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Assistant Examiner – Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA Global)

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Module 1 — Finance and Financial Mathematics 

The Role: The Assistant Examiner role is appointed by the IFoA, under authority of CAA Global. Working with and deputising for the Principal Examiner you will ensure that CAA examination(s) maintain and reflect the level and standards of CAA Global. 

The exams for Modules 0-4 have been developed in conjunction with Pearson VUE, a leading provider of Computer-Based Assessments world-wide. The exams consist of multiple choice questions which have been prepared by a team of question setters. During development these questions undergo a review process which is carried out by the module’s Principal and Assistant Examiner.  Questions are reviewed bi-annually in line with examination sessions.  

“Task” and “Person” Specification:  

“Person” Specification 

As Assistant Examiner it is a requirement that you can demonstrate:  

  • in depth and up to date knowledge of  the subject area(s)
  • good time management skills and an ability to adhere to tight deadlines
  • familiarity with IT systems
  • team management skills
  • strong communication skills
  • an understanding of exam setting and/or item writing for multiple choice style assessments either within the IFoA or relevant setting such as another professional body or university

“Task” Specification

Once appointed the Assistant Examiner’s primary tasks will include:

  • Supporting the Principal Examiner to ensure the Module remains relevant and up-to-date
  • Participate in a review of the Module syllabus and Resource Guide when required, supporting the Principal Examiner in providing recommendations to the IFoA Assessment Team, which may include:
  • New topic(s) to be added to the module syllabus; the related topic weighting; and the impact the addition has on existing topic weightings.
  • Topic(s) to be removed from the module syllabus and the impact this has on remaining topic weightings
  • Working closely with the IFoA and Pearson VUE in the management and maintenance of question banks including but not limited to:
  • Reviewing the performance of existing questions and where necessary suggest improvements to the Principal Examiner.
  • Technical review of new questions
  • Editing existing questions or authoring new questions, where necessary.
  • Attend all necessary training/workshops identified by the IFoA, planned in partnership with Pearson VUE.
  • Ensure that the Module adheres to IFoA regulations, policies and procedures
  • Attend meetings required in the creation of new items to ensure standards of the CAA assessments are maintained.  This will include but is not limited to technical review meetings and angoff rating meetings.
  • Support the Principal Examiner with the creation of the exam session documents for the Board of Examiners.


The appointment is a nominally paid self-employed contractor role. The fee (gross) is payable per annum, plus out of pocket expenses in accordance with the IFoA’s volunteer expenses policy. The fee will be discussed with any candidates taken forward to interview.

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