Spring 2015 Intro

December 18th, 2014

Couple of things
-As a reminder, PLEASE SEE THE SPRING 2015 THREAD IN THE TIA FORUM FOR QUESTIONS/ COMMENTS ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE MATERIAL!!

-Please post any questions about the material to the TIA forums. I do monitor all threads and will post a response if no one responds correctly

-There will be NO Live Seminar for the Spring 2015 sitting

-The TIA product does not contain ALL potentially testable details from the syllabus. It is important to read the source material as well. I focus on the material that I believe to be more testable. BUT THERE IS DETAIL LEFT OUT!!

-It is important to watch the videos (in addition to reading the manuals), as the videos do contain details that are not mentioned in the manual
-There will be NO manual covering Odomirok 26. I believe that most of the testable material from this chapter is covered in the Feldblum tax papers.
-if you have any questions about any of the blogs, please post to the TIA forums. I don’t receive any notification when comments have been posted to the blog.

Also, here’s a copy of an older blog, which is useful:

As you may have heard, Exam 6 is a beast. It has by far the most material of any of the CAS upper level exams. For those of you who have taken upper level exams before, I would recommend spending at least 30% more time preparing for this as what you would spend normally.

Due to the vast amount of material, it is vital to have a good approach to prepare for the exam efficiently. I recommend the following steps for preparing for the Accounting papers:

For each paper, in the order from the recommended reading schedule:
1. Read study manual/ watch video (you will most probably need to pause the video several times to catch up on reading, think about concepts, etc). Highlight important points. You’ll also need to take notes while watching the videos since some of the points are not mentioned in the manual.
2. Read the source material relatively quickly. Highlight the important points. Some of the papers are extremely important and highly tested (Odomirok, all the Feldblum papers, COPLFR, IRIS, etc); while others are quite tough to get through, and have been only lightly tested historically (eg SSAPs, etc). I KNOW MANY PEOPLE DO NOT READ THE SOURCE MATERIAL, BUT THIS IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT: A. THE EXAM DOES OCCASIONALLY TEST SOME OBSCURE TOPICS WHICH MAY NOT BE COVERED IN THE MANUAL; B. THE PASS RATE HAS BEEN AS LOW AS 20%… WITH PASS RATES THIS LOW, YOU REALLY CAN’T AFFORD TO IGNORE THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES
3. Based on your highlights from step 2, supplement the study manual with your own notes (remember the manual is only an OUTLINE of the material. I have focused on areas that we believe to be more important/ testable, but it is possible that other sections will be tested). I like to write in the margins of my manual, but you may prefer something else.
4. Watch the video discussing the selected exam questions. You don’t HAVE to attempt them at this stage. Don’t worry about the remainder of questions for the time being – in my videos, I selected questions to provide a broad coverage of the material that has been tested, and so the remainder of questions are often testing the very same concepts
After performing these 4 steps for each paper, move on to the next paper, and repeat. You should at the very least aim to keep up with the recommended study schedule timing (if you can do this quicker, even better). Remember, you want to keep AS MUCH time as possible (at least a month) prior to the exam for just memorizing, thinking and attempting questions.

After you’ve covered all the material, you’ve most probably forgotten everything. So, now it’s time for a refresher. Again, paper by paper:
5. Read through the entire manual, including your handwritten notes. This should be much quicker than the original read, since you know should have a decent knowledge of the material, and also you can focus on the highlighted material. Watch the videos again for the papers that you find difficult
6. Attempt ALL exam questions (don’t cheat and just read the solutions no matter how similar the question looks. Not only will this build speed, but will hopefully give you experience in looking for tricks, finding shortcuts, etc).

By this stage, you should have a good understanding of all of the material, and hopefully you remember a lot as well. Now it’s time to memorize and build speed & accuracy.
7. Different people have different strategies to memorize. I know a lot of people like notecards. I will be publishing some notecards for the material. My notecards are not comprehensive (they focus on lists), so if you decide to go this route, you’ll need to supplement with your own cards. Personally, I never used notecards… I preferred to speed read through my manual and notes a couple of times. Again, it comes down to personal preference.
Only when you feel very comfortable (ie almost ready to sit the exam) with all of the material (this should be at least a month before the exam date), do the following:
8. Attempt the TIA additional questions. Note that a lot of these are tough, and also they are specifically designed to test areas that have not been heavily tested by the CAS historically. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LEAVING THE SAMPLE QUESTIONS TILL YOU FEEL “PREPARED” FOR THE EXAM. YOU WILL BENEFIT MUCH MORE FROM SEEING THESE “FRESH” QUESTIONS AT THIS STAGE. AGAIN, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, AVOID LOOKING AT THESE QUESTIONS TOO EARLY
9. Do at least 2 exams under exam conditions (lock yourself away from books and distractions for 4hrs). You should be aiming to score at least 80% (and higher if you have seen the questions before)… pass marks could be in the mid 70s, and you need a margin of safety as well.

After reading this, you’ll probably realize that you’re going to have to invest a lot of time into this exam. It’s worth it… you don’t want to have to retake it.

Finally, a lot of people are worried that they don’t have any prior accounting knowledge…. don’t be. Most of this material is going to be foreign to most students, so it really is a level playing field. Also, the material requires only minimal prior accounting knowledge (eg definition of an asset, liability, revenue & expense).

As for the regulation/ government accounting material… not much to say. Its just a lot to memorize. I’d keep this closer to the end (but that’s personal preference). It’s really dry so it’s going to be hard to stick in your head unfortunately. I’d just recommend drinking lots of coffee

Angelo Uncategorized

Errata File

December 6th, 2014

I have uploaded an Errata spreadsheet to the Introduction section of the manual. I will keep this updated throughout the year, so please check regularly.

Note that I typically make the fixes to the individual manuals as soon as the errata are posted (I also fix the videos as or shortly after the post data). However, I do not update the combined manuals for each section as often. So, if you download a Combined Manual after a particular set of errata has been published, you may need to go in an make the fixes.

Thanks in advance to those who inform me about the errata.

Angelo Uncategorized

Spring 2015

October 27th, 2014

For info about the Spring 2015 sitting, see the following thread:

http://www.theinfiniteactuary.com/mb/viewtopic.php?f=712&t=17528&p=51611#p51611

Angelo Uncategorized

Errata

October 18th, 2014

Just a quick reminder to keep checking the Errata spreadsheet. I will be keeping this updated all the way to the exam date.

Angelo Uncategorized

Manual updated for CAS Odomirok Errata

October 11th, 2014

Following my prior email, I made the necessary changes to reflect the latest CAS Odomirok errrata.

Fortunately, I only needed to make one change, to Odomirok 19 chapter (see my errata Spreadsheet in the Introduction section of the manual website for details).

Regarding the other fixes listed in the CAS errata, my manual had already either fixed the inaccuracies, or did not contain the relevant sections.

Angelo Uncategorized

Sample Exams Posted

October 1st, 2014

The 2 TIA Sample Exams have been posted to the Additional Material section.

Angelo Uncategorized

Note on Intercompany Pooling/ 2014 Q16b

September 28th, 2014

Just in case you didn’t see it:

http://www.theinfiniteactuary.com/mb/viewtopic.php?f=2552&t=15107

Angelo Uncategorized

Available Material

September 25th, 2014

I learned in the Live Seminar that several students were unaware that sample questions were available. Please see the Status thread in the TIA forum, which lists the material that has been produced.

http://www.theinfiniteactuary.com/mb/viewtopic.php?f=712&t=12086

Also, just a reminder that I will be releasing 2 sample exams in the coming weeks.

Angelo Uncategorized

Number/ Hours of Online Lessons

September 14th, 2014

Note there is a bug in the website that is causing it to display the incorrect number of lessons/ hours at some spots.

As of 9/14, there are roughly 166 lessons totalling 45hrs

Angelo Uncategorized

PROPER CARE AND USE OF AN ACTUARIAL PRACTICE EXAM

July 30th, 2014

From the TIA blog:

http://theinfiniteactuary.com/blogs/tia_general/?p=11

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