I’m a college junior with about two and a half years left before graduating with a computer science degree. Computer science really isn’t my thing, though I have no plans to change my major - I’ve taken quite a liking to economics and, more recently, mathematics.
I should like to know what sort of preparation would be necessary for me to take - and pass - the first actuarial exam. Courses in multivariate calculus and linear algebra are given (a long summer it’s been with that latter, too). Will spending lots of spare time working out problems be helpful? Anything in particular I should(n’t) focus on?
What about probability? I’ve taken two stats classes, and in the spring will be able to take a first formal probability course. Will that be sufficient? Should I plan to take more courses before I’d be able to pass the first test, or can I learn from books?
I’d appreciate any tips at all, really, concerning the first two exams and where to go to find some meatier info about the profession. beanactuary.org doesn’t seem to give all the facts, and is very … propagandistic.