We get this question very often, and it’s a fair question
We’ve written our practice exam questions to be worded similarly, weighted similarly, and of similar difficulty to those on the actual exam, so you can expect your real exam score to be similar to our practice exam scores. There’s no magic number that says you’re prepared - though if you’re consistently getting 80s on our practice ones then you’re likely in good shape.
Whereas we aim to make our questions like the real ones, other vendors typically write their questions to be abnormally difficult, which is probably why we’re asked this question so often. They have their reasons for doing this and I’m not here to debate… but at Achievable we think it’s best that your practice exam experience aligns closely with your real exam experience.
Now, in contrast to our practice exam questions, our separate pool of review questions are generally much easier, and that’s also intentional. The point of the review questions is to help you learn and retain the foundational concepts with a minimal time investment, and not to estimate your exam score.
After people take the exam, the majority of the feedback we get is that the exam was much more straightforward and more general than they expected, and that the Achievable practice exams were good preparation for their real exam.
And of course, FINRA is always changing their exams, and we’re changing with them. That’s the benefit of using our online course - we rapidly push updates to respond to changes and feedback. We don’t need to take a year like a big-box publisher to update their material! FINRA is rightfully protective of their real questions to ensure the integrity of the exam, so neither us nor any other vendor knows exactly what will be on there, though as we hear things through the grapevine we’re constantly making minor adjustments so our content is always up-to-date. For example, we’ve recently heard that FINRA is asking more story-based questions on suitability, so we too have been incorporating more of these.