ACTEX Study Manual Program for SOA Exam FM with Instructional Videos 1st Edition, 2nd Printing Author: Dinius

ISBN(s): 978-1-64756-928-0 | 978-1-64756-929-7 | 978-1-64756-930-3 | 979-8-89016-122-2

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Our Interactive Study Manual for SOA Exam FM offers personalized learning on a schedule that works for you. 

The Exam FM study guide will allow you to:

  • Review 750 pages of comprehensive, exam-focused information with full syllabus coverage
  • Refine your understanding with 156 examples 
  • Practice until you're confident with 142 exercises 
  • Get exam-ready with 14 full-length exams (3 Midterm Exams at the end of each major topic) 

GOAL: Practice. Predict. Pass. 

Reach your target GOAL Score with our proven system.

GOAL offers:

  • 1,400+ SOA exam practice problems with detailed solutions
  • A variety of learning modes and difficulty levels
  • Customized quizzes: You set the topic, difficulty, number of questions, and a timer
  • Simulated exams: Choose from 14 comprehensive exams (including 2 challenge exams)
  • Measure your preparedness with GOAL Score 

Instructional Videos

Retain more information with our helpful videos that cover the entire syllabus and further explain the most complex topics.

We've got you covered with: 

  • 56 instructional videos 
  • A variety of expert instructors, many of whom are current university professors 
  • Almost 10 total hours of video content—with more to come


Master key topics and formulas with our flashcards, which are rated by exam importance. 

  • 119+ Virtual Flashcards—great for on-the-go studying!
  • Cover critical syllabus material to help you pass your exam.
  • Great way to help you learn key topics and formulas.
  • Allow you to sort by topic to focus on the material you need to work on the most.
  • Cards are all rated to indicate the importance of each card to the exam questions.


Weighted by topic importance, our Planner clearly outlines how to study for Exam FM

  • Simplify study sessions with Planner's ability to filter videos, flashcards, and GOAL for relevant content, based on where you're at in the manual 
  • Weighted sections highlight how long you should spend on each topic
  • Mark sections as Completed so you have a handy checklist of remaining study materials

Topic Search

Everything in the SOA Exam FM study manual is fully indexed by keyword, making it easy to toggle between materials and concepts without losing your place.

  • Seamlessly read, watch and practice across topics 
  • Connect to all your materials, identify problem areas, and get the help you need to pass

Formula and Review Sheet

This at-a-glance tool helps you memorize and recall key formulas and information. 

  • Covers important formulas needed to prepare you for the actuarial probability exam 
  • Easy-to-print reference guide you can study with, no matter where you are

ACTEX Learning Bootcamp Sitting Information:

Bootcamp Sittings:

Exam FM Sitting

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

June 2024




August 2024




October 2024




December 2024




Sessions will begin at 10 am ET. Sessions last two hours, with an additional 30 minutes for questions at the end. 

Optimize your Study Time for Exam FM with the ACTEX Bootcamps.

It is the perfect addition to your study schedule and will help you feel confident and ready for your exam. 

Interact with the instructor and other students during this three-session online instruction course offering:

  • Review of exam material and strategies
  • Special focus on more challenging topics, common errors, and exam strategy
  • Walk-throughs of key examples
  • On-demand recordings of the sessions available for later review 
  • Email access to instructors for Q&As 

About Your Professors

Joe Sadow holds a masters degree in computational and applied mathematics from Arizona State University, having focused research on numerical approaches to solve inverse problems. After teaching at local community colleges for a year or so, Joe was fortunate enough to start a career in 2019 as an actuarial analyst working on various aspects of California's Medicaid program. Love of teaching and interacting with students has compelled Joe to continue to moonlight teaching college math courses since starting graduate school in 2015. Fortune struck again when Joe partnered with ACTEX in 2021 to help create actuarial exam study materials. During time off, Joe enjoys learning chess, French, and testing out ideas for math videos on his wife, Allison and corgi-chihuahua mix, Clive. 

Nii Okine is an assistant professor at the Mathematical Sciences Department at Appalachian State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Business (Actuarial Science) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained his master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Illinois State University. His research interest includes micro-level reserving, ratemaking, dependence modeling, micro-insurance, and machine learning. He obtained his associate of the Society of Actuaries credential in December 2021.

About the Author

John Dinius, FSA

“I look forward to working with future actuaries as they seek not only to pass their exams, but also to develop an in-depth understanding of the principles and methods of financial mathematics that will guide them throughout their actuarial careers.”

John Dinius has over 35 years of industry actuarial experience at Aetna Inc. and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also served as an adjunct professor of actuarial science at the University of Connecticut for 7 years. John has extensive experience in the design, pricing, valuation, and management of individual life insurance and annuity products.

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