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Jan 29, 2009 11:15 pm

Hey everyone I am a newbie to this site and I am thankful that I have found it. I passed the 7 in Dec with an 81 and started doing the 66 right after the holidays. I started with the STC book and did some of their practice tests and moved on to downloading Securities Institute of America and read their book as well. Now I got the Kaplan Drill and Practice CD and I used it for the 7 and everyone says its the best guide for both exams and the questions are similar.

I just wanted to reconfirm the Kaplan material and how much more I should do next week. For the 7 I was doing like 6-8 tests per day and I would say I did about 15 practice test with the Sec Training Institute, 6 with STC and about 25 so far with Kaplan. Next week I am going to really crank the 66 stuff and do like 5-6 a day. Just want to know if that is sufficient. With teh 7 I had about 75 practice tests with Kaplan under my belt.

I am getting better with the material but I have to stop second guessing myself. I have really started to break 80 and got an 87 on one exam today and did two others and got 82 and 81. In your honest opinions one more week with the Kaplan and serious test drilling will I be 100% ready to go?

Thanks Alot,


Jan 29, 2009 11:36 pm

I am taking my series 66 on Thursday. I took it once after passing my 7, but underestimated 66 the first time i took it scoring a 53%. I am using STC and am taking between 2 and 3 test a day and am scoring in the high 80s and low 90s.

We will see what happens on thursday!

Jan 29, 2009 11:47 pm

Keep taking the tests. 

Jan 29, 2009 11:48 pm

Will I be ok with only studying with STC test?

Jan 29, 2009 11:55 pm

Thanks alot guys. Im really starting to get better with it I love the Kaplan disk as no two tests are the same. So keep doing the practice tests and I should be okay. My tutor said I am there and another week with the Kap Drill and I should pass. The 66 is not harder than the 7 just more in depth with the topics, this is my assessment from the doing the practice tests. But it took me like 2 and a half weeks to even start breaking 80s on the 7 practice and now I am breaking 80 consistently one week into doing practice tests for the 66. I think I will be ready!!!

Jan 30, 2009 12:38 am

Will I be ok only using STC material to study for my 66?

Jan 30, 2009 1:31 am

Take as many tests as possible from as many sources as possible. It’s not so much knowledge but being comfortable with the format. It’s all persistence, and it pays.

Jan 30, 2009 8:53 am

Just using STC in fine.

Take as many tests as you can, but beware memorizing the questions. Mix up the order or use the CD and take different chapters in different formats(question and answer/closed book/etc.) As the others have said, put in the time and the results will come. The 7 and the 66 are intimidating, but doable.
Jan 30, 2009 9:53 am

I used only Kaplan for both series 7 and 66. 95 on the 7 and 90 on the 66. The key is to take as many practice tests as possible but beware of memorization of the questions. What was really effective for me was to take my final tests out of the practice tests where they give you and explanation for every right and wrong answer. At least once a day take a final exam and open your book and look up every single answer, whether you are sure you know it or not. It will help you fully understand the material and force you to reread important parts of the book. I found that Kaplan questions were nearly identical in both exams. Sometimes they ask questions that are not in the book. Use google (.gov/ .org sites only) to reference answers. Hope this helps. 

Feb 1, 2009 10:49 pm

at my company i had access to fire solutions.  i never used it.  i found an stc book and skimmed through it and then took the tests over and over until i could practically memorize it(i know your not supposed to do that but it helps).  for the test itself, read the questions slowly. they can be a little confusing like there appears to be two right answers.  all you need is a 71 so dont sweat it.  i took it in 2 weeks and got in the mif 80's.

good luck.
Feb 1, 2009 11:48 pm

I am getting 90s-100s on all the STC test. I know/have also memorized pretty much every answer. I am taking the test thursday. I feel ready… I hope I score a <71

Feb 2, 2009 7:35 am

I am getting 90s-100s on all the STC test. I know/have also memorized pretty much every answer. I am taking the test thursday. I feel ready… I hope I score a <71

  Is that the score you really want?
Feb 2, 2009 9:27 am

[quote=Ryan561]I am getting 90s-100s on all the STC test. I know/have also memorized pretty much every answer. I am taking the test thursday. I feel ready… I hope I score a <71

  Is that the score you really want?[/quote]   Maybe we should all hope that's what you get, make sure you bring your helmet with you...
Feb 2, 2009 12:48 pm

I don’t care what my score is as long as I pass. A 71%=100% in my eyes!

Feb 2, 2009 2:08 pm

Are people really even giving their business to boys named Ryan, Dylan, Colton, etc…? 

Feb 2, 2009 4:11 pm

I don’t care what my score is as long as I pass. A 71%=100% in my eyes!

  I can't wait for you to tell a client, should you pass your exams, that 71% of their portfolio equals 100% in your eyes. They will be stoked.
Feb 2, 2009 5:56 pm

It seemed to me the 7 was a bunch of double negatives and trickery.

  The 66 had a paragraph of lawyer speak for each question.   I smoked the 7 but was shaking in my boots on the 66.
Feb 4, 2009 7:08 pm

Hey guys thanks for all the great and positive responses. For the past three days all I have been doing is attacking those practice Kaplan CD tests. The big thing was I read to books for this exam prior to even starting any practice tests.

  So today i did 5 practice tests average score 88 and I did one timed final and got an 84. Last night I did a timed final and got an 88 and Monday I did one as well and got an 86. All the while doing at least 5 practice tests along with the timed final. From my reading and research alot of people say that if you put the effort this test is a breeze. Most people fail because they do not take it serious enough. The material is really not that hard just have to understand the differences between IA IARs, BDs and Agents along with whats exempt and whats not exempt securities and transaction wise. The best past is the breakdown on the important part State Regs Im killing it getting like 33 out of 37 correct on the finals and on the practice 30 out of 33.   Im gaining more confidence and I really feel ready to go for Monday. With these scores what is the rest of you fellows assumptions as to how I will do.
Feb 4, 2009 7:10 pm

Pardon my spelling lol!!!! But I really want to rock this test, I will not be satisfied with a 71, I want to get in the 80s.

Feb 4, 2009 8:51 pm

I am taking the test tomorrow. I have been using STC exam and was scoring 98,99, and 100s on all of them. I will let you know how I do tomorrow. I don’t care what the score is, as long as I pass…