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Sep 3, 2017 12:22 pm

I have scoured the net and found no discussion about the Series 53.

A little background - I took the Series 24 in August of 2013 studying for less than 30 days using Kaplan and passed. Right after I bought the Kaplan Series 53 material and studied in the same way as I did for the Series 24 and missed the S53 by 1 point a 69%, literally 1 question on the 100 question exam.

Back to the book and questions I went and 30 days later another 69%!!! I have NEVER failed an exam I actually tried for and to come so close both times was maddening!!

The actual exam was nothing like the Kaplan material at the time. I ended up speaking to the CEO of Kaplan after the general folks couldn't answer my questions. As such, I have decided not to use them this go around even though it appears they've updated their material.

I'm scheduled to take the Series 53 in less than a week and am using STC. I also noticed the exam weighing options in some of the sections has changed a bit since 2013.

I'm scoring anywhere between 79-84% on their practice exams and feel like I have a better understanding of the material this time. But I am a bit uneasy due to my past experience with this tyrant of an exam.

My question is directed to anyone who has somewhat recently taken the S53 and passed, I don’t care if you made a 70 or 100. What vendor did you use, how long did you study and any other info you would think would be helpful would be greatly appreciated to pass this nemesis of mine!!

Sep 3, 2017 1:53 pm

I should add that I just took the 1st closed book pratice exam and scored a 93%, although the questions are familiar....

Sep 5, 2017 8:21 pm

Does anyone have any insight/suggestions etc.???

Sep 16, 2017 5:49 pm

Well, since no replies I will add this for others like myself who search for info on the S53 - I passed today and used only STC's material.