Test online or in person?

Which is the best way to take the Series 7 exam? Online or in person at a testing facility?

How are you managing the no scratch paper with online testing?

Thanks in advance!

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@Destin_J, I think it mostly comes down to personal preference and your comfort with technology.

Taking it at a testing center is tried-and-true, but you should still expect longer scheduling times, particularly if you’re in a less urban area. If you’re accustomed to doing video calls already, taking it remotely likely won’t be much of a big deal for you as long as you have a stable internet connection and a suitable place to take it where you won’t be disturbed.

You’ll get an on-screen calculator and a virtual notepad. You can use the virtual notepad the same way as the paper dump sheet, i.e. writing down as much as possible as you start the exam… though it may be difficult to type everything quickly, and you won’t be able to draw out things like the bond seesaw or any charts as easily.

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I saw someone online say they heard that online testing was easier. No idea if there’s any truth to that

Thanks for the feed back. I did the SIE online and I didn’t need scratch paper and the calculator only once. Also you may only use one screen(no duel monitors) The process of checking in was new and made me a bit nervous.

Ill have to start using notepad on the computer to get the hang of it. The nearest testing center is 100 miles away.
Thanks again.

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What procedure and/or equipment for the online exam and check in? I thought you need to have some sort of 360 degrees camera in order to do the online test. Do they need a proctor around?

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FINRA’s website includes all the details you’ll need for an online exam. Here’s what they say about cameras:

A 360-degree view of your workstation and surrounding environment will be required. You can use either an external, movable USB cable camera or an embedded computer camera. If you use an embedded computer camera, you will also be required to have a large, free-standing mirror able to reflect the unseen areas, e.g. , the laptop face, the keyboard, underneath the base of the laptop, etc. Similar to the checks performed in a physical testing site, you will also be asked to participate in a visual person check, including but not limited to a sleeve, pocket and glasses check.

A virtual proctor will watch you as you take the exam. The link above goes through all the details. Good luck with your exam!