Series 7 Dearborn Class?

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Feb 12, 2006 4:34 pm

Has anyone taken the dearborn class?? If so how helpful did you think it was>????

Feb 12, 2006 4:49 pm

Honestly, <?:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Dearborn is garbage.  Go with Pass perfect or STC.   

Feb 12, 2006 5:09 pm

Pass Perfect is a book published by a guy who sits around a house most of the time.  It is not a real company and the books have almost no resemblance to the "real test."

STC is a real company and their books do have a close similarity with the real test.  They are located very close to the Manhattan testing center and as a result they get excellent feedback regarding what is appearing on the actual exam.

Dearborn is now a division of Kaplan and Kaplan is making a very impressive effort to regain market share.  Once upon a time Dearborn was the king of this business with STC a very strong second.

These days it's the other way around.  Pass Perfect is DISTANT third, with the emphasis on distant.

Feb 12, 2006 5:33 pm

I beg to differ with Big Easy - just because someone sits around a house and builds content doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are doing. Do yourself a favor and buy the Dearborn books and take their tests. When you think you’re ready to take the test - take the Passperfect test(s). You’ll see HOW READY YOU ARE. These tests are more in line with the actual test - maybe a bit tougher. Explanations are really good as well. I passed about a yr ago. Good luck.

Feb 12, 2006 6:12 pm

I actually had used both dearborn and Pass Perfect and here is the problem I have with dearborn. When you begin taking the practice tests, you will notice that it has VERY general questions compare to the actual exam. Pass Perfect is many times more detailed in there questions and it is very similar to the actual exam. STC im not sure of so no comment on that.

Feb 12, 2006 6:32 pm

I’ve always used Dearborn and always scored well on the tests (series 7 - 96%, Series 63 - 86%, Series 65 - 93% and series 24 - 80%).  Apparently others have had different experiences with the various vendors, but I think you can easily pass using Dearborn materials.  Focus on Dearborn’s test bank questions…at least 70% of your time…that’s been my recipe for success.