Passed Series 65 - Experience

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Jul 26, 2006 5:32 pm

Due to the lack of people writing about their experience with the test (which is handy when picking study materials), I figure I'll share mine:

83%, first try
Kaplan Series 65 12th edition, above and beyond what was needed for the test
Much easier than I anticipated
Within 5% of my average practice test scores
~2.5 hours of studying/day, 15 days


Jul 26, 2006 5:44 pm

That is good to know, I just signed up for the test yesterday. Hope I pass the first time.

Jul 26, 2006 5:46 pm

oh, and I'm an "IAR" with a fee-only firm, and now I need to come up with a business plan

Jul 26, 2006 6:54 pm

By the way LostSoul, I would suggest you do the practice tests over, and over, and over again after reading through the material once.  I think it's a universal theme; I'm sure whatever material you have, the questions won't differ too far from the style asked on the test (at least that was my experience). 

If you have Kaplan, I would follow their schedule in the opening of the book.  Make use of the "Incorrect on the last try" or "Incorrect OR Never used before" filters when creating your practice tests.  Learn from those questions, and then start taking the timed exams to find out how you stack up in percentage.

Jul 26, 2006 9:30 pm

Thanks for the tips iar

Jul 27, 2006 12:44 pm

very easy test.  Only part of the 66 which is the 63 and the 65 combined.

Jul 27, 2006 1:35 pm

I think the general concensus is that the 65 is harder than the 66.  The 65 also covers some series 7 material.  I didn't find it hard, but I think the 66 is easier...the book is sure a lot thinner.

Jul 30, 2006 12:58 pm

You're exactly right Indy.  Since the 7 is a prereq for the 66, the 66 is a smaller, easier test. 

I went that route and am glad I did.

Chris

Jul 30, 2006 1:49 pm

Chris B tell me about the S66. I have both the 65 and 66 material and have heard the 66 can be harder. I do have my 7.

Aug 6, 2006 2:52 pm

I thought the S. 7 was a piece of cake compared to the S. 66. Options and bonds aren't hard if you learn the rules and write them down during the exam. Series 66 is all rules and regulations which can be elusive and dull.

Aug 6, 2006 2:55 pm
ChrisB:

You're exactly right Indy.  Since the 7 is a prereq for the 66, the 66 is a smaller, easier test. 

I went that route and am glad I did.

Chris


What vender did you use for the S. 66 and how did you study for it? That test seemed to be very tricky and I coudln't seem to pass both times I took it.  I only failed by 3 questions the first time and thought I'd be a shoe in since I got a 96 on my green light exam the second round but failed by 3 questions again. I had no problems with passing the S. 7 though.

Aug 6, 2006 2:56 pm

Vender?

Aug 6, 2006 3:00 pm
NASD Newbie:

Vender?


Yes, vender can be spelled as either vender or vendor.


http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vender

Aug 6, 2006 3:00 pm

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/shoe-in.html

Aug 6, 2006 3:04 pm
NASD Newbie:

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/shoe-in.html



My apologies, I wasn't born and raised in America so sometimes I misspell some words.


It must be nice to have nothing better to do than sit around reading forums and making fun of peoples posting mistakes. Maybe you should go back and check out all the spelling errors you've made in your past postings?

Aug 6, 2006 3:07 pm
slkgirl:

My apologies, I wasn't born and raised in America so sometimes I misspell some words.


It must be nice to have nothing better to do than sit around reading forums and making fun of peoples posting mistakes. Maybe you should go back and check out all the spelling errors you've made in your past postings?



You don't have to apologize, and I'm not making fun.