Training Consultants and the Series 66 Exam. What if?

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Feb 11, 2012 4:57 pm

I am not saying that this is the case, but what if the majority of comments on this board were posted by employees of Training Consultants?  When I see so many positive comments without any negative comments, I have to wonder about the situation.  All the exam prep providers have access to the same content outline.

Feb 12, 2012 7:17 pm

Let's hope not...I'm using it for the 66 and intend to take it in the next week or so. The thought did cross my mind and honestly one poster in particular seems really suspicious, but I've also seen a few whose other posts I've looked at and have come to the conclusion (or perhaps just hoping for my own sake) that it doesn't seem like all of them would be employees. One or two of them defineitly could be.

I'm following the program to a tee and I won't take the test until I'm in the range that they suggest and will report back here if the content is way off or if it's all an obvious scam. Obviously outside sources could affect my outcome but I will be extraordinarily upset if I got bamboozled even though it would be all of my fault. And I promise to go on an all out campaign to expose them if that's the case as well. Might not make much of a difference but at least I'll feel like I've done my part.

Feb 12, 2012 7:17 pm

Let's hope not...I'm using it for the 66 and intend to take it in the next week or so. The thought did cross my mind and honestly one poster in particular seems really suspicious, but I've also seen a few whose other posts I've looked at and have come to the conclusion (or perhaps just hoping for my own sake) that it doesn't seem like all of them would be employees. One or two of them definitely could be.

I'm following the program to a tee and I won't take the test until I'm in the range that they suggest and will report back here if the content is way off or if it's all an obvious scam. Obviously outside sources could affect my outcome but I will be extraordinarily upset if I got bamboozled even though it would be all of my fault. And I promise to go on an all out campaign to expose them if that's the case as well. Might not make much of a difference but at least I'll feel like I've done my part.

Feb 13, 2012 10:42 am

I thought the same exact thing.  I do not work for TC and I was nervous too.  Once I started taking the exam I knew it wasn't a joke.  Take your own chances but I swear on my life I do not work for TC and I know that if you get their stuff you'll pass.

Feb 13, 2012 10:45 am

I am sure I am the poster you guys think work for TC because I post a lot about this.  I am just trying to help people out in the industry because I know for a fact how scared I was about the 66 and how many horrible things I heard about it.  I was given STC from my company, I bought Kaplan on my own, and after reading stuff on this site, I decided to spend even more money on TC because numerous people said it was awesome.  I buckled down on TC for the last 2 weeks before my exam and I am so happy I did that.  I must say though, I was scared everyone worked for TC!  I SWEAR I do not!  Jmaka, you won't regret it and you can come back on here and admit it.  If you guys go to my earlier posts I was asking which material was the best (this was probably around October/November because that is when I studied for it).  Go ahead and look at all my posts and you'll see that I was asking about STC and then I start posting about TC because it worked.

Feb 13, 2012 1:53 pm

It's nothing personal. It just looks like you're overtly pitching them. I don't think anyone can be blamed for being suspicious when it comes to these kinds of things. In any event I've been using them for the past few weeks. I've been taking the exams and my scores so far are:

#1-79 #2-72 #3-72 #4-69(insurance questions were killing me) #5-81 and Random Final 1st attempt 90

Re-take of #1- 94

So according to them, if I maintain the scores from the last 3 or so tests, I should be ready. I'm going to schedule the test for this coming Friday which will have allowed me to take the other 4 over again and an additional random final.

Feb 13, 2012 2:05 pm

@jmaka I heard Training Consultants is well worth the money and it works very well. I was thinking of using it when I start studying for my s66 as well. Keep us posted on how you do. Good luck!

Feb 13, 2012 2:17 pm

I guess, it just sucks that people can't come on here as a very strong advocate of their industry and share their experiences without being seen as "suspicious".  Again, I just want to help people!  So, shoot me.  Why would I offer to sell my personal stuff for less than the Training Consultants stuff if I worked for them?  That makes no damn sense now does it?  I guess that is how our society works these days.  Always be suspicious because there are lots of A-holes out there trying to screw us all over.  Not me, though!  Good luck!!  Just take the practice tests as many times as you can before, because as I have said, there are identical questions on the real deal.

Sep 15, 2012 4:44 pm

In the spirit of fair disclsoure, I am in a different position from some people on this board in that I have already taken and passed these exams.  These days I help students with the material.  I don't help anyone with the 65 yet but I am looking into it becuase alot of people take it after the 7.   I am looking for source material for the 65.  Training Consultants's manual by itself costs $120  for only 120 or so pages and without any practice tests.  I have a hard time believing that STC is substantially inferior to TC.  They all use the same content outline.  If TC is that much better, it must mean that they have an inside track to the actual questions, which raises other questions.

Feb 13, 2012 3:20 pm

I honsetly think you are correct with your latter comment.  I have heard that the person who wrote TC, used to work for NASAA and that is why some questions are identical.  apparently she wrote some of the questions for the Series 66 and Nasaa hasn't changed them?  Who knows what truth that holds, but it would make sense.  And yeah, probably should raise other questions, perhaps it will once someone from NASAA sees this post. haha.

Feb 13, 2012 5:14 pm

@mstudy

I don't know that I'd say the material itself is vastly inferior from one provider to the next, but maybe the approach could be? When I started using  STC for the 66 I found that it was approaching it much the same way it had with the 7. That worried me in that the 7 is a different test entirely. Even if I haven't heard too many people speaking lowly of TC, what I have read here and other places is the great majority of people that have failed once, twice and even three times using STC because of the vast amount of information presented. Those people often mentioned numerous other providers that they had heard were better, or had actually proven to be. The root however was always that STC had somehow failed them. I'd defineitly say that more people have posted about failing with STC than passing when it comes to the 66. With the 7, as we all know, STC seems to be the consensus favorite and for very good reason as far as I'm concerned.

If the trick to the test is just focusing on the few subjects you need, which one vendor identifies and focuses on exclusively, then I'd say it's money well spent. Not to mention there aren't very many study courses that you get lectures, tests, and study guide for 200 bucks. Their software just got an upgrade too, and as far as evaluating the areas you need to focus on (assuming their content is an accurate representation of the test) is vastly superior to STC's.

Just playing devil's advocate, we'll find out Friday whether or not the gamble was worth it, for me anyway...

@registerme Tina didn't write series 66 questions or work for NASAA, she wrote series 7 questions and was on the NYSE Series 7 Committee.

Feb 14, 2012 9:25 am

I agree with the above.  I have noticed that people simply complain that STC is not good for the 66, and I agree its because they go into way too much detail.  Kaplan wasn't bad either for the 66, but I think it went into too much detail as well.  OK, sounds good in regards to Tina, as I said, I have no idea.  All I know, is there were identical questions on the real deal as the practice tests...... Not sure how that is possible since people who work for the companies that write the books aren't allowed to take the tests.....

Feb 14, 2012 3:24 pm

[quote=registerme]

I guess, it just sucks that people can't come on here as a very strong advocate of their industry and share their experiences without being seen as "suspicious".  Again, I just want to help people!  So, shoot me.  Why would I offer to sell my personal stuff for less than the Training Consultants stuff if I worked for them?  That makes no damn sense now does it?  I guess that is how our society works these days.  Always be suspicious because there are lots of A-holes out there trying to screw us all over.  Not me, though!  Good luck!!  Just take the practice tests as many times as you can before, because as I have said, there are identical questions on the real deal.

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Training Consultants is the way to go, 100%.  Take our word for it, passed both 66 and 7 with it.

Feb 15, 2012 8:29 pm

I sure as hell dont work for them and I passed two weeks ago using their stuff.  I only used their question bank and did it a few times over and passed.  I wouldent say that there are alot of the same questions but there are a couple.  There were a few questions that I didnt know and I was seeing for the first time.  So for those who are thinking about it I would say do it but put your time into it and you will be fine.

Feb 15, 2012 8:38 pm

Well I take it on Friday and here are my test results from the last week as well as some qbank results in my weak areas. Unless I totally choke, I should be pretty dialed in. Gonna take another Random Final tomorrow before I take it first thing Friday.

Feb 15, 2012 8:40 pm

I think it deleted my text, but that's my last week or so of studying....tests and going over questions areas I felt a little weak in.

According to them and everyone else I should be good to go Friday. Going to take one more random final on Thursday to sum it all up. Then first thing Friday I take it.

Feb 15, 2012 9:21 pm

[quote=jmaka]

I think it deleted my text, but that's my last week or so of studying....tests and going over questions areas I felt a little weak in.

According to them and everyone else I should be good to go Friday. Going to take one more random final on Thursday to sum it all up. Then first thing Friday I take it.

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If you didnt use the book at all, you will pass no problem, just keep taking tests....

Feb 17, 2012 5:31 pm

Add me as one of the believers now. I passed the 66 today with an 83 using TC. There were quite a few questions which were worded exactly like the practice exams, just with some words switched around. I would say however that if you're borderline to pay special attention to insurance types/components because it went into a little more depth on the real test than the practice exams. Other than that, anything you hadn't seen before you could figure out based on the lectures and the book.

Like everyone else has said...just checkmark, highlight, underline and take tests until youre >85 consistently and you'll have zero problem with this test. It is really not a hard test at all. Whoever said it was harder than the 7 either has no reading comprehension skills or simply didn't put the time in.

Feb 22, 2012 2:04 am

I just took the Series 7 for the first time and received a 78. I used Testeachers.com and I'm not sure if I want to use them again. Has anyone used both Testeachers and Training Consultants that can offer some imput to which one of these two I should use for the Series 66? I just thought that testeachers put some emphasis on area that were not mentioned that much on the Series 7, while at the same time missed some other information in their material. Its hard to believe that Training Consultants can be so accurate with their material, but hopefully they are.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

Feb 22, 2012 11:18 am

I am also looking to buy the book and the online access for Training Solutions Series 66. Anyone with this material please respond. I am taking the test in a couple of weeks.