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Series 65 Updates

In June 2023, NASAA updated how it calculates the passing score for the Series 65 exam. Previously, a score of 72 was required...

Kickstart Your Career With the Securities Industry Essentials Exam

If you're interested in pursuing a career in the securities industry, passing the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam is a crucial first step. The SIE exam is a fundamental exam that tests your knowledge of basic securities industry concepts and practices. It's a prerequisite for many other securities industry exams, including the Series 7, which is required for many financial services positions. Here are some reasons why passing the SIE exam is important...

Preparing to Take Your Series 7 Exam

The Series 7 exam, also known as the General Securities Representative Exam, is a crucial step for those looking to become a registered representative and work in the securities industry. It is a challenging exam, with a passing rate of around 65%. However, with the right preparation, you can increase your chances of passing and move closer to your career goals. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the Series 7 exam:

Securities Test Taking Tips and Strategy

You’ve put in a good amount of time and effort preparing to sit for your FINRA exam. Now, it is important to get the results you deserve. You’ll want to beat both your anxiety and the test itself. This is where testing strategy can make the difference between coming up short or passing your exam and moving on with your career. Here are some test taking tips to ensure that you end up on the passing side:

Don’t believe the rumors!

Word gets around the office that you are registered to take your next licensing exam. Suddenly, well-meaning coworkers appear from everywhere, sharing their war stories about taking that exam, predicting which topics you will encounter. These coworkers are veterans of the process, and successfully passed the very exam for which you are now studying. Surely their advice is accurate, right?

Embrace These Tough Love Learning Strategies

A recent report published by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) identified some of the most, and least, effective learning strategies. Highlighting and underlining led the list of least effective practices. The study did not differentiate between lime green, yellow, or shocking pink highlighters. However, one of the most effective strategies identified was...

Demystifying the SIE Exam — with a 100% Pass Rate!

Since FINRA’s Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam was introduced a couple of years ago, FINRA has held its cards close to its chest, electing to hold on to a lot of the data pointing to enrollment numbers and/or passing ratios. However, NorthStar has received feedback from our customers, and we have seen some interesting trends based on the thousands who have enrolled in our SIE study program and taken the exam. So what do our students tell us....?

Using Flashcards to Prepare for Your Licensing Exam

Flashcards have been around awhile — they were "invented" in the early 19th century and are still effective learning tools 200 years later, in our digital age! We at NorthStar Securities Exam Prep encourage...

Ready for the Final Exams?

Congratulations! You’ve completed that last module and you’re eager to zip through the rest of your exam prep course...but let's not hurry. Before rushing into the final exams, remember your primary objective....

Use NorthStar Securities Exam Prep with Confidence — Our NO-PASS, NO-PAY Guarantee!

We know there are plenty of securities exam preparation providers out there. At NorthStar Securities Exam Prep, we are so confident in our industry-leading program that we offer our NO-PASS, NO-PAY Guarantee. Complete our program, achieve green light status and you will pass, or we'll refund your money.

It’s Never Been Easier to Get Started in the Securities Industry!

Have you dreamed of a lucrative career on Wall Street, but thought that the barriers to entry were too high? As of October 1, 2018, that bar was lowered a bit.