To be able to successfully pass the test in your first try, you must give yourself plenty of time to analyze and rehearse. If you don’t pass on your first try you have to wait 30-days to retake the exam so be sure to allow sufficient time. Here are the vital steps…
Step 1: Cover a chapter in your study guide no less than every a couple of days. At first, skim over the section. Get an outline about the material covered. You’re not opting for retention here, just an summary. After skimming the chapter, re-read it with highlighter and pen in hand. Highlight important text and make notes in the margins. Don’t be worried about the pop-quizes or sample tests at this time, focus on ferreting out the important information.
Step 2: Review the chapter you just completed. With 3 x 5 index cards in hand begin to make flash cards with all the major information you highlighted and notes you wrote within the margins. Put just one question or topic on the front of each card and the answer on the backside. Once you get that entire chapter onto 3 x 5 note cards, speedily review them. Duplicate this for each section.
Step Three: Carry your completed notecards everywhere along with you. When you are on a break, walking the dog, or at lunch study them. Study as frequently as possible. You are going for repetition here. Repetition will ensure proper memory recall later. Also, say the material aloud whenever possible, the more of your senses you engage the better your memory is going to be while in the test!
Step Four: You should be about 14 days from your Series 65 exam date now. It’s time for you to go ahead and take sample tests. Go into a silent room, where you won’t be interrupted, with a clean sheet of paper and pen. Grab a kitchen timer and set it for three hours and start taking a practice quiz. No cheating. You need a good appraisal of what you know and don’t know. If you arrived at a question you’re not sure of attempt to eliminate several of the answers. What do you know about the question? Don’t take a long time. Make your best guess and write that question number down on your sheet of paper. If you have time towards the end, you can re-read those questions you had trouble with. Often times the answer is now perfectly clear.
Step 5: Grade your responses. For the questions you got wrong or guessed at (even though you guessed correctly) make new 3 x 5 note cards for all those questions and review all of your new note cards regularly. Take a least 24 hours off to review ALL of your note cards between sample exam days. Repeat steps 4 & 5 prior to the day before the exam.
Step 6: T-minus tomorrow! Afraid? Don’t be you’ve prepared well. The day before the test is important. Don’t stay up too late studying. Eat an excellent meal for supper and acquire plenty of restful sleep (not less than 6-8 hours). Also the day of the test, be sure you consume a high-quality meal, but don’t stuff yourself. You want that blood inside your head, not your belly! Get up a bit earlier and get to your test site about 30-45 minutes before your test. Bring your note cards and review them in your car prior to the examination. Then… Victory!!!
Other Helpful Tips: – Know the place of business of the test center prior to the morning of. The very last thing you need is to get lost on the way to the exam. – Bring ear plugs. Sometimes the testing centers are loud. – Take a minimum of two current forms of ID to the test center. – Go slow. Study each question twice to protect yourself from any carless blunders. – Think positive. What if everything works out perfectly?
Good luck. You’ll do wonderful!