The Academy of Life Underwriting offers a series of examinations to the life insurance professional to develop their skills in life insurance risk assessment. Successful completion of the full exam series, together with a number of courses offered by the Academy's educational partners, leads a student to the Fellow, Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU) designation.

Examinations will next be administered on Tuesday, October 15, 2024 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, local time. Only ALU Exam 101 will be offered in October. Students may register for and write only one exam during an exam cycle. All examinations are written in English. Each examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, each with a value of 1 point. All questions are based upon material listed in the reading syllabus. For ALU Exam 301, questions are based on the reading syllabus and upon information which a professional underwriter might reasonably be expected to know.

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  • April 29, 2024 - Registration opens for the October 2024 ALU exams (ALU Exam 101 only).
  • August 1, 2024 - Enrollment deadline for October examinations at regular fee. Withdrawal deadline for refund of exam fee less a cancellation fee.
  • September 1, 2024 - Enrollment deadline for October examinations with additional late fee.
  • October 15, 2024 - ALU examinations written 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, local time. All examinations must be written at this time.
  • December 1, 2024 - Announcement of October 2024 examination results.

Sample Test Questions