Hi I just joined the forum. I am currently studying for the SOA Probability exam and I look forward to learning and sharing what I know with others on the forum!
Its great to have another P student in the forum to compare notes with!
I went with an online preparation course from Illinois State University. I took a different online prep course - The Infinite Actuary (TIA) - for the FM exam last year, which is also good. The instructors at TIA are "nicer" but I think sometimes gloss over some important (to me) details. Be prepared if you take the Illinois State prep course: the instructor Dr Krzysztof Ostaszewski is very tough, he doesn't answers posts politely to make you feel good, but he provides some unique insights and ways to approach problems that just click for me. He has about 30 practice test that you can order (I think 5 are included with the basic subscription) and they are much tougher than the practice tests I have seen elsewhere, so if you can get 70% on these practice tests consistently you will be in great shape for the real test.
Are you scheduled yet for your exam? I am sitting on 9/30
I haven't signed up yet but I'm aiming for the one in November. But I just started studying for it and the material seems a little hard so i don't know if 2 1/2 months will be enough. How long have you been studying? Also you took the fm exam before? How was it? I always thought the p exam was the basic one and should be taken first. Didn't you need any of the material that is in the p for the fm?
I have the First Course in Probability book that's listed on the SOA website and I thought if I master the material in that I would do good on the exam but I don't think the book does a good job explaining the concepts. Did you study any other material besides the class?