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.

Series 50 Materials – Now Available!

Solomon Exam Prep has been diligently preparing study materials for the Series 50 exam since the MSRB’s announcement of its new Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Exam. We are happy to announce that our Series 50 study materials are now available to give you plenty of time to study before taking the pilot exam! Continue reading

Series 50 Study PackageSolomon Exam Prep has been diligently preparing study materials for the Series 50 exam since the MSRB’s announcement of its new Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Exam. An initial pilot exam will be taking place from January 15, 2016 – February 15, 2016. We are happy to announce that our Series 50 study materials are now available to give you plenty of time to study before taking the pilot exam!

Solomon Exam Prep is happy to offer both an Exam Study Guide (digital w/ hardcopy to follow, available for pre-order now) and Online Exam Simulator for the Series 50 exam. You can purchase all the tools you will need to pass in our Series 50 Essentials Study Package and save 10%!

We encourage those needing to take the new Series 50 exam to take the Series 50 pilot exam. This is a great opportunity to take the new exam without any penalties for a failure – the enrollment window is open until January 14, 2016. For more information on the Series 50 pilot exam, see the MSRB website.

We will continue updating our Series 50 materials as the exam becomes more established during and after the pilot exam, and we look forward to helping you pass!

Solomon Exam Prep Launches “Series 26 FINRA Investment Company and Variable Contract Products Principal Examination” Study Program

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce the launch of the Solomon Exam Prep study program for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Series 26 Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Principal Examination. Continue reading


prod_bkSEP26prod_sim26Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce the launch of the Solomon Exam Prep study program for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Series 26 Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Principal Examination (http://www.finra.org/industry/series26). Solomon Exam Prep’s study program consists of an Exam Study Guide, Online Exam Simulator, and soon-to-be-released Audiobook.

A Series 26 license will qualify an individual to function as a principal for the solicitation, purchase, and/or sale of redeemable securities of companies registered pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940; securities of closed-end companies registered pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940 during the period of original distribution only; and variable contracts and insurance premium funding programs and other contracts issued by an insurance company. The Series 26 does have a prerequisite exam requirement – candidates must have taken and passed either the Series 6 or Series 7 exam.

The Series 26 exam consists of 110 questions taken over 165 minutes and is broken down in to the following three functions:

  • Function 1 – Personnel management activities and registration of the broker-dealer – 15%
  • Function 2 – Supervises associated persons and oversees sales practices – 44%
  • Function 3 – Oversees compliance and business processes of the broker-dealer and its offices – 41%

Solomon Exam Prep has been writing study questions for the Series 26 for many years and has recently published an Exam Study Guide to pair with our Online Exam Simulator. By focusing on the most important aspects of the exam, and including lots of exercises and practice questions, as well as a glossary, the Solomon Exam Prep Study Guide will get you on track to pass in the Series 26 in no time.  Let our expertise help guide you through the Series 26 maze so you can enter the exam room with confidence.


Past Solomon Exam Prep students have a lot to say about our Series 26 materials:

Solomon Exam Prep was the ticket to passing my Series 26 test. I would like to thank you all for your help! I would highly recommend their study material for the FINRA exams.” –David H. Viar

I am so glad I used the Solomon prep information for my series 26. The simulator is awesome and helped me the most in having success in passing exam. I strongly recommend the materials for anyone taking the 26. Thanks Rosie!” –Dan Smoot


For more information and/ or to purchase study materials for the Series 26 check out the Solomon Exam Prep website: http://solomonexamprep.com/Series26.

New Solomon Exam Prep Study Guides!

To ring in the New Year, Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce the publication of new Exam Study Guides for the FINRA Series 6, FINRA Series 7, and NASAA Series 65. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep has been publishing study materials for securities exams for over ten years. Keeping our materials up-to-date and constantly adding product offerings is just part of the reason why Solomon Exam Prep boasts a first-time pass rate of 92% across all exams with thousands of happy customers.

New BooksTo ring in the New Year, Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce the publication of new Exam Study Guides for the FINRA Series 6, FINRA Series 7, and NASAA Series 65.

President and founder Jeremy Solomon emphasizes the importance of up-to-date study materials: “Once upon a time, you could use an old textbook from a friend and expect to pass your Series 7.  In those pre-Dodd-Frank and Bernie Madoff days, regulations and securities licensing exams in particular, didn’t change that often. Today like everything else, the rules and the exams change at a dizzying pace. Financial scandals, and the changing views of Congress, the regulators and the courts, mean that students who want the best chance of passing need current materials. Even more so now that the required passing scores of many exams have been increased. The bar has never been higher.”

With detailed explanations, visual study aids, and example questions, these new Study Guides will keep you engaged as you prepare for your exam. Solomon Exam Prep also produces Online Exam Simulators, Audiobooks and On-Demand Study Courses to make learning even easier. Check out the Solomon Exam Prep website for the full suite of product offerings: http://solomonexamprep.com.​

Updated for 2015, Solomon’s Exam Study Guides are the key to helping you pass your exam!

 

Testimonial Tuesday: May 20, 2014 Edition

“I am yet another very satisfied customer who could not have passed the Series 82 exam without the assistance of the Solomon Exam Prep materials…” Continue reading


“I am yet another very satisfied customer who could not have passed the Series 82 exam without the assistance of the Solomon Exam Prep materials. I had used another set of study materials without success. The Solomon Exam Prep materials increased my score substantially. I passed with flying colors. I am a true believer and will use their materials for my Series 63 exam.”
-Rachel Kemp

Read more reviews here: Solomon Exam Prep Reviews

Testimonial Tuesday: April 8, 2014 Edition

“I sat for the Series 66 on March 16th. I got an 85. I give all kudos to Solomon. The study materials were excellent.” Continue reading


“I sat for the Series 66 on March 16th. I got an 85. I give all kudos to Solomon. The study materials were excellent.”
-William Crull, Metairie, LA

Read more reviews here: Solomon Exam Prep Reviews

Solomon Exam Prep Launches “Series 52 MSRB Municipal Securities Representative Qualification Exam” Study Program

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce the launch of the Solomon Exam Prep study program for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s Series 52 Municipal Securities Representative Qualification Exam. Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce the launch of the Solomon Exam Prep study program for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s Series 52 Municipal Securities Representative Qualification Exam (https://solomonexamprep.com/series52/). Series 52 Exam Study Guide

Individuals who pass the Series 52 exam qualify to be a Municipal Securities Representative and may work in multiple capacities relating to municipal securities, including underwriting, sales, trading, advising, and consulting with issuers, research, investment advising, and communicating with public investors about municipal securities, including US government and agency securities.

Since November 7, 2011 when FINRA revamped the Series 7 General Securities Representative Examination by de-emphasizing non-sales activities and by reducing the number of municipal securities questions, in the context of municipal securities passing the Series 7 only qualifies a registered person to be involved in the purchase and sale of municipal securities to customers, a qualification called the Municipal Securities Sales Limited Representative. However, anyone who passed the Series 7 before November 7, 2011 is grandfathered into the Municipal Securities Representative category provided the individual has kept their Series 7 license current.

For representatives whose activities are limited solely to municipal fund securities (i.e. 529 College Savings Plans and Local Government Investment Pools), the MSRB says those who pass the Series 6 exam are a “Municipal Securities Representative qualified by virtue of being a Limited Representative – Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products.”

The Series 52 is a pre-requisite exam for the Series 53 Municipal Securities Principal Exam.

The Municipal Securities Representative Qualification Exam is written by the MSRB but it is administered by FINRA who charges $180 for the pleasure of taking the Series 52. The exam contains 115 questions, each worth 1 point. The individual is given 3 and one-half hours to complete the exam, and a minimum score of 70% is needed to pass.

The exam is broken down in to 4 distinct topic areas which are weighted differently:

Municipal Securities – 57%

U.S. Government, Federal Agency and Other Financial Instruments – 4%

Economic Activity, Government Policy and the Behavior of Interest Rates – 13%

Federal Legal Considerations – 26%

For more information and a complete break-down of the topics in the exam, visit http://www.msrb.org/Rules-and-Interpretations/Professional-Qualification.aspx

New Series 82 On-Demand Study Course

We are proud to announce the release of a brand new on-demand study course for the Series 82, FINRA Limited Representative-Private Securities Offerings Qualification Exam. Continue reading

Series 82 On-Demand Study Course

We are proud to announce the release of a brand new on-demand study course for the Series 82, FINRA Limited Representative-Private Securities Offerings Qualification Exam. Earlier this year we released a brand new study guide to pair with our online exam simulator and now we are happy to further add to our product offerings with this on-demand study course.

The Series 82 On-Demand Study Course is split up into sections, to mirror the Series 82 exam outline and can be purchased as an individual product or as part of our Premium Study Package. Here is an outline of the videos that are included in our on-demand offering:

Section 1: Characteristics of Corporate Securities

Equity Securities – Stock
Debt Securities – 1
Debt Securities – 2
Other Equity Securities

Section 2: Regulation of the Market for Registered and Unregistered Securities

Types of Offerings
Investment Banking Communication
Public Offering Rules
Safe Harbors from Registration
Private Placements
Introduction to the Secondary Market
Prohibited Trading Practices

Section 3: Analyzing Corporate Securities and Investment Planning

Economics
The Income Statement
The Balance Sheet
The Cash Flow Statement

Section 4: Handling Customer Accounts and Industry Regulations

Customer Accounts
General Industry Standards
General Industry Standards – 2

About the Series 82 exam:

The Series 82 FINRA Limited Representative-Private Securities Offering Qualification Examination, qualifies an individual for the sale of private placement securities as part of a primary offering. The exam is 100 questions in length and is taken over a period of  2.5 hours; a score of 70% is required to pass the exam.