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Using SOA suggested text books to study for an exam

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I'm studying for FAM(L) using the SOA textbook. The textbook only has about 300 relevant pages and is cheap on Amazon, I'd definitely buy it. A lot of questions will probably be taken verbatim from the source text.

It sounds like those who've purchased 3rd party materials have been disappointed to see it's basically a ripoff of LTAM - it may take time for these to be updated. I'm keeping on the lookout though for any other materials that this subreddit recommends over the next couple of months.
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I would ask your future employer if they would be able to reimburse you for the study material once you start full time.
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I literally did that for all exams. I like books more than manuals.

Find them on library genesis
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I’ve passed four SOA exams and didn’t buy a learning manual for any of them. I’d say the most applicable to your question is my experience with STAM, where I read the textbooks and then grinded through CA ADAPT. I did similar with IFM but was a finance major, so that doesn’t really count.

Personally I find most of my learning comes from practice, so this generally works for me, even if I don’t completely understand the text.
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Talking of Fam-L, meaning you've passed STAM right?
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The only times I opened textbooks was for the first sitting of PA when there were no study manuals and a handful of times during the FSA exams. Manuals are designed to be concise and are a much better use of time imo
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Relax while you can.

Definitely wait for company reimbursement for CA or ACTEX. I've never opened one single page of textbook. Only used CA for my exams. I learn much better with video lessons and I trust Adapt.
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