Florida Real Estate Exam Prep Tips
Over 50% Of State Exam Candidates Fail The Exam On The First Try, And A Startling 66% Of Re-Takers Fail. Use the tips and strategies below to beat the statistics and increase your chance of success.
Tips & Strategies: BEFORE THE EXAM
1. UNDERSTAND THE STATE EXAM FORMAT: the test - its all multiple choice ; 3.5 hours, no essays, no fill in the blanks, all multiple choice. So you must practice a lot of multiple choice questions to pass the exam.
2. UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STATE EXAM AND THE END OF COURSE SCHOOL EXAM
- many students ace the school exam
- 70% vs 75%
- memorization/ general understanding vs. application of knowledge; surface level understanding
Focus on application of knowledge- it not like the prelicense course - the state exam is much trickier than your end of course exam. You can pass the school exam with memorization and a basic understanding
3. FOCUS ON THE RIGHT TOPIC AREAS - candidate booklet - right areas - not time to re-read your book
4. DON'T READ YOUR BOOK, REFER TO IT
- not like a novel
- use it for extra clarification if needed
5. TAKE MULTIPLE CHOUCE PRACTICE EXAMS - remember as mentioned earlier, the state exam is all multiple choice, so it only makes sense to practice how you will be tested
6. ESTABLISH A PLAN TO TAKE EXAM
7. SET THE PROPER EXPECTATIONS & DON'T PANIC - you might not know the first question
7a. IT'S A BOOK EXAM. NO PRACTICAL REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE NEEDED - advice from your friend who has been an agent for a long time is more than likely not going to help you. In fact, it may hurt you more than anything. The truth is, if most experienced agents who have been in the business awhile had to take the exam without studying, the large majority of them would not pass.
Tips & Strategies: DURING THE EXAM
8.DON'T PANIC - all too often exam candidates will fail the exam not because they didn't know the material/answer, but because they got too nervous, flustered, and panicked.
9. Don't Waste To Much Time On Any ONE question - there are pilot questions that will not count toward your score: as you take the exam, you will learn as you go, come back and answer questions better. Do answer all the questions
10. READ THE QUESTION TWICE - once for context, the second time for understanding
11. ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED, NOT THE QUESTION That YOU THOUGHT WAS ASKED OR YOU WANTED TO BE ASKED - problem trash - you may not need all the information contained in the question; All of the following Except questions;
12. ANSWER ONLY THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU KNOW ON THE FIRST TIME THROUGH, MARK OTHERS FOR REVIEW.
13. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. GET HELP IF YOU NEED IT - if you didn't learn what you should from your pre-license course and you are not feeling confident about your knowledge of the material, then you're going to need some additional help. Or if you are the type of person who likes to get things done the first time, and want to increase your chance of passing on the first try, then getting additional help is a good idea. For more info visit www.myrealestatetutor.com