If you’re planning to work at a broker or dealer in the US, it’s almost certain that they’re a member of FINRA and that you’ll need to take and pass the Series 7 exam and earn your General Securities Representative license. This exam requires sponsorship by member firms, meaning that you need to be employed by them to take the test. But more often than not, passing the Series 7 is a condition of employment, and if you don’t pass, you’ll find yourself out of a job.
The exam is designed to establish a competency level for an individual to work and continue to work in the securities industry. It’s one way of making sure that brokers and dealers have in-depth knowledge of the market and are truly qualified to handle clients with the proficiency and integrity needed for the job.
The Series 7 exam is one of FINRA’s longest and most difficult exams to pass. Sitting through 125 multiple-choice questions for 3 hours and 45 minutes is an ordeal in itself. The most recent stats indicate that the Series 7 pass rate is about 71%. The first-time Series 7 pass rate is even lower at only 64%.
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We’re so confident that Achievable Series 7 is the best and most effective Series 7 exam prep on the market that we’ve compiled a list of other vendors, using their own language from their marketing sites describing their key selling points. Compare the courses yourself and see why Achievable comes out on top.
Kaplan Financial’s Series 7 prep packages come with study options and tools to fit your availability and learning style. A customizable study calendar is available for you to list and schedule daily tasks to coincide with the date of your exam.
They offer three Series 7 prep packages: Basic, Essential, and Premium. Kaplan’s Premium Instruction Package is split into two types, but both feature access to all the available study tools, including instructor link, class notes, mastery and checkpoint exams, and video library. The OnDemand Class gives you access to instructional videos, while the live online class allows you to participate in a scheduled live online class. The Premium study preps start at $279.
The Basic and Essential Study Packages are self-study courses with access to selected tools such as the tips and content updates, practice exam, SecuritiesPro QBank, and license exam manual. A performance tracker notes your progress and shows you the areas of the exam where you need to improve. These self-study packages start at $139.
You have access to Kaplan’s Series 7 course for five months. You can also request to extend that access for another five months for $49.
Knopman Marks Series 7 top-off exam prep offers both self-study courses at $350 and in-person or live training for an additional $225. If you’re living in or around New York, you can attend their in-person class, if not, you can join a scheduled remote online class.
You have the option to bundle the self-study and live training for $575. Both will grant you access to all their course features, such as online and printable practice exams, diagnostic and assessment exams, video lectures, mobile app, digital flashcards, a textbook, personal instructor access, and more.
Securities Training Corporation (STC) Series 7 test prep packages start at about $220. Their top-tier package, Premier Plus, costs about $427 and features their STC Pass Guarantee. It also includes their on-demand lectures and flashcards, access to the instructor hotline, course updates, online and printed study manuals, live virtual or in-person class, and progress exams. Students have access to all the materials for six months.
There’s an option to purchase the courses or the study materials individually. What this means is that Series 7 test-takers can just pay access to the flashcards or the on-demand lectures. They can also join a scheduled virtual class where they will be given a printed study manual and access to a Series 7 Final Exam. Individual prep courses range from $65 to $350.
ExamFX offers three Series 7 exam package options, which are the Self-Study, Video Study, and Live Online. Each comes with different levels of access to their materials.
The most basic is the Self-Study package. For $149.95, students have access to the interactive learning portal, instructor support, a readiness assessment, the guarantee exam, and more. With the Video Study package, students get additional features like the online flashcards and on-demand video lectures. The most premium package is Live Online, which costs $249.95 and includes everything from the previous packages mentioned, with the extra feature of live online training.
ExamFX promises that if you take the Series 7 exam within three days and fail, after scoring 80% or above on their guarantee exam, they will refund the cost of the material.
Solomon offers both a-la-carte study materials and packages for a tailored option. The most basic and lowest cost resource is their flashcard pack, which costs about $50. The most expensive of the individual test preps are the exam simulator, which costs about $110.
For the bundled packages, Solomon Exam Prep offers four types to choose from, namely Essentials, Video Premium, Audio Premium, and Total. The cheapest package starts at $189, where students receive access to the online study guide, exam simulator, and support from a professor. The most expensive package is about $368, which features add-ons like the flashcards, video lectures, and audiobooks. Add another $37.95 for a hard copy upgrade of the digital guide. Multisession live classes are also available at a scheduled time for $200.
There are many exam prep providers out there, all offering helpful content and support to get you through one of FINRA’s toughest licensing exams. Choosing the best one is critical to advancing your career. It can feel like a balancing act of getting the best in price, content, and effectiveness.
We’re proud to say that Achievable Series 7 is the best value-for-your-money test prep course that is personalized, convenient, and effective. With Achievable, you’ll spend less time studying and pass the Series 7 the first time, guaranteed.