A private tutor may be exactly what you need to help you pass the Series 3 exam. A skilled Series 3 tutor can make a large impact on your mastery of the Series 3 material in a relatively short period of time. Private tutoring is most effective when preparing for the Series 3 exam under the following scenarios:
Working one on one with a Series 3 tutor just prior to taking your Series 3 exam can make all the difference in the world. A Series 3 tutor will make sure you are focused, have mastered the Series 3 material and are confident in the application of the knowledge during your Series 3 exam. For Series 3 candidates who are getting ready to take the Series 3 exam for the first time or who have taken the Series 3 exam and missed passing the exam by 1 - 12 points, 4 - 8 hours of tutoring are usually enough to ensure you pass the Series 3 exam.
A recent student preparing to sit for the Series 3 who had been working diligently on the material for the last 4 weeks simply could not master options on commodities futures contracts. She found all of the different pricing and quantity contract specifications extremely confusing. She occasionally traded equity options for her clients but found commodities futures options to be a completely different world. She was scoring well on most of the sections, but was really struggling with the option questions. Her most recent scores on her Series 3 practice tests were in the mid-60s – as a result she was not ready to take the actual Series 3 exam.
With only 2 weeks until her test date she called our office looking for assistance. We worked out a tutoring schedule and reviewed her exam results. She was missing option questions across the board. The contract specifics such as the multipliers, the number of units and contract settlements were all very foreign to her. Our instructor spent a total of four hours virtually tutoring this Series 3 candidate over four days, focusing on the option concepts, spreads, hedges, how to calculate premiums and profit and loss. On her next simulated Series 3 exam her score had increased by 12 points. She passed her Series 3 exam the following week with room to spare.
Our series 3 candidate in this case study had recently entered the financial services industry and had passed both the series 7 & 66 exams with little difficulty. The series 3 exam was a different story. He had put in a significant amount of time preparing, but had come up short, failing the exam by 5 points. Margin and open trade equity were concepts he struggled with as he was stuck thinking about margin as it relates to a margin account established for equities. He also struggled with the various roles of the clearinghouse and an FCM who is a member of the clearinghouse.
One of our Series 3 tutors spoke with him on the phone and sent him login instructions to take an evaluation exam. Once completed the instructor reviewed the his exam results and confirmed his areas of weakness. We sent this student our mobile series 3 textbook to read as he spent a good amount of time on the train commuting to work and gave him several reading assignments to complete prior to the first tutoring session.. The Series 3 candidate was anxious to retest and to complete his training program at his firm.. Our Series 3 tutor put together a comprehensive training plan designed to ensure that he passed his Series 3 exam. Our Series 3 tutor met with the Series 3 candidate Monday and Wednesday evening from 5PM to 7PM. For two weeks. The instructor focused on the concepts of margin, open trade equity, original margin and variation margin. The instructor also did comprehensive review of all the �players� in the commodities business explaining how the clearinghouse works and the roles of the FCM and IB.. The candidate took his exam that Monday after his last session and passed the Series 3 exam with a score of 82%.
A log tenured equity veteran was looking to add managed futures accounts to his list of products to meet the needs of several of his newly acquired high net worth clients. These clients wanted direct exposure to the futures markets and did not simply want to trade ETFs. Wanting to manage as much of their assets as possible he wanted to get the series 3 passed and out of the way ASAP. The candidate had only a working understanding of the futures markets and how the price of the S& P futures impacted the equity markets Being under the gun and with an extremely limited amount of time to dedicate to his studying , this Series 3 candidate needed someone to walk him through the entire process. There was little doubt that this candidate was extremely familiar with the securities industry but he knew little about what was tested the Series 3 exam.
We sent the candidate our series 3 textbook for next day delivery and scheduled one hour virtual chapter review sessions daily for the first two weeks. The Series 3 tutor assigned Series 3 practice tests as homework each evening and reviewed the results with the Series 3 candidate at the start of each session Our Series 3 tutor then met with him in person daily from 8 AM - 10 AM for the final week and conducted a full Series 3 review course. The Series 3 tutor guided him through the entire Series 3 exam prep process. The candidate took the Series 3 exam on the following Monday and passed with a score of 85 percent.We sent the candidate our series 3 textbook for next day delivery and scheduled one hour virtual chapter review sessions daily for the first two weeks. The Series 3 tutor assigned Series 3 practice tests as homework each evening and reviewed the results with the Series 3 candidate at the start of each session Our Series 3 tutor then met with him in person daily from 8 AM - 10 AM for the final week and conducted a full Series 3 review course. The Series 3 tutor guided him through the entire Series 3 exam prep process. The candidate took the Series 3 exam on the following Monday and passed with a score of 85 percent.
Series 3 tutoring needs to be a customized training solution based on the needs of the individual candidate to be effective. Each Series 3 candidate has their own areas of strength and of weakness. By identifying the weak areas, improving comprehension, and guiding the candidate though the exam process, a Series 3 tutor can help ensure that you pass the Series 3 exam.