SIE Exam

Is anyone that's taken the SIE exam able to give a comparison of the difficulty of it with the study material that you used? Please list the name of the book/resource you used when making the comparison.

I've taken a few practice exams that I found online and did fairly well (>80%) but I didn't pass the practice test on FINRA's website so I was wondering if the practice test that FINRA gives is actually representative of the real exam or if they make it substantially harder.

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  • Investment Analyst in IB - Gen
Jan 2, 2022 - 12:06am

I used Quizlet Knopman Marks study pack, it was $99. Studied for 3 days straight and passed. In hindsight, $99 is really pricy and there are better materials out there if you put in some research.The pack had an extensive set of flash cards and practice questions.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jan 2, 2022 - 12:54pm

FINRA's online tests is the most representative but a tiny bit more difficult from what I remember. I used knopman's test bank and that was at least 15% more difficult (70% vs 85% on respective tests)

Jan 3, 2022 - 5:22pm

FINRA's practice exam is definitely the best indicator since they're the ones that write the actual exam questions.

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Jan 5, 2022 - 12:58pm

Knopman Marks/Kaplan is what I used. Grinded practice tests until I was comfortable with my scores. The program tracks your data so you'll be able to see what spaces you need work and you can refine from there.

Jan 5, 2022 - 1:20pm

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