Series 63 Exam

The Uniform Securities State Law Examination Series 63 Exam (Series 63) is a North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) exam administered by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Intended to determine an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of state law and regulations, the test is designed to qualify a candidate as a securities agent.

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Test design

Consisting of 65 (60 scored questions), candidates have 75 minutes to complete the exam. A minimum score of 43 must be achieved to pass the test. The examination is multiple-choice with some questions involving calculations and the use of exhibits. The questions come from the following eight topics:

  • Regulation of Investment Advisers including State-Registered and Federal Covered Advisers – 3 questions.
    • Definition of an Investment Adviser Representative
  • Regulation of Investment Adviser Representatives – 3 questions
    • Definition of an Investment Adviser Representative
  • Regulation of Broker-Dealers – 9 questions
    • Definition of a Broker-Dealer
    • Registration/post-registration
    • Broker-Dealer Agent supervision
  • Regulation of Agents of Broker-Dealers – 9 questions
    • Definition of an Agent of a Broker-Dealer
    • Registration/post-registration
  • Regulation of Securities and Issuers – 3 questions
    • Definition of securities and issuers
    • Registration/post-registration
    • Exemptions
    • State antifraud authority
  • Remedies and Administrative Provisions – 6 questions
    • Authority of state securities Administrator
    • Administrative Actions
    • Other penalties and liabilities
  • Communication with Customers and Prospects – 12 questions
    • Disclosures
    • Unlawful representations concerning registrations
    • Performance Guarantees
    • Customer agreements
    • Correspondence and advertising
  • Ethical Practices and Obligations – 15 questions
    • Compensation
    • Customer funds and securities
    • Conflicts of interest, criminal activities, and other ethical issues
    • Cybersecurity and data protection

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Registration, cost, dates and delivery methods

Registration for the exam is completed online. Once the $135.00 testing fee has been paid, you have 120 days to register for the test. You will register online with the testing provider, and you must have your FINRA ID number. It behooves you to register as far in advance as possible to ensure you have adequate preparation time.

Test Day

Arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time. You will need to bring a government-issued ID and provide a photograph. After you sign in and agree to the exam center testing rules of conduct, you’ll be directed to your station.

You are not allowed to bring anything with you to the testing center so leave all belongings at home or in your car. Once you enter the testing center and take your seat, you are not allowed to talk to any other test taker. Everything you need for the exam will be provided to you by the testing administrator. Failure to follow the test center rules could result in severe penalties.

Exam results and scoring

Upon completion of your exam, your unofficial results will be displayed indicating your pass or fail status. Your score profile will also be displayed indicating your performance based on major job duties. When you sign out with the exam center administrator, you will be provided a printout of your results. FINRA will post your official results within three business days following your exam session. Your results are final, and no adjustments will be made to your score.

Should you need to retake it, you must wait 30 days before re-registering for the exam. After the third failure, you will be required to wait 180 days before registering for the Series 63 exam again. You must pay the test fee each time you register for the exam.

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