Series 65 exam - Kaplan - taking this Friday

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Jun 21, 2011 1:23 pm

I am taking the Series 65 exam this Friday.

Been scoring around 80-90% on the practice exams, and am going to take the 130 (1-time) test that kaplan has within their study program.

How comfortable should I feel going into the exam, and is there any last minute advice?


Jun 21, 2011 2:37 pm

The Kaplan test is harder than the real 65 test. you will do fine.

Jun 23, 2011 3:13 pm

I had to take this test recently. Surprised that it went from a pamphlet test to a real test. When I got the study guide from Kaplan I looked at it and asked, What's this? Ishould have taken this test a long time ago when it was shorter.

Here's what i did, I crammed. Three days before test I cracked the study guide. I took each of the unit tests and then concentrated on any where I didn't score 80 or above. 

Total study time, about 12 hours. Scoring 90 or above on all unit tests. I didn't go beyond the book-did nothing on line.

Score on the real test 80.

Test was 140 questions with 10 questions that don't count thrown in for good measure. I did it in a little under two hours, I think they give you three.

The only problem i had was with financials. Accounting questions regarding corp analysis. Nothing that i saw in study guide about this, and haven't looked at this stuff in 25 years. it is really simple stuff until there are two answers staring you in the face that both look right. Still, it's simple if you study for it. There were 19 questions in this category on my test. Luckily i managed to get 11 of those right.

Really, overall, this test is a piece of cake. it may be longer than it use ot be, but not any harder.

To qualify my answer, I got a 95 on the seven.

Good luck

Jun 23, 2011 9:56 pm

Maybe the 65 is easier. I had to take the 66 or the 63/65.

I did the 66. I was worried about failing the test that I studied for a month straight. 150 hours at least.

I barely passed with a 76%. If I had missed 2 more questions I would have failed. Two other newbies missed it by 2 or 3 questions the first time and got a 75% on the nose a month later.

Everyone that I knew that was new to the business and taking the 66 or 63/65 either barely failed or barely passed but I haven't seen anyone knock it out of the park.

Then again, I'm not a very good test taker and its a known fact that BG is way smarter then I am :)

With that said I thought the practice test for the 7, 66 and insurance were harder then the actual test. If you're scoring legit 80-90s on the practice you will do fine. I would recommend getting "Pass the 66" (or 65/63) by Robert Walker. His book covered everything I saw on the test where as STC was missing about 30% of the test.

For reference I got an 85 on the 7; again, not as smart as BG :)


Jun 24, 2011 4:40 pm


Jun 27, 2011 12:05 pm

Congrats!!!! Told ya it was a piece of cake!!!!!

I'm not smarter than anybody, I'm just a good guesser!!!