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Securities Industry Essentials (SIE)

This is an introductory exam  for prospective securities industry professionals that is designed to assess a candidates knowledge of the basics of the securities industry.  The exam focuses on types of products and types of risks, understanding the securities markets, regulatory agencies, and prohibited practices.
To become eligible as a registered representative, an individual must pass the Essentials exam and the appropriate qualifying exam for their type of business.

The exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions.
You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete it.
You must have a passing score of 70%.

The exam is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.
You do not have to be associated with a firm to take this exam.
Exam results are valid for 4-years.

Want to take a practice test?  

The exam you will take will cover the same material as this practice test.

Here is the outline for the SIE for you to review

Sections Percentage of Exam Questions Number of Exam Questions
(1) Knowledge of Capital Markets 16% 12
(2) Understanding Products and Their Risks 44% 33
(3) Understanding Trading, Customer Accounts and Prohibited Activities 31% 23
(4) Overview of Regulatory Framework 9% 7
TOTAL 100% 75

Register for the study material here:

Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) online study materials $200.00

Series 6 online study materials $200.00

Series 63 Online study materials $150.00

SIE and Series 6 Package $250.00

SIE and Series 6/63 Package $350.00

Securities Series 6

The investment company and variable contracts products representative qualification exam.
This exam assesses the competency of an entry-level representative to perform their job as an investment company and variable contracts products representative.

Candidate must be associated with and sponsored by a FINRA member firm or other applicable self-regulatory organization (SRO) member firm to be eligible to take the exam.

The SIE is a corequisite to this exam.  Candidates must pass both the Series 6 exam and the SIE exam to obtain this registration.

Series 6 at a Glance

Number of Items 50
Format Multiple Choice
Duration 90 minutes
Passing Score 70%
Corequisite SIE exam
Cost $40

Content Outline

The Series 6 Content Outline provides a comprehensive guide to the range of topics covered on the exam, as well as the depth of knowledge required. The outline is comprised of the four main job functions of an investment company and variable contracts products representative.

The table below lists the allocation of exam questions for each main job function.

Job Functions Percentage of Exam Questions Number of Questions
(F1) Seeks Business for the Broker-dealer from Customers and Potential Customers 24% 12
(F2 Opens Accounts After Obtaining and Evaluating Customers’ Financial Profile and Investment Objectives 16% 8
(F3) Provides Customers with Information About Investments, Makes Suitable Recommendations, Transfers Assets and Maintains Appropriate Records 50% 25
(F4) Obtains and Verifies Customers’ Purchase and Sales Instructions; Processes, Completes and Confirms Transactions 10% 5
TOTAL 100% 50

Securities Series 63

The Uniform Securities State Law Examination is a North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) exam administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  

The exam covers the principles of state securities regulation reflected in the Uniform Securities Act.  The exam is intended to provide a basis for state securities administrators to determine an applicant's knowledge and understanding of state law and regulations.

The exam consists of 65 multiple-choice questions covering the topics listed in the study guide.  Of the 65 questions, 60 count towards the final score.  The 5 remaining questions are being pre-tested to possibly be included in future exams.

The following waiting periods apply for individuals needing to retake the Series 63 following a failed attempt:

(1) a minimum of 30 days after failing the first exam before the second taking of the exam can be scheduled;
(2) a minimum of 30 days after failing the exam for the second time before the third taking of the exam can be scheduled; and
(3) a minimum of 180 days after failing the exam for a third time before the fourth taking of the exam (and each subsequent taking) can be scheduled.

Securities Series 63 Outline


The securities industry can be a rewarding career, both personally and professionally.
There are a wealth of investment vehicles to assist your prospective and existing clients.  This requires understanding the securities industry.  In our courses, you will learn about the main ingredient that goes into every financial product; Information.  With a thorough understanding about the financial industry and products, you can meet the needs of your clients.

But first, you will need to pass your exams.  

Currently, we are offering the Securities Industry Essentials or SIE, the Series 6 and Series 63 training courses

To order the Full Package: $350.00

Register Here:

Securities Industry Essentials Information
The Exam: 75 questions
To pass: 70%
Time to complete the exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Click her for the SIE outline

    Series 6 Exam information
The Exam:  50 questions
To Pass:  You will need to score 70%
Time to complete the exam:  2 hours, 15 minutes*

Click here for Series 6 Information

     Series 63 Exam exam information
The Exam:  60 questions
To Pass:  You will need 72% correct
Time to complete the exam:  75 minutes*

Click here for Series 63 information

*There are special arrangements and/or time to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), formerly known as English as a Second Language (ESL)  For more information on this topic, click here

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