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Series 79 Training Materials | Series 79 Study Guide

Information on Study Materials and Classes for Series 79 Exam

One of the inquires I receive most often about the Series 79 exam involves study materials.  As of right now I have not heard of any groups who have produced a study guide or other materials for this exam.  I know that both Kaplan and STC are working on producing exam study guides and other materials.  STC in particular has been moving forward very quickly with their materials.  The information below was prepared by Gary Fox of the Securities Training Corporation. and outlines the products which they will be introducing over the next couple of months.  We will continue to publish information on Series 79 products as they are released.


FINRA began administering the Examination on Monday, November 2. As with all other FINRA Examinations, there is little or no guidance as to how topics are being tested other than the outline.

STC’s Series 79 Training Manual and Practice Examinations will be available in December. The Manual will be in printed format, the Practice Examinations will be available in online format.  We will be offering live and virtual training classes starting in January, which will give you the opportunity to complete your reading before classes begin. We strongly recommend attending the class, particularly if you have no prior experience with FINRA Examinations.

We would also like to remind you of the opt-in provisions FINRA offers with the Series 79. If you hold any one of the following registrations-Series 7, 17, 24, 37, 38, or 62, you do not need to sit for the Series 79, provided you file the appropriate opt-in forms with FINRA. You have until May 2 to take advantage of the opt-in provision. We offer training for all registrations.

If you do not hold any of these registrations, and do not want to wait until December for our training program, you could take any one of the previously mentioned examinations, opt-in to the new FINRA registration category, and bypass the need to sit for Series 79. As a reminder, STC does not offer guidance as to which registrations may be appropriate for your firm. Please contact your compliance department or legal counsel for proper registration and the procedure for opting in.

You can sign up for updates regarding our Series 79 Training Program and get more information about all of our programs and your options by visiting www.stcusa.com.


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Series 79 Exam Available November 2, 2009

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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