The Series 52 Online Exam Simulator is the industry-leading, online testing solution for the Series 52—MSRB Municipal Securities Representative Qualification Examination! The web-based program provides multiple ways to prepare for the Series 52 exam:
The 180-day subscription includes:
(Exam simulator subscriptions are limited to one individual.)
With the FINRA exam restructure, which exam is right for me? Will I need to also take the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam?
If you apply to be a representative on or before September 30th, you will take the current version of the representative exam.
If you apply to be a representative on or after October 1st, you will be required to take the SIE and the updated representative exam.
If you are a registered representative and you do not pass the current representative exam, and your next testing date is on or after October 1st, you must take the updated representative exam. Your waiting period will be waived, as the updated exam will be considered a new exam.
If you are not a registered representative and you do not pass the current representative exam, and your next testing date is on or after October 1st, you will be required to take the SIE and the updated representative exam. Your waiting period will be waived, because the SIE and updated exams will both be new exams.
If your registration lapsed between October 1st 2014 and September 30th 2018, and you pre-register within four years of your last registration, you will not need to take the SIE. You will, however, take the updated version of the exam.
What does a Series 52 license allow me to do?
Qualifies a financial professional to:
The Series 52 does not allow the financial professional to sell municipal bond funds, which are mutual funds that invest in municipal securities, unless the professional also has a Series 6 or Series 7.
A Series 52 by itself does not allow the financial representative to trade other types of securities, such as corporate stocks or bonds or U.S. government securities.
How many questions are on the exam?
The Series 52 top-off exam is made up of 75 multiple-choice questions covering all three topics in the MSRB exam outline. The MSRB evaluates new questions by including them in the exam as unscored questions. This means that your exam will have 80 questions total, with five of these being unscored. You will not know which five are unscored.
What subjects does the Series 52 exam test?
Topically, the Series 52 top-off is divided into three parts:
How long is the exam?
What score do I need to pass the exam?
70% (Please Note: Your score will be rounded down to the lowest whole number (e.g. 69.9% would be a final score of 69%--not a passing score for the Series 52 Exam).
Where can I take the exam?
There are several testing centers around the country where you can sit for the exam. Details on testing centers can be found here.
When can I take the exam?
Daily, excluding Sundays and holidays. Details on testing centers can be found here.
How much does the exam cost?
What can I expect at the testing center?
Testing centers can be hot, cold, loud, smelly, crowded, empty … you name it. Be mentally prepared. Also, to prevent cheating, testing centers have become like airports in their security measures. So be prepared to be wanded, poked, and scrutinized.
Basic calculators are available at testing centers. You are not allowed to bring your own. Don’t expect a financial calculator. Scratch paper is often not provided. Instead, you will likely be provided with a small erasable whiteboard to use.
If you don’t know the answer to a question, guess at the answer and “flag” it. You will not be penalized for guessing. After you have finished all the questions, you can come back to any flagged questions. Don’t spend too long on one question—this may cause you to run out of time and not get to other questions you know.
Come to the exam rested, hydrated, and nourished—no food or drinks (including water bottles) are allowed in the testing room. Watches are also not allowed—your computer screen will have a timer at the top, left-hand corner to remind you of the time.
Map out where the testing center is the night before, and DON’T FORGET YOUR ID!
Do I need to be sponsored to take the Series 52 top-off?
Yes, you must be sponsored in order to take any MSRB exam.
If I stop working for my firm, how long will my Series 52 license remain active?
You will have two years between jobs before the license expires.
When you cease working for a firm, your employer will file a Form U5 to terminate your registration. Your next employer will file a Form U4, which will re-register you. As long as you do not exceed two years between employers, your Series 52 license will remain active.
Your passing score on the SIE is good for four years, regardless of when you take the Series 52 top-off or your employment status.
How long should I prepare for this exam?
We recommend studying 60 hours over a three-week period.
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