Series 6 Exam Information

Series 6 Exam Overview & FAQs

The Investment Company
and Variable Contracts
Products Representative
Qualification (IR or Series
6) Exam

Created in 1980, the Series 6 exam was designed to assess the competency of an entry-level registered representative to perform their job as an investment company and variable contracts products representative. The Series 6 exam is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and required by FINRA and SEC.

Topics include: product knowledge of investment companies and variable products, regulation, customer accounts, taxation, securities markets, and retirement plans.

Series 6 Exam Difficulty Level

The Series 6 exam is considered to be moderately difficult. Many testers are well prepared to pass on their first attempt, but on average it takes up to two tries. It’s recommended that students learn through a variety of methods, such as reading, watching videos, and most importantly, continuous practice exams and review of rationales. With Pass Perfect’s proven preparation methods, you’ll be guaranteed to pass the first time.

After the Series 6

For potential Registered Representatives, Financial Advisers, Financial Consultants, and Registered Associates, the Series 6 exam is a great way to further your career. Series 6 is a prerequisite for the Series 26 exam.

Series 6 FAQ

How long do I need to study for the Series 6 Exam?

When preparing to take the Series 6 exam, you should plan to study for 60-70 hours. Typically, candidates study over the course of 2-3 weeks. The time you need to spend preparing for the exam varies depending on your familiarity with the material. Our adaptive preparation provides extra help where needed to make sure you spend your study time wisely and take the test with confidence.

How much time do I have on the Series 6 exam?

When preparing to take the Series 6 exam, you should plan to study for 60-70 hours. Typically, candidates study over the course of 2-3 weeks. The time you need to spend preparing for the exam varies depending on your familiarity with the material. Our adaptive preparation provides extra help where needed to make sure you spend your study time wisely and take the test with confidence.

How many Series 6 questions are on the exam?

You will have 1 Hours and 30 Minutes to complete the Series 6 exam.

What is the passing score for the Series 6 exam?

The Series 6 exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions.

What is the Series 6 pass rate?

The minimum passing score for the Series 6 exam is 70%.

Is the Series 6 harder than the SIE?

Many students perceive the Series 6 exam to be easier than the SIE due to its narrower curriculum.

How do I register for the Series 6 exam?

Visit Finra.org to enroll for the Series 6 exam. The exam fee is $40, and a member firm employer will register you.

What happens if I fail the Series 6?

After the first or second time a candidate fails the Series 6, there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period before they can take the exam again. After the third (and subsequent) fails, the waiting period increases to 180 days. The $40 exam fee applies each time they take the exam.

How many times can I take the Series 6 exam?

You may take the Series 6 exam as many times as it takes to pass. Note there is a 30-day waiting period after your first and second failed attempt, and a 6-month waiting period after the third failed attempt and beyond. The $40 exam fee applies each time you take the exam.

What do I bring to take the Series 6 exam?

You cannot bring in anything with you to take the Series 6 exam. No pen, pencil, calculator, cell phone, smart watch, or paper. Everything is prohibited.

Can I use a calculator on the Series 6 exam?

The Series 6 exam is not math-heavy, but a calculator will be provided by the testing center, if needed.

Are there prerequisites for the Series 6?

No, but SIE is a co-requisite for Series 6.

Can I take the Series 6 before the SIE?

Yes, but it is not recommended.

Who can take the Series 6?

Not everyone can take the Series 6 — sponsorship from a FINRA member firm is required, meaning a candidate must first be hired by a FINRA member firm.

What can I do after passing the Series 6 exam?

After passing the Series 6 exam, you can pursue a career in financial services.

How long is the Series 6 exam good for?

The Series 6 exam does not expire unless you leave the employ of the member firm. There is a 2-year grace period — after the 2-year employment lapse, retesting is required.

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