Frequently Asked Questions
Series 66 - NASAA Uniform Combined State Law Exam
About the Series 66
What does the Series 66 qualify me to do?
In conjunction with the FINRA Series 7 General Securities Representative license, the NASAA Series 66 license qualifies you as both a securities agent and an investment advisor representative. The FINRA Series 7 General Securities Representative exam is a co-requisite to the Series 66, meaning that you must pass both exams (it doesn’t matter which one you take first) in order to apply to register with the state.
Do I need to be sponsored to take the Series 66 exam?
No. If you’re not employed by a firm, you can still register to take the exam by paying the fee and opening an exam enrollment window via FINRA’s Test Enrollment Services System.
Preparing for the Series 66 Exam
Are there other FINRA exams I need to complete as a prerequisite to attempting the Series 66?
The FINRA Series 7 General Securities Representative exam is a co-requisite to the Series 66, meaning that you must pass both exams in order to apply to register with the state. It doesn’t matter which one you take first, but we recommend passing the Series 7 before the Series 66 since much of the information tested on the Series 7 is assumed on the Series 66 exam.
How long should I prepare for the Series 66 exam?
We recommend studying 60-80 hours over 3-5 weeks.
Taking the Series 66 exam
How do I schedule my Series 66 exam?
NASAA exams are administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). A firm will file an electronic Form U4 for a candidate, or an individual will file a Form U10 and pay the registration fee to FINRA. Upon registering, a candidate will have 120 days to schedule the exam. You can find more details on the FINRA Test Enrollment Services System.
Where do I take the Series 66 exam?
NASAA exams, including the Series 66, can be taken at Prometric test centers.
How much does the Series 66 exam cost?
The cost of the exam is $177 at this writing.
How many questions are on the Series 66 exam?
There are 100 scored and 10 unscored questions for a total of 110 questions. The 10 unscored questions are randomly distributed so test-takers do not know which ones they are. The unscored questions are being tried out by the exam committee.
How many questions must I answer correctly to pass the exam?
In order pass the Series 66 exam, you must correctly answer at least 73 of the 100 scored questions (73%).
How long is the Series 66 exam?
You have two and a half hours to complete the exam. You are allowed to take restroom breaks during the exam. However, the clock will continue counting down. See the FINRA website for more details on what to expect when taking your exam.
How long is the Series 66 valid for if I haven't been registered?
Passing an exam is a prerequisite to a license, not a license in and of itself. After passing the Series 66, you have two years to become registered (licensed) with a state; otherwise, the exam will show “expired” in the Central Registration Depository (CRD), and you will have to sit for the exam again. Once registered, the exam is valid as long as you stay registered.
Most states follow this two-year rule, but contact your state regulator for more information regarding your state’s registration rules and process. This NASAA webpage has contact information for state securities regulators.
If I stop working for my firm, how long will my Series 66 license remain valid?
You will have two years between jobs before the license expires.
When you stop working for a firm, your employer will file a Form U5 to terminate your registration. You then have two years to be re-employed and re-registered. 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 66 license will remain valid.
How do I keep my Series 66 license active?
- After you pass the Series 66 exam, you have two years to become registered (licensed) with a state as an investment adviser representative. Once registered, the exam remains valid as long as you stay registered. If your job is terminated (usually by the filing of a Form U5 by the employer), your state registration terminates as well. You then have two years to be re-employed and re-registered or the exam will show as “expired” in the Central Registration Depository (CRD).
- Starting in 2022, certain jurisdictions require investment adviser representatives (IARs) to complete yearly NASAA continuing education (CE) to keep their license active. Learn more about the CE requirement for IARs on the Solomon IAR CE FAQs page. Solomon is an approved IAR CE vendor – visit the Solomon IAR CE Course Library.
Does the Series 66 require continuing education?
Yes, if you’re an investment adviser representative (IAR) registered in a jurisdiction that has adopted the NASAA IAR Continuing Education requirement. To find out which states have adopted the IAR CE requirement, see the Solomon IAR CE FAQs page. Solomon is an approved IAR CE vendor – visit the Solomon IAR CE Course Library.
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