Series 66 - Training Consultants TC vs. Securities Training Corporation STC

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Hey Everybody,

I currently have access to STC material for the Series 66, but failed on my first attempt. I've been reading about Training Consultants (TC) and I'm wonder if there is anybody out there who might be willing to share their access? Additionally, if I do end up paying TC for the material... should I buy the whole package, test with the books, or test only?

Feel free to PM me or reply to this thread. Thanks!

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Not sure why my username isn't showing in this post. But it's SDR949.

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Hi SDR949 -

I'm a strong advocate of Training Consultants. Used Fire Solutions at ML and failed my first shot at the 7, took Training Consultants and blew it out. Took Fire for the 66 and failed my first shot there and was shown the door. Came her to Wells Fargo Advisors and just didn't jell with their program - Pass Perfect, used TC again and killed the 66, so I'll sing Tina's praises up and down. Everyone I knew at ML said don't bother with another program, just use TC and foolishly I didn't first time around. You may see some other threads about Training Consultants being sued by FINRA over the 66 but if you read the details it's clear that it's a lot of hoo-ha.

I suggest getting the whole program. Her practice tests are especially good in comparison to other programs in that with other programs you'll often only get the correct letter answer (i.e..."The Correct answer was B) which is not helpful. Or.... they'll provide you a synopsis of the incorrect answers - also not helpful. Tina's practice tests when printed out are themselves a great study tool because she provides A) the question followed by B) the correct answer and the WHY, the logic of the correct answer. Very helpful.

Good luck.

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You may have already passed the 66, but I highly recommend Training Consultants. I failed the 66 twice using STC, then purchased the TC course and passed it with an 89.
So, if your worried, don't be it's well worth the money. As a matter of fact I still have 3 months on my subscription that I don't need now that I've passed. Let me know if you're interested.

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Hey Jones66,

I am interested in purchasing your TC material. I just PMed you. Feel free to write me back.

Thanks

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Me Is JJ wrote:
Hi SDR949 -

I'm a strong advocate of Training Consultants. Used Fire Solutions at ML and failed my first shot at the 7, took Training Consultants and blew it out. Took Fire for the 66 and failed my first shot there and was shown the door. Came her to Wells Fargo Advisors and just didn't jell with their program - Pass Perfect, used TC again and killed the 66, so I'll sing Tina's praises up and down. Everyone I knew at ML said don't bother with another program, just use TC and foolishly I didn't first time around. You may see some other threads about Training Consultants being sued by FINRA over the 66 but if you read the details it's clear that it's a lot of hoo-ha.

I suggest getting the whole program. Her practice tests are especially good in comparison to other programs in that with other programs you'll often only get the correct letter answer (i.e..."The Correct answer was B) which is not helpful. Or.... they'll provide you a synopsis of the incorrect answers - also not helpful. Tina's practice tests when printed out are themselves a great study tool because she provides A) the question followed by B) the correct answer and the WHY, the logic of the correct answer. Very helpful.

Good luck.

What is your definition of hoo ha? It must be different from mine. Why don't you go read the docs... If test takers want to learn something about investment management, Pass Perfect is the way to go.

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I failed the 65 twice using STC materials. I didn't want to wait so I went for the 66. On the FINRA website, I saw that the outline for taking the 66 was MUCH SHORTER than the outline for taking the 65. I don't know WHY I was told to take the 63/65.. BAD IDEA!

Before I made the mistake of going with STC again, I came to this blog to find out more information about the Series 66 exam and successes. I saw a lot of people using TC and decided to invest in that company. I RECOMMEND THIS INVESTMENT. I would recommend not to go with the company recommendations of STC because of the discount. I ended up getting an 86 on the exam with TC. Go for TC and forget the 63 and 65. Just take the 66.

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I promised myself once I past the series 66 I would post on this message board, since I found it so helpful. And my goal is to now give back and help those of you who are stressed about passing the series 66. Apologize for the long post but here you go!

So an hour ago I passed the Series 66 with an 83. Who did I use to study? Training Consultants. Just like everyone in here is talking about (and how I found them).

But unlike most of the people in here I tried the following firms so I can speak to the differences.

First I used STC. In all fairness to STC, I used them for the Series 7, and studied for five weeks and crushed the 7 with a score of 92. I then used STC for the Series 66 and in all fairness, did not study as hard (BIG MISTAKE), and got a 74 on the first attempt at the Series 66.

My biggest words of advice, is do not believe or think the Series 66 will be easier then the 7. If anything this test is harder because it is not simple memorization.

Now back to the testing companies. After not passing the 66 I wanted, to come back smarter. So I signed up for Kaplan (who I heard was better). Total mistake. Kaplan's material for this test in my opinion was horrible. The book is huge, the website is way too complicated, the tests are all over the place with so much detail. So I took their two days class. OMG, their class was a complete waste of time for the 66. It was simply AWLFUL. I completely wasted two days of my time in the class not mention the money.

In the class I began to hear how Pass Perfect was the way to go. And many people in the class were using Pass Perfect. So I signed up for that program to try it. After about five days, I was beginning to get worried that I was just not "getting it".

I jumped on these message boards and saw all the hype and kudos for Training Consultants. I got the program and began using it October 29th.

I followed the program to a "T." Just like Tina talks about. I watched the videos (all of them), and took notes (my notebook hadn't arrived yet). I found taking the notes very helpful. Then I took the chapter tests. Then I took the finals. Then I went and did the damage control process. My final scores ranged from 82 to 90. I then went back and redid the chapters I was weak on (1, and 6). Watched the videos again. Then I took two random finals.

I retook all the chapter tests until they were all "green boxes", i.e.; over 85 percent.

I then retook the two finals I had 82's on and got those to 90 and 94.

I did not go into the test expecting to crush it. I went into the test hoping that all this work would payoff. And it did.

Training Consultants, material is so much easier then STC, Kaplan, and Pass Perfect. I only wish I had started there, and not wasted so much time. Lastly the customer service of their team is off the charts. I emailed them three times and all three times they got back to me in 24 hours as promised (usually same day).

My last bit of advice, if you are not getting solidly in the mid 80's on the practice tests don't take the test. I took the test the first time using STC knowing I was in trouble because I took ten practice tests and got 75's on half of them. The cliche you want to be solidly in the mid 80's on the practice test I think is the truth.

You're better off, taking an extra week or two and getting your scores up on the practice tests and passing the first time then going through the nightmare of being close and not passing.

Good luck everyone! I hope this helps those of you in need. ***and no I was not paid, or asked to do this! I just really appreciated all the advice in here and I never would have found Training Consultants if I hadn't been in here.

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I took the 66 today and passed with a 90. I used the Kaplan book and took all those practice tests after reading the entire book. Then I spent the past week taking practice tests through Training Consultants. Taking lots of practice tests and reviewing wrong answers is the key - in my opinion. Needless to say, TC worked for me so I would recommend it to others trying to weed through all the choices (and the price for the online tests was competitive too).

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If anyone is looking for TC practice exams feel free to PM me, I just logged on to check and they're still valid. I have an STC study guide as well and I'll sell them both for cheap. Practice exams are good for another 60+ days. Thanks!

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