Just want to say THANK YOU for creating Achievable!! For someone that is a terrible test taker and failed the exam twice when studying other materials, once i made the switch to Achievable my understanding of concepts were clear and made me confident. Looking forward diving into topoff 7.
Congrats, Gina! I’m happy to hear that our course was a better fit for you
Congratulations, @Gina!! We’re so happy you found us. Please stay in touch and let us know if we can assist anything Series 7 related.
Awesome! I have failed the SIE twice as well from studying other material. Studying Achievable now but afraid to take exam again. Any suggestions?
I’ll be interested to see if any of your fellow test takers have input, but here’s what I recommend as the content writer for this program:
- Read the material
- Do your reviews consistently
- Repeat until you get to the end
- Take enough practice finals until you consistently score in the 80s
We pride ourselves on two things in particular here at Achievable. First, the easy-to-learn and digestible reading material. I’ve written each chapter to be understandable to anyone, even if they have no financial background. If you felt lost while reading the material provided in the other vendor, I’m confident our material will help you build the knowledge necessary to pass. If you ever need any clarification on any topic, please post to this forum or DM me directly.
Second, we pride ourselves on the technology backing Achievable, which @Justin is responsible for. He’s created a smart learning system that analyzes your progress and continually you feeds the right practice questions (through the Review function on the home page) before you’re likely to forget the content. Make sure you’re marking ‘Completed’ after reading each chapter, which will add to your review load. You don’t ever have to guess what material to study - simply forge forward through the reading and complete your reviews when they’re created.
Once you get to the end, you should primarily focus on taking practice finals. Our system allows an unlimited number of practice finals, and we have over 5,000 test questions in our bank. We’re confident you’ll rarely come across repeat questions and that our practice exams are fairly close to what you’ll see on the real exam (although your real exam will always be unique and different).
I hope this guidance helps! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Here’s my honest input:
I feel the questions on Achievable while they are easy to understand, they don’t really resemble closely to the real FINRA SIE exam questions.
I felt that SIE was more trickier on the words. Perhaps, if Achievable include more tricky words in the questions, we could be well prepared.
We appreciate the feedback, @FoxMcCloud. We’re consistently tweaking our practice and exam questions, and are always working to make our program better resemble the exam.
I guess I’ll chime in as well.
I would focus on making sure you understand the big picture. I agree with Fox that the questions on the SIE exam were different than the questions on Achievable. It seemed that the SIE exam questions had a complexity that kind of caught me off guard. I wish I could remember a few of them, but I don’t remember that kind of stuff. I just remember there being more crossover between investment concepts than what is on Achievable.
However, what Achievable does well is break the concepts down and teaches the concepts in a way that is interesting, succinct and very understandable. When I first started studying for the SIE, I went out and purchased test prep books. The information presented in them lacked flow, and didn’t scaffold the information in a way that made the big picture come alive. It seemed they were just listing fact after fact, with no real rhyme or reason. Achievable does a good job of teaching the big picture and tying everything together.
When I was sitting for the SIE, I really had to think about each of the answers. But because I had a pretty good understanding of how things were tied together, and how they related to one another, I was able to respond correctly.
So, my recommendation is this:
- Get the big picture of things. (For example, what happens when interest rates rise, and how does that affect other securities?, When would someone choose a muni bond over a Treasury bond, and why? etc.)
- Know the products. Period.
- Know the laws and regulations, especially be able to differentiate the different securities acts. I struggled with this in the beginning, but after finishing the Achievable content, I felt I had a pretty good handle on which one would regulate the different areas of the market.
- Make flashcards for the information that you’re struggling with. There are several sets of flashcards already created on Quizlet for the SIE. I ended up creating my own set for the concepts that I felt that I needed to review. You can find my set on Quizlet as well. It’s titled, “My SIE Prep” by gspainhour.
- Keep taking the tests and doing the review questions. If you miss a question, make sure you review WHY you missed it and that you actually understand why you missed it.
I hope this helps! Good luck!