Test your limits.

And see just how far you can go. Like other top-ranked professions (such as law and medicine), one must pass a set of examinations to achieve professional status as an actuary. Unlike other professions, in actuarial science you’ll have the opportunity to work as an actuary while completing the examination process—employers often allow study time during working hours, pay exam fees, provide internships, and even award raises for each exam passed.

Though, to get the best start on a rewarding career, many soon-to-be actuaries begin taking exams while still in college. Of those that do, most achieve associateship in three to five years.

All candidates acquire a core set of knowledge from required preliminary exams. The preliminary exams and Validation by Educational Experience requirements are the starting points for an actuarial career. The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA) websites contain complete descriptions of their education and examination systems, including syllabus and study materials, registration information, rules and regulations and resources of each exam.

Jump in now and find out what it takes to ace these exams.