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  • Exam P feedback, please

    This morning was a long awaited moment.

    I was wondering how you all felt taking the exam.

    For those of you that have taken the exam before, did it seem easier, or about the same as past exams?

    I totally could have used more than 3 hours. (I am a slow worker)

    Hope to hear from you soon

  • #2
    Originally posted by tuccillor
    This morning was a long awaited moment.

    I was wondering how you all felt taking the exam.

    For those of you that have taken the exam before, did it seem easier, or about the same as past exams?

    I totally could have used more than 3 hours. (I am a slow worker)

    Hope to hear from you soon
    I took the exam this morning. It was my first time taking it.

    I thought that it was ok. I didn't see anything on there that was surprising.

    I finished in about an hour and three quarters, but stayed until the end to try to figure out the few problems that I wasn't sure about.

    There were quite a few questions using the normal and exponential distributions. One question using the negative binomial, and a few with the binomial.

    A few of the questions were very very similar to questions that I had seen on the SOA website and in my review book, which made things easier.

    I couldn't believe that three out of the 20 students at my exam center brought an unapproved calculator!

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    • #3
      It was my first time taking the test and I also could have used more than 3 hours. The speed certainly plays a big role in passing the test.

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      • #4
        answers

        I'm wondering where I can check the answers of the exam P which we took this moring. or is anyone confident to share your answers with us?

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        • #5
          Exam P

          Particularly, I'd like to know what others got for the problem involving Chebyshev's inequality.

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          • #6
            This is my first time and I do think I need more than just 3hrs. The time that I took to figure out the problem along is longer than 6min, let alone finish up the whole problem in 6 min. I didn't the the Chebyshev's inequality cuz I didn't think it would be up there since they didn't mention about it in the syllabus or maybe it does and I overlooked. The problems were somewhat similar to the samples up on SOA websist, except I think the actual exam required more calculation than the sample one.

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            • #7
              Today's Exam

              There were no Order Statistics or Transformations of multiple variables.
              There were too many normal questions.

              This was my second time taking it, first time being in 11/04.
              During the 11/04, I could have used much more than 4 hours but for this one, I was done in less than 3.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hermann
                There were no Order Statistics or Transformations of multiple variables.
                There were too many normal questions.

                This was my second time taking it, first time being in 11/04.
                During the 11/04, I could have used much more than 4 hours but for this one, I was done in less than 3.
                Yeah, that's the problem, most of us spend too much time studying for waht's not on the actual exam.

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                • #9
                  I thought the test went well. Had plenty of time.

                  On the chebychev, i put 1/4.

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                  • #10
                    Chebyshev's

                    BTW, I got 0.25 or 1/4 for the Chebyshev's inequality.
                    P([x-mu]>k(stdev)) < 1/k^2

                    x= 8000
                    mu = 5000
                    stdev = 1500
                    k=2 because (8000-5000)/1500 = 2 std deviations

                    P([x-5000]>1500*2) < 1/2^2

                    <1/4






                    Originally posted by Hermann
                    There were no Order Statistics or Transformations of multiple variables.
                    There were too many normal questions.

                    This was my second time taking it, first time being in 11/04.
                    During the 11/04, I could have used much more than 4 hours but for this one, I was done in less than 3.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by smj
                      I thought the test went well. Had plenty of time.

                      On the chebychev, i put 1/4.
                      I answered 1/8. I thought the upper bound was 1/4 total, so 1/8 in each tail, and the question was asking about the upper tail only.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hermann
                        BTW, I got 0.25 or 1/4 for the Chebyshev's inequality.
                        P([x-mu]>k(stdev)) < 1/k^2

                        x= 8000
                        mu = 5000
                        stdev = 1500
                        k=2 because (8000-5000)/1500 = 2 std deviations

                        P([x-5000]>1500*2) < 1/2^2

                        <1/4

                        But the Chebyshev problem asked for P[X>8000] with mean 5000 and standard deviation 1500. Don't you need to divide 1/4 by 2 because Chebyshev's inequality gives the probablity of the absolute value. And the problem told us that the distribution is symmetric around the mean. I think that I put 0.125.

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                        • #13
                          At the time you were discussing the questions, not everyone had finished the test - in fact, there may have even been a case where people had not even begun the test (Hawaii, Alaska and other people just this side of the International Date Line). The generally accepted time of being able to discuss the test specifics is 5 PM Eastern Standard Time (East Coast of USA).

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                          • #14
                            Feeback Please, on Exam P

                            If you have taken exam P before, how did this NEW version compare? Was it easier, or just about the same level of difficulty?

                            I wish I had some more time. I had 8 more problems at the end of the exam.

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                            • #15
                              I didn't take any of the other exams but I thought this exam was easier than I expected it to be, although some questions I had trouble with. I was a little upset that there weren't more distribution types on the exam, not b/c I wanted them to be there but because I spent so much time memorizing them, stupid beta and pareto, what a waste of time, haha.

                              I flew through the first 10-15 questions in about an hour, but the last half I needed every minute of time they gave us (I think i filled in my last answer with just enough time to spare to put my pencil down.)

                              Hope you did well.

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