Top Tips to Pass the Real Estate Agent License Exam

Make Your Exam Study Effective by Using the Right Resources

Real Estate Computerized Exam
Jim Kimmons

Your first goal in this business is to pass the real estate agent license exam, and these are the top tips to make that happen, hopefully on your first try.  You will learn how to do the work from mentors and experience, so concentrate now simply on study and test-taking techniques to pass the real estate license exam on the first try.

There's a lot you're going to learn from your broker and mentor agents after you start to work, but first you have to pass your real estate license exam.

To get that license, focus on study materials and resources that are designed to "pass the test".

While there are some basic concepts about ownership rights and state specific laws that you will want to learn for the long term, don't let it get you off track.  This exam does NOT test your ability to do the job as a real estate agent.  It tests your ability to take a test and make a minimum grade.  You will learn how to do the job on the job.  

Be selective in taking advice. If you're going to ask other agents what they remember of the test, ask those that took their exams in the last few months. Memories falter and tests change, so at least get the most current advice you can.  A mentor may be helpful.

Check exam training book dates. Again, tests change over time with business change and to make this passing on of questions and answers more difficult. Look for published study guides that are current.

Learn for the test. You'll have lots of time after you have your license to expand your knowledge and expertise. Focus now on locating study materials or courses that are designed for "passing the test". If you're considering a pre-exam prep course, find out their first-time passing success rate. Some offer free re-training if you fail the first time around.

Read it, know it, or skip it. Good test-taking practice is to answer the questions you know, while not getting bogged down time-wise on those that you're not sure about. Many are given on computers now, and they usually make it easier to mark and come back to skipped questions. If you know it, answer it. If you're not sure, move on. It may surprise you how a related question further along in the test will help you with the answer to one that you skipped.

Let me stress that point again.  Go through the questions answering the ones you absolutely know that you know, skipping any about which you have a doubt.  Once you are through the entire list, start over with the ones you skipped.  Take only enough time to answer the ones that take a little thought, but that you're pretty sure you got right after quickly thinking it through.  Skip the tough ones again and go to the end.  Then start again and tackle the next level of difficulty ... and so on.

The old stand-by advice still works. The tried-and-true advice to get a good night's sleep and arrive early and fresh still applies. It's rare that the midnight oil helps if it's the midnight before the test.