Obviously the most important factor in passing the real estate exam is knowing the material. However, don't lose sight of the goal: passing the test! Learning is great but you can't use what you've learned if you don't pass. Here are our top 10 tips for passing the real estate exam:
Regardless of how thoroughly you prepare, there will be some questions on the Real Estate Exam that you don't know the answer to and can't make an educated guess. Follow these rules to increase your odds of guessing correctly:
If two of the test answer options are opposites, choose one of those two.
If two of the four test answers are almost identical, choose the longer one.
Pay attention to words like ALWAYS and NEVER. Few things in life are "always" or "never." Be suspicious of these answers.
The word "except" can turn a exam question around. When you see this word in either the question or one or more of the answers, make a mental note of it.
General terms such as "most," "some," and "usually" are more likely to be found in a correct answer.
Distrust exaggerated or complex exam answers.
If you've never heard of it before, don't select it.
Answer every question, even if you're guessing. Unanswered questions are marked wrong. There is no penalty for guessing.
It's easy to forget about the little things when you are worried about remembering all of the key terminology and concepts. Follow the following tips to reduce your stress and be mentally ready to take a multi-hour exam:
Don't lose or forget your real estate exam registration documents. Put your paperwork in an obvious place, such as the glove compartment of the car you'll be driving to the exam site.
Make sure you have the right type of calculator and that you understand how to use it. The calculator should be as simple as possible.
Fill your car with gas the day before the Real Estate exam. Avoid frantically looking for a service station just before you're scheduled to take the Real Estate exam.
Know where the exam site is. Go on a trial visit to the location, if necessary.
Get a good night's sleep the night before the exam.
Don't take the exam on an empty stomach.
Keep a miscellaneous fact sheet with any details that you have trouble remembering. For example, if you can't remember the number of feet in a mile, write it down on your fact sheet. But don't overdo it! Don't use more than one sheet of paper. Study your fact sheet right before entering the exam room so the information will be fresh in your mind when the test starts.