Today at noon is liftoff for my husbands current nasty actuarial exam. As mentioned in a previous blog post here, this is not as easy endeavour. What he wants to receive as a grade or passing score is at least a 6 out of a possible 10. For the last exam, I felt strongly that he would get a 7 and he actually earned an 8! That was excellent. There is always much riding on passing these tests, but as of late we are especially interested in what passing yet another of these will mean for his job prospects in Texas.
Up until just recently, the Casualty Actuarial Society has had a policy of making you wait until 6 weeks after the test to get a result. Even at 6 weeks, you were only shown whether you had passed or not. You had to wait another 2 weeks for an actual score. That was a form of torture all its own.
Today will be the first time my husband will be given at least a pass/fail result immediately following the test as the test has been computerized this time around. Funny enough, we are both kind of freaked out by getting a result right away. To think we have become accustomed to the torture of waiting so much that it seems we may actually miss that time in no mans land...
At this point, we have put in the time, sacrificed missing things we would have rather been doing and are not sure whether any more practice would make a damn bit of difference. In other words, I feel my husband is right where he should be. He works so hard at this; he deserves to pass every time. Today, I will be thinking 7.