FINRA Announces Date of First Series 79 Exam
The new investment banking exam, the Series 79, will be available for those first new test takers on November 2, 2009 at any of the FINRA testing centers (Pearson and Prometric). In addition to the test date announcement, FINRA also published a Series 79 Content Outline which seems to be very comprehensive. We have provided an overview of the exam below and will continue to bring you updated information on this exam.
Also, please note that right now we do not know of any groups who have completed a Series 79 exam study guide, but we have had informal conversations with representatives from both STC and Kaplan – these representatives have stated that they are currently working on developing such a study guide which should be available soon. We will let you know when these study materials become available.
Series 79 Overview
According to FINRA, the following are the key stats for the Series 79 exam:
- Questions: 175 multiple choice questions (plus 10 pre-test, non-graded questions)
- Time: 5 hours testing time
- Eligibility: FINRA member firm must sponsor the candidate
- Application: Submission of Form U-4 through Web CRD
- Purpose: This examination qualifies an individual to advise on or facilitate debt or equity offerings through a private placement or public offering or to advise or facilitate mergers or acquisitions, tender offers, financial restructurings, asset sales, divestitures or other corporate reorganizations or business combination transactions.
FINRA’s Stated Exam Purpose
The Series 79 Examination is designed to assess the competency of entry-level investment bankers. As a qualification examination, it is intended to safeguard the investing public by seeking to measure the degree to which each candidate possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the major functions of an entry-level investment banker. Candidates should note that the duties and functions of the investment banker must be performed in accordance with just and equitable principles of trade, federal and state laws, and industry regulations. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the candidate to be aware of changes in current legislation, regulation and policy. A registrant who violates industry regulations is subject to disciplinary action, including censures, fines, suspension, and permanent loss of registration.
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