I passed Series 7 Friday. The exam was pretty unfathomable at first glance and lots of topics I felt less than comfortable with. I assumed early I was not going to pass, first question was balance sheet math which I had not really mastered. Exam went from there, lots of tax, bond pricing, customer accounts, options, and recommendations. So, I just went with it, read every single question carefully assuming I would have to just figure it out and somehow it worked. I think the point about understanding broad concepts and how it fits together is what got me through. I was forced to read, read again, read the question stem, and THINK about what made sense. I didn’t feel at any point I just knew the answer.
I am a history grad who worked in TV for 10 years so I get the no financial background thing. My advice is don’t be afraid of anything on the test, if you “get it” broadly (which you can gather by how you work through the chapters and quiz scores based on reading material) you can pass. I promise.
I felt I understood it broadly apart from taxes and brokerage accounts, specifically margin. I did a quick review of those final week and still didn’t get much above 70, sometimes less, but I had some vague idea I could call on in the exam. Both were heavily tested on my exam and I found a way to work it out. I studied for a month, took SIE late Nov.
Only achievable and exactly a month while also working. I think the stress we create in our heads about the Series 7 is far worse than the reality. Do achievable chapters, be honest about how much you actually understand and if you understand don’t overthink the rest, just press on.