so the weighted scoring of the exams:

            Check: 90% of those, b/c u will miss about 10% of these during an exam under pressure do to a silly silly mistake.
            OK: 66% of these, b/c u will probably be able to "work thru" this type of problem given you have 10 or 12 minutes to do the problem.
            NO: 20% of these, b/c of random guessing probability.

            First I did every problem set at the end of the chapters in ACTEX, some twice. Then did every practice exam twice, expect #6 once, and not at all #7. If it was my second time taking the same practice test, I waited at least 2 weeks before a retry. My results (weighted score, for which the highest is 90%):

            Exam 1: 69%, then 79.88%
            Exam 2: 69.77%, then 78.4%
            Exam 3: 70.55%, then 80.7%
            Exam 4: 69.77%, then 72.88%
            Exam 5: 68.2%, then 72.11%
            Exam 6: 70.55%

            Then, about 4 days before my exam, I did the entire SOA 140. At this point, I was pretty ready, but I was just brushing up. I only missed 4 out of the first 60 on the first try. I ended up missing 20 total. I revisited the 20 the day before the test, and got 13 of them. So there were still 7 I couldn't do and I said oh well.

            Keep in mind the SOA 140 came easy for me b/c many are repeats from ACTEX (well ACTEX steals them from the SOA 140), so for some I knew the answer w/o doing work.

            I do think that the formula I stated above is VERY helpful, and mimicked a real exam. I probably got 90% of the "check" ones. As for the OK, I was able to come back to the them later in the exam and got about 2/3 of them. And there were still a few "NO's" at the end of the exam that I could have guessed right.

            I used my formula for the REAL exam (slightly altered w/ only 50% for OK's, where I was between 2 answers or not confident) and scored 23 checks, 4 OKs, and 3 NOs. Saw what my weighted score was, felt confident, and clicked submit. Knew I was fine.

            ***Y2A***
            I believe your score on exam7 in very promising, but you need to understand @ least 125 of the 140 SOA problems in order to feel confident. The SOA 140 is the best representation of a real exam. It may be on the easy side at times, but it has almost all of the concepts you will probably face. Good luck - when do you take the test?

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            • #7
              I take it tomorrow at noon. I did the entire SOA 140 and did ok taking 30 at a time with like high 70s low 80s percentage scores. the last 20 questions killed me though and i didn't do extremely well on some of the joint distributions questions. I don't know, tomorrow could go great or it could be a disaster I guess I will just have to wait to find out.

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              • #8
                I just passed! So happy right now '''' yeah.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Y2A View Post
                  I just passed! So happy right now '''' yeah.
                  hey good job

                  I am doing slightly better than you on SOA.

                  I think almost 90% on first 60 questions.

                  I do not have ACTEX but getting 23~24 out of 30's on TIA exams.

                  still very nervous...

                  wish me luck. mine's on Thursday... epressed:

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Y2A View Post
                    Well I finished doing the last two practice exams of Actex and did the first 60 problems of the SOA 140. results so far:

                    Practice Exam 6: 17/30 = 56.7%
                    Practice Exam 7: 18/30 = 60%
                    SOA 140 (1-30): 23/30 = 76.7%
                    SOA 140 (31-60): 23/30 = 76.7%

                    I'm just wondering if anyone got these types of grades going in and passed.
                    you did really good on exam 7. I gave up half way too. It's so hard. I guess I'm not ready, but my exam is tomorrow morning.

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