This is my attempt at a megathread for those people in the future who are looking for help/information about the Series 66. One of these threads would have been very helpful and saved me a lot of time. Hopefully the admins will make this a sticky.
Anyhow, I passed the Series 66 recently. I made a 76 (cutting it close, I know haha). The study materials I used were STC (provided by my firm), then I did 6 of 10 practice tests from a 2008 pass perfect book full of tests only, and lastly online TC practice tests. I completed all 10 STC pratice tests twice, the 6 of 10 pass perfect tests once, and then all 5 TC practice tests (scoring in 70-80 range), then took the random final twice making an mid 80's.
You can laugh at how much I studied just to get a 76, but I am TERRIBLE at tests! If you're taking the 66, here is my advice for success:
- Buy the Training Consultants online exams. The actual test is very much like the TC tests, as many others have pointed out. Take the tests until you're making 85+ on all of them. Stay away from STC tests. I found them to be more difficult than they really need to be, and STC quizes on a lot of random crap that will never even be on the test. Also, STC seemed to be inconsistent. The pass perfect was okay, but more like STC than TC. TC seemed to be in another league when it came to preperation for this test. I wouldn't say the questions were completely identical, but damn close. Maybe around 10-20 of them were what I would say identical.
-What to expect on the test: The test seems to have a bell curve of difficulty (from my experience and what my co-workers have said). The first 20-30 are easy, then to about 80-90 the questions become more difficult, then last 20-30 are easy. The last 10 were SUPER easy. I would say the easy questions were equal to the TC questions. The hard questions were harder because the answer choices were harder to decide among. Not really that the questions were questions I had not seen before.
Other thoughts: I had two friends from work use only STC and passed with a 78 and 82 with 2 months of studying. So it can be done with STC, but if you're like me and you blow at taking tests, get TC. I'm confident that I would not have passed if I had not used it.
Also, I would say the 66 is much easier than the 7, as long as you put in the same amount of studying. So don't take it lightly. Hope this is helpful!