Here are links to free study materials available online. We will try to update this as often as possible. Please note that these materials are only suggested and supplementary and our inclusion of them is not an endorsement or guarantee of exam success.
GOAL for Exams P, FM, IFM, LTAM, STAM & MAS-I: An e-learning test prep tool for students to practice skills learned in class or from independent study. The online platform offers a database of thousands of SOA & CAS exam-style problems with detailed solutions, 3 learning modes (Practice, Quiz, Simulated Exams), and 3 levels of difficulty (Core, Advanced and Mastery). GOAL also includes instructor support. 2 Week Free Trial available at The Actuarial Bookstore or ACTEX | Mad River Books.
SOA – Online Sample Exams P & FM – The SOA now offers online sample exams for exams P & FM. No word yet on whether additional sample exams will be added. These are free and provide an online exam experience that allows students to experience the Computer Based Testing used in most of the SOA’s preliminary exams.
Also available on the SOA – Past exams and solutions *
CAS Student Central – Study guides, sample tests, and time management tips available, students must sign up for an account on the website to access the materials: http://www.casstudentcentral.org/study-tools/ CAS Student Central Members are provided access to free practice exams for P & FM from the Infinite Actuary, with exclusive access to two additional sample exams beyond those already offered on TIA’s website.
Rethink Studying has loads of free advice and resources specifically for passing actuarial exams. It’s run by Mike Jennings & Roy Ju, the authors of Actuarial Exam Tactics. Roy is the youngest person to ever achieve his FSA, at age 20.
Marcel B. Finan, Ph.D Professor of Mathematics at Tech University, has compiled some excellent resources, including the syllabus for his Exam P/1 Prep Course: http://faculty.atu.edu/mfinan/actuaries.html
University of Chicago Actuarial Initiative – https://ucactuarialinitiative.wordpress.com/study-materials/
Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Actuarial Program Director at Illinois State University, has posted his advice on passing actuarial exams: https://math.illinoisstate.edu/krzysio/pass.html
Achieving Your Pinnacle: A Career Guide for Actuaries by Tom Miller, ebook available to download for free at ACTEX.
Howard Mahler – sample study guides and test prep available on his website.
BPP Professional Education – free samples
PAK Study Materials – samples available
- Candidates should be aware that exam syllabi are constantly evolving and therefore not every prior question is relevant for the current exam. Even so, the questions and solutions do provide guidance regarding the type of questions asked and appropriate responses.
FREE Webinar: 6 Things Actuarial Students Should Be Doing, A free on-demand webinar outlining topics inclucing passing exams, enhancing technical skills and formulating a strategy to seek internship opportunities. Available to download for free at ACTEX.