Securities Industry Essentials (SIE)

Securities Industry Essentials (Entry-level Exam)

The Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam is an entry-level FINRA exam that, unlike traditional securities exams, does not require broker-dealer firm sponsorship. The exam tests industry fundamentals that are necessary for all registered securities professionals. These include knowledge about various investment products, market dynamics and risk, industry regulatory agencies, and broker-dealer business practices.

The SIE exam is valid for four years after a candidate passes. Within this four-year period, the individual must become associated with a FINRA member broker-dealer and pass a top-off exam (Specialized Knowledge Exam or SKE), such as the Series 6 or Series 7.

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SIE Exam Details

Securities Industry Essentials Exam Details

Exam Format: 75 multiple-choice questions
Exam Duration: 1 hours, 45 minutes (105 minutes)
Passing Score: 70%

Corequisite: One of FINRA’s top-off exams, which include the Series 6 and 7
Broker-dealer Sponsorship: not required

SIE Exam Outline

Securities Industry Essentials Exam Outline

FUNCTION DESCRIPTION Percentage of Exam No. Questions
Function 1: Knowledge of Capital Markets 16% 12
Function 2: Understanding Financial Products and their Risks 44% 33
Function 3: Understanding Trading, Customer Accounts, and Prohibited Activities 31% 23
Function 4: Overview of Regulatory Framework 9% 7
TOTAL 100% 75

SIE Study Materials

Securities Industry Essentials Study Materials

Modules: 15 chapters delivered in mobile-friendly, online and printable .pdf formats
Module Quizzes: Fifteen 20-question, module quizzes to gauge initial comprehension
Live Tutorials: Live, instructor led tutorials offered on a rotating calendar basis
OnDemand Tutorials: 15 mobile friendly OnDemand, recorded tutorials available 24/7
Bonus Tutorials:

  • Introduction to the SIE
  • Test taking tips to help you beat the test

Mini Finals: Two 50-question mini-finals
Final Exams: Six 75-question, weighted finals that simulate the SIE exam
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  • Suggested Study Plan: System-generated study plan based on incorrect answers on initial assessments. Includes a custom suggested study plan assessment containing actual missed questions from final exams.
  • Custom Assessments: Create unlimited, 20 or 50-question, custom exams from any number of modules. Feature unlocks when final exams are completed.

Instructor Access: Unlimited email/phone access to our expert NRS Exam Prep instructors
FIRE Drill App: Access to additional practice questions in our free SIE FIRE Drill App

Price: $179

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