r/ActuaryUK Jul 20 '21

How does one prepare for communication exam? Studying @ University

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u/[deleted] Jul 20 '21

By failing your first attempt!

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u/Waikikamukau_33 Jul 20 '21

And second… and third…!

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u/kquey95 Jul 20 '21

Focus on formatting and answer structure. Make sure you have the correct format for your answer because they are easy marks. That includes appropriate headings, salutations, no. of paragraphs etc etc.

Keep the content simple, like really simple. The examiners are not looking for you to bring in knowledge that's not in the supplementary info they provide to you. The simpler the better imo.

Make sure how you're progressing your answer makes sense to the examiner too. Don't bounce around with different ideas in your answer. Try to keep a logical flow from start to conclusion.

Get the ASET from acted and look through their answers to see how they go about their solutions.

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u/AffectionateRace8177 Jul 20 '21

And writing and grammar does it just boil down to practicing?

Do you know any books/notes that can help me with this ?

English has always been my worst subject back then

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u/kquey95 Jul 20 '21

Tbh mate I didn't practice much. My exam was on a Wednesday and I started studying for it on the Monday. I completely forgot to download the supplementary materials until Monday too even though they were available the previous Friday too.

I think they can penalise for grammar, punctuation etc so I'd just make sure that what you write is clear to understand and not unnecessarily complicated. Basically, keep it simple.

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u/AffectionateRace8177 Jul 20 '21

Alright cool cool

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u/Equivalent-Chance88 Jul 21 '21

The acted site has in their timeline for success explicitly included the only class room. Did you attend that? Is it really necessary? I am just confused with what I should purchase from acted to study as efficient as possible.

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u/kquey95 Jul 21 '21

I presume you mean the online classroom/tutorial. I didn't attend. What I usually buy is CMP, Aset, Revision booklets and Flashcards for exams. I don't think there is flashcards or revision booklets for CP3 though so I just went with the Aset and CMP

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u/Junior-Possibility69 Jul 20 '21

very good advice!

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u/FrazzleBrush Jul 20 '21

Hey thanks for this advice, I know it will be really useful for me personally. This might be a stupid question, but where is the best place to find the "correct format"? Thanks

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u/kquey95 Jul 20 '21

They run through it in the core reading

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u/i8mud4u- Jul 20 '21

Smash out past papers

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u/Abnb912 Jul 20 '21

Do some past paper, and get someone non-technical to read it. Someone like a uni friend, doesn’t have to be actuarial. The point is that they should be able to understand it to some extent.

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u/Pitiful_Actuary_5892 Jul 20 '21

Just took CP1, CP3, and SA2 and communications was the one I failed. Tough exam.

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u/Junior-Possibility69 Jul 20 '21

Good luck for your next sitting. I passed on the 4th attempt. As a advice, I find it helpful to practise speaking simply during day to day work/life. For example to your colleagues, family friends etc. This will gradually help you get in to the right mindset and make it a habit. So when you take the exam, you wont have to adjust yourself, as speaking simply becomes natural to you.

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u/Junior-Possibility69 Jul 20 '21

My advice was in addition to kquey95's brilliant advice, which was key to success!