Exam Details - Introduction

In order to obtain the Series 6 license, candidates must pass the Investment Company/Variable Contracts Products Limited Representative (Series 6) exam. The Series 6 exam is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and provides an individual with the qualifications necessary to transact business in open end mutual funds, variable annuities and variable insurance policies A state insurance license is required in most states in addition to the series 6 to transact business in variable contracts..

Series 6 Textbooks, Software & Videos

The Series 6 exam covers topics on mutual funds, variable annuities, securities and tax regulations, retirement plans, and insurance products.Here is some more useful information:

Time Limit 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Questions 100 multiple choice questions
Passing Score 70%
Exam Fee $95 as if August 2012. Note that this is the exam enrollment fee only - other fees may also apply. For more see the FINRA Registration/Exam Fee Schedule.
Exam Date(s) Exams occur on any weekday. Find your U.S. or International exam center here.
Prerequisites You must be sponsored by a financial company who is a member of FINRA, or a Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO).
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