The Exam FAM-L study guide will allow you to:
The Exam FAM-S study guide will allow you to:
GOAL: Practice. Predict. Pass.
Reach your target GOAL Score with our proven system.
Retain more information with our helpful videos that cover the entire syllabus
and further explain the most complex topics.
We've got you covered with:
Master key topics and formulas with our flashcards, which are rated by exam importance.
Weighted by topic importance, our Planner clearly outlines how to study for Exam FAM
Everything in the SOA Exam FAM study manual is fully indexed by keyword,
making it easy to toggle between materials and concepts without losing your place.
Formula and Review Sheet
This at-a-glance tool helps you memorize and recall key formulas and information.
About the authors
Our expert professors have come together to bring you a comprehensive, full coverage FAM study program. These manuals are available together (FAM) or separately if you want to purchase FAM-S or FAM-L. Throughout the manual are countless exercises and practice problems to help you apply the material, all with detailed solutions. Once you’re finished studying, test your knowledge with many full practice length exams, and go into your exam with confidence in the material!
Sam Broverman, PhD, ASA
Professor Broverman, PhD, ASA, brings 30+ years of university and exam prep teaching experience to bear to ensure that purchasers of this manual gain a thorough understanding of all the topics covered on the exam syllabus. He has been a Professor of Actuarial Mathematics since 1978, first at The University of Texas at Austin until 1980 and since then at the University of Toronto. Professor Broverman is an ACTEX author who has written numerous textbooks and study guides widely used by students preparing for actuarial exams.
Johnny Li, PhD, FSA
Professor Li is Professor and the Holder of the Munich Re Chair in Predictive Analytics at the University Of Waterloo, Canada. His current teaching and research focus on the interface between actuarial science and predictive analytics. Over the years, his research contributions have led to several prestigious awards, including the Society of Actuaries (SOA) Redington Prize, the SOA Edward A. Lew Award and the SCOR Actuarial Award in Asia.
Andrew Ng, PhD, FSA
Professor Ng is an Associate Professor of Practice in Actuarial Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Ng has more than 15 years of experience in actuarial science and financial mathematics education. He teaches a broad range of actuarial science and finance courses, including life contingencies, derivative securities, risk management, and predictive analytics. In 2012, he was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Ng received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
I wish this manual had come out 4 weeks ago, but now that I have it (electronic access while I wait for the printed), I'm very glad to have it. The online materials keep getting better. The actuarial university is much better than the actuarial learning website - so cool how you can pull up definitions and then start new Goal sessions, etc. The manual is the key however. Now that it's linked to all the other materials, including the videos, it makes my learning much more efficient. No more hunting around for info. You have the right information in front of you. I'm glad the "ask a professor" functionality is still part of Goal. They respond quickly.
I'm using the e-manual and writing this review because I didn't realize actex had a product like this. I like their manuals, but never bought one - just borrowed a printed manual from a friend. The actuarial learning platform that my manual is hosted on is full of features that make learning sooo much easier. I wanted a print manual but the shipping was too expensive. So, I bought the electronic and I'm glad it did. I've only been studying for a day, but given how hard this exam is, I'm really glad that I have this new actex product.
I recommend getting the version of this manual with the videos - they are the best videos I've seen in terms of explanation.
let's face it; there is zero chance of passing FAM without exam prep. I've been using this manual, the videos, flashcards and goal for a couple months now; and I'm pushing my way through it, but will need to upgrade to the one year license. Clearly written and the videos by Weishas and Li are excellent. Everyone has their favorite exam prep, but Actex is mine.
The manual comes in 2 parts, L and S. But its all FAM, latest syllabus. I reached out to customer service and they responded quickly, explaining that the material is split. Combined it's a big exam, seems much more intense than FM.
Thank you Actex; quick review of this product is that it's very good, complete with videos, manual, goal, and formula sheets.
Continuing with ACTEX for exam FAM. I need these videos too. Lots a material for FAM. Bought printed that includes the 6 mos online access. That's helpful to me as I travel for work. I'm starting on the FAM-L material, haven't reviewed the FAM-s, yet. Good luck all...
The early review on this study manual is that I'm really glad I bought it with the videos. I like video learning but hate not having a really good study manusl too. This offers both and I'd recommend these video instructors; very, very helpful.
Delivery in two days! Got a lot to do, but customer service was excellent. I was emailed and kept up to do on when this manual would be available. Now that it's here, the work will begin…
Considering how much material I've got to learn, I feel like AcTEx has a program that makes sense and a study scheduler. As with FM, the scheduler is weighted by topic. I like that, but overall, I still need to keep a separate sheet of notes of topics I want to go back to. As before, I'm working my way through the study manual first. I've used these authors before and like their to the point writing style. Gets you where you need to be, quickly. Not a lot of fluff, but definitely enough so that you don't have to fill in the blanks or revert back to some other source. The Actuarial univ platform has been improved some too. I love the search by keyword feature.