Posted By: Mark Sanchirico, Senior Editor
Date: February 3, 2016
Filing on December 18 with the SEC, FINRA has asked for approval for a proposed new Series 9 General Securities Sales Supervisor (options regulations) content study outline and qualifications exam. Highlights of the proposal follow.
Pending SEC approval, FINRA proposes to implement the revised Series 9 examination program on March 7, 2016.
The current Series 9 outline is contained within the Series 9/10 study outline (Section 6: Options Regulations). The new outline proposal would divide the Series 9/10 outline into two parts. Part 2 would be specific to options and have four FUNCTION areas, listed in the table below.
|Function||FINRA Major Job Function Title||Questions|
|Function 1||Supervise the Opening and Maintenance of Customer Options Accounts||18|
|Function 2||Supervise Sales Practices and General Options Trading Activities||19|
|Function 3||Supervise Options Communications||5|
|Function 4||Supervise Associated Persons and Personnel Management Activities||13|
Each function also includes specific tasks describing activities associated with performing that function. In Part 2, there are:
The current exam requires a candidate to complete 55 questions scored, plus 5 additional pretest questions unscored, with 1.5 hours (90 minutes) given to complete the exam. This is unchanged in the proposal.
Pretest questions (those that are unscored and do not count toward a candidate’s final score) are unidentified and can appear anywhere throughout the exam.
Currently, candidates must score 70% to pass the exam. The passing score is unchanged in the proposal.
The exam is administered via computer. A tutorial on how to take the exam via computer will be provided prior to the exam. The test administrator will provide scratch paper and basic electronic calculators to candidates, who will be required to return these materials to the test center administrator at the end of the testing session. Only calculators provided by the test center administrators are allowed for use during the exam.
As the proposal process moves forward, Kaplan is committed to keeping you informed of new developments and details, and we will continue to assist you with all of your Series 9 licensing exam preparation.