Jim Daniel's LTAM Seminars

I (Jim Daniel) offer 6-day (plus a day off on Sunday) intensive exam-prep review seminars just outside Sacramento (in Davis, CA, with easy access to Berkeley, San Francisco, wine country, and Lake Tahoe) for SoA Exam LTAM for student actuaries preparing for the Exam LTAM for each exam sitting. Links above or in the dark green left sidebar and the orange top banner (depending on your device and browser) take you to more general information (click on Home) and info on housing, location, pass rates by seminar participants, and other seminars offered.

Take a look at my Austin Study Notes, available to anyone as a free download; you should find one helpful to you in studying for Exam LTAM.

Comments by participants.
I've created threads on the popular Actuarial (formerly Rebel) Outpost actuarial discussion site ( and asked former participants in my seminars to post comments there, pro or con. Here are links to the threads for Exam MLC/3 (and old Exam M and old Course 3)

Fees, payment, and registration.
The fee for the face-to-face seminar is $1700. Payment can be made by check or by credit card (processed through PayPal, where you can choose to buy on credit) as indicated on the registration form. Since the seminar sometimes fills up, checks should be mailed for next-day delivery; if an employer is paying and needs time to process payment, I'll reserve the slot if a person with financial authority sends me an e-mail or fax guaranteeing payment by the employer. In any case, please complete a registration form and e-mail it to Jim Daniel.

The seminars.
Jim Daniel's LTAM Seminar is a traditional exam-prep intensive seminar. It assumes that participants have already devoted appreciable time to studying the material and are familiar with most of it. The daily format is about 50% fast-paced lecture, 25% my demonstrating problem solving, and 25% participants' working on problems with guidance from me, for six days (plus Sunday off). Review Seminars are usually scheduled six-to-twelve weeks before the exam. [Experimentation has shown that some people prefer "early-bird" seminars 11 or 12 weeks out, while others prefer the more traditional lead time. Already being familiar with the main ideas in much of the material is the key.]
  • Materials.
    • Particpants are e-mailed information on how to download a pdf file of a book of practice problems about a week before the seminar for use in the seminar.
    • Participants should bring to the Seminar all of the released LTAM exams, all of the old released MLC exams that have written answer questions (so starting with Spring 2014 and ending with Spring 2018) along with the SoA's sample questions (and solutions) (both multiple-choice and written-answer) for Exam LTAM; all of these are accessible by links on the Syllabus with Learning Objectives/Outcomes and Readings that is itself a link on ). You'll use these practice problems every day at the Seminar, so be sure to bring them daily. Plus lots of scratch paper. Although we'll not use them in the Seminar sessions, I recommend that you bring along for review as needed whatever textbooks or study manuals you are using to prepare for Exam LTAM.