5 Tips for Studying for the Real Estate License Exam

We all want to walk out feeling confident and proud, after taking the real estate license exam. With careful studying and the correct mindset, you can do just that. 

Prepping for a life-changing exam is stressful but don’t let worry, fear, and exhaustion get in your way. We’ve provided these 5 study tips to help you keep a healthy mindset while learning in the most effective way possible. 

1. Stay Positive  

Did you know students score an average of 45% the first time they try the practice test? You probably just gasped out loud (we did when we first read it), but we’re here to tell you not to worry about that number. Why? Because it’s PRACTICE! Fortunately, practice tests are great opportunities to learn your strengths and your areas of need. 


After the first try on a practice exam, there are a few things you to improve your future scores:  

  1. Start by reviewing your answers.  
  1. Make a list of the topics you knew well and record the areas where you struggled. 
  1. Review the more difficult course work. 
  1. Try the practice exam again. 
  1. Repeat the process until you score 90 percent or better. 

When you schedule your state real estate exam, make sure you allow yourself enough time to feel comfortable with the material. Remember to allow yourself enough time to repeat this process. You know what they say: “Practice makes perfect”, and we COMPLETELY agree! 

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2. Take Breaks

Cramming for exams might help you remember the information for a test but it’s unlikely you’ll retain it for long. Trying to retain an enormous load of information in one sitting can be very exhausting and even detrimental to your learning. Believe it or not, frequent, short breaks improve your ability to focus. They’re also great for your posture and circulation. A short break will allow you to clear and rest your mind. Here are a few ideas to get you moving and keep your learning on track: 

  • Take a walk outside 
  • Eat a light snack 
  • Take a power nap 
  • Listen to music
  • Stretch


Keep in mind that these breaks are meant to be short. We know it’s easy to get distracted and a light snack can suddenly turn into a whole meal! A Pomodoro timer on your phone is a good place to start. It will help you focus for a certain amount of time, say 25 minutes, and prompt you to get back to work after a timed break, perhaps 5 minutes long. Better focus and undivided attention will lead to better results. 

3. Pace Yourself

If you’re just starting out in the working world, you can spend as much time as you like studying for your exam. Chances are though, that this is your second or third career. Maybe you have a job, a family, or other commitments to work around.  

While you want to gain the confidence to take the real estate license exam, you don’t need to accomplish everything at once. To stay focused and keep from burning out, make sure you pace yourself. 


A great way to set a pace you can handle is to create a study schedule and give yourself some margin.  

First, slot in any life obligations you must meet, and your exam study times. Remember to leave time for breaks and unexpected events. 

Next, organize your study time to review concepts you’ve mastered and pencil in extra time to go over areas of difficulty.  

Give yourself enough time to master the material while still managing your life and relationships. 

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4. Be Selective When Taking Advice 

You might find yourself needing outside help from close friends or real estate agents you know. We encourage this! It doesn’t hurt to seek advice or get valuable insight into the testing experience.  


Memories fade and tests change. You don’t want to be misinformed, so talk to people who have written the exam recently and in your area! 

If you don’t know anyone personally who can help, ask your real estate school to recommend someone who recently went through the program.  

5. Learn for the Test, Not the Career 

You’re probably eager to learn everything there is to know about being a real estate professional, but be patient. You’ll have lots of time after you have your license to expand your knowledge and expertise. Until you’ve completed all your required courses and passed the state exam, focus on preparing to pass the licensing exam so you don’t get overwhelmed.  


There are many different ways to study and you know what works best for you. Whether you prefer to study alone or with a group, with pen and paper or study apps, you’ve got options. Here are some ideas that have worked for past students: 

  • Review your notes multiple times 
  • Create flashcards with key terms from every unit 
  • Study in pairs or groups 
  • Sign up for one-on-one tutoring 
  • Enroll in our 1-Day Prep 

Wishing You Well on the Exam and In Your Career

When you try these strategies, you’ll take care of your well-being and you’ll be well-prepared for California real estate exam. Soon, you’ll officially be a licensed agent and you can follow these key tips to launch your real estate career.  

Good luck studying. We wish you well!