Solomon Partners with State College of Florida to Offer SIE Exam Prep Course

Solomon Exam Prep’s SIE study program is available as an on-demand course via State College of Florida’s Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Division. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to be partnering with the State College of Florida (SCF) to offer an online SIE Exam Prep course through SCF’s Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Division. The self-paced, non-credit course will prepare students to sit for the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam.

The SIE Exam Prep course is for anyone who is curious about the world of finance and investing, or who might be interested in a career in the field. The FINRA SIE Exam tests general knowledge of the securities industry and is the foundational requirement for many careers, including stockbroker, financial advisor, investment banker, and more. A passing score on the SIE Exam is valid for your years, and having it on your resume can open doors to jobs in the finance and securities industries.

“Solomon Exam Prep is thrilled to be working with the State College of Florida to help SCF students pass the FINRA SIE exam and other securities licensing exams.”

Jeremy Solomon, President & Co-founder of Solomon Exam Prep

What does the course include?

Course registration includes 180-day access to the Solomon SIE Total Study Package, which contains the following digital study materials:

    • Study Guide
    • Exam Simulator
    • Audiobook
    • Video Lecture
    • Flashcards

The Solomon SIE Total Study Package also comes with helpful resources and tools, including Solomon SIE Study Schedules, up to twenty Ask the Professor questions, and Pass Probability™, an AI technology that predicts exam readiness.

About the State College of Florida

Established in 1957, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the region’s first and largest public college, serving 11,000 college credit students annually at three campuses and via online classes. Another 14,000 participants annually take professional development and personal enrichment classes through SCF’s Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Division, which offers year-round non-credit courses both in person and online.

Interested in partnering with Solomon?

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Solomon can tailor its SIE curriculum to fit any course, including credit and non-credit courses, as part of a current course such as Finance or Capital Markets, or as a self-study program. The Solomon platform works equally well for in-person, hybrid, and online courses.

Join institutions such as State College of Florida, Elon University, Florida Memorial University, Pepperdine University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Claflin University, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

Elon University Students Studying for the SIE Exam with Solomon

Solomon Exam Prep’s SIE exam prep materials are helping finance students at Elon University prepare to take the FINRA SIE exam. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is delighted to be partnering with Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, to bring Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam prep to students this Spring 2022 term. Twenty students in the FIN 4780 SIE course are studying with Solomon SIE prep materials. The course will prepare students to take not only the FINRA SIE exam, but also the FINRA Series 7 exam after graduation. Instructor Thibaut G. Morillon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, is teaching the course.

Elon students taking the course receive the Solomon Exam Prep SIE Total Package, which contains all the study materials they need to prepare for the SIE exam:

    • Digital Study Guide
    • Exam Simulator
    • Video Lecture
    • Audiobook
    • Digital Flashcards
    • Free resources and tools, including Solomon SIE Study Schedules and Pass Probability™, Solomon’s proprietary technology that predicts when students are ready to take their exams.
What’s the SIE exam?

The SIE exam was created by FINRA as a foundational exam for those wanting to enter the securities industry. Studying for the SIE exam enables students to learn the basics of the finance and securities industries, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs. In addition, passing the exam can open doors to a variety of careers. Anyone over 18 years old can take the SIE and results are valid for four years, so college is a perfect time to take the exam.

The SIE exam is a co-requisite to the Series 7 and other FINRA representative-level exams. To take the Series 7 exam, a FINRA member firm must employ and sponsor you. If you pass the SIE and get hired by a broker-dealer, you can then take the Series 7 and become a registered representative in the securities industry.

Interested in partnering with Solomon?

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Solomon can tailor its SIE curriculum to fit any course, including credit and non-credit courses, as part of a current course such as Finance or Capital Markets, or as a self-study program. The Solomon platform works equally well for in-person, hybrid, and online courses. And instructors receive access to the Instructor Portal, class slides, quizzes and exams, a custom study schedule, and QwizBang, Solomon’s interactive game platform.

Join institutions such as Elon University, Florida Memorial University, Pepperdine University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

Solomon Exam Prep Exhibiting at Midwest Finance Association 2022 Conference

If you’re attending the Midwest Finance Association 2022 Conference March 10-12, visit Solomon Exam Prep’s exhibitor booth. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is proud to be sponsoring and exhibiting at the Midwest Finance Association 2022 Conference, which will be held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, IL, March 10–12. Solomon invites attendees to visit our booth to learn about how Solomon provides its innovative Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam prep to colleges and universities across the country.

About the MFA

Founded in 1951, the Midwest Finance Association is a nonprofit professional association of academics and finance industry professionals dedicated to the furtherance of finance education. The organization currently has over 400 members from more than forty countries, and membership is open to anyone who has a career in the area of finance. The annual conference provides a forum for the exchange of intellectual ideas between academic and business circles.

What is the SIE Exam?

The FINRA SIE exam is the foundational exam required for anyone who wants to become licensed to work in the securities industry. Passing the SIE shows potential employers that you have mastered the basics of the industry and opens doors to a variety of careers. Anyone over 18 years old can take the SIE, so it’s perfect for college students.

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Join institutions such as Florida Memorial University, Pepperdine University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

Florida Memorial University, InspereX, and Solomon Exam Prep Bring SIE Exam Prep to FMU Students

With sponsorship from InspereX, FMU students will receive the Solomon study materials and exam fee they need to pass the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce a partnership with Florida Memorial University and InspereX to support FMU School of Business students in preparing for and taking the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam. Through this partnership, FMU is offering an SIE Self-Study Program led by Visiting Instructor of Finance and Marketing, Lawrence Goehrig, in Spring 2022.

Thanks to the generosity of InspereX, FMU students will receive the top-of-the-line Solomon SIE Total Study Package. InspereX is also funding the purchase of hardcopy Study Guide upgrades for all students in the program, plus the FINRA SIE Exam fee, which is $80.00 per student.

Solomon Exam Prep President Jeremy Solomon says

“Solomon is honored to work with FMU and InspereX to help prepare students to take the FINRA SIE Exam. The SIE is the foundational exam required for anyone who wants to become licensed to work in the securities industry, and passing the SIE exam will give FMU students a competitive edge in the job market.”

Geared to fit a variety of learning styles, the Solomon SIE Exam Total Package includes the full line of Solomon SIE materials: digital Study Guide, Exam Simulator, Audiobook, Video Lecture with downloadable slides, and digital Flashcards. Students will also be able to take advantage of free resources and tools, including Solomon Study Schedules and Solomon Pass Probability™ technology. And with access to the Solomon Instructor Admin Portal, Professor Goehrig will be able to monitor his students’ progress to assist them as they study.

Florida Memorial University, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest academic centers in Florida, and is the only historically Black university in southern Florida. The university offers 27 undergraduate degree programs and three master’s programs.

InspereX is a leading fintech transforming how fixed income securities and market-linked products are accessed, evaluated, and traded. The firm has principal offices in Delray Beach, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City.

About Solomon Exam Prep

Founded by Karen Solomon (Ph.D., University of Chicago) and Jeremy Solomon (MBA, Wharton), Solomon Exam Prep has helped thousands pass their securities licensing exams including the SIE, Series 3, 6, 7, 14, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 63, 65, 66, 79, 82 and 99.

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Join institutions such as Florida Memorial University, Pepperdine University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

Pepperdine University Partners with Solomon on SIE Prep Course

Solomon Exam Prep’s Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam prep materials will be used by students at Pepperdine University this Spring 2022 term. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is thrilled to announce that Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, will be using the Solomon SIE curriculum for a course in the spring 2022 term. This marks the second time Pepperdine has used Solomon SIE materials in one of their courses in the Graziadio Business School, which offers full-time, part-time, and executive MBA programs, as well as doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s, joint degrees, and professional development certificate courses. 

The seven-week, in-person class, Contemporary Issues in Business and Management, will be taught by Professor Chris Manfrè, MBA, PhD, and will give students the chance to explore current topics in business and management. Students will be using the Solomon SIE Total Package as their main course material, which includes the digital Study Guide, Exam Simulator, Audiobook, Video Lecture, and Flashcards. The course will help prepare students to take the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam.

Bring the SIE To Your Campus

Solomon Exam Prep can tailor its SIE curriculum to fit any course, including credit and non-credit courses, as part of a current course such as Finance or Capital Markets, or as a self-study program. The Solomon platform works equally well for in-person, hybrid, and online courses. And no matter what kind of course it is, instructors receive access to the Instructor Portal, class slides, quizzes and exams, a custom study schedule, and QwizBang, Solomon’s interactive game platform.

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Join institutions such as Pepperdine University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, visit the website or contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

Solomon Exam Prep has helped tens of thousands pass their FINRA, NASAA, MSRB, and NFA licensing exams including the SIE, Series 3, 6, 7, 14, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 63, 65, 66, 79, 82, and 99.

Francis Marion University Students Studying for the SIE Exam with Solomon

Solomon Exam Prep’s newest partnership will bring its Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam curriculum to a self-study cohort. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce that students at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, will shortly begin studying for the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam. Instructor Jan Serrano, PhD., Associate Professor of Finance, will lead the group of students in a self-study course using Solomon’s SIE Total Study Package, providing them with the widest variety of study tools to help them pass the SIE.

Bring the SIE To Your Campus

Interested in how you could incorporate Solomon Exam Prep’s study materials into a course at your college or university? Solomon’s flexible SIE curriculum can be tailored to meet the needs of a variety of classes. Students receive Solomon’s industry-leading online study materials at a discounted educational rate, and instructors benefit from high-touch support and access to the Instructor Portal with its innovative classroom tools and reporting features. And Solomon’s SIE curriculum is perfect for both in-person and online courses.

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Join institutions such as the University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, visit the website or contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

University of Nebraska-Omaha Students Studying for the SIE Exam with Solomon

Solomon Exam Prep’s SIE study materials are helping students at UNO learn about financial markets and prepare to take the SIE exam. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is proud that our long-standing partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha’s College of Business Administration continues be a success. Since 2018, instructor Ray LeBlanc has been using Solomon’s Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) curriculum in UNO’s Financial Markets course, which is a core course in the banking and financial markets program. In the fall 2021 semester, there are 64 students in two class sections studying with Solomon SIE exam prep.

Ray LeBlanc had this midterm update to share:

“UNO’s experience with Solomon Exam Prep continues to be extraordinary. We have expanded our course catalog to include a completely online offering this fall. Both the face-to-face and online students appreciate Solomon’s clear, concise content which provides the perfect foundation for our Financial Markets class. Best of all, students who aspire to enter the finance services industry are sufficiently prepared to launch their career by passing the SIE Exam before they even interview for a job. We look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.”

Ray LeBlanc, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Why should students take the SIE exam?

The SIE exam is FINRA’s way of introducing a new generation to the securities industry. Passing the SIE proves that an individual knows and understands the basics of the world of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs. It’s also the requirement for anyone who will want to become registered, so it’s quickly becoming the industry standard to take the exam before applying for jobs. Having the SIE on a resume can increase a student’s chance of landing a desirable internship or first job after graduation. 
 
Passing the SIE shows potential employers that students:

    • Are serious about a career in the financial services industry
    • Have completed a co-requisite for a relevant Series exams
    • Have mastered the basics of the securities industry

The only requirement to take the SIE is that the candidate is over 18 years old. Results are valid for four years so students can take the exam well before graduation.

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Join institutions such as the University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, visit the website or contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

University of North Carolina at Pembroke Finance Students Studying for the SIE Exam with Solomon

Students at UNC Pembroke are preparing for the FINRA SIE exam this fall semester with Solomon Exam Prep’s SIE study materials. Continue reading

In a previous blog post, Solomon Exam Prep announced a new partnership with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s School of Business. Fall 2021 marks the first term that UNC Pembroke is using Solomon Exam Prep’s SIE curriculum in one of its courses. For the past seven weeks, students have been studying online with the Solomon SIE Total Package, which includes the Study Guide, Exam Simulator, Audiobook, Video Lecture, and Flashcards.

The new 14-week course, Financial Trading, is being taught by Mohammad Rahman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance, who reports:

“University of North Carolina at Pembroke school of Business started offering a new minor in ‘Trading’. As part of that, FIN 3300 (Financial Trading) has been offered in Fall 2021 for the first time. I am using Solomon SIE exam prep tools for the class. The students are tremendously benefitting from using all the tools starting with study guide, exam simulation and other resources. I hope this will allow our students to get the SIE certification and make a positive difference in their life.”

Mohammad Rahman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance

Solomon Exam Prep can tailor its SIE curriculum to fit any course, including credit and non-credit courses, as part of a current course such as Finance or Capital Markets, or as a self-study program. The Solomon platform works equally well for in-person, hybrid, and online courses. And no matter what kind of course it is, instructors receive access to the Instructor Portal, class slides, quizzes and exams, a custom study schedule, and QwizBang, Solomon’s interactive game platform.

Join institutions such as the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, visit the website or contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

University of the Incarnate Word In San Antonio Partners with Solomon on Capital Markets Course

Solomon Exam Prep’s SIE exam study course is being used by students at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas this Fall 2021 term. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to report that the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas is partnering with Solomon this Fall 2021 term. Solomon SIE study materials are being used by 17 students in the FIN 3325 Money and Capital Markets course. Alicia Rubio, Ph.D., Professor of Finance and BBA Director at the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, had this to say about students’ experience preparing for the SIE so far:

“Finance students at the University of the Incarnate Word are preparing for the SIE with Solomon Exam Prep. Our students love the unlimited sub-chapter quizzes as they really help them to master the material. Although the SIE exam is information overload, Solomon does a great job at making it manageable to digest. We look forward to the end of the semester to see how many students attempt and pass the SIE exam.”

Alicia Rubio, Ph.D., Professor of Finance & BBA Director

The Money and Capital Markets course is required for students pursuing a BBA in Finance with a Financial Planning specialization. This path prepares students for careers in risk management, insurance, estate planning, investment planning, and other areas of finance. The Financial Planning career path is recognized by the Certified Financial Planner (CFP)® Board as a registered program.

Bring the SIE to Your Campus

Solomon Exam Prep partners with dozens of colleges and universities to bring the Solomon SIE exam prep program to students across the country. Join institutions such as the University of the Incarnate Word, University of Delaware, Adelphi University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Seton Hall University, Ohio Dominican University, Georgetown University, Widener University, and University of Dallas in partnering with Solomon.

To learn more about the ways colleges and universities can partner with Solomon, visit the website or contact Beth Hamilton, Higher Education Development Manager, at beth@solomonexamprep.com or 503-601-0212.

How to Pass the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam

Thinking about taking the SIE exam? Keep reading to learn what the SIE is, what topics the exam covers, and how you should prepare for it. Continue reading

Updated June 9, 2022

Should I Take the SIE Exam?

Are you interested in the world of stocks, bonds, and investments? Thinking about a career as a financial advisor? Or perhaps your goal is to become an investment banker or a hedge fund manager? There are many attractive career options in the securities industry, but no matter which path you’re considering, you’ll probably need to take the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam.

If you’re not sure whether a career as a securities industry professional is right for you, the SIE is a great way to test the waters. For college students, the SIE provides a broad overview of the securities industry and financial knowledge that will be helpful even if you don’t pursue a securities industry career. And passing the SIE will make you more competitive when looking for a financial or investment-related internship.

For job seekers in general, having the SIE under your belt shows potential employers that you are serious about a career in the industry and have mastered industry fundamentals. And because the SIE is a co-requisite to several securities industry qualification exams, passing it allows you to jumpstart your career goals.

What is the SIE Exam?

The SIE exam is an introductory-level exam that covers fundamental securities industry knowledge. The SIE focuses on industry terminology, securities products, the structure and function of the markets, regulatory agencies and their functions, and regulated and prohibited practices.

The SIE is a co-requisite of several qualification exams, including the Series 6, Series 7, Series 22, Series 79, Series 82, and Series 99. Passing the SIE does not qualify you to become a registered securities industry professional, but it is usually the first step. Because the SIE is “co-requisite,” instead of “pre-requisite,” you don’t have to take the SIE before taking other FINRA exams. However, taking the SIE first is highly recommended because what you learn on the SIE is extremely helpful to you when you take any other security exam. The knowledge that you learn on the SIE is wind in your sails when you take any other registered representative level securities qualification exam, such as the Series 6 or Series 7.

Any individual 18 or older may take the SIE exam. Unlike other FINRA securities exams, employment and sponsorship by a FINRA member firm is not required in order to take the SIE, and exam results are valid for four years. Individuals can sign up to take the SIE exam on the FINRA website by creating an account, paying the $80 exam fee, and scheduling the exam. The SIE can be taken at a Prometric test center or online via the ProProctor platform.

About the Exam

The SIE exam consists of 75 scored and 10 unscored multiple-choice questions covering the four sections of the FINRA SIE exam outline. The 10 additional unscored questions are ones that the exam committee is trying out. These are unidentified and are distributed randomly throughout the exam. FINRA updates its exam questions regularly to reflect the most current rules and regulations.

About the SIE exam

Note: Scores are rounded down to the next lowest whole number (e.g. 69.9% would be a final score of 69% – not a passing score for the SIE exam).

Topics Covered on the Exam

FINRA divides the SIE exam into four sections:

SIE exam topics

The SIE exam covers many topics including the following:

    • Common Stock
    • Preferred Stock, Warrants, Rights and ADRs
    • Bonds and Yields
    • Types of Bonds
    • Treasury Securities, ABS, CMOs, and Munis
    • Mutual Funds and Other Investment Companies
    • Life Insurance Products and Municipal Fund Securities
    • Options, Partnerships, Hedge Funds, and Private Placements
    • Risks
    • Customer Disclosures & Taxation
    • Underwriting, Issuing, and Registering Securities
    • Exemptions from Registration & Types of Broker-Dealers
    • Markets, Financial Institutions, and Clearance & Settlement
    • Economic Factors and Business Cycles
    • Tools of Government Policy and International Factors
    • Opening an Account & Types of Accounts
    • Cash and Margin Accounts
    • Order Processing
    • Handling Corporate Actions, Account Compliance, and SIPC Rules
    • Prohibited Activities and Trading Rules
    • FINRA Conduct Rules
    • FINRA Membership

Question Types on the SIE Exam

The SIE exam consists of multiple-choice questions, each with four options. You will see these question structures:

Closed Stem Format:

This item type asks a question and gives four possible answers from which to choose.

When interest rates go up, what happens to the price of typical preferred stock?

    1. It rises.
    2. It falls.
    3. It stays the same.
    4. It is unrelated to interest rates, so it is impossible to tell.
Incomplete Sentence Format:

This kind of question has an incomplete sentence followed by four options that present possible conclusions.

ADRs trade in:

    1. The foreign currency that underlies the ADR
    2. U.S. dollars
    3. A combination of foreign currency and U.S. dollars
    4. A special exchange rate that takes into consideration how much foreign currency can purchase one U.S. dollar
“EXCEPT” Format:

This type requires you to recognize the one choice that is an exception among the four answer choices presented.

All of the following are advantages to the issuer of debt financing over equity financing except:

    1. No ownership dilution
    2. No loss of control
    3. Interest payments are a deductible business expense
    4. Fixed repayment schedule
Complex Multiple-Choice (“Roman Numeral”) Format:

For this question type, you see a question followed by two or more statements identified by Roman numerals. The four answer choices represent combinations of these statements. You must select the combination that best answers the question.

The prices of which of the following two types of preferred stock are least sensitive to changes in interest rates?

    1. Participating preferred
    2. Cumulative preferred
    3. Adjustable-rate preferred
    4. Convertible preferred
    1. I and II
    2. II and III
    3. I and IV
    4. III and IV

This format is also used in items that ask you to rank or order a set of items from highest to lowest (or vice versa), or to place a series of events in the proper sequence.

Rank the following yields for a premium bond held to maturity from highest to lowest.

    1. Yield to call
    2. Coupon rate
    3. Yield to maturity
    4. Current yield
    1. II, IV, III, I
    2. IV, I, III, II
    3. II, IV, I, III
    4. III, I, IV, II

For an even better idea of the possible question types you might encounter on the SIE exam, try Solomon Exam Prep’s free SIE Sample Quiz and SIE Sample Exam.

How to Study for the SIE Exam

Follow Solomon Exam Prep’s proven study system:
    • Read and understand. Read the Solomon SIE Study Guide, carefully. The SIE is a knowledge test, not an IQ test. Many students read the Study Guide two or three times before taking the exam. To increase your ability to focus while reading, or as an alternative to reading, listen to the Solomon SIE Audiobook, which is a word-for-word reading of the Study Guide.
    • Answer practice questions in the Solomon Exam Simulator. When you’re done with a chapter in the Study Guide, take 4–6 chapter quizzes in the Solomon Online Exam Simulator. Use these quizzes to give yourself practice and to find out what you need to study more. Make sure you read and understand the question rationales. When you’re finished reading the entire Study Guide, review your handwritten notes once more. Then, and only then, start taking full practice exams in the SIE Exam Simulator. Aim to pass at least six full practice exams and try to get your Solomon Pass Probability™ score to at least an 80%; when you reach that point, you are probably ready to sit for the SIE exam.
Use these effective study strategies:
    • Take handwritten notes. As you read the SIE Study Guide, take handwritten notes and review your notes every day for 10 to 15 minutes. Studies show that the act of taking handwritten notes in your own words and then reviewing them strengthens learning and memory.
    • Make flashcards. Making your own flashcards is another powerful and proven method to reinforce memory and strengthen learning. Solomon also offers digital flashcards for the SIE exam.
    • Research. Research anything you do not understand. Curiosity = learning. Students who take responsibility for their own learning by researching anything they do not understand get a deeper understanding of the subject matter and are much more likely to pass.
    • Become the teacher. Studies show that explaining what you are learning greatly increases your understanding of the material. Ask someone in your life to listen and ask questions. If you don’t have anyone, explain it to yourself. Studies show that helps almost as much as explaining to an actual person (see Solomon’s previous blog post to learn more about this strategy!).
Take advantage of Solomon’s supplemental tools and resources:
    • Use all the resources. The Resources folder in your Solomon student account has helpful information, including a detailed study schedule that you can print out – or use the online study schedule and check off tasks as you complete them.
    • Watch the Video Lecture. This provides a helpful review of the key concepts in each chapter after reading the Solomon SIE Study Guide. Take notes to help yourself stay focused.
  • Good practices while studying:
    • Take regular breaks. Studies show that if you are studying for an exam, taking regular walks in a park or natural setting significantly improves scores. Walks in urban areas or among people did not improve test scores.
    • Get enough sleep during the period when you are studying. Sleep consolidates learning into memory, studies show. Be good to yourself while you are studying for the SIE: exercise, eat well, and avoid activities that will hurt your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

You can pass the FINRA SIE Exam! It just takes focus and determination. Earning this certification will provide valuable knowledge and open up rewarding career opportunities. Solomon Exam Prep is here to support you on your first step to entering the securities industry.

To explore all Solomon Exam Prep’s SIE study materials, including product samples, visit the Solomon website here.

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