Study Materials

AMSA students have study materials for the P exam and FM exam. We will be trying to get official copies of these study guide to keep in the organization.  If you need to use these materials for exam study come to one of our study sessions. 

We currently do not have any study sessions for Exams P, FM, or M, but if you would like to start one, let us know.  We will post study times on this webpage. 

An excellent website to check frequently is The Actuarial Outpost.  There are sample questions posted by authors, professors, actuaries, students, etc.  Feel free to ask them questions about any problems you may be having.  Most people who take advantage of this website and its many resources pass their exams.  Explore this website to see what all it has to offer.  If you are looking for more study problems on exam P or FM, go to and look under the heading "Mathematics Tests and Drills."

Materials Used for Exam P/ Course 1

You will probably only need one of these manuals, but any more than one will give you extra practice problems.  SOA has an excellent sample set of questions.  Go to the bottom of this linked page, and click on P Sample Exam Questions.  No graphing calculators are allowed, so you may want to use a BA-II Plus as soon as you start studying for this exam in order to get familiar.  More information on the BA-II Plus is described in the Exam FM study materials on this page. 

Probability for Risk Management by Hassett and Stewart


ACTEX Study Manual for SOA Exam P or CAS Exam 1 by Broverman


ASM Study Manual for SOA Exam P/Exam 1 by Krzysztof M. Ostaszewski. This manual is an overview with tons of practice problems that will enhance you skills.


Materials Used for Exam FM/ Course 2

Again, you will probably only need one of these manuals.  For the syllabus and a sample set of Exam FM questions from the SOA, click here.  The link at the bottom of the page is called FM Sample Exam Questions.

Either 'The Theory of Interest by Kellison' or 'Mathematical Interest Theory by Daniel and Vaaler'



ACTEX Study Manual for the SOA Exam FM and CAS Exam 2, Spring 2007 Edition. This is one of the resources that MTSU's ACSI 4230 and 4240 utilize.


ASM 5th Edition for Exam FM/Exam 2 by Harold Cherry. There are Three Volumes. Make sure that you get all three if purchasing this manual.


BA II Plus and BA II Plus Professional - Pick one.  These are the calculators that we suggest. The SOA allows two or three other types, but these are the most powerful and useful. They will make your test tons easier and faster. Just in case of problems during an exam, you may want to invest in two. 

The BA II Plus has easier to push keys.

The BA II Plus Pro has firm keys but can do modified duration problems (Not major). Most students pick the original because of the ease of keystrokes.


Materials Used for SOA Exam M/ CAS Course 3

SOA and CAS have separate exams for the third exam. This material will prepare you for either exam. CAS Course 3 in one exam lasting four hours, however, SOA Exam M is split into two sections, Models for Life Contingencies (MLC) and Models for Financial Economics (MFE).  Basic Exam P knowledge is assumed.  You may take them separately or in the same session.  The total test length is five hours, MLC being three and MFE being two.  For the syllabus for SOA Exam M, click here.  For sample questions on MLC, click the link at the bottom of the MLC Learning Objectives Section that is listed as Exam M Sample Questions. For sample questions on MFE, click on the the link at the end of the page listed as Exam MFE Sample Questions and Solutions.

For CAS Course 3, basic Exam P/1 knowledge is assumed, as with SOA Exam M.  For a syllabus of material go to the 2007 Syllabus of Basic Education

These materials are suggested, based on each section. 


Use Either 'Actuarial Mathematics - 2nd Edition by Bowers' or 'Models for Quantifying Risk - 2nd Edition by Cunningham.' ACSI 4330 and 4340 use Models For Quantifying Risk.


For extra practice and reference, the ASM MLC Study Manual - 1st Edition by Abraham Weishaus is also suggested.



Derivatives Markets -2nd Edition by McDonald

For extra practice and reference, the ASM MFE Study Manual - 4th Edition by Abraham Weishaus is also suggested.

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