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Aug 7, 2006 6:19 am

I am taking the SB Pre Emp tests on Wednesday. Anyone out there know where to get study materials that might help? From my understanding I will be taking a personality test and a math based test. Should I prepare form time value of money type questions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated...thanks.

Aug 7, 2006 7:47 am

How does on study for a personality test?

Aug 7, 2006 7:48 am

1.  There is no real good way to study for a personality test. 


2.  No, you will not need to know any time value of money calculations.  This is a sales career so you don't need to know financial stuff yet.  All you need to know is basic math.

Aug 7, 2006 7:50 am

FA Prospect,


there are no study materials.  TVM is a sophisticated question for that exam.  As long as you are not too rusty with your math skills you should do just fine.  best of luck.

Aug 7, 2006 1:14 pm
NASD Newbie:

How does on study for a personality test?


What is this?  I don't know, Newbie, how does 'on' study for a personality test?  Perhaps they should study for their spelling tests first!

Aug 7, 2006 1:27 pm

Aug 7, 2006 7:24 pm

Thanks for the responses everyone.


I was actually asking for suggestions on the math portion and from the responses above...I am not really worried. I moved up the SB tests to Tuesday morning and will let everyone know how I do. Second round of Ed Jones telephone interview on Wednesday afternoon.  

Aug 7, 2006 8:29 pm

Not that you will not see this for yourself, but SB and EJ are not even on the same level.  Take the EJ stuff all the way, but if SB offers, you will get the fast paced, high pressure environment that Advisor's should thrive under.  Have you tried any other wirehouses? 

Aug 7, 2006 10:19 pm
entrylevelFA:

Not that you will not see this for yourself, but SB and EJ are not even on the same level.  Take the EJ stuff all the way, but if SB offers, you will get the fast paced, high pressure environment that Advisor's should thrive under.  Have you tried any other wirehouses? 


ML is not hiring in my home city...I did post a resume for AG ED (late in the process) this weekend. I am not really looking to move out of the area - so I have made up my mind to accept if SB or EDJ offers. My only quandry is that the EDJ timeline seems to be much shorter and I will probably be forced to decide if they offer before SB.  

Aug 8, 2006 9:08 pm

I completed the SB tests today and I think I did pretty well - at least on the Math and probably the logic or "Conclusions" portions. The most complicated TVM was pretty basic and really only a few of the questions were very in-depth. I must admit though that it would probably be pretty difficult for someone without a Math, Accounting, or Finance backgroud. The personality test is seems to be more problematic, but I do have a pretty aggresive personality so hopefully I did ok.


I have my second phone interview with EDJ tomorrow and SB said that they will get back with me next week and let me know whether I will proceed to the next round of interviews and prepare the dreaded business plan.


I wonder...do the brokerages ever just have applicants prepare BPs to get fresh ideas to use for themselves? Or have they pretty much covered all the bases for their areas? Any brokers out there ever tried any "guerilla" marketing tactics for gaining exposure?