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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.

1

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?

2

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.

3

A blood test indicates the presence of a particular disease 95% of the time when the disease is actually present. The same test indicates the presence of the disease 0.5% of the time when the disease is not present. One percent of the population actually has the disease. Calculate the probability that a person has the disease given that the test indicates the presence of the disease.

4

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?

5

An insurer's annual weather-related loss, X, is a random variable with density function

Calculate the difference between the 30th and 70th percentiles of X.