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Top 5 Study Tips for The Real Estate License Exam


There's a lot you're going to learn from your broker and mentor agents after you start to work. But to get that license, focus on study materials and resources that are designed to "pass the test."

1. Be selective in taking advice.

If you're going to ask other agents what they remember of the test, ask those that took their real estate license exams in the last few months. Memories falter and tests change, so at least get the most current advice you can.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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