Passing the series 7 by the book

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Sep 22, 2008 2:25 am

Hi i wanted to know if anyone has passed the series 7 just by reading the book and doing the exams without taking a series 7 class?

Sep 22, 2008 11:19 am

Yes, I also got in the high 90’s.

Sep 22, 2008 11:29 am

all you need is that CD … I didn’t read the book, just did as many practice questions as I could have … got high 70’s.

  I was in the position where I HAD to get my 7 in a short period of time, so I didnt waste time reading the book, but just to answer your question, the class is definitely not needed. I'm sure it can't hurt though!
Sep 22, 2008 11:40 am

Yes.  If you are scoring in the 80s on the CD practice exams then take the test.  If not, take the class prior to the test.

Sep 22, 2008 5:47 pm

Yes, and I had no experience in the industry at all at that point in time. I started at a firm that would sponsor you, have you do it on your own, and then come on board. I read the book all the way through four times, but more importantly did several practice exams, which I agree are much more important. Ended up with a 90.

Sep 22, 2008 5:48 pm

My training program was online exams and a book, got an 89.6, the test isn't as brutal as I thought it would be

Sep 22, 2008 7:17 pm

The class is a waste. I would of rather been taking practice test instead of looking into space and at the clock. If you live in NYC and go to STC some of the stories are funny but thats about it. And the book, let me not get started on that. So much shit in there you will not need to know. It is long and drawn out. I learned options on my own, read retirement, didnt bother with tech and fundamental sections, liked the shot retirement section and took the test four times. Scored a 76 finsihed the test in about 2.5 hr with the half hour break included.

Sep 23, 2008 1:52 am

Do what I’m doin’…Sleep wiff da book under yo’ pillow
I th’o’t dey page it osmosis

Sep 26, 2008 6:25 pm

Read the book, take note of the key items and use the practice exam CD extensively. That’s what worked for me. I got a 90

Sep 26, 2008 6:38 pm

Class is a waste of money.  You can get through it with book and cd only.  I got high 80s doing just that.

Be sure to take the paper exams though, as they had some material that was not on the CDs. 

Sep 26, 2008 7:06 pm

I have the Kaplan Series 7, 3rd Edition. On the Kaplan website they have a TestAlert which is an update to the 4th Edition, in other words making it comparable to the upcoming 5th edition. They no longer have available on the website a TestAlert that makes the 3rd edition comparable to the 4th edition. If I could get my hands on that, then with that and the TestAlert to the 4th edition, my 3rd edition would be totally current. Is there anyone out there who has the TestAlert, which makes the 3rd edition comparable to the 4th edition? If so, please let me know if you have it as a PDF or just printed out and I’ll provide you with my e-mail or fax number as appropriate.

Sep 27, 2008 4:06 am

[quote=iceco1d]Google it, I think they are archived somewhere on Kaplan’s website…[/quote]
Prior to posting in this forum, I Googled it and wasn’t able to find it on Kaplan’s website nor anywhere else. I called Kaplan and they told me that it isn’t anywhere on their website. My only hope is that someone downloaded it and saved it and then can send me a copy. Thanx for your response.

Nov 1, 2008 12:01 am

Yeah I used the PassTrak Stuff a few years ago.  I think they were bought out by Kaplan.  I passed using just that book.  But it helped that I had a background in bonds.  The largest section of the questions are about the bond market.

Nov 1, 2008 12:23 am

I read the book cover to cover once, took MANY online practice tests, went back to the book and studied my weak spots.  I passed with an 83 yesterday.

Nov 1, 2008 9:51 am

I’m taking my exam on Tuesday
Wish me luck ya’ll is mad stupid.

Nov 1, 2008 12:17 pm

What book do you all recommend for a one stop study guide? Thanks.

Nov 2, 2008 3:35 pm

[quote=GWB43] I’m taking my exam on Tuesday
Wish me luck ya’ll is mad stupid.

  I can't figure out why exactly, but you crack me up.  That chicken and the "ya'll is mad stupid."  I just can't handle it.  You get my vote for troll of the year![/quote]

Go Sen MaCain....Go Me !!!!

Working on muh ma options charts now

Wish me luck Ya' know what I'm sayin'?
Nov 2, 2008 10:18 pm

I agree that taking the practice tests is the most important part.  however at most firms, you have only one chance to pass the test. reading the book is very beneficial, i recommend skimming the book.  it is impossible to comprehend all the material.

the class is extra help just like in school.  if you score in the 80's for the practice tests, do not waste you time or money on the class.  the series 7 is a very hard test, but as with everything if you put your time in, you will pass.  good luck.
Nov 5, 2008 7:29 pm

Passed muh ma tess yesterday
Very easy…Anyone wants any pointers? an don’t make me pull mah gat!

Nov 5, 2008 8:18 pm

[quote=moonlight]Hi i wanted to know if anyone has passed the series 7 just by reading the book and doing the exams without taking a series 7 class?

I did.  I used a Dearborn S7 study book with the sample exam in a CD.  Spent a month and a half studying for it: 60% reading, 40% taking sample exams.  All this during the last year of my MBA.  I found the Series 66 harder than the 7.