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Series 7: General Securities Representative Exam
The Series 7 Exam is required by FINRA for representatives who will engage in sales of corporate securities, municipal securities, investment company securities, variable annuities, direct participation programs, options and government securities.
- Series 7 Textbook (Physical & Electronic Versions)
- Online & Printable Practice Exams
- 8+ hrs of Video Lectures
- Digital Flashcards
- Mobile App for offline training (iPhone & iPad)
- Downloadable Class Supplements
- Diagnostic Exams & Final Benchmark Exam
- Personal Instructor Support
About the Exam:
Number of Questions: 250 scored questions (plus 10 unscored experimental questions).
Exam Structure: 2 130-question sessions; each sessions includes questions on all topics. All questions are multiple choice.
Time to Complete: 6 hours total; 3 hours for each session
Passing Score: 72%; 180 correct
Recommended Study Time: 100 hours
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During the Series 7, there is a break between the two sections. The break is between 30 minutes and one hour long. If you finish the first section early you can take a break at that time, you do not need to wait for the full three hours. During the break you can choose to leave the testing center to grab coffee or a bite to eat, or to study. Make sure you do not arrive for the second section late as the clock will start. If you need to take a break during the first or second section of the exam (i.e. to use the bathroom), the clock will keep going.
You must be sponsored by a FINRA member firm in order to take the actual examination.
The Practice Exams questions are slightly more difficult than the actual exam, so you should be scoring in the high 60s/low 70s online before taking the exam. The diagnostic exams are the same level of difficulty as the actual exam, so any passing score on those exams is good.
You should plan on completing about 1000 practice questions online, plus the six pdf exams, prior to taking the exam. If your scores are not within passing range at that point, you may need to complete more questions.
There are six pdf diagnostic exams exams that you can download from the training center. These exams should be staggered with the Practice Exams so that for every 250 questions you complete online, you complete one diagnostic exams. The diagnostic exams are very close in difficulty to the actual exam, so they should be completed closed book in one sitting. You should not do any of the diagnostic exams until you are within two weeks or less of taking the examination. You should complete the benchmark exam 2-3 days before your scheduled exam date.
If you come to class having read the material you should give yourself about one week to complete practice exams after the conclusion of the program before taking the examination. If you have not read the material before coming to class you will need more time after class ends.
Most students are able to finish the exam within the alloted time, without being rushed.
Though it is not mandatory to read the material before coming to class, doing so will enable you to reinforce the concepts discussed in the book. If you have not read the material prior to class you will need more time after class to prepare before you take the examination.
Assuming you are working full time while preparing for the examination, you should allow yourself three to four weeks to read through the material and another one to three weeks to complete practice exams. You should attend the live class, watch the online KIT or receive private instruction while you are reading the material or immediately after reading the material. The total study time is typically five to eight weeks.