I have written Study Guides:

Exam MAS-1

Exam MAS-2


CAS Exam 5 (Basic Ratemaking only)

CAS Exam 8

CAS Exam 9 (3 free study guides on readings moved from Exam 8)

Howard C. Mahler, FCAS, MAAA


My study guides, practice exams and other products can be purchased from:

the Actuarial Bookstore


or Actex / Mad River Books.


I have been writing study guides since 1994. I have continued to update and revise my study guides each year, including the many helpful suggestions of past students.

In each case other than MAS-2 and ASTAM, seminar style slides are sold separately.

I also have practice exams sold separately for: CAS MAS-1 and MAS-2. /

Dear Prof, I was completely speechless when I got to the 35th question today in less than 2 hours. I had 33 solid answers to all the 35 questions. Mr Bulhmann, Mr Bayes, and Fitting of Loss distributions particularly MLEs was what I encountered. I must say that the SOA uses your style of wording Credibility and Bulhmann problems. I read and did every single problem in your guide within  a month and half. As for your PRACTICE EXAMS, they are TOP NOTCH.

 I am compiling a set of ideas and comments to you as soon as possible. I am buying for GUIDE for Exam MFE next week. Thanks for the INSANE amount of work!!!!  God richly bless you.

 Your happy customer,

                                      Siegfried Kafui Anyomi

I've always used your manuals whenever there was an exam you had material on, and I can say with certainty that your manuals were the most helpful and informative sources that I have used on exams. The effort was obvious given the significant amount of detail in the explanations, combined with original well-written questions that really tested my understanding of the concepts.

Having used other manuals for other exams, I don't think any other manual writers have nearly as many original questions as you do, and even when they put together a problem set, they were not nearly as good as yours. The exam 8 manual really is a great highlight of that, as I struggled conceptually with a lot of the material until I read your explanations and did your problems. 

                                        Timirant Gupta