Series 66 TC - HUH?

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Mar 12, 2012 8:24 pm

Just bought the Series 66 test bank for Training Consultants today, since everyone on this website is raving about it. Was using Kaplan 66, was scoring mid 60's on full 100 question tests. Scored a 88 on the Series 7 using Kaplan.

First test I take on the TC i get a 85%.

WHAT?

How is there such a disparity in the level of difficulty between the two services? I am having my doubts now.

Anyways, my test is in two weeks and the test bank will be for sale if I do indeed pass using this....

PM me if you want it!

Mar 13, 2012 10:11 am

Geezeeee, here we go again.  Training Consultants is easier becuase they don't get into too much detail like Kaplan and STC which in essence is why people fail the Series 66.  they focus on things that they don't need to.  Trust me, TC seems easier but its just more focused on what you need to know, not the bull shit the other ones throw in there.  If you're getting an 85 on the TC practice tests you'll pass- guarantee.  I used Kaplan as additional to my Training Consultants becuase I bought it before getting on this website and seeing the Training Consultants rave as well.  I'd say randomly do a few Kaplan quizes just to keep the variety but there are identical questions from the TC material- not Kaplan.  When is your test?

Mar 13, 2012 10:17 am

(Sorry- missed the part where you said your test is in 2 weeks).  Well, I used the tests for Training Consultants, but I also think the online lectures I got from them were really awesome.  She broke down EVERYTHING in the online lectures and that really helped me get a grasp on the material.  But, the tests are really good to do because they have identical questions.  Training consultants is definitely best with the online lectures + tests (because at the end of each online lecture there are practice tests and they change the practice tests at the end of those section each time so you can't memorize them if you go back and redo them).  I think you'll be fine, especially since you started with the more difficult material (that is exactly what I did). 

Mar 13, 2012 12:53 pm

Nobody ever talks about Fire Solutions. For the 7 I don't think there's any better training I scored an 85% on the 7 with minimal effort. I also used FS for the 66. I didn't like the instructor as much as for the 7 nor the material. My wife was in the hospital the night before the exam. I got 2-3 hours of sleep and took the exam and got an 83%. So FS WORKS!

Mar 13, 2012 3:52 pm

Good to know!  No one ever talks about Fire Solutions which is why no one buys it, then to talk about it! hahaha.  I heard from a couple people on this board that FS was good for the series 7, but you are right, no one really said anything about using it for the 66.  I used STC for the 7 and was satisifed since I passed the first time, but I knew for the 66 after talking to co workers that I HAD to get something different.   So maybe FS and TC are the way to goooo! 

Mar 14, 2012 1:17 pm

I have the TC material. Online Lectures plus 125 page print study guide. The lectures are very time consuming, so I think I will just read the material. Then do the practice exams. Hopefully I pass, test middle April.

Mar 14, 2012 2:20 pm

Yeah, which ever way you learn best.  I didn't read the material because I am a hands on type person, I enjoyed hearing someone talk  about it.  She would give examples about things within the lecutres.  I just wanted the lectures on the more in depth things that take a little longer to get a grasp on.  Mostly the first few lectures.  If I can recall correctly!  Good luck- you are getting a nice head start if its mid april.  I only used TC the last 2 weeks before mine and got an 88

Mar 14, 2012 3:00 pm

Yea. Hopefully I can knock out the book quick and start on the tests. Not sure how many times I can access the test questions though. I wish they were like STCs where I can answer the question and get immediate feedback. Hope to pass this test 1st shot.

Mar 14, 2012 4:22 pm

Nah- it'll be okay.  You can access the test questions as many times as you want.  Its not quite as user friendly as STC I guess in terms of getting an answer right away, but its not necessarily a bad thing.  And the tests will change each time you take them, so its a little more difficult to memorize like STC, however since there are identical questions, memorizing isn't such a bad thing ha.  I would also utilize the test questions at the end of the lectures- they have exams at the end of each section (5 questions that are easy)- then usually 20-30.  These change each time too so you can really get a grasp on the different areas.  It seems like you bought the online thing since you have the online lectures.  Its good- don't worry! :-) 

Mar 16, 2012 9:34 pm

I am not really sure why anyone thinks Fire Solution is good for anything.  Its unorganized, off topic and rife with gramatical errors.  Some of its answers are provable incorrect as well.  

Why anyone would bank their job on such a haphazard product is beyond me.  

Mar 16, 2012 9:35 pm

Also, getting an 85% is the highest score I have ever heard from someone that used Fire.

Mar 19, 2012 1:22 pm

I did 95 on fire

highly recommend

Mar 19, 2012 1:25 pm

I also purchased the TC question bank last week. I started with the STC material..book and exams. Getting 95% on all exams. I saw a few posts about TC and i think it is worth the $100. What i notice is TC is covering the same information with an extra element of detail that is not in the STC exams, but is in the study book. I went through the TC study exam content once and the final exams once. My scores were between 85 - 100. I have my exam in a few weeks....what is the best course of action from here using TC...keep doing finals and study exams ?

Hearing the pass rate for the 66 is not so good..!

I have my 7,24 and 63

Thanks for the help with TC..

Mar 19, 2012 2:03 pm

^^  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. 

Mar 19, 2012 2:49 pm

I wish i could move it up...cant do it...have to work. With your experience with TC finals exams and study exams, is it a good indication on how you will do on the actual exam ?

I guess i just have to try to keep things fresh in my mind for another two weeks...not fun at all..!

I see that you passed with TC....nice !

I hear that alot of people fail with STC....so that is why i bought the TC question bank...it helps.. 

Thanks for the help...let you know how i did and what i saw on the exam..

Mar 19, 2012 3:01 pm

Yes.  I started with STC, and made it like 15 pages before I started looking for other material because I wasn't feeling comfortable the way they were explaining things.  AND I knew a TON of people at my firm failed with it.  Why would I study from something where half the people fail, then read stuff on blogs about how great Training Consultants is?  Seems ignorant, and I wasn't going to be that girl!  I also used Kaplan for about 1 week because a co-worker said it was pretty good (she said it wasn't great by any means, but better than STC). So I studied with that for about a week then I found this website and saw people raving about TC (and yes... I am the most "recent" raver about Training Consultants but that is only because I actually passed 88% and I want to help people!  TC all the way!!  So, I spent about 3 weeks stricktly on TC and I am sure that all the material I retained was TC.  Kaplan was okay- but after taking the exams, I know that TC is VERY close to the format of the real thing and there were identical questions from TC and the real deal.   TC also had online lectures I really liked because I am more of a hands on person and I enjoyed hearing the instructor explain things additional to the reading material.  I am sure you'll be fine with just the tests though because you have background from studying with STC, etc.  As long as you have some background on the material, just using the TC tests should suffice (I don't think you need much background before you start taking the TC tests, just a general idea of the difference between state/fed, etc). 

Mar 19, 2012 3:10 pm

Thanks...88%...very good..

You were very helpful.

We will see how i do..I will let you know.

Mar 19, 2012 3:11 pm

good luck- you'll do fine. I was also done in 45 minutes, so it wasn't scary at all- I thought I was going to get in the 90s.  I only got a 77 on the series 7, so its not like Iam just some hot shot... it was the TC material that helped me.

Mar 19, 2012 3:21 pm

wow 45 minutes...I guess TC really helped...great..i feel better now !

Mar 19, 2012 4:08 pm