Need the basics to help you pass? The Series 3 Essentials Study Package comes with Solomon's bestselling Exam Study Guide and industry-leading Online Exam Simulator to facilitate learning and knowledge retention. Used successfully by thousands, this powerful combination gives you what you need to learn and retain the material by testing yourself as you go. Studies show that learning followed by practice testing is the most successful study method (“Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping” by Jeffrey D. Karpicke and Janell R. Blunt, January 2011).
The Series 3 Essentials Study Package includes 180-day access to:
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How do I register to take the Series 3?
To take the Series 3, an individual who is hired by an NFA-registered firm must file a Form 8-R application and attach a fingerprint card. You will have to answer a lengthy set of questions about your education and employment background and disciplinary history.
What does the Series 3 qualify me to do?
A Series 3 license qualifies individuals to solicit customers, customer orders or customer funds on behalf of a futures commission merchant, retail foreign exchange dealer, introducing broker, commodity trading advisor or commodity pool operator. It also qualifies individuals to manage other individuals who sell commodities or futures contracts.
How long should I prepare for this exam?
We recommend studying 60-80 hours over a four-week period.
What score do I need to pass the exam?
A score of 70% on each part is required for passing.
Note: Your score will be 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 Series 3 Exam).
How many questions are on the exam?
The exam includes 120 multiple-choice questions.
How long is the exam?
2 hours and 30 minutes. You are allowed to take restroom breaks during the exam; however, the clock will continue counting down. Please contact your preferred testing center for additional information.
Are there other FINRA or NFA exams I need to complete as a prerequisite to attempting the Series 3?
How much does the exam cost?
The cost of the exam is $130 at this writing.
If I stop working for my firm, how long will my Series 3 license remain active?
Registration will remain in effect only until the registrant leaves the firm.
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