First of all, hello to everyone. Best wishes and prayers that we all get to stay in this profession and pay our bills.
My situation is this: I just took the Series 9 after using the STC materials. I probably spent too much time studying as I was able to take the practice exams in about 25 minutes and score in the mid 90s. However, when I took the actual exam, there were many terms and questions that were not covered in any of the study material or the several hundred practice questions I took. In addition, some of the areas of emphasis in the books were not on the exam at all. I passed with an 81%, but I think that was mostly luck. As I was sitting there, I literally began to think they put me at the wrong terminal or had loaded in the wrong test. I am assuming that either the study materials were outdated or the test itself was outdated.
I am about to start studying for the 10, but I don't want to spend hours cramming my head full of info that will not be covered on the exam.
Now for the question: Has anyone taken the 10 recently and if so, what study materials did you use. Also, has anyone had a similar experience with the 9 or with the STC materials?
I had a similar situation when I took the 51, but I used STC for my 7, 66 and 24 and the study material was dead on. But I have heard through the grapevine recently that STC has been off their mark.
A lot of people are going with Kaplan.
Thanks for the feedback. I found a Dearborn on Ebay but no Kaplan. The dearborn is 3 years old, but hard to beat for $25. Surely if I study both I'll be able to muddle through it.
I actually think that Kaplan and Dearborn are one company now. One bought the other or something like that. But be aware that the material and the exams are updated every year, so be careful with material that is 3 years old. But you are right, $25 is a very hard price to beat.