SIE exam Knopman Marks

I'm using Knopman Marks to study for the SIE. For those that used Knopman or a similar test prep, how difficult did you feel the SIE was in comparison to the practice exams? Taking the test soon and I'm scoring in high 70s/low 80s. thanks

edit: passed. not too bad. 

Comments (17)

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jan 10, 2021 - 6:13pm

You'll be fine. You're right at the place you should be. I personally waited till I was consistently low 80s and passed no problem. 

Jan 10, 2021 - 6:16pm

Knopman was great. I was so worried the exams would be harder than the practice but ended up crushing it. Felt like I didn't miss a single Q.

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Jan 10, 2021 - 6:23pm

I found the SIE to be very comparable to the practice tests from Knopman. If anything, some of the questions knopman used were harder than the questions on the actual exam. If you're scoring in the low 80s and are following their action plan, you have nothing to worry about

Jan 10, 2021 - 7:03pm

Anyone used Kaplan? How comparable is Kaplan to the actual exam? 


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Jan 11, 2021 - 9:46pm

Used Kaplan and found the test questions to be more specific than the practice questions. Qbank practice questions were very broad but the study packet was quite helpful. I mostly used the packet to study and had no trouble taking the exam.

Jan 14, 2021 - 11:36am

I'm about to start studying for it right now. Any recommended ways on navigating the material with Knopman Marks? I've heard you can simply learn by only doing the MC questions from each chapter, but not sure how true that is... thanks in advance

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 18, 2021 - 5:15pm

also curious, I skimmed all the chapters and watched the lectures/w note taking but consistently scoring low 70s on the Qbank exams. Not sure if it gets better as these are all new questions and they arent conceptual just specific questions I get wrong

Jan 19, 2021 - 12:35am

watch the lectures, theyre more high level. then focus in parts of the book that arent covered as much in the videos. also in the qbank performance section it tells you where specifically you need work, so focus on those areas. the flashcards are great too

Jan 19, 2021 - 12:33am

Here's how I would do it:

Go chapter by chapter

In each chapter, watch the videos FIRST. They are more high level than the textbook, so they give a good overview. Then it makes the reading a lot easier because you already know what they're talking about and can dial in on the nitty gritty details and touch on other areas the video didnt cover.


then do some flashcards, then practice questions. 

practice questions are great for prep

Jan 19, 2021 - 10:29am

Took the exam about a month or two ago. Never read the book - if you watch the videos, take detailed notes, and then do the practice exams and extra questions, should be fine to pass. Honestly, the book seemed dry and enough practice questions should let you know what FINRA's looking for vs what's an obviously wrong answer that you can just eliminate answer choices on the exam. 

Jan 19, 2021 - 12:46pm
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