Kaplan or Training Consultants for Series 66?

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I used Training Consultants for the Series 7 and passed the first time with an 85%, but I've been hearing that Training Consultants isn't as good for the Series 66 compared to Kaplan. If anyone has any input or suggestions as to what I should use and which program is better, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for your help!!!

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I used Training Consultants for both the Series 7 and 66, and I took both exams back to back and passed them the first time around. With the Series 7 I did a little better with a 90% versus the 84% I received on the Series 6. I would say the Series 66 would have been a lot more difficult if I had taken time off after the Series 7, even with the use of Training Consultants. I think its going to be difficult for you to get an objective opinion on which program is better, because the only people who can tell you are those that failed the Series 66 using one program and then switched to the other to pass. Based on what I've seen with the new brokers going through our financial advisor training program, the few that don't pass the 66 the first time have sticked with whatever program they were already using and passed it the 2nd time. I think that's the key. So because you've already started with Training Consultants, I would recommend you stick with it for the 66. Best of luck!

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Thank you so much asuafoa for your response!!! I really appreciate your input and I agree, since I am already comfortable learning from the TC program and used to the layout and all, I think I will stick with it for the 66. Thank you again and I hope you have a great day!

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Anyone has TC study materials to share/get rid of? thanks

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Oops, forgot to add: TC study materials for series 66 needed, such little detail, huh? not a good sign, lol. I just past series 7 and my brain has not healed yet :)

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TC's study material is some good stuff.

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In my humble opinion using Kaplan study guides are like walking into a molecular science class, the teacher looking at everyone, telling them what grade they need to get on the exam, giving them the book and walking out. It is an overwhelming study process, their online study guide isn't really that good either. The only thing that I would credit Kaplan with are their tests. They have some of the best exams in the business, bar none. I am not trying to pump up another study guide system but I am using Training Consultants for my Series 66, just purchased it yesterday, so we will see how it goes. I will tell everyone about my adventure when I am done. I just do not like Kaplan. Used it for the 7, and failed on the first try and used it for the 66 and failed on the first try. They require you to read a 400+ page book and memorize everything, and I suffered a head injury when I was younger so my short term memory is terrible. When I study with Kaplan its an ongoing battle of getting the humongous book done and retaining all of the information. Its a terrible process, especially for someone like myself. I have no idea what I need to do and it is hard to track your performance on Kaplan. Kaplan is for individuals that don't have any problems taking exams. If you have never had problems in school Kaplan is the way to go. If you are completely self driven and don't have a problem studying or retaining difficult information Kaplan is the way to go. Besides that I hope this helps some. Again, I am not trying to down Kaplan, they have created a hell of a book for both Series 7, and Series 66. It is just a frustrating process, you spend all of this time and money on study systems and it doesn't work out. Goodluck to all!

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I think you are greatly exaggerating the difficulty in reading the Kaplan manual. Most people who take the 66 have already passed the 7 and have read a much larger manual. They are giving you basic information that you need to know as an investment adviser representative. I don't think reading a shorter book is the answer to either helping you pass the test or learning about being an investment adviser rep. With that said, the question bank is equal to or more important than the manual. Take takers should seek challenging questions which is why I highly recommend Pass Perfect,. especially their Smart programs. I just worked with a student who passed the 66 with 85% and said the Pass Perfect questions were harder than those on the actual exam. If you handle Pass Perfect's questions, you will have a very good chance of passing the test.

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Mstudy - do you work for PassPerfect?

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I own a tutoring company focused on licensing exams. I also have tutors who work for me. I typically recommend Pass Perfect because I think they have excellent materials and I want my students to have the best. Their Smart programs work out great for me because I can track my students' progress in their system.

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mstudy wrote:
I own a tutoring company focused on licensing exams. I also have tutors who work for me. I typically recommend Pass Perfect because I think they have excellent materials and I want my students to have the best. Their Smart programs work out great for me because I can track my students' progress in their system.

I have search many posts on here for which to study for Pass Perfect, TC, Kaplan, STC, or Fire. I have noticed your posts on the subject and I am most certain that you are an employee for Pass Perfect. Everything you have said to someone that was studying for an exam and they werent using Pass Perfect has always been NEGATIVE. 90% of people is looking to pass the EXAM and continue with our career. Stop bashing people for not using Pass Perfect. IT SUCKS

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What you are saying just is not correct. In this thread, I defended Kaplan's materials when someone voiced a negative opinion on their materials. Plenty of my students use Kaplan as their primary source of information. See below:

"I think you are greatly exaggerating the difficulty in reading the Kaplan manual. Most people who take the 66 have already passed the 7 and have read a much larger manual. They are giving you basic information that you need to know as an investment adviser representative."

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