I would suggest that you do the practice tests, a few times. Yes, it is true that not everything will be on the test. There is more than one test. You won't know what will be included or excluded, so you need to study everyhting.
Don't read into the material. At the time of licnesing, your objective is only to pass the test. After you pass a test and align yourself with a broker, you can discuss, interpret, and question the material. At this time, simply learn the materials as the course and study guides present. Students sometimes cause confusiton by trying to analyze, discuss, and compare. In Florida, I have seen that from agents who were licensed in other states and move to Florida. They want to compare Florida to State "X". Just take the information from the practice test, and study guide literally and read and re-read it. Pay attention to the areas where you miss questions during the practice tests.
A few of the schools, Gold Coast, being one, used to have weekend prep classes just for review.
The good news is that there is a fair tolerance for missed questions. You can miss quite a few and still pass the test.
Happy studying and good luck.
Do not underestimate the Florida real estate exam. The pass rate last month was 44% for first time takers and 27% for retakers.
When you think you are ready, go to Climer School of Rel Estate's website and take their free practice test.
Schools we refer to are:
Bob Hogue 941-954-1978 or 800-330-9411
Andy Gray 941-921-5327 or 800-598-7913
Ed Klopfer 941-379-2378 or 800-370-1570
You may also take the classes on line and then take a school exam and pass with a 70%. You need to have fingerprinting completed before they will permit you to sit for state. First you go to http://www.myflorida.com and pre pay for the state exam, this opens up a file for you. You have 1 year from the time you prepay for exam to take the test. Next you send your fingerprints to the state and you will see it in that file after they receive them. Then they do a background research on you which takes the longest time ( I think they have 1 person doing everything in Tallahassee) and after you finish the class they send it to your file at the state, and after you complete the course and pass the school exam the results will be sent to the state and that is when you receive a date to sit for the exam.
After you have finished the classes you must then sit for a state exam. You need to pass with a minimum of 75%.
That is when you are ready to interview with a company and go to work. There is no monetary help for schooling. In essence, you are starting your own business. However, as a independent contractor you can make as much money as you are willing to work for, in other words the sky is the limit. I have agents here who earn $10,000 and I have agents who earn $1,000,000 in commission per year. I'm not sure if this is they type of information you were looking for or not, so feel free to call me if it's not OK?
Paula Cashi, CRS, CRB, RRS,
Director of Training and Career Development
130 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl 34236
CRAM Course; CRAM Course, CRAM Course.... Oh and did I say; CRAM course? I will forever be in debt to Mr. Thomas Gillett of the Barney Fletcher U... The course was great but the CRAM was intensive and brought clarity.
Mr. Gillett knew how to slow us down (I always read a question too fast and miss the key element); and read the words carefully to immediately discount even the closest wrong answer.
Make no mistake; this is an art-form and he has it down to a science. So of course I will recommend taking the "CRAM" course and follow it up with the actual licensing test very soon thereafter.
Good luck to you and much success in this career you have chosen for yourself!
For those from NJ :
Do NOT buy the practice tests online. if you had a good instructor and they supplied you with thorough instruction and a good book - you will do fine. You DO need to study - a lot. I worked every night after class. I took the class for 10 days from 9am- 4:30pm at Brookdale Community College (off campus) and had an excellent instructor. I would recommend if anyone who reads this is from NJ and lives close..
I did find a site that offers 100 questions FREE. That site was the best I found. I paid 60.00 for one site and it had tons of grammatical and mechanical mistakes.How could I trust the validity of the content????? The free site is
If you would prefer to attend a class, their weekend cram courses or an online/video cram course is always very helpful as well. Either way, practice makes perfect! Timeframe-wise depends on how dedicated you are to studying, how quickly you study, and how focused you are on only studying. I personally took two weeks to study the online prep courses and then the specific broker's exam practice questions (which were the 2-3,000 questions). Hope this helped! Good luck on your exam, I'm sure you'll do great!
I studied the traditional way but I also found something on ITunes called, "The California Real Estate Exam". It's a recording of 5 full exams and answers. They slowly read each question and then tell you the answer. Since I live in Los Angeles, this was a great way to study while stuck in traffic.
It's worth seeing if there is a Florida version.
Why don't you try the course at Gold Coast Schools? Their course outline will help you pass the test and you won't have to go through the book on your own. You will learn a LOT sitting in the class, interacting with classmates, listening to questions and answers, etc. Much better than going it alone, I promise you.
Here's a link of locations for the school: http://www.goldcoastschools.com/aboutus_locations.php
After calling Real Estate Study Aids they assured me they would call me back, but did not and won't take my calls. This company is a complete joke. They also state that they have a money back guarantee for MOST states.
I passed the salesperson exam with Allied in CA which was great, and RealEstateExpress.com has been very good for what's covered on the FL exam. Hope this helps some of you with the decision making.
Does anybody know where would I find a variety of similar questions that were on my Real State Exam yesterday. The majority of questions that were on my test and definitely were never discussed at school(my cram crush Real Estate School), not on my 3000 q test that i purchased earlier , never given to us at school by teacher either and were definitly no where in the book. I am referring to Real Estate Hawaii Real Estate salesperson Exam.
I am planning to take it again , but not sure what area to study.
Any websites that might help i am willing to try and spend some money to make sure that i pass.
Any help much appreciated.
Amazon.com has an exam prep book for Florida. Quoting a review on the site, "This book is a great tool for the state license exam. The two 100-question exams at the end of the book are reliable to the state exam questions. I really recommend it!!! I passed the exam on the first try."
There are also other exam prep books for different states. I bought one before I took my test in Colorado and it was very helpful. (Yes, I passed the first time.)
I would also advocate that you take the review live, in person. Skip the online classes...they are usually not half as good or helpful.
It is TRICKY - but not hard.
you need to get past the way the questions are worded. The book's questions are purposely worded strangely in order to give you an idea of how they will try to mess with you.
I have taken the real estate exams in two states and the mortgage exam here in Florida.
Don't listen to your classmates... just go in with a clear head and you'll do fine.
The cram course should be targetted to the questions that are most frequently asked.
Just follow a few steps...
get the question in front of you...
read all the answers...
then READ the question slowly
then reread all the answers before you pick one...
that will hopefully ensure you're not getting caught in the test's double-speak
I wasn't hired by some real estate companies due to not having a license (which I didn't think I needed). So, I might take you on your offer once I obtain my license!
There is a lot of information that you're expected to learn, but real estate agents play such an important role in the transfer of real property that I believe it's our duty to do our best and know as much as we can, whether or not there's an exam.
I'll get off my soapbox now.
Other than that, just study morning, noon & night. Get used to living real estate 24/7!
You're making an excellent career choice Edgar, and I wish you all the good fortune you deserve!
Study and repetition is the key. Also, understand and master the technique in answering multiple choice helps - elimination of very unlikely question and skip over difficult questions first then come back and really review the difficult question will help you manage the limited test time.
Practice test helps in knowing what kind of questions they ask and how they ask the question - sometime they have really strange wordings that do not make sense at all, so the answers to those questions help.
Just some pointers. But efforts count.