Failed the Series 65

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Apr 7, 2011 9:24 pm

So I failed the series 65 today.  Studied for about 2 weeks w/ STC book and practice tests and on the tests I was getting between 85-90 and I feel like the actual test was like comparing apples and oranges as I got a 67 on the real thing.  Among all the topics I did the worst in:

Economic Factors & Business Information & Basic concepts, financial statements, quantitative methods, risks. 

I used STC for the 7 and it helped a lot. My question is - is there a better book that I can turn to on top of the STC one? 

Any  suggestions for the 2nd time next month?

Thanks for the help.

Apr 7, 2011 9:39 pm

kaplan qbank

Apr 7, 2011 10:05 pm

Yes, get Pass the XX by Robert Walker (he has books for the 7, 63, 65 and 66)

I used Pass the 66 for my 66. My provided STC but it was woefully under par for the actual exam.

There were not any questions on the actual test that Pass the 66 didn't prepare me for. The STC material on the other hand had a ton.

Apr 10, 2011 8:30 pm

I was managing when FINRA changed the 66 (not so much a change as much as a repackaging), and we had a lot of people take the 66 using their material that failed. The pass rate for the seven did not seem to change much, but the 66 definitely did. The firm suggested STC, but I started looking at other resources for the 66 pretty quickly when I saw the fail rate jump.

Many of the prospective advisors made similar remarks as PushForward, the STC material was out of step with the actual exam. At first I suspected poor study habits, but these were prospects that passed their seven with good markes and spent several weeks on the 66.

I would definitely look at other material. I can suggest Kaplan because a couple prospects used it and passed. The other ones mentioned may be good as well, but I don't have experience with them.

Apr 10, 2011 10:26 pm

Kaplan was the best for me.  I read bad things about them from a few years ago but they got a new guy and he went in and redid their questions a few years back.  I just passed the 66 with it and the questions were VERY close.  QBank was great and the OnDemand Quiz Review was the most helpful.  The guy walks you through 100 questions and explains why it is the answer.  Good luck!

Apr 11, 2011 12:08 am

I just passed 66 and got 94. I would highly recommend test teachers and pass perfect. But I studied for 5 weeks as I need to get 80 since I am the principal of the firm

Apr 11, 2011 4:11 am

I used Pass the 66 for my 66. My provided STC but it was woefully under par for the actual exam.

Jul 9, 2015 8:05 pm

Thank you for the informative posts.