If you have ADHD and you are studying for the SIE exam or the Series 7 or the Series 65 … Solomon Exam Prep can help

It’s no small feat to study for and pass a securities licensing exam, especially if you have ADHD. With that in mind, Solomon has compiled a list of skill-based strategies to support ADHD learners through the process of studying for their securities licensing exams. Continue reading

Studying for a knowledge test, like a securities licensing exam, requires significant effort over time. Solomon offers some helpful tips for studying and passing your securities licensing exam(s).

Study Strategies for People with ADHD

It’s no small feat to study for and pass a securities licensing exam, especially if you have ADHD. Two areas that can be especially challenging for people with ADHD are time management skills and study skills. Time management can be difficult because it requires a person to prioritize tasks, organize their day, and plan for short- and long-term goals, all of which are potential stumbling blocks for those with ADHD. And when it comes to studying, people with ADHD often have trouble concentrating and haven’t acquired effective study habits.

However, studies suggest that people can learn specific behaviors and strategies that help them work around ADHD symptoms and succeed in their studies. With that in mind, Solomon has compiled a list of skill-based strategies to support ADHD learners through the process of studying for their securities licensing exams.

Time Management

If you’re planning to study for a securities licensing exam, such as the Securities Industry Essentials exam or the Series 7 or the Series 65, managing your time effectively is crucial. Depending on the exam, Solomon Exam Prep recommends studying for between 30 to 100 hours over the course of ten days to several weeks. It’s a daunting prospect for anyone. How can someone with ADHD get better at managing his or her time?

Use schedules and planners to stay on track. Whether you use a paper or digital planner, the following tips will help you use it to your advantage:

  • Refer to the Solomon Exam Prep study schedules located in the resources folder of your online Solomon account to help create an effective study plan.
  • Fill in your planner with study targets for each week and smaller goals for each day. People with ADHD often get overwhelmed when confronted with a large task, so breaking the task up into smaller pieces will make it more approachable.
  • Be realistic about how long things take for you and build in some breathing room for when things takes longer than expected. Also build in time for frequent short study breaks.
  • Begin the day by checking your planner to see which activities you need to do. Try to complete each day’s to-do list, but don’t panic if you don’t finish everything – you built in extra time, remember?

Build structure into your day with consistent routines and rituals.

  • Figure out your best time for study. Are you more alert in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Try to study at your optimal time as much as possible.
  • Use alarm clocks, timers, and alerts to help you structure your time, build routine, and remind yourself of important tasks. This article has some great tips on how to use your smartphone to stay organized.
  • Give yourself small rewards as you study and complete tasks. This article recommends people with ADHD improve their focus by routinely rewarding themselves for achieving small goals. A reward can be as simple as taking a 10–15 minute break to have a snack or take a walk around the block, which also helps prevent fatigue and loss of concentration.
Study Skills

Studying for a securities licensing exam can make you feel like you’ve landed back in high school or college, when you were forced to study and retain large amounts of information with the end goal of passing a test. If you were a successful student, the strategies that worked for you then will probably work for you now. But individuals without prior academic success, and those with ADHD, can increase the effectiveness of their study time by applying the strategies that follow.

Make note-taking a core aspect of your studying. Studies suggest that becoming a better note-taker can increase concentration and help learners make better use of their time by learning actively rather than passively. Here are some specific ways to boost your studying with note-taking:

  • If you have a hardcopy of your Solomon Exam Prep Study Guide, then highlight, underline, and write notes and questions in the margins as you read. If you are reading your Study Guide online or listening to your Audiobook, take notes on paper using a note-taking system that works for you, such as the Cornell, outlining, or mapping method, all described here.
  • Use color-coding to organize your notes. Invest in colored pens, highlighters, and sticky notes and use them strategically.
  • Return to your notes frequently: review them several times; rewrite them; read them aloud; create possible test questions from them.

Do A LOT of self-testing. Studies have found that incorporating more self-testing, or retrieval practice, into a study routine can significantly improve retention of material, especially for people with ADHD. The Solomon Exam Prep study system has two features specifically designed for self-testing:

  • Solomon Exam Prep Online Exam Simulator: with a large question bank and tools that help you identify areas that require more study, the Solomon Exam Simulator is the perfect way to incorporate self-testing into your study time.
  • Solomon Exam Prep Digital Flashcards: interactive true/false and definitions flashcards that can be organized by chapter and customized to target the terms and concepts you need to study more.

Teach the content to someone else. To be well-prepared for a securities licensing exam, candidates must truly understand the content. What better way to check your understanding than to teach the content to another person? Becoming the teacher to a friend or family member is a highly effective learning technique. This list of study tips for learners with ADHD includes talking about the concepts aloud to yourself or others. Even if you don’t have a study buddy or captive family member to lecture to, imagine that you’re teaching a course on the material and write up a lesson plan. Deliver your lesson to an empty room if need be, but the act of trying to explain the material out loud is a great way to confirm which areas you have a strong command of and which you need to study further.

Masks and other new Prometric test centers requirements

Prometric has announced social distancing procedures with the re-opening of test centers. Test-takers must bring and wear a mask while at the test center. Anyone without a mask Continue reading

Prometric has announced social distancing procedures with the re-opening of test centers.  Test-takers must bring and wear a mask while at the test center.  Anyone without a mask will be denied entry and marked as a “no show.”

Other changes: 

  • Test takers will be required to stand on the ‘stand here’ sign or ‘X’ in place on the floor, designating a safe distance away from the test center employee.
  • Test takers will be seated in a manner that ensures distancing guidelines are satisfied during testing.
  • Monitoring of the test room will be done exclusively using existing DVR monitoring. Physical walk throughs will be waived unless there is adequate space to comply with local government distancing guidelines.
  • Return of scratch paper instead of dry erase boards.
  • Test center staff to clean all surfaces, including every workstation, admin desk, and proctor desk, between each test taker and at the start and end of each day.

For the full list of Prometric test center procedures and requirements, please click here.

You can also see a list of which test centers have reopened here.

Do you need to become a FINRA Compliance Officer?

Do you enjoy taking securities licensing exams? Continue reading

Do you need to become a FINRA Compliance Officer? Do you enjoy taking securities licensing exams? If your answer to both questions is yes, then you can take the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam, the Series 7 General Securities Representative exam, and the Series 24 General Securities Principal exam. Nearly 400 questions of securities exam fun. 
 
But if you need to become a FINRA Compliance Officer and you do not have a passion for taking securities licensing exams, you’re in luck! Since October 1, 2018 individuals who want to become a FINRA Compliance Officer can take the FINRA Series 14 Compliance Officer Qualification exam instead. Just 110 questions. 
 
“We’ve helped thousands pass the Series 7, the Series 24 and the SIE exam,” Jeremy Solomon, President of Solomon Exam Prep, “we recognize that some people don’t love to take securities exams.” For those designated by their firm as having day-to-day compliance responsibilities or who supervise ten or more people engaged in compliance, FINRA has made the former NYSE Series 14 exam, the new alternative pathway to the Compliance Officer qualification. 
 
Now, with the Solomon Exam Prep Series 14 Exam Study Guide and Solomon Exam Prep Series 14 Online Exam Simulator, becoming a FINRA Compliance Officer has never been easier. Get these products bundled together for 10% off in the Solomon Exam Prep Series 14 Essentials Package.

Announcing the Release of the Solomon Exam Prep Android Mobile App!

With the release of the Solomon Exam Prep app, you have full mobile access to your Solomon study materials with the click of a button. Continue reading

Do you need to take a securities licensing exam?

Do you wish you had more time to study?

With the release of the Solomon Exam Prep Android app, you have full mobile access to your Solomon study materials at the click of a button.

  • Easier and quicker—Just click the Solomon Exam Prep icon on your phone to be taken directly to your account.
  • Access all your materials—The app provides full site functionality and access to your study guide, exam simulator, audiobook, and video lecture.
  • No typing on tiny keyboards—Don’t worry about typing in a web address! Our app will take you right where you need to be.

Move into the future of mobile securities exam prep with the Solomon Exam Prep app!

To download the app, please visit: goo.gl/IkNceh

Solomon Exam Prep has helped thousands of financial professionals pass their FINRA, NASAA, and MSRB licensing exams, including the Series 6, Series 7, Series 24, Series 26, Series 27, Series 28, Series 50, Series 51, Series 52, Series 53, Series 62, Series 63, Series 65, Series 66, Series 79, Series 82, and the Series 99.

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Solomon Exam Prep Launches MSRB Series 50 Permanent Exam Study Program

Solomon Exam Prep has published study materials for professionals required to take the upcoming Series 50 permanent exam. Continue reading

series50cover_fmtSolomon Exam Prep has published study materials for professionals required to take the upcoming Series 50 permanent exam. 

Portland, OR, August 22, 2016. After helping hundreds of individuals study and pass the MSRB Series 50 Pilot Exam, Solomon Exam Prep is proud to present a new, revised, and updated Series 50 exam prep program. The new program contains over 1,250 original practice questions.

“We were pleased with our students’ success on the Series 50 pilot exam: an 93.87% pass rate versus the national Series 50 pass rate of 84%.  And we are excited to announce the launch of the Solomon Series 50 exam prep program,” said Jeremy Solomon, president of Solomon Exam Prep.  “The MSRB updated and revised their Series 50 exam content outline and we responded to the regulators’ exam content changes, as well to student feedback from the pilot exam. For example, we added and updated material on MSRB Rules G-20, G-37, and G-42 governing activities of municipal advisors,” said Jeremy Solomon.

The Solomon Exam Prep Series 50 study program includes a Series 50 Exam Guide (digital and hard copy), a Series 50 Exam Simulator, and a Series 50 Video Lecture. Solomon Exam Prep’s innovative technology lets students study anytime, anywhere.

Informed by Professor Karen Solomon’s Ph.D. research on learning and memory, Solomon study materials emphasize learning then practicing, learning then practicing . . . With over 1,250 original practice questions, Solomon Series 50 students have a deep and robust pool of practice questions to hone their Series 50 exam knowledge and give them the active knowledge they need to pass the test. “Practice really does make perfect,” says Jeremy Solomon.

Important Things to Know about the Series 50 Exam

Launch date: September 12, 2016

Number of questions on the exam: 100

Passing score: 71%

Time to take the exam: 180 minutes

Exam fee: $265

Registration form: U4 for FINRA members or U10 for non-FINRA members

Exam location: Pearson VUE or Prometric testing centers

Who must take the exam: According to the MSRB, “a natural person associated with a municipal advisor who engages in municipal advisory activities on the municipal advisor’s behalf, other than a person performing only clerical, administrative, support or similar functions, must qualify by examination as a municipal advisor representative.”

Five decades in the muni business didn’t guarantee I’d pass the Series 50 pilot exam. (Just knowing content doesn’t mean you are ready for the test.) Thankfully, my Solomon Exam Prep materials were fantastic at teaching complex subject matter in a way that made the answers clear, and I passed the test with ease.

If you plan to take the Series 50 exam, then I strongly recommend that you give yourself the edge that Solomon’s study materials provide.  

John Canney
Municipal Advisors Group
Boston, MA

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Updated Series 63, 65, and 66 Materials Now Available!

On July 1, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) updated the Series 63, Series 65, and Series 66 exams. That means new material was added to the tests—material you need to know if you want to pass. Continue reading

On July 1, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) updated the Series 63, Series 65, and Series 66 exams. That means new material was added to the tests—material you need to know if you want to pass.

That’s where Solomon comes in. We updated our Series 63Series 65, and Series 66 Study Guides and Online Exam Simulators so our customers don’t have to worry about being left behind by these changes.

Here are a few of the new topics:

• Exceptions for foreign broker-dealers
• Broker-dealer supervision of agents
• Prospectus delivery requirements
• Types of customer accounts
• Broker-dealer and agent commissions
• Cyber security and data protection
• Outside securities accounts
• Due diligence for broker-dealers
• Regulation A amendment
• Regulation D amendment

You can purchase each Exam Study Guide with our industry-leading Online Exam Simulator as part of our Essentials Study Package.

For a limited time, Like us on Facebook to get a coupon code for 10% off packages!

Want more information? Call 503.601.0212 or go to SolomonExamPrep.com.

Read a Solomon Exam Guide … and Live Longer

When you’re preparing for a securities exam, and you read a Solomon Exam Prep textbook, not only are you improving your chances of passing, but you’re also improving your odds of living longer. According to a new study published in Social Science & Medicine: Continue reading

When you’re preparing for a securities exam, and you read a Solomon Exam Prep textbook, not only are you improving your chances of passing, but you’re also improving your odds of living longer. According to a new study published in Social Science & Medicine:

  • On average, book readers live 23 months longer than individuals who don’t read books.
  • Books are protective regardless of gender, wealth, education, or health.

The authors Avni Bavishi, Martin Slade and Becca Levy write that there are two cognitive processes involved in reading books that could create a “survival advantage”. First, reading books promote the “slow, immersive process” of “deep reading,” a cognitive engagement that “occurs as the reader draws connections to other parts of the material, finds applications to the outside world, and asks questions about the content presented.”

“Cognitive engagement may explain why vocabulary, reasoning, concentration, and critical thinking skills are improved by exposure to books,” they write. Second, books “can promote empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence, which are cognitive processes that can lead to greater survival,” they say.

In addition to improving their chances of living longer, securities exam students are likelier to pass and pass with a higher score, if they read an exam guide, according to Jeremy Solomon, president of Solomon Exam Prep.

Series 27 & Series 28 Exam Study Guides—Now Available!

Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce the publication of our Exam Study Guides for the Series 27 Financial and Operations Principal Qualification Examination and Series 28 Introducing Broker-Dealer Financial and Operations Principal Qualification Examination. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce the publication of our Exam Study Guides for the FINRA Series 27 Financial and Operations Principal Qualification Examination and FINRA Series 28 Introducing Broker-Dealer Financial and Operations Principal Qualification Examination. An Online Exam Simulator for both exams has been available for the past year, but we are excited to expand our product offerings to better assist our customers in passing these exams.

Both Exam Study Guides are available as a hard copy book and can be purchased on the Solomon Exam Prep website. An online, digital version of these Study Guides will be available in the coming weeks.

Solomon Exam Prep Exam guides focus on the most important aspects of the exam and are peppered with frequent examples, exercises and practice questions. These succinct Exam Study Guides will get you on track to passing your exam in no time.

These new guides are additionally offered as part of our Essentials Study Package and included with our Online Exam Simulator—at a discounted price. Used successfully by thousands, this powerful combination gives you what you need to learn and retain the material by testing yourself as you go.


Series 27 Study Guide

Do Regulation T, rehypothecation and FOCUS reports give you a headache? Do you need to take the FINRA Series 27 exam? If you can answer yes to both questions, then let Solomon Exam Prep help relieve your anxiety. The Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 27 FINRA Financial and Operations Principal Qualification Examination offers an efficient and comprehensive overview of what you need to know to pass the Series 27 exam.

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Series 28 Study Guide

Do PAB Accounts, margin requirements and FOCUS reports give you a headache? Do you need to take the FINRA Series 28 exam? If you can answer yes to both questions, then let Solomon Exam Prep help relieve your anxiety. The Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 28 FINRA Introducing Broker-Dealer Financial and Operations Principal Qualification Examination offers an efficient and comprehensive overview of what you need to know to pass the Series 28 exam.

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New Series 82 Exam Study Guide

The securities world is constantly changing, and Solomon Exam Prep works to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date exam materials on the market. Our brand new 2nd edition of The Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 82 Limited Representative – Private Securities Offerings Representative Exam features 100 new practice questions, new visuals and examples, and expanded material on subjects throughout the book… Continue reading

9781610070874 cov.inddThe securities world is constantly changing, and Solomon Exam Prep works to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date exam materials on the market.  Our brand new 2nd edition of The Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 82 Limited Representative – Private Securities Offerings Representative Exam features 100 new practice questions, new visuals and examples, and expanded material on subjects throughout the book, including:

      • Updated FINRA rules
      • Regulation A+
      • Regulation D
      • Money market instruments
      • Insider trading
      • New suitability rules
      • Taxation

and much more that you will need to know to pass the Series 82 and sell private placements.

The Series 82 is a difficult exam, but with our guide you will approach the test fully prepared and be ready to enter the private securities industry with knowledge and expertise.  As Solomon Exam Prep President Jeremy Solomon says, “The increase in the numbers of people taking the Series 82 has mirrored the rise in the sale of private securities.  The Series 82 isn’t as extensive as some other FINRA exams, but it is not an easy exam for most test-takers.  That’s because three-quarters of the exam is on the regulation of securities and handling customer accounts, topics many professionals in the world of private placements may not be familiar with.  Becoming familiar with securities industry rules and laws generally means reading and practicing, something busy securities professionals often have difficulty finding the time for. That’s why Solomon study materials are so valuable — they make the process highly efficient and guide test-takers to success.”

Solomon Exam Prep has helped thousands of financial professionals pass their FINRA, NASAA, and MSRB securities regulatory exams including the Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 27, 28, 51, 52, 53, 55, 62, 63, 65, 66, 79, 82, and 99. The Solomon Exam Prep training system includes print and digital Exam Study Guides, Online Exam Simulators, Audiobooks, and Video Lectures to address the learning needs of all kinds of test-takers.

Series 66, 2nd Edition, Now Available

Solomon Exam Prep constantly strives to produce the most up-to-date materials in order to give our students the best chance of passing their exam on the first try. Thus, we are proud to announce a new 2nd edition of our Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination. Continue reading

Series 66 2nd EditionSolomon Exam Prep constantly strives to produce the most up-to-date materials in order to give our students the best chance of passing their exam on the first try. Thus, we are proud to announce a new 2nd edition of our Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination. The second edition of the Solomon Series 66 Exam Study Guide includes more examples, visuals and practice questions, as well as additional information on the following topics:

  • Time value of money
  • Discounted cash flow method
  • Business structures
  • Trust and estate accounts, including the taxation of trust and estate accounts
  • Financial goals and strategies
  • Modern portfolio theory
  • Capital asset pricing model, including discussions of alpha and beta
  • Efficient market hypothesis
  • Options strategies
  • Fiduciary responsibilities
  • Investment policy statements
  • Suitability
  • Compensation, including comparisons of investment advisers and broker-dealers
  • Prudent investor standards

According to Solomon Exam Prep President Jeremy Solomon, “The NASAA Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination is one of the most challenging securities licensing exams. After passing the Series 7, people underestimate the Series 66 exam and may not be successful on their first try. With this new edition we have greatly expanded our text and hope to convey the importance of the material the Series 66 covers.”

Regulators have set the bar high for this exam for a simple reason: the Series 66 exam, in conjunction with the Series 7 exam, qualifies you to be a securities agent and an investment adviser representative, so you must know what you’re talking about when giving investment advice or effecting securities transactions. This means that you need to know a lot of information, including the three types of securities registration, the nine types of investment risk, the difference between the strong, semi-strong, and weak forms of the EMH; when a securities professional is permitted to sell non-exempt unregistered securities (never); who may issue a stop order to deny, revoke, or suspend; when rescission is allowed and by whom; what contumacy is and how to avoid it; what prudent investor, suitability, and fiduciary mean—and more!

The comprehensive Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 66 Exam works in three mutually reinforcing ways: it focuses on the most important aspects of the exam, provides you with plenty of practice questions, and continually reminds you why you have to take the test in the ­first place: to protect investors.

With practice questions at the end of each chapter, as well as a helpful glossary, the Solomon Exam Prep Guide will give you the knowledge to tackle the NASAA Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination with confidence!


Solomon Exam Prep has helped thousands of financial professionals pass their FINRA, NASAA, and MSRB securities regulatory exams including the Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 27, 28, 51, 52, 53, 55, 62, 63, 65, 66, 79, 82, and 99. The Solomon Exam Prep training system includes print and digital Exam Study Guides, Online Exam Simulators, Audiobooks, and Video Lectures to address the learning needs of all kinds of test-takers.

Solomon Exam Prep is led by founders Jeremy and Karen Solomon, both of whom maintain a lifelong commitment to advancing learning and education.  Solomon Exam Prep draws from a pool of seasoned educators, practitioners and communicators who are experienced in both investment education and the process of adult learning.