2019 Fall CAS Student Central Webinar- How to Pass Your Actuarial Exams: Learn More, Study Less

Last month the CAS and ACTEX Learning hosted a webinar for Student Central members entitled, “How to Pass Your Actuarial Exams: Learn More, Study Less.” The webinar featured Roy Ju, FSA, CERA, MAAA, Mike Jennings, FSA, CERA and Ken Williams FCAS, MAAA, CAS Staff Actuary.

In 2015, Roy Ju broke the world record as the youngest FSA of all time (age 20). After fifteen months of testing these strategies and accelerating his own exam process (passing 2 preliminary exams, a fellowship exam, the FAP modules, and the FSA modules over this period), he partnered with Mike Jennings to share these strategies with all actuarial students. Together they wrote the book, Actuarial Exam Tactics: Learn More, Study Less.

In this webinar, they shared exclusive insights from the book’s three pillars:

  • Effectiveness (how to pass)
  • Efficiency (how to pass in less time)
  • Adherence (how to stick to your study schedule)

Additionally, Ken Williams walked through the CAS credentialing process, outlining the steps to become an Associate and Fellow of the CAS.

All three presenters spent time answering questions that actuarial students had submitted both in advance, and throughout the webinar.

Want to learn how you can optimize your study time and pass your exams? View the webinar in the Student Central Online Community and download the presentation deck!

If you attended the webinar and weren’t one of the 10 lucky winners selected to receive a copy of the book, Actuarial Exam Tactics, Learn More, Study Less, there’s still a chance to win a $100 ACTEX gift card. See details below in the message from ACTEX.

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Mike Jennings, FSA, CERA
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Ken Williams FCAS, MAAA

“How to Pass Your Actuarial Exams: Learn More, Study Less” is just one of many free webinars exclusively for CAS Student Central members on the CAS Student Central website

The CAS will be hosting another Student Central webinar in the Spring. Let us know what topics you would like to be presented on next by commenting below!

Message from ACTEX:

ACTEX works closely with authors like Roy Ju and Mike Jennings to bring you the best materials to help you pass your exams and support you throughout your actuarial journey. If you would like to learn more about what ACTEX has to offer, please visit us here so we can customize your experience

Additionally, you have the chance to win $100 ACTEX gift card by submitting a review to Amazon and sending a copy of that review to Lauren Hettler at lauren@actexmadriver.com.

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OLA Exam Scholarship

It is common in the actuarial profession to have to retake exams, even after hundreds of hours of study! Failure does not indicate a person’s inability to become an Actuary, especially with a grade of 4 or 5, exams are challenging! If you were close (score of 4 or 5) to passing exams P (Probability) or exam FM (Financial Mathematics), the Organization of Latino Actuaries invites you to apply to the perseverance exam scholarship.

Eligibility: Latino actuarial candidates who sat for exam P or FM after June 1, 2019 who received a grade of 4 or 5 and need financial support. OLA will cover the cost of the failed exam with the condition that the same exam is retaken after the date of this application and within 90 days of this application. Applicants need to be U.S. based. This scholarship is not designed for individuals with full-time jobs in an actuarial position.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be reviewed seeking candidates who show commitment to pursuing the actuarial career and have a plan to improve their scores. Eligible applicants will be asked to answer some questions and submit their exam transcript showing the grade and the date the exam was taken. Preference will be given to applicants who need greater assistance and who will benefit the most.

Deadline: The deadline to apply is 90 days after the failed exam sitting except for students who sat for exams from June 1 through September 30, 2019 who can apply before the end of 2019. Winners will be notified via e-mail.

If you don’t have funds to register for the next sitting, you can register to the subsequent sitting once you have the check.

If you have any questions about this application, please contact us at LatinoActuaries+Exam@gmail.com.

Learn more and apply here!

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2020 IABA Scholarship and Boot Camp Application Deadline March 31st

The International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) has recently launched its Scholarship and Boot Camp applications!

The application deadline for both programs is March 31, 2020.

IABA Scholarship

The IABA Scholarship Program provides scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate level for black students who are interested in pursuing actuarial careers.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of individual merit. The amount of the award typically ranges from $2,000-$5,000 and is based on full-time status during the upcoming school year.

The scholarship program is available to students of African descent originating from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and African nations.

Eligibility info: http://www.blackactuaries.org/page/Eligibility

Application info: https://www.blackactuaries.org/page/Scholarship

IABA Boot Camp

The IABA Actuarial Boot Camp is the premier program for transitioning black actuarial students to the actuarial industry. The majority of our past attendees report that the Boot Camp was instrumental in confirming their interest in the career and helping them through the interview process. In many cases, they were introduced to their employer through their Boot Camp participation.  Visit the website for more information (https://www.blackactuaries.org/page/2020IABABootCamp)

Eligibility & application info: https://www.blackactuaries.org/general/custom.asp?page=BootCampApplication

If you have any questions, please contact IABA’s Executive Director, Kate Weaver, at iaba@blackactuaries.org.

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2020 ARECA Actuarial Scholarship Announced for Undergraduates in Asia

ARECA is pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship competition for current undergraduate students in the Asia Pacific region who are interested in pursuing the actuarial profession.

About the Scholarship:

The primary element of the scholarship competition is for the applicant to prepare an essay (approximately five pages) addressing a business scenario that is illustrative of the issues that are analyzed by property / casualty actuaries in their daily work.

Scholarship awards of US $1000 each (cash) will be awarded to three students. In addition, ARECA and CAS plan to publish the winning scenario essays, and to invite the three winning students to participate in an upcoming local ARECA meeting (or other actuarial event) during 2020.

The funding for these scholarships is sponsored by AXIS, part of the AXIS Capital group of companies, which includes global insurers and reinsurers providing clients and distribution partners with a broad range of specialized risk transfer products and services.


ARECA (“Asia Region Casualty Actuaries”) was formed in 2015 as a regional affiliate of the Casualty Actuarial Society.  ARECA provides continuing education programs, information and other support to actuarial programs at universities across Asia, networking opportunities for current and future actuaries, and now the ARECA scholarship.  For more information about ARECA, visit the CAS website.

Applications are due by 1 March, 2020.

Interested? Get more information and apply here!


If you have questions about the scholarship, ARECA, the Casualty Actuarial Society, or the actuarial profession after reviewing the material available through the above link, please contact Michael Chou, CAS International Relationship Manager, at mchou@casact.org.

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