How To Study for Real Estate Exams
There is a difference between being a good real estate agent or broker and being able to pass a test. Tests for real estate licenses are not unlike tests for other certifications or licenses. The objective is not to assess how good you are at your job, just that you have the basic understanding necessary to be successful. Chances are that, at entry level, you will have other brokers or mentors to help you hone your skills and learn the fine points of the job once you have one.
You will spend years gaining knowledge and building expertise. Your focus right now should be on figuring out what questions you are likely to be asked and knowing their answers. It may seem a simplistic way of looking at it, but even a road test doesn’t prove you are a good driver, it just proves you can control the car and you know the rules of the road. Becoming a good driver takes time. The same principle applies to your real estate exam: prove you know the rules and that you can handle the job. The rest will come later. Your focus right now should simply be passing the test. To accomplish that, there are a few things you are going to need to do.
1. Be careful of the advice you take
It isn’t really advisable to poll other agents about what they remember about the test, especially if they took it a while ago. The contents of the tests change often as do laws, rules and regulations that determine the answers to certain questions. If you need to take anyone’s advice, you are likely to get further talking to someone who took the test last month than you are polling someone who took it last year.
2. Don’t buy outdated training materials
Make sure any books you buy are current. If you are going to spend money on training aids, they should at least provide usable information. Used books, even if they are only a year old, could be outdated enough to provide you with misleading information and a good number of standardized tests will include last year’s answer as a choice just to see if your knowledge is up-to-date. Don’t be fooled. Make sure you are learning from relevant sources.
3. Be ready for test day
The best advice still holds true: get a good night’s rest before your test, get a decent breakfast and leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at your test site. Do not obsess over last-minute cramming and do NOT pull an all-nighter right before the test.
4. Either you know the answer or you don’t
On test day, don’t dwell on one question for too long. If you don’t know the answer at first, keep going. Sometimes the answer actually shows up in another question or the wording of another question will jog your memory. At that point, you can go back and answer the question and know you got it right.
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