In order to pass the exam successfully on your first try, you need to give yourself plenty of time to review and practice. If you don’t pass the first try you have to wait 30-days to retake the exam so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Here are the key steps…
Get an overview on the material covered. You’re not going for retention here, just an overview. Don’t worry about the pop-quizes or sample tests just yet, focus on ferreting out the key information.
We are going for repetition here. Repetition will insure proper memory recall later.
You should be about two weeks from your Series 65 exam date now. It’s time to take the sample tests. . No cheating. You need an honest appraisal of what you know and don’t know.
Series 65 Topics Economics & Business (14%) Investment Vehicles (24%) Client Investment Recommendations & Strategies (31%) Laws, Guidelines, and Regulations (31%)
Step1 Cover a chapter in your study guide at least every two days. At first skim through the chapter. After skimming the chapter, re-read it with highlighter and pen in hand. Highlight key text and make notes in the margins.
Step 2 Review the chapter you just completed. With 3 x 5 index cards in hand start making flash cards with the key information you highlighted and notes you wrote in the margins. Put a single question or topic on the front of each card and the answer on the back. Once you get that entire chapter on to 3 x 5 note cards, quickly review them. Repeat this for every chapter.
Step 3 Bring your completed note cards everywhere with you. When you are on a break, walking the dog, or at lunch review them. Review as often as you can. Also, say the information out loud when possible, the more of your senses you engage the better your memory will be during the exam!
Step 4 Go to a quiet room, where you will not be disturbed, with a blank sheet of paper and pen. Grab a kitchen timer and set it for three hours and start taking a practice test. If you come to a question you’re not sure of try to eliminate several of the answers. What do you know about the question? Make your best guess and write that question number down on your sheet of paper. If you have time at the end, you can re-read those questions you had trouble with. Often times and answer is now perfectly clear.
Step 5 Grade your answers. For the questions you got wrong or guessed at (even though you guessed correctly) make new 3 x 5 note cards for those questions and review all your new note cards as much as possible. Take a least a day off to review ALL of your note cards between sample test days. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until the day before the test.
Step 6 The day before the exam is important. Don’t stay up too late studying. Eat a good meal for dinner and get plenty of restful sleep (at least 6-8 hours). Also the morning of the test, make sure you eat a good meal, but don’t stuff yourself. You want that blood in your brain, not your stomach! Get up a little early and get to your exam location about 30- 45 min before your test. Bring your note cards and review them in your car before the test. Bring a bottle of water with to the test so you can stay hydrated.
Other Helpful Series 65 Exam Tips Know the physical location of the test center before the morning of. The last thing you need is to get lost on the way to the test. Bring ear plugs. Sometimes the testing centers are noisy. Bring at least two current forms of ID to the test center. Go slow. Read each question twice to avoid any carless mistakes. Think positive. What if everything works out perfectly?
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