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How to Pass the Real Estate Exam

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Real estate exams can be difficult to pass, but with proper preparation, you'll be on your way to passing and earning your real estate license. Read on to learn about the four exam-prep steps you should take in order to ace your test.

Four Steps to Acing Your Real Estate Exam

The real estate exam you are required to take depends on the state in which you want to be licensed but, no matter which state that may be, the right prep resources and study habits will help you pass your exam. Knowing not just what to study, but how to study, is key to proper preparation.

Step One: Know What Your State Exam Entails

Real estate exams typically include two sections, one regarding national real estate regulations and one exclusive to your state real estate laws and practices. To figure out the exact content of the real estate exam you plan to take, check with the state agency that regulates real estate licensing in your area. These agencies typically provide guides that outline the specific content of the required exam, along with a breakdown of how many questions you'll be asked in each section, the length of each section, and information about how you will take the test (for example, an overview of computer-based testing systems).

Step Two: Take Advantage of Available Resources

You will find a variety of prep resources designed to help you prepare for your real estate exam. These include:

  • Exam information provided by your state. Many states provide, either in their exam overviews or elsewhere on their websites, a list of suggested books and other study aids for both the national and state sections of the real estate exam, study and test-taking tips, and any test-prep information - such as math calculations you should memorize before your test.
  • Real estate exam prep courses. Structured prep courses, which focus on the exact content of the real estate exam, are available both in-person and online. Study.com's self-paced Real Estate Exam Prep course, for example, has 16 chapters, each broken down into short lessons, that are accessible online whenever - and wherever - you have time to study.
  • Practice materials. Some states provide sample questions and answer keys to help you understand the types and structure of the questions you'll face on test day. You may also purchase official practice tests for the national section of the real estate exam online. These are offered by companies, such as Pearson and PSI, that administer real estate exams for many states.

Step Three: Study Effectively

Knowing what to study is critical to passing your real estate exam. But don't underestimate the equally important need to know how to study. To ace your test, be sure to:

  • Develop a study guide and stick to it. To make the most of your prep time, set aside time each day to focus on your studies, rather than cramming for extended periods of time as your test day nears. This will help you absorb concepts and give you time to revisit those with which you need additional help. Watch this short video lesson on How to Make a Study Guide for guidance.
  • Discuss what you're learning. Try to engage with either licensed real estate professionals or others who are preparing to take the real estate exam. These conversations can help you deepen your knowledge and understanding of concepts and identify those that you don't fully grasp.

Step Four: Arrive Confident

If you've followed the three steps above, you are ready to arrive prepared and confident on your test day! If, however, you are still stressed and anxious about taking your exam, check out these helpful lessons on Overcoming Test Anxiety and Relaxation Techniques.

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