This is an on-demand intensive exam prep course for the SOA's Quantitative Finance & Investment Track - Quant Exam. When you register for this course you will gain access to the following items (except as noted) from the day you register for 6 months.
Learn Key Concepts
- 45+ hours of comprehensive video lessons covering the entire syllabus
- Highly detailed study manual organized in the same sequence as the video lessons
- TIA-unique quizzes built into each lesson covering quantitative topics
- Visuals, graphics, and examples that simplify complex information, making it easier to retain
- Handouts for every video lesson
- Tips and strategy to help you learn the format of the exam
Practice & Review
- 120+ exam-style practice problems with solutions, including a TIA-unique practice exam with solutions
- Drill problems
- Video breakdown of select past exam problems
- MFD problem set, which includes solutions to select end-of-chapter problems
- 25+ review videos
- Flashcards in digital and printable formats
- Exam day checklist and FAQ
Features & Support
- Complete study schedule and time tracking features
- Instructor support by email and course forum
- Stream and save videos for offline viewing with our Learn app for iOS and Android
- Flashcards app for iOS and Android
- Watch videos in variable speeds up to 2x
- All PDFs are DRM-free and print-friendly
A Modern Learning Platform
- Lessons, practice problems, flashcards, sample exams, and more all scheduled to have you ready on exam day
- Tasks scheduled only on the days you plan to study
- Create your own custom tasks
- Miss a day? Your schedule will automatically redistribute all your remaining tasks
Zak joined TIA in 2013 and teaches fellowship-level actuarial exams. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics, and he became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2014. He also received his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2022.
He began his career as a consulting actuary at Milliman Financial Risk Management in Chicago, IL, where his work primarily involved hedging variable annuity risk for life insurance companies. Zak now works for a private equity firm, working on a wide range of projects including creating deal models, managing due diligence processes and leading data science projects for portfolio companies. ... read more
Before becoming an actuarial exam instructor, Zak was a teaching assistant for many different college classes at Brown University, including Computational Probability and Statistics, Investments, Corporate Finance, and Discrete Structures in Mathematics. Zak also was also a teaching assistant at Columbia Business School for the Capital Markets & Investments course in 2021.
Beyond Zak's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship track exams, he enjoys swimming and piano. Zak competed in the Chicago Triathlon for the past five summers and also competed in the NYC Triathlon in 2022. Zak passed all of his actuarial exams on the first try using TIA.
Ken graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Mathematics, Finance, and Economics. At Arizona State, Ken worked as a math tutor and teaching assistant for a variety of different finance courses. Ken is currently a consulting actuary in Chicago, IL. Before that, he was part of the Actuarial Development Program at Genworth Financial. Ken became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 2015, and went through the QFI track when taking the F.S.A. exams.
In his free time, Ken enjoys tennis and following the Portland Trail Blazers.
Comprehensive video lessons covering the entire syllabus that simplify complicated info into more understandable terms and illustrate important concepts through examples and graphics.
Download printable PDF covering all of the syllabus readings, along with examples and instructor commentary that simplifies difficult concepts and builds links to other readings on the syllabus.
Active dedicated course forum loaded with existing questions and answers on syllabus material and past SOA exam questions. Instructors and our Support Team try to ensure everyone's questions are answered in a timely manner.
The seminar includes many practice problems with solutions. The seminar includes a TIA practice exam, TIA drill problems, and additional TIA exam-style questions.
The TIA seminar includes 40+ videos breaking down relevant past exam questions.
Comprehensive spreadsheet listing of all past SOA questions relevant to the current syllabus with the ability to filter and sort to your exact specifications. We indicate if a question is still relevant to the current syllabus and which reading(s) past questions are based on. This can let you easily flag relevant practice for any reading.
Take our videos with you everywhere you go and don't worry about a data cap or WiFi signal. Use the TIA Study app on your mobile device to download lessons or solutions videos and have them right at your fingertips. ?
Watch our lessons and video solutions at your pace! When watching our videos on a desktop or our Learn App you can select the speed that makes the most sense for you. The variable speed increases all the way up to 2x.
Just want to listen to our lessons? We have you covered! Now when you download the TIA Study app on an iOS or Android device, you can start a video and simply lock your device and the audio will continue to play.
The Today viewing TIA Study will let you know exactly what you need to do each day in order to stay on schedule, and it will automatically redistribute your tasks as your schedule adjusts over time.
This course offers digital flashcards written in a "Q&A" style to facilitate recalling information for exam-oriented questions. They are available in the Review tab of TIA Study. The app will download all the flashcards for the course to your device so you can study at a moments notice!
You're never alone with The Infinite Actuary. Get help from your instructor and assistants in our online forum. Anything else you need help with, not related to the course material, just reach out to our customer service team and they will get your questions answered!
Life happens, and despite your hard work, you may fail an exam. If that happens to you, we offer one free 6 month extension for this online course. Once you activate your extension, you will have 6 months access to the entire course again. Learn more about our extension policy here. ?
What others are saying
TIA has been an excellent resource for the upper-level exams. Zak and Ken's study guides are concise, elegant, and comprehensive. Their drill problems, practice questions, and practice exams are very similar to the actual exams, except with much more detailed solutions. Finally, they answer any emails in a timely manner which is helpful for specific questions or concerns. I would definitely recommend TIA for anyone sitting for these exams!!Alex Jensen Associate Actuary, Milliman
I bought TIA and their competitor's product for all 3 QFI exams. I can say that TIA is way better. It is not even close. One aspect that impressed me most is its practice question design, which makes things clear and understandable instead of increasing the difficulty with strange curveballs. Also, those exam preparation strategies/responses to my emails before exam day - Thanks to Zak and Ken - are all splendid! I passed all my three QFI exams in 2 years, and I would say, believe in TIA and you could definitely achieve the same thing!Jinkai Xu University of Connecticut, 4th-year Ph.D. Candidate and Instructor
Thank you for providing great QFI exam courses. The seminar videos and detailed study guides were extremely helpful. I passed QFI Core, QFI Adv and QFI IRM on my first sitting within the same year. These comprehensive and detailed study materials helped me a lot. One of the most useful parts was the Discuss Lesson. I received timely responses from instructors. Moreover, the exam day suggestion was constructive. I would recommend the TIA seminar for QFI students.Xinxin Ren Investment Actuary, Security Benefit
Just wanted to thank you again for all your help with QFI Core this past spring. I passed with a 10! I really appreciated all your quick replies and helping me think through many of the finer details.Philip
I just checked the list of passing candidate numbers and mine was among them! :) Thank you so much for all your help. I sincerely appreciate it! I do look forward to using TIA for QFIA.Jeff
I passed! I cannot thank you enough for all your support. Without TIA and instructors like you, these exams would be so unbearable. Thanks again!Carrie
I just want to thank you for putting together an amazing study package. I finally passed on my third sitting (and first sitting using TIA.) Thanks again for helping me pass.Peixuan
I just wanted to let you know that I passed the exam and that was also my first attempt. Thanks for all your support and see you in QFIA.Nirupa
Zak, I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for your help when I was studying for the QFI-Core exam last fall. I was able to pass the exam on my first try, and your email support was very helpful as part of my preparation process.Andrew
The videos and manual proved not only a great supplement to the core readings, but the instructor was quick in responding to questions and took care to make sure I understood the material. TIA was a big reason why I passed!David
I wanted to send an email to give a sincere thank you. Your course and prompt responses to my questions were definitely the factors that contribute the most to the pass.Hyunsu
Frequently Asked Questions
- If I purchase a product, how often can I use it?
- Can I have an extension if I do not take or if I fail the exam?
- I've used other sources and failed. Is there something unique in TIA's online course that others haven't provided?
- I am not taking the exam, but it looks like the syllabus contains a lot of information relevant to my job. Do people use the online course for non-exam purposes?
- Are your pass rates above average?
- Can I share my account with others?
- The videos aren't working on my personal computer. What can I do?
- The videos will not play on my work PC. What can I do?
- Can I download the videos to my hard drive so that I can view them without an Internet connection?
- Why can I not download the PDFs? I always get an error message or an empty zip file.
- Do I need to buy the study notes and textbooks on the syllabus, too?
- How can I obtain a student discount?
If I purchase a product, how often can I use it?
You can use it as many times as you want up for 6 months after purchase.
Can I have an extension if I do not take or if I fail the exam?
Yes! If you buy the course and don't pass or take the exam, then we give you access for a 2nd sitting for free. Even if the syllabus changes you still get a 2nd sitting (6 months of access) with all the updated lessons. See more information about this here.
I've used other sources and failed. Is there something unique in TIA's online course that others haven't provided?
Absolutely. Every sitting we work with people from a variety of backgrounds. Some are taking the exam for the first time. Others are taking it again. In some cases they are using a free extension, while in other cases they are using TIA for the first time. Regardless, we have helped many, many people pass after failing in the past. The online course contains a wealth of TIA-unique material that you won't find anywhere else. We also have a general list of things to think about changing for your next attempt.
I am not taking the exam, but it looks like the syllabus contains a lot of information relevant to my job. Do people use the online course for non-exam purposes?
Yes. We increasingly see people do that very thing. The upper-level exams contain a lot of information relevant to people's work. Of course our products are developed first and foremost the goal of helping people pass the exam, and we don't make any guarantees that our own unique examples are relevant to your actual job and don't assume any responsibility for the application of formulas and methods outlined in the online course. But if you're looking for in the first principles and fundamental foundations, there is a great deal of useful information. If you are interested in using the online course for this purpose, we recommend contacting us with any questions you might have.
Are your pass rates above average?
Yes. As a company rule, we don't publish specific pass rates by course, however. We have found it to be too vulnerable to manipulation, too difficult to compare on an apples to apples basis across companies, and we also just don't think it is a very actionable piece of information. Everyone taking the exam is in a unique situation. Some have work experience. Some are taking it for the first time. Some are using multiple study aids. We also have increasing numbers of people who purchased the online course with for on the job training with no intention of taking the exam at all. Unless they notify us by email, we have no idea---but of course their name would never show up on a passing last. We also have many people who use the online course in overlapping exam periods. Again, we have found it it is just too difficult and too easy to manipulate a statistic like that, and we want to remain a resource that you can trust.
Can I share my account with others?
No, we do not allow sharing of accounts. Each registered user should take measure to avoid this as he or she has purchased the rights to our videos and associated bandwidth. If non-paying customers clog up our website traffic, it will negatively impact everyone. We also monitor login histories and have the authority to terminate user accounts for this type of abuse. While the gesture of sharing your account information with a friend or coworker may seem innocent, it can have far-reaching negative implications for you and other legitimate users.
The videos aren't working on my personal computer. What can I do?
You can try the suggestions listed here. Likely, these suggestions will solve the problem you are experiencing: (1) Try a different web browser. We suggest using Google Chrome for the best results with our website. Other browsers will work but make sure you are using the newest version of the browser. (2) Sign out of TIA Study and back in. (3) Turn off/whitelist any content blockers, ad blockers, or firewalls for www.theinfiniteactuary.com and theinfiniteactuary.akamaized.net. (4) Clear the cache for your web browser or preform a hard refresh on the TIA Study web page. (5) Clear your browser's cookies. (6) Check your internet speed. We recommend a download connection of at least 20 Mbps. (7) Make sure the operating system for your computer is up to date. (8) Try using a different network/internet connection to determine if your network admin has some type of firewall blocking our videos.
The videos will not play on my work PC. What can I do?
Usually, this is the result of your employer's network placing some restrictions in the company's firewall settings. You need to make sure that there is no block placed on the domain (theinfiniteactuary.akamaized.net) from where our videos are streamed. Many employers will block sites like these to restrict video content from being streamed to their employee's PCs. Akamai is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) where we store all of our content. This network distributes our content to multiple servers all across the world so that if any one server goes down, there are plenty of backups in place. Websites like YouTube use their own CDNs and as a result, CDNs are not high on company's approved website lists. Feel free to call Tech Support (877-883-5275) if you need any further help.
Can I download the videos to my hard drive so that I can view them without an Internet connection?
Our videos are only viewable while logged in and connected to the Internet when using a desktop web browser on a PC or Mac. However, our TIA Study mobile app for iOS and Android does allow offline viewing.
Why can I not download the PDFs? I always get an error message or an empty zip file.
Some computer networks are configured to not allow opening of zip files directly from an external site. Many of our downloadable files are in zip format. After clicking on the link, you should be given an option to either open or save the file. Try saving the file to your hard drive and then opening the zip file from there. You can also try right-clicking on the link and choosing the "Save Link As" option. If those do not work, then please contact customer service. They will determine if the link is incorrect or the file is missing from its proper location. At the minimum, they can email you the needed files so that you can move on with your studying.
Do I need to buy the study notes and textbooks on the syllabus, too?
We recommend purchasing all source materials. This is simply because in our experience, people who read and reference the source materials in addition to using the online course have a higher chance of passing than those that don't. The online course is designed to make your use of the source materials much more efficient.
How can I obtain a student discount?
This course is not eligible for a student discount.
Can I purchase my next online course without knowing if I passed my last exam?
Yes. If you later find out that you didn't pass your last exam, simply email us at [email protected], and we will pause access to your new online course. This will preserve your new online course allowing you to study for your last exam again. When you are ready to resume the paused online course, just email us, and we will reactivate it. You will have access to all current materials (same as anyone else using the online course at that time).