This is an on-demand intensive exam prep course for the SOA's Individual Life & Annuities Track -Life ALM and Modeling 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
- 40+ 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
- Multi-part numeric practice problems
- Flashcards in digital and printable formats
- Condensed outlines in addition to detailed study manual and lesson handouts
- CBT-style full-length practice exams and over 100 drill problems
- TIA formula sheet
- Detailed breakdown of relevant past SOA questions going back to the early 2000s
Features & Support
- Complete study schedule and time tracking features
- Full-time 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.
J. Eddie Smith IV
Eddie is the Director of SOA Exams at The Infinite Actuary and has helped thousands of rising actuaries prepare for their exams. He has been an instructor on the SOA's ILA track since 2007 and has an extensive background in life and annuity products. Before joining The Infinite Actuary full time in 2012, Eddie worked in a variety of actuarial areas, including asset-liability modeling, valuation, and experience studies.
Eddie has chaired the SOA's Actuary of the Future Section and the SOA's Technology Section. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in economics and holds a master's degree in economics from NC State University. After grad school, Eddie rapidly passed his exams and became a fellow in 2007. ... read more
Beyond Eddie's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship exams, he enjoys being a dad, fitness, reading, writing, travel, and watching college football. He lives with his wife and two children in Greenville, SC.
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. Also available in a condensed format for review.
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.
Condensed outlines for review and memorization. These condensed outlines are provided in addition to the full detailed study manual and video lesson handouts.
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.
The TIA LAM course also includes a TIA formula sheet summary that flags the key formulas to know for the LAM exam.
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
I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for the material you and TIA put out. I used TIA for all 3 exams so you've been the narrator of my exam life for the last 2 years! I passed all 3 on the first attempts only using TIA, so I think that speaks volumes as to the quality of material Eddie and Zak put out. Thank you so much for all the knowledge you've helped impart!Max Kelley Senior Actuarial Associate at MetLife
Hi Eddie, just want to send a personal thanks to you and your team for all the hard work in creating amazing ILA videos and manuals. I managed to pass all my FSA exams on my first attempt using only your videos (and manual when needed). You are spectacular at what you do, and I'm so happy I had such a fun instructor get me through some seriously dry material at times.Arif A. Khalil Actuary at TIAA
I've used TIA for my first two FSA exams: LP & LRM, and two passes! Eddie injects his humor into the videos, making what can be a bland topic, dare I say, fun. He approaches the hard-to-grasp concepts from different angles to ensure retention. I highly recommend to actuarial students!Eric Landau Actuarial Associate, New York Life
I used TIA to help me pass the three FSA exams on the ILA track. The online seminars provided an efficient way to study. The instructors are very knowledgeable and respond quickly to questions. I highly recommend TIA to anyone taking actuarial exams.Beth Neas
I passed 2018 spring LRM exam!! I would want to thank you and all TIA staff for the great and knowledgeable videos and manuals. LRM is my second FSA exam and I have used TIA for my Life Pricing Exam and passed it on my first setting. What I like about TIA is it always gives a big picture for every topic. For the hundreds pages of the study material, it is very easy to get lost. However, following Zak's order of each study notes makes the material more sense to me. The most great part I like about the videos is that Zak provides the charts or graphs to make the material easy to understand. For the visualized persons like me, these graphs and charts are really helpful. Meanwhile, the explanation of the formulas is also phenomenal.Yujie
My sincere thanks to you, as I found out last week that I have passed the LRM Exam (leaving only the FAC in March for completion of my FSA requirements). Your services have been with me through all three of my FSA exams and have been an invaluable asset. Your voice, entertaining style and well organized videos have been a real highlight for me. I have also used your flashcards for all three exams and found them extremely helpful.Mikkel
I just got the results that I passed LRM on the first try. So far TIA and I are on a hot streak first time pass each time. Going with you again for the final ILA LFV, going for that third pass in a row. As always excellent products and I would only recommend yours to anyone who is serious about passing.David
I passed LRM! I wanted to reach out to thank you for all of your support this spring. I emailed you multiple times in the months leading up to the exam. You always responded promptly and very thoughtfully. Your answers helped me push through some of the more difficult material, and not get too bogged down in my studying.Malina
My company doesn't pay for online or in person seminars (only for traditional study manuals.) so, I had to pay for most of the seminar out of pocket. But it was SO worth it and I recommend it to everyone who is struggling learning the material on their own. I learned so much through listening to the videos. I'm an auditory learner, and loved the little snippets you added to the material to make it easier to remember.Lindi
I used TIA for the first time for this sitting, and I would highly recommend them. Their online seminar was helpful, and the online forum was invaluable. The instructors were very responsive and answered my questions directly with follow ups as needed. The manual itself contained enough examples to help balance out the fact that most of the LRM material is so new.Lisa
Want to thank you for all your hard work for all of the ILA track seminars! I am always impressed by how thorough, well-organized and engaging your videos are. I have kids, work full-time and my study time is often constrained by other responsibilities. Without your seminars I would have had a much tougher time passing. You have set such high standard with your online videos and I am so glad you are working on the ILA track!Denica
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.
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.
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).