Study materials for Series 66

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Jul 9, 2008 10:33 pm

Does anyone who has taken the exam have any suggestions of study material for preparing to take the Series 66 exam?

Jul 10, 2008 2:22 am

Check out the cd at www.passthe66.com IN ADDITION to whatever text you purchase. Listen to it five or six times and you'll probably get a few points on top of your other studies.

Jul 10, 2008 2:34 am

I was looking at http://www.aitraining.com/series66.htm as an option. I like the fact that the CD has 1000 questions. I don't like that this seems like an unknown brand. Another option would be Kaplan with the CD, but I'm not sure... the test CD seems like it only has a few hundred questions

Jul 10, 2008 11:43 pm

Kaplan does a good job of being accurate.  Some of the other folks you get to doubt the veracity of their answers..  I would much rather spend my time learning than scratching my head wondering if the answer was correct.  Same goes for the EJ new system-errors are there.

Jul 11, 2008 8:21 pm

Yeah, this was the conclusion I came to. I ordered the manual, CD and audio CD from Kaplan. However, I never called in for my order and it's already on the way. Guess I'll keep that in mind in the future. Glad to know the Kaplan CD has over 1000 questions, I think I saw it say it had 'several hundred'. 

Jul 14, 2008 10:57 pm

Just popped in the test CD from Kaplan for the series 66... This CD is amazing and 1000x better than the CD I got for the 7 (BIF). The CD has 2045 questions and lets you pick the categories and size of your test. I was worried the CD would only have "a database of hundreds of questions."  I wonder why they don't boast about their 2045 question bank? I almost bought from a more expensive competitor because they offered 1000. Good thing I didn't. Chapter 2 in the book claims to cover 45% of the exam, and is 50 pages long. The test CD has 816 questions over chapter 2. That is amazing considering the rationales for the questions on the CD are also very indepth. It wouldn't surprise me if you took all the rationales on the CD that they would be longer than the manual itself.

 
The Kaplan Audio CD is also well organized and better than the BIF audio CD, which was more like a recorded lecture than what I expect from an Audio CD. The Kaplan CD is pretty monotone, but that's what I like in an audio CD since I use it when I'm relaxing or too tired to read.  
 
I also got 2 packets of "mastery exams" with a combined total of 500 questions. I haven't used these yet but they seem less valuable than the CD and manual because they are all on paper and require you to flip to an answers and rationales page in the back (much like the manual). I didn't like doing this while studying for the 7 so I don't imagine I'll like it any better now. I like immediate gratification and if I do that with these I end up peeking at the next answer. Perhaps I will save them for a few days before my exam date just to do a trial run without rationales
 
Overall this feels like much more than enough to get a high score on the exam. And sorry for the long spiel, but I am excited and happy with what I have to work with now. I will let you all know how I do on the exam.
Jul 15, 2008 10:10 am

I  took a cram class for the 66.  I felt that helped a great deal.  Take the class 1 wk or less before the exam.