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Tips for Passing Your Real Estate Exam

Even after you've completed your real estate license coursework, there is still a hurdle to beginning your real estate career in earnest. That is passing the state exam and getting your real estate license. About one-third of those who take the test don't pass on the first attempt. While all states have different tests, there are some commonalities in preparing to take this exam. Here are some ways you can maximize your odds of passing on the first try.

  • Schedule an hour or two a day to study. Set aside some quality time for study each day. This means time without the distractions of the television, internet or cellphone. Take it seriously as you are almost there!
  • Get assistance. If you can meet with someone else who is scheduled to take the test a few times a week that is great. But if not, get someone to help quiz you on the topic of the day. This will show you areas that need more attention.
  • Pay particular attention to real estate definitions. Some struggle with their state exam not because they don't know the answers, but because they don't understand the terminology. Make use of your free time to make sure you fully understand the real state glossary.
  • Ask licensed agents about their testing experience. Ask licensed agents what they found challenging about the test and how they would study differently. Make sure you get as many experiences as possible so you have a well-rounded view of what to expect.
  • Answer easy questions first. If you spend too much time working through the questions one by one, you may find yourself short on time. You are better off moving through the exam, quickly answering questions you know first. Then you can go through them again with a better idea on just how much time you have remaining for the more difficult ones.
  • Answer all the questions. No answer is a wrong answer. Even if you are stumped you should take at least a guess. A swing and a miss is better than no swing at all.
  • Know the rules. Know what you can and can't take with you and what you need for fee payments and ID. Make sure you have all of this info well before you take the exam so you don't have to worry about test-related details.
  • Try to get enough rest prior to your exam. If your first goal is to pass the state exam, your secondary goal should be going into it feeling confident and well-prepared. That means not having to cram the night before.

Scheduling your state exam quickly after completing your course work can help keep the knowledge fresh in your mind, but don't rush it. Preparation is the key!