Coaching Actuaries



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Coaching Actuaries gives you the tools to study smarter and pass the Advanced Long-Term Actuarial Mathematics Exam.

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Meet our team of expert coaches who will guide you through ALTAM.

Dave Kester, FSA, MAAA

Exam ALTAM Video Coach
Attained FSA via the ILA Track

I’ve been helping aspiring actuaries for more than 20 years. When I’m not teaching, I like to read, run, and listen to good math stories. When I was preparing for the actuarial exams, there was nothing like Coaching Actuaries. Now, we combine teaching and technology to guide the next generation of actuarial students.

Product Team

Jia Bin Ho, ASA, CFA

Exam ALTAM Product Manager
Pursuing FSA via the QFI Track

I graduated from Drake University in 2012. I'm a math geek who likes to travel. My favorite place I've been to is New York City for all the different museums! One of my bucket list items is to visit every state in the US.

Exam ALTAM Overview

What To Expect

Exam Details

6 Written-Answer Questions, Administered by Prometric

  • Questions and formula sheet shown on computer.
  • For 5 out of 6 questions, responses written in answer booklet. Excel workbook available but not submitted for grading.
  • For 1 out of 6 questions, responses entered into Excel workbook. Only Excel workbook submitted for grading.
  • Scratchpad will be provided.

Registration Deadline

September 23, 2024 (Midnight CST)

Exam Duration

3 Hours

Next Available Sitting

October 22, 2024

Before the Exam

  • Exams You Should Pass First

    Exams P, FM, and FAM (specifically the L portion). Exam ALTAM assumes knowledge of concepts covered in these exams, and builds off of those concepts.

  • Exam ALTAM Offerings

    ALTAM is offered twice per year, once in April or May, and once in October or November.

  • How Do I Register?

    1. Register online at before the registration deadline.
    2. Wait 3-5 business days to receive an email confirmation letter.
    3. Schedule a seat at a Prometric Center.

    Learn more about how to register for official SOA exams on their website.

  • Highest-Weighted Concepts

    Questions related to these concepts will appear the most on the exam.

    1. Multiple State Models
    2. Multiple Decrement Models
    3. Pension Mathematics
    4. Profit Analysis

    Note that written-answer exams are often challenging for actuarial candidates used to the multiple-choice format used for other exams.

  • Tip from Coach Tong, FSA, CFA

    "It is very important that you know how to solve problems using basic principles. You should always view basic principles as the core of your learning, and shortcuts as a supplement, not the other way around. Students who memorize shortcuts without understanding them will struggle on the actual exam."

Day of Exam

  • What To Bring:

    • A government-issued photo ID that includes a signature
    • Recommended Calculator: TI-30XS MultiView
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    • A reference to your five-digit candidate ID (for exam submission)
  • Coach K's Story

    “I took the old version of this exam, MLC. Once I passed that exam, I thought I could pass any exam. This can be the big hurdle to be certified!”

  • Coach Shi Yi's Story

    “I took the previous version of this exam, MLC. When I was working on the exam, I felt like I couldn't solve a lot of the problems, but I tried to write down as much as I could for the written answer part. I came out of the exam hall thinking that I would fail. 2.5 months later, to my surprise, I passed! Thinking back to that day, I think I passed because I wrote down as much as I could, even for questions that I wasn't sure how to solve. Thus, my advice is: do not give up, and always try to put in what you know. This will get you partial credit, which is very, very important, and can be a factor that determines if you pass or fail!”

  • Tip from Coach Terence, ASA

    "A big part of passing a written-answer exam is to accumulate as many partial credit points as possible. Even if you can't fully answer a question, clearly communicate your thought process as much as possible. Be sure to show your work. Include all important steps or formulas."

  • Tip from Coach Terence, ASA

    “Time management is key. Try your best to spend no more than 3 minutes per point. If you think you know how to answer a question but you're pressed for time, at least write a list of steps you'd take and/or formulas you'd use to arrive at the final answer. You may get partial credit.”

  • Tip from Coach Larry

    "You'll have access to an Excel workbook during the exam (note that it won't be submitted for grading). Utilize the workbook to your advantage to expedite/verify calculations."

After the Exam

  • Getting Your Exam Results

    After approximately 8 to 11 weeks, the SOA will release the list of passing candidate ID numbers. A few days after that, you will get your exam score in your official SOA transcript when you log into the SOA website.

  • Next Steps

    If you haven't taken these exams, you'll need to take Exam SRM, PA, and ATPA.

    You will need to obtain your remaining VEE credits, complete your modules (Pre-Actuarial Foundations, Actuarial Science Foundations, FAP), and fulfill your APC requirements in order to attain your ASA designation.


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