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Apply your math skills to actuarial exam questions.

Actuaries earn professional credentials by passing a series of examinations. This online exam is designed to give you an idea of the types of questions you might encounter on the preliminary actuarial examinations administered by the Casualty Actuarial Society and Society of Actuaries. The sample problems are actual questions from prior exams, but they do not cover all the topics or all levels of difficulty.

Answer the five multiple choice questions below, then click submit to see your results.


An insurance company determines that N, the number of claims received in a week, is a random variable with P[N = n] = 1/2n+1, where n > 0 . The company also determines that the number of claims received in a given week is independent of the number of claims received in any other week. Determine the probability that exactly seven claims will be received during a given two week period.


A tour operator has a bus that can accommodate 20 tourists. The operator knows that tourists may not show up, so he sells 21 tickets. The probability that an individual tourist will not show up is 0.02, independent of all other tourists. Each ticket costs 50, and is non-refundable if a tourist fails to show up. If a tourist shows up and a seat is not available, the tour operator has to pay 100 (ticket cost + 50 penalty) to the tourist. What is the expected revenue of the tour operator?


Let T1 be the time between a car accident and reporting a claim to the insurance company. Let T2 be the time between the report of the claim and payment of the claim. The joint density function of T1 and T2, f(t1, t2), is constant over the region 0 < t1 < 6, 0< t2 < 6, t1 + t2 < 10, and zero otherwise. Determine E[T1 + T2], the expected time between a car accident and payment of the claim.

An insurance policy pays for a random loss X subject to a deductible of C, where 0 < C < 1. The loss amount is modeled as a continuous random variable with density function

Given a random loss X, the probability that the insurance payment is less than 0.5 is equal to 0.64 .

Calculate C.


The future lifetimes (in months) of two components of a machine have the following joint density function:

What is the probability that both components are still functioning 20 months from now?