Series 66 MEGATHREAD!!

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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!

 

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This is helpful. Thanks for your post layhe! I am also not a good test taker. I am currently studying for the 66 and using TC because of the praise that is on this website from former users of the material. Glad to know I have the right material! Congrats on the 76 score. I would take that anyday!

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I am taking the 66 in a week and I'm worried sick. My firm has me on a study program using STC's material. The book was absolute torture to read, as I had to read 2 chapters a day...several of them 30 page chapters. It was like a whirlwind covering so much material and being up past midnight every single night.

I say this not to sound negative, but to let you know that, I too, am a horrid test taker. I choked the first time I took the Series 7 and failed with a 70...got a 79 on my second attempt.

After taking all 10 of the "open book" STC tests, I am officially worried. My firm has us take those all closed book instead of open and wants an average of at least 70. I averaged a 69 after taking all 10. Next are the "closed book" practice tests I will take starting tomorrow and all next week until I take the real thing. I definitely need to go back and review, because I'm not ready.

One last question - why do you say the 66 is easier than the 7? My firm says the 66 is a good bit harder, and I agree based on this material. Sorry for writing a book, but I'm really getting worried and need some tips. Thanks for starting this thread!

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If you are averaging 69%, you should be worried. 75% is passing for the 66. Which is easier is very subjective. One might say that a higher passing score for the 66 would make the 66 more difficult to pass. Also, a 50% weight to law can make the 66 difficult for some people.

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If you are averaging 69%, you should be worried. 75% is passing for the 66. Which is easier is very subjective. One might say that a higher passing score for the 66 would make the 66 more difficult to pass. Also, a 50% weight to law can make the 66 difficult for some people.

Yes I understand that 75 is a passing score. But like I said, I averaged a 69 on the open-book tests.....without opening the book. I definitely need to learn more, but that 69 is hardly indicative of how I would do on the actual test. Like I said, my firm is looking for a 70. That's what I'm worried about.

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One last question - why do you say the 66 is easier than the 7? My firm says the 66 is a good bit harder, and I agree based on this material. Sorry for writing a book, but I'm really getting worried and need some tips. Thanks for starting this thread!

Jhud, there are a couple of reasons.. There is much less material to study and the exam is no where as long as the 7. I have issues concentrating during tests, especially after 2+ hours of taking a test. The 7 is about a 5-6 hour test, which is what had me struggling to pass it.

Also, there aren't a lot of ways to change up 66 questions like they could on the 7 by changing different variables. I think this is why people (and myself included) believe they are seeing identical questions from the TC study material.

I only had the TC material for 1 week, so don't feel like it's too late. I would go ahead an buy it if I were you. If you have windows 7 or 8, use the "Snipping Tool" app to take screenshots of questions you've missed or need to look over more and save them to a folder on your desktop. I had about 60-70 TC questions that I saved that way and would go over them all the time. In addition to that, in the STC book take out the "cheat sheet" pages at the ends of chapters 2,3, and 4 (I think) and keep them with you at work/home studying over them. I have a nice 2 pg (front and back) Kaplan cheat sheet that is helpful. I can e-mail it to you or try to post it on here if you'd like.

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One last question - why do you say the 66 is easier than the 7? My firm says the 66 is a good bit harder, and I agree based on this material. Sorry for writing a book, but I'm really getting worried and need some tips. Thanks for starting this thread!

Jhud, there are a couple of reasons.. There is much less material to study and the exam is no where as long as the 7. I have issues concentrating during tests, especially after 2+ hours of taking a test. The 7 is about a 5-6 hour test, which is what had me struggling to pass it.

Also, there aren't a lot of ways to change up 66 questions like they could on the 7 by changing different variables. I think this is why people (and myself included) believe they are seeing identical questions from the TC study material.

I only had the TC material for 1 week, so don't feel like it's too late. I would go ahead an buy it if I were you. If you have windows 7 or 8, use the "Snipping Tool" app to take screenshots of questions you've missed or need to look over more and save them to a folder on your desktop. I had about 60-70 TC questions that I saved that way and would go over them all the time. In addition to that, in the STC book take out the "cheat sheet" pages at the ends of chapters 2,3, and 4 (I think) and keep them with you at work/home studying over them. I have a nice 2 pg (front and back) Kaplan cheat sheet that is helpful. I can e-mail it to you or try to post it on here if you'd like.


Thanks for the tips! I am glad to say I scored an 84 on my first STC timed simulation test last night. Definitely not going to get my hopes up though - I still have 8-9 more to go.

As far as the Kaplan cheet sheet, I would love to see it! I have been provided with a couple of different tools but I would like to access as much as possible. Thanks!

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Layhe, I would like to see that Kaplan "cheat sheet" as well. What is the best way to get that from you?

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Guys, shoot me a pm or reply with your email and I'll send it to you

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I want to chime in on this post as well. My firm also provided me with STC. I read all of the chapters then took the practice test. I avg between 72-77 on those. I read on this website TC was the way to go so I bought the online test for $99. I took all the individual chapters test then took the practice exams avg. between 80-85 after my 2nd try on each one. The questions asked in STC compared to TC was night and day. STC asked a lot of math based questions. The real test might've asked a handful of math questions and it was math questions that anyone can do in their head (13.5% - 5% = ?)

Today, I took and passed the 66 with a score of 77. I felt like TC best prepared me for what the test was asking. No joke, I saw 10-15 questions almost identical from TC to the real test. Like layhe said, it was a bell curve test with the first 10 and the last 10 questions being chip shots, real easy questions. The middle part was challenging but just read the question and pick apart the wrong answers and you'll pick the right answer.

I hammered the TC practice questions for the last week and I did see the same questions multiple times so I felt it was better for cram session, something one should focus on within the last two weeks. All in all, anyone who tries to study and pass the 66 should. People that think, "well I passed the 7 so I can pass the 66" without studying will most likely fail.

Good luck to other test takers out there, hope this advice helps.

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let me know if anyone needs the TC series 66 material. I have the online lectures, practice exams, and book for sale. Expires 12/24/2013. looking for $140 obo.

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Make_it_rain reminds me.. TC apparently checks with finra to see if you've passed the exam. If you've passed, they expire your account to prevent reselling the account. I know this bc I tried it.

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Just passed the Series 66..made an 84!!!. TC prepared me well for the exam. Honestly, there was not much I didn't know when taking this test. Felt very confident.. However, I did put in a lot of study time but so glad to be done with it.

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bfree0 wrote:
Just passed the Series 66..made an 84!!!. TC prepared me well for the exam. Honestly, there was not much I didn't know when taking this test. Felt very confident.. However, I did out in a lot of study time but so glad to be done with it.

Must be nice. I made a 70 today. I aced the suitability/recommendation part but did terribly on the rest. Makes me sick. Yeah yeah, I know the test focuses on laws more than anything. It's just frustrating, because I'm prepared for what's really important in the industry.

I'll have to push back the process and study 2 more weeks, but like I said my firm has us on the STC program, so it's my only option.

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Jhud423-Sorry to hear about that. My firm used to use STC but the failure rate was so high that they switched to Training Consultant. Glad that they did..I would highly recommend you purchase the software on your own if feasible.It's broken down in a way that's easily understandable.

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Pass Perfect is the best for the 66. I recommend their program to all of my students. One overlooked detail regarding any materials provider is the their explanations to answers. Pass Perfect often gives you very detailed explanations to questions. You should avoid providers that reword the question and then use it as an answer/explanation.

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Hi Guys, I recently took the 66 and failed with 74% using STC. I am now using Training Consultants, rereading their study manual and going to the Live Class next week. I am averaging 91% on the content exams. I took 1 of the final exams (when I first started) and got a 77%, the 2nd final I got a 91%. Has anyone ever taken the Live Classes before? I hear TC is definitely the way to go for the 66 but any feedback on my progress and/or classes would be greatly appreciated. I also found the Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66)
Exam Specifications and Outline a few days ago on the NASAA Website http://www.nasaa.org/industry-resources/exams/series-65-66-resources/series-66-study-guide/ . This is an exact outline of the subjects (IN DETAIL) that will be tested on the exam. I thought this may be of great use to everyone. Thanks

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AN714 wrote:
Hi Guys, I recently took the 66 and failed with 74% using STC. I am now using Training Consultants, rereading their study manual and going to the Live Class next week. I am averaging 91% on the content exams. I took 1 of the final exams (when I first started) and got a 77%, the 2nd final I got a 91%. Has anyone ever taken the Live Classes before? I hear TC is definitely the way to go for the 66 but any feedback on my progress and/or classes would be greatly appreciated. I also found the Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66)
Exam Specifications and Outline a few days ago on the NASAA Website http://www.nasaa.org/industry-resources/exams/series-65-66-resources/series-66-study-guide/ . This is an exact outline of the subjects (IN DETAIL) that will be tested on the exam. I thought this may be of great use to everyone. Thanks

AN714, sorry to hear you failed by only 1 point. I used STC too and felt that it tested on things that were never going to be on the actual exam.

When you say final exam, do you mean one of the 1-5 exams? or do you mean the Final random exam? If you're scoring in the 70's on the 1-5 exams from TC, that's normal. Make sure you're going over the areas that you do poorly in. I recall making around 75-80's on the 1-5 exams. When I took them, I would go over my problem areas by taking a 50 question set in the topic area. Then, I went on to the random finals, making high 80's to low 90's.

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mstudy wrote:
Pass Perfect is the best for the 66. I recommend their program to all of my students. One overlooked detail regarding any materials provider is the their explanations to answers. Pass Perfect often gives you very detailed explanations to questions. You should avoid providers that reword the question and then use it as an answer/explanation.

Pass perfect is good, especially their explanations. The explanations go into detail and often include "!" marks to emphasize their point. However, I felt that (like STC) they test on things that were never going to be on the test, which was frustrating. Then again, I had the 2008 version, so things may have changed since then.

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layhe wrote:
mstudy wrote:
Pass Perfect is the best for the 66. I recommend their program to all of my students. One overlooked detail regarding any materials provider is the their explanations to answers. Pass Perfect often gives you very detailed explanations to questions. You should avoid providers that reword the question and then use it as an answer/explanation.

Pass perfect is good, especially their explanations. The explanations go into detail and often include "!" marks to emphasize their point. However, I felt that (like STC) they test on things that were never going to be on the test, which was frustrating. Then again, I had the 2008 version, so things may have changed since then.

No company should have an "inside track" to what will actually be on the test. They should all be using the NASAA outline and teach the material based on that outline. Some providers may give you more than you need to know, which I think is totally okay. The material should also be challenging, which is a characteristic of Pass Perfect. Working with challenging, comprehensive material should help you pass the exam and also help in your career.

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layhe wrote:
AN714 wrote:
Hi Guys, I recently took the 66 and failed with 74% using STC. I am now using Training Consultants, rereading their study manual and going to the Live Class next week. I am averaging 91% on the content exams. I took 1 of the final exams (when I first started) and got a 77%, the 2nd final I got a 91%. Has anyone ever taken the Live Classes before? I hear TC is definitely the way to go for the 66 but any feedback on my progress and/or classes would be greatly appreciated. I also found the Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66)
Exam Specifications and Outline a few days ago on the NASAA Website http://www.nasaa.org/industry-resources/exams/series-65-66-resources/series-66-study-guide/ . This is an exact outline of the subjects (IN DETAIL) that will be tested on the exam. I thought this may be of great use to everyone. Thanks

AN714, sorry to hear you failed by only 1 point. I used STC too and felt that it tested on things that were never going to be on the actual exam.

When you say final exam, do you mean one of the 1-5 exams? or do you mean the Final random exam? If you're scoring in the 70's on the 1-5 exams from TC, that's normal. Make sure you're going over the areas that you do poorly in. I recall making around 75-80's on the 1-5 exams. When I took them, I would go over my problem areas by taking a 50 question set in the topic area. Then, I went on to the random finals, making high 80's to low 90's.

Thanks for replying Layhe. I am averaging 90% on the Study Content test's. I took 2 out of the 1-5 Final Exams (Non-Random). When I first started with TC, right after failing the 66, I took Final Exam 1 and got a 77%. I then took Final Exam 2 right after and got a 91%. I have now finished reading TC study manual and will be completing the rest of the Final Exams including the Random Exam. I plan on rereading the study manual and taking all the test's again until I reach above an 85%+ on all of them. I will be sure to take the 50 question set in the topics that I have unsatisfactory scores in. Thanks!

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AN714 wrote:
layhe wrote:
AN714 wrote:
Hi Guys, I recently took the 66 and failed with 74% using STC. I am now using Training Consultants, rereading their study manual and going to the Live Class next week. I am averaging 91% on the content exams. I took 1 of the final exams (when I first started) and got a 77%, the 2nd final I got a 91%. Has anyone ever taken the Live Classes before? I hear TC is definitely the way to go for the 66 but any feedback on my progress and/or classes would be greatly appreciated. I also found the Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66)
Exam Specifications and Outline a few days ago on the NASAA Website http://www.nasaa.org/industry-resources/exams/series-65-66-resources/series-66-study-guide/ . This is an exact outline of the subjects (IN DETAIL) that will be tested on the exam. I thought this may be of great use to everyone. Thanks

AN714, sorry to hear you failed by only 1 point. I used STC too and felt that it tested on things that were never going to be on the actual exam.

When you say final exam, do you mean one of the 1-5 exams? or do you mean the Final random exam? If you're scoring in the 70's on the 1-5 exams from TC, that's normal. Make sure you're going over the areas that you do poorly in. I recall making around 75-80's on the 1-5 exams. When I took them, I would go over my problem areas by taking a 50 question set in the topic area. Then, I went on to the random finals, making high 80's to low 90's.

Thanks for replying Layhe. I am averaging 90% on the Study Content test's. I took 2 out of the 1-5 Final Exams (Non-Random). When I first started with TC, right after failing the 66, I took Final Exam 1 and got a 77%. I then took Final Exam 2 right after and got a 91%. I have now finished reading TC study manual and will be completing the rest of the Final Exams including the Random Exam. I plan on rereading the study manual and taking all the test's again until I reach above an 85%+ on all of them. I will be sure to take the 50 question set in the topics that I have unsatisfactory scores in. Thanks!

Np, goodluck. Sounds like you've got this

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UGLY. I just took the 66 this morning (11/14/13) and barely passed with a 77. It was the most difficult standardized test I have ever taken, period. Yes, harder than the 7.

I studied through Fire Solutions. This worked well for me on the 7, where I got an 89. So I expected good results for this. I studied very hard for both and my average quiz/final scores for the 66 were much higher than the 7. In general I am a solid standardized test taker.
So why the disparity? Maybe I do not do as well with legalese. While there were a lot of familiar things, I don't think the testing company really has a lock on the material like they did with the 7. I am not sure if this is because the language is so convoluted, the post-test data they collect is not as good, or what.

But just understand—this one is a real slice of misery. I found that the language was significantly more ambiguous than the 7. Barely any math to speak of. Much more about NPV and cash flows than I would have anticipated. The curve of difficulty people mention is about right.

There were moments during the test when I was simply tempted to get up and walk out, I was so convinced I failed. This has never happened to me in my life. My understanding is that this 66 is not your mother’s 66—high fail rate. Interestingly I can’t find good data on first-attempt fail rate because it is probably awful. My firm gives you two shots at it, versus one for the 7, which also tells you something.

My point: your results on the 7 are absolutely no indication of how you do on the 66, which is a completely different animal. Emphasis on legal minutae.

Advice: study as hard or harder than you did for the 7, keep re-reading material. Tests help but they are not enough. Read, read, read.

BEST WISHES AND GOODS LUCK TO ALL!

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Also--to note that I had 4 weeks to study for the 66--that was the allotted time that the firm gave me. Prior to that I was working on the 7 (which was 7 weeks of study).

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nepalired wrote:
Also--to note that I had 4 weeks to study for the 66--that was the allotted time that the firm gave me. Prior to that I was working on the 7 (which was 7 weeks of study).

Congrats on passing and thanks for sharing that information for others to read. 4 weeks is a short time period if you're working full time. The information on the 66 isn't intuitive at all, like the 7 can be.

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Well, here I go again. I've been given 2 more weeks to study for the 66 since I failed with a 70. Again, I'm forced to use STC material.

Question: does TC offer a podcast or even CDs I could order and listen to for extra information? I need help quick. Thanks!

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Any help??

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If you buy the program with the book and on-line lecture you can listen to Tina walk you through the book and let you know the important topics to highlight or take note of. I think that its around $210.00 for the entire package with practice tests.

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Jhud, I'm not sure what firm you are with but the firm I am with also provides STC but it is not mandatory that you use it for the 66. If you have already failed with STC I would strongly advise you to go ahead and spend the 210 dollars and get the TC material. If you are short on time maybe just get the practice tests from TC. I think you can order the p-tests for around $100. You probably will not have very different results from doing the same thing to prepare for the test. Besides, if you were to buy TC and use it on your own time how will the firm you work for know? You have already shown that you've gone through the material numerous times. If you pass the actual test is what they are really looking for. I hope whatever you decide your results are better this time around. Good LUCK!!

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Jhud, I'm not sure what firm you are with but the firm I am with also provides STC but it is not mandatory that you use it for the 66. If you have already failed with STC I would strongly advise you to go ahead and spend the 210 dollars and get the TC material. If you are short on time maybe just get the practice tests from TC. I think you can order the p-tests for around $100. You probably will not have very different results from doing the same thing to prepare for the test. Besides, if you were to buy TC and use it on your own time how will the firm you work for know? You have already shown that you've gone through the material numerous times. If you pass the actual test is what they are really looking for. I hope whatever you decide your results are better this time around. Good LUCK!!

Thanks, but it's not so much the material as it is my test taking skills. I also failed the 7 with a 70 the first time I took it and made a 79 the second time using STC.

Since I also made a 70 on the 66, it's pretty clear that I have a fairly solid grasp of the overall material. It's just a matter of me fine tuning the areas I am weak in, and I'll do that. I wanted some good audio to listen to while I fall asleep at night, but not willing to pay $200 just for that. Thanks for the feedback, though.

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$200 is a small price to pay to give your self a better chance of passing. I would consider it an investment and not a cost. If you want to pay less and get an excellent product, you can try Pass Perfect's Smart 66 on the Web for $125. This includes their manual and their questions. It does not have audio, though.

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$200 is a small price to pay to give your self a better chance of passing. I would consider it an investment and not a cost. If you want to pay less and get an excellent product, you can try Pass Perfect's Smart 66 on the Web for $125. This includes their manual and their questions. It does not have audio, though.

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I'm using a combination of TC examsand STC exams for the 7. Do you think this a good combination to pass the exams? Sorry for hijacking the thread..

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I will be taking my second attempt at the 66 on Monday. Could someone tell me a good pace to use while testing? I have been trying to answer 47 questions in the 1st hour, 47 more in the 2nd hour, leaving me 30 minutes for the last 16. Other suggestions???

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I had a difficult time finishing on time as well. They key is to keep moving and don't get bogged down on questions that you are lost on just guess, move on and mark them. I was more like 45 in first hour and then 65 in the last 1.5 hrs. The order of questions is always different so just figure you have 1.36 mins per question

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Thanks FMR. Unfortunatelty I didn't see your post in time, but I DID pass the 66 today!!!!! Stoked!!!!

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Jhud423 wrote:
Thanks FMR. Unfortunatelty I didn't see your post in time, but I DID pass the 66 today!!!!! Stoked!!!!

Nice work! I'm sure others would love to hear how it went, if you have the time. Hope our information helped get you over the hill so to speak

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Thanks FMR. Unfortunatelty I didn't see your post in time, but I DID pass the 66 today!!!!! Stoked!!!!

Nice work! I'm sure others would love to hear how it went, if you have the time. Hope our information helped get you over the hill so to speak


I stuck with STC and corrected my trouble areas from the first time around. I'm sure your product is fine, but it's like I said before the test...you have to believe in yourself and correct the problem staring you right in the face.

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I know this is an old thread, but can someone send me the Kaplan cheat sheet for the series 66?

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I asked a couple of weeks back for the Kaplan cheat sheet to the fellow who offered it (PM'ed) and never received. I will tell you though that I'm taking it on Friday and I did buy the TC materials and studied for the past 2 1/2 weeks and I feel more than confident that I'm going to pass, I would strongly recommend! @ggrenda

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I recently finished working with someone who used Smart 66 on the Web from Pass Perfect and he passed with a 80%. He was using materials from another provider and was scoring 80 to 90% on practice tests and then he switched to Pass Perfect and on his first final exam he scored about a 60%. Their exams are tough which is great. With my help and his hard work with the Pass Perfect materials, he passed the exam on his first try. A friend of his had used Training Consultants based on positive comments about them and failed the exam on his first two attempts. Not sure if it was the materials or lack of effort on the second attempt. On his first attempt, this person did not study very much.

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I would have to say it was lack of effort. I studied with TC and TC only and passed with an 83 on the first attempt.

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I must stay the series 66 is a very hard exam. If you are using training consultants focus on the laws chapters 1,2,4 and chapter 5 and 6 for Investments and you will pass. You have to score in the 90's for the standard finals to succeed in the exam and really try to understand the concepts. I managed to get an 83% first attempt but I earned it. Very very very hard exam and I can see how someone can fail if you don't understand the underlying concepts. I would say you can use any provider but understand the concepts because if you are looking for questions hoping for them to be on the actual exam you WILL FAIL plain simple. You have to put in more effort than 7. Anyways good luck to you all.

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Well guys, mark another win down for TC - I studied my butt off after not passing the first time using FireSolutions and decided to purchase TC on my own because of all the great things I heard about it from this forum.

I studied for three weeks (1/4-1/23) using TC and scored in the low to mid 80's (83, 85, 82, 79, 85) on my first round of finals, I then went back and reread chapters 1 and 6 and took sets of 50 questions twice in chapter 1 and 6. Following this I took 2 Random Finals and scored 92 and 89 and then retook the finals I didn't score above 85 on.

Following this I called TC and spoke with the people they had available to answer questions - every time I called they were available and gave me 30-40 minutes of phone time to ask any questions I had and were extremely quick and helpful in answering everything I had asked.

Yesterday I took my exam at 3pm - before it I was extremely nervous (my job was on the line) and I called to ask 2 last minute questions, to my surprise the owner of the company, who is also the founder (Tina) was actually the one who took my call. She was extremely nice, helped me figure things out and literally gave me a pep talk and calmed me down, she said "I predict you will score between 83 and 87 based on your questions and exam scores - you will be fine" and then gave me her email to follow up and let her know how I did. I SCORED AN 85. Talk about an accurate forecast! I must say that not only did the course content completely prepare me for the test but the customer service and availability of support was amazing.

10 out of 10 for TC - buy it if you want to pass this test.

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Can someone please send me the KAPLAN "cheat sheet" for the S66. I am testing next week.

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I had to pay for mine, so I am guessing that everyone else is going to make you do the same. Don't put all of your hope in passing the exam with it. It is a 4 page breakdown. You need to know a lot more about the information than what they give you. The best thing, even though it is time consuming is to go through the book and jot down, "what is this..." on every subject that you are having difficulty with. I had the cheat sheet for the 7 and it only helps you if you know a lot about the subject.

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Anyone who has recently taken the 66 exam and pssed using training consultants-
I am using TC and am currently scoring mid-high 80's on exam's and topic quiz's. However,my concern is that Ive seen most of the questions before..
Is the actual S66 exam harder than the TC study questions?

I dont feel confident. Im testing in less than a week.

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Was scoring 60's on Kaplans 50 question mini-sets on Friday. Bought TC on Saturday scored 75, 83, 85, 88, 89 with a 88 on the Random Final on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Took the exam today, and got an 85%. Net net, about ten days of studying and banged it out whenever I had time after work. My advice, do as many questions as possible, even if it means less time taking notes on the actual material. After you have completed enough questions you can start to see trends, and in my opinion that is a much better way to learn than reading this dry garbage.

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I'm not sure if people still look at this forum since it's a little old, but passed the 66 today with an 82 and thought I'd give my experience since I read through forums when I was studying..a lot are probably my opinions..

1...yes, the 66 is much harder than the 7. The 7 was a TON of material, but it was "this definition is "this" and that security is "that". Very, very little of the 66 is actual straight up answers, a lot is scenarios and understanding concepts..and if u know that "x" is the reason for "this"..u also have to know "x" might have 3 other things it's called.
2.) I used my calculator once, and as stated earlier by someone..it was like "3.5% x 4%"..so if u graduated 8th grade..no math
3.) I used pass perfect to study, once u got to the FINALS..the questions became realistic, studying the practice questions/tests will give u a BASE understanding..but the main focus should be the final exams.
4.) don't get discouraged...again as stated earlier, I felt like I was guessing 3/4ths of the test..so what was CRUCIAL was eliminating the wrong answers first. It seems inevitable, a LARGE part of the 66 is making educated guesses..I even remember looking at my screen seeing 51/110 complete and thinking "wow I'd really like to just stand up and leave.." So I raised my hand, took a pee break, and came back and finished
5.) the bell curve for me was 100% accurate..first and last 10-15, super easy, basic outta the study book questions..the middle was where I literally said multiple times "wtf test am I even taking??"

Study hard, study a lot, and learn concepts instead of straight up answers and ull do fine. Just don't expect this to be a test u breeze through. Just my $.02

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I took the 66 yesterday. Prior to doing so, I read through this thread with great interest and much fear. Maybe my experience can help.

I am in a unique situation in that I had actually taken and passed the 66 14 years ago (with a 72, which was good enough back then). But I had moved out of the country since then, and have just returned, so was required to re-take both the 7 (which I passed one week ago with a 92), as well as the 66. Having taken the 7 and the Canadian equivalent before, and having worked as an adviser managing securities in the real world, the 7 was not a problem. The 66 is a different animal. I had forgotten everything relating to state regulations, and had to learn this stuff from scratch. Also, the regulations have changed somewhat since I took it before.

My study guide was Kaplan, which I supplemented with the video tutorial from Knopman. The Knopman videos were very good at providing a core understanding of the key concepts. As a side note, I also used their video seminar for the 7, which I found much better than at explaining it than the Kaplan study manual and video lectures. I highly recommend Knopman for the 7 more than the 66, although both are good.

The Kaplan 66 guide seemed pretty good to me, although I have nothing to compare it with. It's the only guide I used. My approach was to use the Knopman videos to learn the core information, and the Kaplan material to delve into the minutiae. I only had four study days, and spent about 8 hours each day reading or using the Kaplan Qbank exams. My last day of study was almost exclusively taking practice exams. My highest score was a 74 on those exams, so needless to say, I worried. Reading this thread scared me even more, and I had every expectation of failing this exam.

Turns out, I passed with a 75. I got every answer right on the investment and recommendation portions, and scored in the 60s everywhere else.

This exam sucks on many levels. Listen to the others who have emphasized that doing well on the 7 isn't an indication of how you might do on the 66. It's a different beast. Much more difficult than the 7, in my opinion. It also has zero application to the real world. It's more a rite of passage than helpful preparation. I hated this exam so much, and suspect there is a special place in hell for those who create it.

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I passed my series 66 yesterday with TC! This was my second attempt.

(My first attempt was with Examfx and I only got a 63% after 15 hrs of studying. I hadn't touched series 7 stuff at all, new to industry, and had no idea how hard I had to study. Maybe Examfx isn't so bad, but who knows...)

The TC practice exams were great (especially for the laws, which were half the exam), I only used them for 3 days. I read the TC book for about 30 hours though, prior to taking the exams.

The real test had many similar questions, but there were about 20-35 in the middle of the exam that were still iffy. The answer choices to these questions were either worded really similarly or required more in-depth knowledge of things like UGMA accounts, small details of variable annuities/life insurance policies.

IMO, no one can get 100% on this beast of an exam, since NASAA basically gets to focus on any small topic and ask super detail-oriented questions that are barely addressed in TC, STC, or what have you. The wording on the questions regarding laws can get super ridiculous as well.

I'm willing to talk more about/share TC if you PM me.

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