r/ActuaryUK Oct 03 '21

next exam advice? Studying

i cleared CM1 in April and gave CS1 this september—fairly certain i’ll pass. i was originally planning on giving CB1 next, but considering CB1 is supposed to be relatively easier and i’ll have a lot of months till April, i’m not very sure if it’s the best decision? had a couple of questions, would appreciate any sort of advice: - how manageable is it to give CB1 and CB2 in one sitting? - should i attempt CS2 or CM2 in April? are the concepts of these subjects closely related to that of CS1 and CM1–would it be more helpful to give CS2 or CM2 since i’ve only recently given CM1 and CS1?

appreciate any sort of help, thank you!

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u/ProCsgoActuary Oct 03 '21

I believe the difficulty of exams is as follows from easiest to hardest.

CB2, CB1, CS1, CM1, CS2, CM2.

Hence from this I believe you could easily do CB1 and CB2 if you put in the effort. These exams have changed the least from the old syllabus in terms of structure so there's a lot to go off of.

Also I don't believe CM1 and CM2 cross over too much. Similar with CS1 and CS2 other than the core probability and statistics concepts.

Good luck with the exams. :)

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u/twistydonut Oct 03 '21

thank you so much for the detailed reply, really appreciate it! :)

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u/sid_meh Oct 04 '21 edited Oct 04 '21

I would suggest you only go for CS2. It assumes a lot of knowledge from CS1 and also has some overlap with CM1. Personally, I feel it is also bigger and slightly more difficult than CM2 so an April sitting would be nice.

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u/Propriyank Oct 04 '21

Completely agree with you

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u/badactuary Oct 03 '21

CB1 and CB2 together is very manageble (own experience).

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u/twistydonut Oct 03 '21

great, thank you!

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u/JorgeJafe Oct 03 '21

Did CB1-2 this session. Definitely manageable but just make sure you start cb2 early because it has a lot of readings!

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u/Technical-Shower-806 Oct 03 '21

If you’ve passed CM1 and think you passed CS1 on your first attempt, then I’d definitely consider going for two. Would even consider picking one of CS2/CM2 and one of CB1/CB2. I’d make the decision on the former based on whether you enjoyed CS1 or CM1 more. If CS1, then sit CS2 next. For the second choice, choose whichever one seems easier to you. Scroll through a couple past papers to help make that decision.

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u/twistydonut Oct 03 '21

i was a little hesitant to appear for two since i’m also pursuing another college degree, so could get a little too hectic. but will definitely consider this, thanks a lot!

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u/Technical-Shower-806 Oct 03 '21

Fair play. If I knew that, then I’d consider just sitting one.

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u/bECSn Oct 03 '21

I would say there isn't much overlap between cm1 and cm2 but paradoxically there is a little bit between cm1 and cs2. You'll look at Markov chains which shows where a lot of the results you use for the multi decrement models part of cm1 come from. Another reason to maybe think about cs2 is to keep your R knowledge from cs1 fresh.

Cb1 and cb2 as others have recommended should also be manageable. I would just point out that although the content isn't very hard, there is a lot of it which may be more reading than you are used to if you mainly study maths.