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I also wondered the same thing!
So really for the exams that are 3:15 and 2:15, they would become 3:30 and 2:30 respectively?
That’s great - having to use the bathroom or drink water at Prometric totally sucks and they eat up so much time.
Yes. The email said: During the exam, 15 minutes of break time will be added to the advertised exam length noted in the introductory study note.
If I look at the FV Introductory Study note (what I am taking) it says:
EDUCATION COMMITTEE OF THE SOCIETY OF ACTUARIES (SOA)
INTRODUCTORY STUDY NOTE
EXAM SESSION:FALL 2020
EXAM:GROUP AND HEALTH—FINANCE & VALUATION, U.S.
DATE: Segment C: Monday, November 2, 2020 and Segment A: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Segment C: The examination will consist of three hours and fifteen minutes of written-answer questions worth 60 points. Segment A: The examination will consist of two hours and fifteen minutes of written-answer questions worth 40 points.
So the intro study note refers to an exam time including the read-through, and the email specifies the extra 15 is in addition to the time indicated in the intro study note.
Thanks for sharing that! Dropping the 15 minute read through period and letting students just use that extra time on the exam (or for breaks) makes sense. Yay for no more read through period where I would want to just brain dump thoughts that come to my mind when reading the question for the first time!
Wow - I think it’s awful. They removed 30 minutes of exam time (to at least read the questions and process / strategize where to start) with no adjustment. For some of us it’s very helpful, and they kept it for in-person LTAM, which I think is telling.
The 15 minutes cannot be claimed by the SOA as both a break and needed reading time - it’s one or the other. If they can’t enforce a no-writing period, then add a smaller portion (15 minutes) of exam time to counter it that is not to double as a break.
I don’t think it’s pointless. Don’t you want to stare at the problems and add up the points you think you got? Plus sometimes seeing the problems anew can give you new insight into what they were actually asking for and if you misread it on exam day.
That’s true, but also would stress me out even more, even though I can’t do about it now to affect January’s result. But to each his own. At the end of the exam (when time hadn’t expired but there wasn’t time to effectively do anything else without risking not submitting the exam at all) I added up what I left blank.