I just took the Series 65 yesterday and failed by a good amount. I was taken by surprise when I was sitting the exam because almost 80% of the practice tests and questions I had prepared for with Training Consultants (TC) was in NO way similar to anything being asked on the test. I was scoring in the low 70's and high 80's on the practice tests with Training Consultants, and should have been in the clear or at least close to passing. Does anyone have ANY suggestions at all regarding what material, practice tests, etc I can take? I just bough the STC exam finals and will use those to study for the next time I take the test. Any help/guidance would be much appreciated.
If you didnt like TC, I would recommend Kaplan. Also you may want to consider taking the 66 because its the same as the 65 an 63 and I hear its substantial easier then the 65 by itself.
I have the 63 already - took it years ago, so I think i was just going to take the 65 to get to the 66. Is Kaplan that much better than STC? Any further advice? I just looked on Kaplan's website and it's not that bad pricing wise. Any suggestions on what to buy - either the Qbank or the exams.
To save money I just bought the book and then once I studied for a while I purchased the practice tests. It really all depends how much you want to spend obviously if you spend more you will get more and better material. Since you said you said you had failed by a good amount the first time maybe get one of the packages that comes with everything in it. The actual test is most likely always going to be more difficult then the practice test. So once your scoring high 80s or 90s consistently that's when you should schedule your test.
The reason people occasionally struggle with the series 65 exam is a combination of lack of investment experience and a lack time to study (or sometimes a lack of discipline in studying). If one does have the experience, one will likely need to put in a lot of time.