Series 66 TC - HUH?

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Mar 20, 2012 7:06 pm

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^^  Yes, just keep familiar with the information until the tests by taking practice exams, maybe reading over things you aren't sure you completely get. I really don't think there is much more you can do given your scores on the exams.  You should move your test closer because I think you're wasting time waiting 2 weeks with scores like those.  I haven't heard anyone taking STC and getting 95% on the Series 66 stuff unless this was the 3rd time around and you just memorized the questions/answers. 

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@Registerme, Thanks for all of your information on this exam - it has been really helpful. I have one question for you. I originally started studying in January with Pass Perfect. After looking at some of these threads in early February, I purchased the TC materials; lectures, book and exams. One thing that I noticed a few times, was that the actual content, some of the answers to questions were completely different to what I had studied previously. I went back to both PP and TC with the same question, and both firms of course stand by their original response. It would be just my luck to have everything come down to one question to push me off the fence or finally bring this journey to an end. My exam is scheduled for 3/30 and I take my first final tonight. We shall see...just curious on your thoughts, I know you had used more than one source in addition to TC. Thanks again

Mar 22, 2012 12:36 pm

Wow that is interesting. I would honestly trust Training Consultants.  I am only saying that because I had so much success with it- but I definitely found some of the STC and Kaplan material to be confusing, as they weren't consistent when they were explaining things.  TC just is more simple in my opinion and doesn't try to be fancy.  The 66 isn't fancy, but the other study programs make it that way.  I would honestly trust the answer for TC, but I guarantee if you are studying with TC this time around you won't be within a point of passing, you'll pass by at least 5.  The online lectures are SO helpful to break everything down if you're having trouble- they helped me a LOT- and the identical questions on TC are nice.  Someone at my office took the 66 yesterday and she swears she had 40 exact questions from TC to the actual thing.  I had a lot too, maybe 30-40.  So, don't worry- you'll be okay. Trust the TC material.

Mar 22, 2012 1:11 pm

Thanks, I appreciate the words of encouragement - I'm continuing on with TC - took my first final and got  a 75 - I'll see how the next 4 fare as well as the random finals.  I love the fact that TC is a quarter of the information Pass Perfect had. This is a great forum to throw questions out - I guess we are all in the same boat at one point or another! Thanks again and I'll let you know how I do on the 30th!

Mar 22, 2012 1:34 pm

I used Pass Perfect for my first resource when I took the 7. For anyone that has diffculty focusing while reading, Pass Perfect has got to be the equivalent of Hell.

Mar 22, 2012 1:36 pm

Pass perfect was awful Joe - I got through half the book and knew I couldn't go much further. The service they provide is not stellar either. At least TC responds to emails same day, and are more than willing to talk to you if you call their 800 number. I can't say enough good things about them.

Mar 22, 2012 1:52 pm

".........For anyone that has diffculty focusing while reading, Pass Perfect has got to be the equivalent of Hell."

LOL!!!!!  Glad this wasn't one of the three I tried.  I have a hard time reading because it makes me tired- and studying the 66 material would even make a non sleepy reader tired!  STC was pretty bad too though.  I literally read 15 pages then gave up. 

Mar 22, 2012 3:33 pm

Fire Solutions is terrible!!!! After seeing the TC book i realized how disorganized fire book was. there are errors constantly in the text and exams. i emailed people at fire pointing out several errors and they admitted to almost all of them that they needed to change/rewrite it. this is unacceptable when it comes to a test like this where every word matters. I failed using fire and i knew that book cover to cover, and got really good scores on the practice tests. i know a lot of it has to do with what test you get, but mine was different. after reading the TC book i am seeing much more similarities and hopefully will know what im dealing with this time around.

Mar 22, 2012 3:35 pm

@Registerme, Thanks for all of your information on this exam - it has been really helpful. I have one question for you. I originally started studying in January with Pass Perfect. After looking at some of these threads in early February, I purchased the TC materials; lectures, book and exams. One thing that I noticed a few times, was that the actual content, some of the answers to questions were completely different to what I had studied previously. I went back to both PP and TC with the same question, and both firms of course stand by their original response. It would be just my luck to have everything come down to one question to push me off the fence or finally bring this journey to an end. My exam is scheduled for 3/30 and I take my first final tonight. We shall see...just curious on your thoughts, I know you had used more than one source in addition to TC. Thanks again

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sjwhit,

I was considering doing a bunch of pass perfect exams too just for some variety bc i know people who used it and liked it. if i am already deep into the TC material and have done those exams should i not? would i just confuse myself?

Mar 22, 2012 4:50 pm

Hambone, I responded to your email...Keep me posted!

Mar 22, 2012 8:14 pm

Wow hambone, I am taking it on the 30th too!!

Good luck to you, I've been getting 80+ on the practice tests for TC... so Im starting to do problems on the HUGE database in Kaplan now.

Mar 26, 2012 1:22 pm

How do you like the Kaplan database? I have been very reluctant to try another source just because of the discrepancies between all of them. Is Kaplan similar enough to TC to use? How did you get it?

Mar 27, 2012 1:12 am

Kaplan compared to TC is literally twice as hard. I took the Kaplan Final Test and scored a 64%. I am geting 88+ on TC.

Mar 27, 2012 11:57 am

Yeah i am now getting scores consistently in the 90's and def have the worries that maybe the exams are too easy. but then again maybe its exactly what you need to know. i have been at it for quite some time bc i have already taken the exam. just not sure if i want to start looking at other material at this point in the game. i can attest that a lot of the TC material is on the test because i remember seeing some of the questions word for word in the material. please let me know how your test goes on the 30th. i don't take it until april 2. i am very anxious to see how the TC material sizes up in your opinion. i guess i can do some last minute kaplan tests if needed. Good Luck, please keep us informed

Mar 27, 2012 12:22 pm

I'm experiencing the same thing. Just putting my trust in the material and crossing my fingers. I have noticed that the questions tend to be more in depth than some of the reading. Hoping that helps when it comes to the exam, 

I have a feeling with this system the tests are more valuable than the study material.

Mar 27, 2012 1:13 pm

JoeBull when are you taking it?

Mar 27, 2012 2:03 pm

My original plan was the 2nd but I don;t think I'm going to have everything I need lined up before then (I have a special accommadation I receive. And it takes a while to go through even though FINRA has it on file.)

So as close to the 2nd as possible.

Mar 30, 2012 2:35 pm

WOOT!

Just passed the exam with a 84%. I was scoring 90+ on the practice finals prior to taking it this morning.

Training Consultants DEFINATELY helped!! However, the real test was indeed slightly harder. There were multiple questions on the test that corresponded to the TC material.

The test had more in depth questions regarding the performance calculations and annuity/life insurance...

This was my break down:

Economic Factors and Business Info: 80% 4, of 5

Investment Vehicle Characteristics, 86% 13 of 15

Client Investment Recommendations: 60% 18 of 30

Laws Regulations: 94%, 47 of 50.

Good luck to all!

(I still ahve the TC Question Bank valid for another 100 days.. if anyone needs ill send password for cheap)

Mar 30, 2012 3:51 pm

Congratulations eez…

So TC really helped…great. Can you give us an example of the in depth performance calculations you saw ?

Did you see anything that you did not come across on the TC TEST banks ?

Also..how long did it take you to complete the exam

That is great…you did great on the laws and regs…

Have mine on the 9th

Mar 30, 2012 11:21 pm

Sure.

There were some calcualtions regarding ALPHA... to be honest I don't remember what is asked cus I had no idea how to do it.

There was also a few questions on how the participation rate of index linked annuities work... so read more into that. There were many things that did not come across on the TC test banks, but you just had to figure it out yourself basically.

There were some TRICKY questions such as.. A european option is a deritive because.. and it gives you two correct answers, one that is can only be exercised at expiry, or that its price is based on another security. YOu have to read closely to realize that the question is asking for what a deritive means, not what a european style option meant.

Just read carefully and you will do fine. TC definately helped, if I only used Kaplan I would have scored lower for sure.

Apr 2, 2012 12:56 pm

guys just passed with a 90. TC was spot on for almost the entire test. read the book and keep re-reading it until u know it well and take every exam twice. i was done in about an hour. if you know the material you cannot fail.