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Sample Actuarial Problems

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.


A survey of a group's viewing habits over the last year revealed the following information:

  1. 28% watched gymnastics
  2. 29% watched baseball
  3. 19% watched soccer
  4. 14% watched gymnastics and baseball
  5. 12% watched baseball and soccer
  6. 10% watched gymnastics and soccer
  7. 8% watched all three sports.

Calculate the percentage of the group that watched none of the three sports during the last year.


An urn contains 10 balls: 4 red and 6 blue. A second urn contains 16 red balls and an unknown number of blue balls. A single ball is drawn from each urn. The probability that both balls are the same color is 0.44.

Calculate the number of blue balls in the second urn.


An actuary studying the insurance preferences of automobile owners makes the following conclusions:

  1. An automobile owner is twice as likely to purchase collision coverage as disability coverage.
  2. The event that an automobile owner purchases collision coverage is independent of the event that he or she purchases disability coverage.
  3. The probability that an automobile owner purchases both collision and disability coverages is 0.15.

What is the probability that an automobile owner purchases neither collision nor disability coverage?


A car dealership sells 0, 1, or 2 luxury cars on any day. When selling a car, the dealer also tries to persuade the customer to buy an extended warranty for the car. Let X denote the number of luxury cars sold in a given day, and let Y denote the number of extended warranties sold.
P(X = 0, Y = 0) = 1 / 6
P(X = 1, Y = 0) = 1/12
P(X = 1, Y = 1) = 1 /6
P(X = 2, Y = 0) = 1 /12
P(X = 2, Y = 1) = 1 /3
P(X = 2, Y = 2) = 1/6

What is the variance of X?


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.