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Definition of Series 39 Exam

Our series 39 study materials are available on our  series 39 exam prep page.

The Direct Participation Programs Principal exam, or the Series 39 exam, is designed and administered by FINRA. This exam was created to qualify those individuals who will work as a principal for the solicitation, purchase, and/or sale of programs that provide for flow-through tax consequences. This would include programs like oil and gas, real estate, and S corporation offerings.

Topics for the Series 39 exam include:

  • Structure and Regulation of DPP Offerings
  • Sales and Employee Supervision / FINRA Regulations
  • Compliance with Financial Responsibility Rules

The Series 39 exam is a 100 question, multiple-choice test that must be completed within 2 hours 15 minutes. Cost for this exam is $90.00. Please note that this cost only represents the registration fee for the Series 39 exam. There will most likely be other fees involved with scheduling, scoring or study materials.

Applying "Series 39 Exam" to Securities Exams:

Candidates should be aware that there are prerequisites for the Series 39 exam. In order to be eligible for this exam, candidates must have successfully passed either the Series 22 or Series 7 exam.

The Series 39 exam, like all FINRA exams, can be taken at any FINRA approved testing center. Prometrics has testing centers in most large and medium sized cities throughout the country and is open six day a week, making it a nice choice for candidates. This exam is available year round.
Potential candidates for this exam should note that while the exam is available year round, most testing centers need a week or two to schedule your exam. This fact should be kept in mind when you are scheduling your exam and choosing your testing locations.

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