Series 9 Exam:  General Securities Sales Supervisor

The Series 9 exam focuses on options, and along with the Series 10, the Series 9 test is required in order to qualify for the Series 8 branch manager license.  The sequence of testing does not matter in qualifying for the branch manager exam, and each part can be passed separately.

FIRE's Series 9 Exam Prep Features

  • Online self-study modules
  • Recorded web tutorial sessions
  • Online quizzes and Final exams.  Your average score on our final exams is typically within 3 points of your actual score
  • FIRE's Green Light plan ensuring you stay on track (90%+ pass rate)
  • Free on-demand printing of online materials
  • Unlimited toll-free telephone and email access to our expert trainers
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Green Light

FIRE's exclusive Green Light plan is designed to maximize your chances of passing your exam by ensuring your training remains on schedule, gauges your readiness and promotes confidence.  A Green Light certificate is issued by completing 100% of the module quizzes and exams and averaging at least the minimum passing score on your first attempt.  Students that achieve a Green Light pass their exams over 90% of the time!


  • Call Options and Put Options
  • Straddles and Spreads
  • Stock Positions with a Purchased Option; Stock and Option Writing
  • Summary of Basic Options Theory
  • Covered and Uncovered Writing; Margin
  • Requirements
  • Position and Exercise Limits; Stock Splits and
  • Dividends
  • Options Creation and Trading
  • Options Compliance Rules
  • Compliance Registered Options Principal
  • Taxation; Index Options; Interest Rate Options
  • Foreign Currency Options
  • Caps and Leaps; More on Spreads

Modules = 3

Exam Prep Study Time = 20 hours

How the Series 9 Exam is Structured

Each Series 9 Exam has 60 questions, for which the applicant will be given 90 minutes to complete. You must score a 70% to pass your exam. Fifty-five (55) of the questions count toward whether the candidate passes or fails the Series 9 Exam. The other five questions are experimental, untimed, and can appear in any position within the exam but do not count towards the final grade. In order for a candidate to pass the Series 9 Exam, s/he must correctly answer at least 39 (70.9%) of the 55 questions.

Questions on the Series 9 Exam

FIRE Solutions has revised its Series 9 and Series 10 material to align with the eight major job functions identified by FINRA’s recent revisions of the exams.  In addition, the final exams in FIRE’s exam prep material are weighted to align with the updated question mix of the FINRA exam. The following is a breakdown of job functions and number of test questions that will be in effect beginning March 7, 2016:


S9 Job Function

# of Questions

Supervise the Opening and Maintenance of Customer Options Accounts


Supervise Sales Practices and General Options Trading Activities


Supervise Options Communications


Supervise Associated Persons and Personnel Management Activities


How to Schedule Your Exam

To take the Series 9 exam, your firm must first file your Form U-4 and open a window with FINRA. Once that window is open, you may schedule your exam by contacting either of the testing centers authorized to administer the Series 9 on behalf of FINRA:

• PearsonVUE —, or 866-396-6273, or
• Prometric —, or 800-578-6273

What to Expect at the Testing Center

You should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes in advance of your appointment, and bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, military ID, or passport. You will be fingerprinted when checking in.

You will be provided with a locker to store your personal items. You may not take anything into the testing room. The testing center will provide you with earplugs, a calculator, and pencils and scratch paper or markers and dry-erase sheets.