series 65 or 66

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All opinions welcome as to difference and difficulty of series 65 versus 66. I am a bad test taker. Can anyone offer any remedies or are there books, classes etc. which help to prepare for either and which is more difficult? Appreciate input and which course either online or in person is the best. Also how many questions on each exam? Many thanks.

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charlie2 wrote:All opinions welcome as to difference and difficulty of series 65 versus 66. I am a bad test taker. Can anyone offer any remedies or are there books, classes etc. which help to prepare for either and which is more difficult? Appreciate input and which course either online or in person is the best. Also how many questions on each exam? Many thanks.
And to think there are those who believe that younger people cannot do anything for themselves.

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charlie, the series 66 is equivalent to series 65 + series 63.  Therefore, the 66 is more difficult than the 65.  Without knowing your situation, your b/d (if you are affiliated) will probably tell you which tests to take.  If you are unaffiliated and would like to obtain these licenses you will have to sit for the 63/65.  These exams may be taken without b/d affiliation.  There are courses and books.  Do a google search and you'll find more information than you need.

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hubbabubba wrote:charlie, the series 66 is equivalent to series 65 + series 63.  Therefore, the 66 is more difficult than the 65.
That is crap advice.  Just look at the two study guides side by side and you'll see what I mean. The following is from www.marketcounsel.com:
Which exam should I take: Series 65 vs. Series 66?Candidates that have met or will meet the co-requisite of the Series 66 exam, would elect to take the Series 66 instead of the Series 65 exam due to its brevity, scope and relative level of difficulty.  Candidates for the Series 66 exam must also pass the Series 7 exam.  Those candidates that are not eligible to sit for the Series 66 exam can sit for the more lengthy and onerous Series 65 exam which carries no prerequisite or co-requisite.
In other words, the 65 is a hell of a lot harder and longer than the 66.  Charlie, you've just been the victim of some bad advice...

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hubbabubba wrote:charlie, the series 66 is equivalent to series 65 + series 63.  Therefore, the 66 is more difficult than the 65.  Without knowing your situation, your b/d (if you are affiliated) will probably tell you which tests to take.  If you are unaffiliated and would like to obtain these licenses you will have to sit for the 63/65.  These exams may be taken without b/d affiliation.  There are courses and books.  Do a google search and you'll find more information than you need.
You're kidding, right?

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Agree with Indyone and Starka! I used to hold Series 7 and 66 at Merrill Lynch prior to going back to school for accounting degree and MBA. I took the Series 65 yesterday (and missed it by one point- scored 71 of required 72)...Knew material and thought the questions were very 'tricky' vs. simply testing knowledge contained in study manual. This may be 'sour grapes' as I am definately not excited about waiting 30 days and giving it another run.My opinion is that the Series 65 ranks right up there with CPA Exam (except MUCH shorter) in terms of difficulty. I had sat for CPA Exam twice- once when it was a 2 1/2 day exam and once when it was 2 day Exam.   

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lol this is a six year old forum

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An oldie but a goodie. I don't think you can generically say that the 65 is harder than the 66 or vice-versa. A significant portion of the tests should be exactly the same. The 65 has more investment focused content while the 66 has more of the regulatory and legal stuff. How successful you are probably depends on whether better at investments or the legal stuff.

Mike
Http://www.series7examtutor.com
http://www.series65examtutor.com

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