SoA Exam MLC

Jim Daniel's MLC Seminars (through AbacusLI)

I (Jim Daniel) offer 5-day intensive exam-prep review seminars just outside Sacramento (in Davis, CA, with easy access to Berkeley, San Francisco, wine country, and Lake Tahoe) through Abacus Learning Institute for SoA Exam MLC for student actuaries preparing for the Exam MLC for each exam sitting. Links in the dark green left sidebar and the orange top banner take you to more general information (click on Home) and info on housing, location, pass rates by seminar participants, and other seminars offered.

Should you not wish to attend a face-to-face seminar, I can strongly recommend to you the MLC video course by Dr. Steve Paris, ASA, director of the actuarial program at Florida State, that is available through AbacusLI; Steve observed my face-to-face seminar, so his video course is a combination of my seminar approach and his own prize-winning teaching approach at Florida State. Registrants for my 2017 MLC seminars will be given access to this full video course for FREE (OK, actually for 5 cents because of technical payment-processing issues) while Steve is recording a new version for the 2018 exam changes.

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

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 $1300. 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 MLC 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 five days including a weekend. 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 perfer the more traditional lead time. Already being familiar with the main ideas in much of the material is the key.]
  • Dates. The following link is for registration and payment information on the currently-scheduled Jim Daniel's MLC  Seminars:
  • Format. Each day's session will consist of:
    • 50% review lectures on the fundamental concepts most often tested
    • 25% demonstrations of problem solving
    • 25% guided practice solving problems
  • Schedule. See the Jim Daniel's MLC Seminar Schedule for a detailed schedule.
  • Materials.
    • Particpants are e-mailed 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 the Spring and Fall 2012, Spring and Fall 2013, Spring and Fall 2014, Spring and Fall 2015, Spring 2016 SoA Exams for MLC and any more recent released exams (available from a link at along with the SoA's sample questions (and solutions) (both multiple-choice and written-answer) for Exam MLC (available from 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 MLC.