Before officially becoming a licensed real estate professional, you must complete mandatory training and pass your state real estate exam.
The California real estate exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and many say it’s pretty tough. It’s common for potential agents to need multiple tries to pass. But that doesn’t have to be you!
With these ten study tips, you can better retain what you’ve learned and ultimately, pass your state’s real estate exam the first and only time:
1. Complete the Course Work
As soon as your real estate courses or program begins, start studying the material. Make sure your books or online materials are current and take detailed notes as you learn, so you can refer to them later.
At KW Real Estate Schools, we cover all the mandatory courses in both our Group Study and our Fast-Track programs. You can select in-class or online learning sessions with peers or choose an independent study program.
If you are taking in-class courses, do all homework or assignments listed in the book on your own. Instructors may not cover all book exercises. In addition to self-study, join a study group with fellow classmates to help reinforce classroom material. Taking a test preparatory course is also highly encouraged.
2. Use the Right Resources
Real estate regulations and business practices constantly evolve. If you’re using online practice tests, make sure they don’t contain outdated information. At KW Real Estate Schools, you’ll get the most up-to-date training resources and we’ll provide you with over 1100 practice questions to help you prepare for the state exam.
3. Focus on the Content Rather than the Questions
The Department of Real Estate maintains a large pool of exam questions and switches them up regularly, so it’s important to concentrate on learning the subject matter of each question instead of simply memorizing the questions and answers. That way, you’ll be prepared to answer questions that have been reworded or reordered.
Repeat the practice exams until you achieve at least 90%. For many students, this is the key to passing the exam.
If you’re not feeling confident about the content, the Tutor 6-Pack will help you get up to speed with 1:1 support from one of our licensed instructors.
4. Create a Study Schedule – And Stick To It!
The thought of studying all the course content at once might be overwhelming. Break it down into sections instead. Arrange the segments in your calendar with a specific amount of time devoted to each one. Remember to allow time for review and repetition in case one section is more difficult than another.
Sometimes, life happens. If you need a little more time to complete and study the course materials, we offer Enrollment Extensions so you don’t have to feel pressured to write the exam before you’re ready.
5. Budget Your Time
Select a quiet and undisturbed environment for practice testing and set aside enough time to complete the entire practice test. Make sure you have everything you need before you begin.
When you write the California state real estate salesperson exam, you’ll have 3 hours, to complete 150 questions. This breaks down to about one and a half minutes per question. Keep that in mind as you work through the practice tests.
If you struggle with a question, skip it and make a note to go back to it if you have enough time at the end.
6. Study for the Style of Exam
Some people struggle with multiple-choice tests. That’s why practice tests are so important. Do your best to understand the material and practice choosing the best answer. If you enroll in KW Real Estate School Courses, be sure to take advantage of the live 1-Day Prep class. It’s included with our courses but you can even enroll if you’ve studied elsewhere.
7. Quiz Yourself
Use practice questions or create your own! Either way, you’ll familiarize yourself with important concepts.
Flashcards can be helpful too, especially for glossary terms and acronyms. Recipe cards make great flashcards if you’re old-school, or you can create them with a smartphone app like Quizlet.
8. Reorganize Your Notes
Evaluate and prioritize your notes, outlining important concepts, formulas, dates, and definitions so they’re easy to understand. Color-coding your notes can also help you learn and retain the most pertinent information.
9. Visualize Concepts
Research shows that visual learning helps you store information longer, aids with comprehension, and even provides motivation! Therefore, it helps to create mind maps, diagrams, charts, or drawings to visualize how the concepts you’re learning relate to one another.
10. Make It Fun!
It’s easier to focus on something when you enjoy it. If you’re a social learner, try studying with friends. If you’re on your own, try working for a set period of time and reward yourself at the end.
For example, reward yourself with a small treat after you’ve completed a new chapter or give yourself a five-minute break for every chunk of material you digest.
Whatever you decide, make it something you enjoy!
You’re All Set!
It’s best to select study techniques that work best for you. Hopefully, these ideas will guide you in the right direction and help you get the most out of what you’ve learned so far.
Good luck and happy studying!