Most people agree that the real exam is usually around a level 4-5 for Exam P and FM. But, that doesn’t mean that you should stop when you reach that level. In fact, I encourage you to try to be passing at least level 6 exams.
Why pass level 6 exams?
It’s important to note that even though the exam itself is usually around a level 4-5, that means that some questions will be easier (level 2-3) and others will be much harder (level 6-7).
So that’s why I strongly encourage you to reach at least a level 6 and be able to confidently pass those with a score of at least 77%. If you can, you’ll be getting experience with the more difficult problems that are sure to show up on the exam.
Reaching earned level 7
On their website, Coaching Actuaries (the creator of ADAPT) states that 90% of students that earn an earned level 7 end up passing the real exam.
Just keep in mind that in some circumstances it can be very easy to artificially raise your earned level. For example, a member of the Study Strategy Program once got 100% on a level 3 exam. Instantly, that bumped his earned level up above a level 6.
Obviously, that’s a huge jump and I wouldn’t anticipate that anyone that got 100% on a level 3 exam would necessarily be able to successfully pass the exam.
So, your earned level is really only accurate, in my opinion, once you’ve taken at least 6 exams under exam conditions. By exam conditions I mean no notes, no distractions, no breaks and timed for 3 hours.
How to increase your ADAPT earned level
I thought it’d be helpful to link to this post that I wrote a while ago about simple tips to increase your ADAPT earned level.
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