Self-study Tip of the Week

Flashcards are a great, affordable way to study for your licensing exam. Keep them in your bag or pocket and use them while Continue reading

Flashcards are a great, affordable way to study for your licensing exam. Keep them in your bag or pocket and use them while you are waiting in line in the grocery store, on the subway or train, and even during your lunch hour at work.

As you read through a chapter in your book, make a flashcard for any term you don’t understand or don’t think you’ll remember. The glossary in the back of each book provides you with easy to understand definitions. If the term is not in the glossary look it up in a dictionary.

Once you’ve made flashcards for a chapter, be sure to look through the entire stack at least twice a day; research shows it takes 10-20 repetitions to make a word part of your vocabulary. As you go through the stack, set aside the ones you know and continue to review the ones you don’t.

Did flashcards help you study for your exam? Email info@solomonexamprep.com and let us know!

Napping Increases Learning

A new study at the University of California, Berkeley found that a nap increased the brain’s ability to learn and remember names and faces. Continue reading

A new study at the University of California, Berkeley found that a nap increased the brain’s ability to learn and remember names and faces. The study tested volunteers on name and face recognition twice, once at noon and once at 6 pm. The subjects who napped between sessions raised their scores by 10% on average, the subjects who didn’t nap actually scored 10% lower, on average, on the second test. Sleep helps the brain “like a dry sponge, to absorb new information” according to Professor Mathew P. Walker, the lead investigator, quoted in the New York Times. “You need to sleep before learning, to prepare your brain.”

Take this to heart and if you can, take a break from your study routine and nap between learning sessions.

Solomon Exam Prep Publishes New 2010 Audio Guides for the Series 6, Series 63 and Series 65 Exams

According to a 2009 Northwestern University study published in the journal SCIENCE, listening to audio can deepen and strengthen memory and Continue reading

According to a 2009 Northwestern University study published in the journal SCIENCE, listening to audio can deepen and strengthen memory and learning – even when one is sleeping.  

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce publication of new and fully updated 2010 editions of our bestselling PASS THE 6, PASS THE 63 and PASS THE 65 audio training guides for the FINRA Series 6 exam and the NASAA Series 63 and 65 exams.

A happy customer wrote: “Thanks to Linda’s lively voice, I learned the material quickly and passed the Series 65 with flying colors. The humor is great. It was fun to listen while driving, and it was easy to absorb the information—just like being taught by an entertaining young professor!”

Linda Franklin is the voice of Solomon Exam Prep and reads all of our audio books. Listen to an excerpt of the Series 65 audio book here:

Does her voice sound familiar to you? If you’ve ever called our office, you’ve probably spoken with Linda since she also answers the phone around here!

Has an audio book helped you pass an exam? Tell us about it! Email info@solomonexamprep.com

What is a passing score for the FINRA Series 79 exam?

This month, we’ve talked with several individuals who have taken the Series 79 Limited Representative Investment Banking exam. They reported that a passing Continue reading

This month, we’ve talked with several individuals who have taken the Series 79 Limited Representative Invesment Banking exam. They reported that a passing score was either a 72 or a 73. FINRA is grading the exam on a “floating curve.” These individuals, experienced investment bankers and M&A professionals, also reported that the exam was challenging, detailed and surprisingly mathematical.

First complete Series 79 practice exam available now!

Solomon Exam Prep has published the first complete 175 question practice exam for the FINRA Series 79 Limited Investment Banking Representative Exam. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep has published the first complete 175 question practice exam for the FINRA Series 79 Limited Investment Banking Representative Exam. Questions follow the format, proportion and four major content areas of the actual exam and were written by an experienced investment banker, practicing attorney and former hedge fund compliance director.

Series 79 Investment Banking Representative Classes

Recently we spoke to someone at FINRA about the new five-hour, 175 question Series 79 Investment Banking Representative exam, and while FINRA still Continue reading

Recently we spoke to someone at FINRA about the new five-hour, 175 question Series 79 Investment Banking Representative exam, and while FINRA still won’t divulge what a passing score for the exam is, their representative did tell us that a passing score on the Series 79 is in the “low seventies” like their other exams.  This score “will fluctuate over time.”   We have been told by someone who took the Series 79 exam and who has been in compliance for decades that it is “not an easy exam.”

If your firm has not created a Series 79 training program, contact Solomon Exam Prep to sign up for our exclusive Series 79 Investment Banking Representative licensing exam program offering live/interactive online classes, a Series 79 training book and a state-of-the-art practice question Series 79 exam simulator. 

With decades of teaching experience and thousands of happy customers, our Wharton, University of Chicago, Yale and Harvard-educated staff will help your firm get Series 79 candidates licensed and on their way to making your firm money!

Contact Sara DeFilippi at 503-968-6777 for more information.

NASAA and FINRA Raise Passing Score on Series 63 Exam

Effective January 1, 2010, NASAA and FINRA will raise the passing grade for the Series 63, Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, from 70% Continue reading

Effective January 1, 2010, NASAA and FINRA will raise the passing grade for the Series 63, Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, from 70% to 72%. The new raw passing score will be 43 out of 60.

NASAA Memorandum Re Passing Scores for Series 63, 65 and 66 Exams

Can listening to audio books during sleep improve exam scores?

Research at Northwestern University, published in the journal Science, suggests that playing a reinforcing audio while sleeping might improve Continue reading

Research at Northwestern University, published in the journal Science, suggests that playing a reinforcing audio while sleeping might improve retention of information already learned.

Science Online

Northwestern University

NASAA and FINRA raise the bar for the Series 65 and Series 66 Exams

Effective January 1, 2010, the NASAA and FINRA will raise the passing grade for the Series 65, Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination, from 68.5% to Continue reading

Effective January 1, 2010, the NASAA and FINRA will raise the passing grade for the Series 65, Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination, from 68.5% to 72% and for the Series 66, Uniform Combined State Law Examination, from 71% to 75%.

For more information see
NASAA Website