What are travel times and how are they calculated?
The term 'travel time' refers to the number of years it takes for an actuarial candidate to complete a set of exams and/or receive a designation. Graphed and tabled below are statistics based on aggregate travel times, that is, the travel time distributions as calculated by the website's ranking system. For an overview of the ranking system and a discussion of which exams are included in each category, please see faq #6.



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# of People3481.001825.001259.001867.00
Slowest9.509.6710.0810.08
5th percentile5.835.677.087.67
10th percentile4.834.676.086.83
15th percentile4.004.005.586.25
20th percentile3.673.675.085.67
25th percentile3.423.424.675.25
30th percentile3.003.254.425.00
35th percentile2.833.004.084.67
40th percentile2.582.923.924.42
45th percentile2.422.583.674.25
Average2.672.893.934.48
Median2.332.423.504.00
55th percentile2.002.423.424.00
60th percentile2.002.253.173.75
65th percentile1.922.003.083.58
70th percentile1.672.003.003.42
75th percentile1.422.002.923.42
80th percentile1.422.002.803.25
85th percentile1.422.002.423.00
90th percentile1.251.582.422.92
95th percentile1.001.422.002.42
Fastest0.421.001.001.42



Cumulative Travel Time Distributions
Percentage of exam writers who reached milestone faster than given travel time
 


Travel Times vs. Date of First Exam Pass
This graph aims to show how travel times are changing over time
 

Each line on the the above (near graph) represents the average travel time for all exam takers who passed their first exam on the given date along the x-axis. This graph necessarily slopes downward since the completion of a set of exams that started more recently must necessarily have occured within a shorter timespan than exams that started earlier. Over time, the left portion of the graph will reveal if travel times are changing over time - if they are not, then that portion of the graph should remain flat.