Best way to study for the Real Estate Exam

Asked by mytrendyevents, Boston, MA Thu Sep 6, 2012

I'm planning on taking the Real Estate Exam and everyone tells me that is very hard that I need to study from now but the actual Weekend class doesn't start until the end of the month of September and I currently have a RE book that is about 5yrs old... is it worth for me to use that book to study? if so, what is the best way to study for the Real Estate exam?

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Sarah Goulart…, Agent, Plymouth, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
I would definitely wait to take the class before you start studying. You may or may not find the test as hard as you have heard from some and the insight you get from the class will guide you in what you should study.

That being said, when you do study I would suggest practice exams.
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I agree that pratice exams are the way to go
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Terry Farnsw…, Agent, Lisle, IL
Thu Sep 6, 2012
I'm not trying to be funny here - honestly, the book that was a big help for me was "Real Estate Exam for Dummies". The book does a great job of explaining/condensing the key terms/concepts in easy to understand language, and is a pretty quick read to compliment the giant guide you get with some of the courses. Hope that helps!
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Carla Pennin…, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Sat Sep 8, 2012
Terry's advice about the Real Estate Exam for Dummies book is spot on. I found it to be an easy to read way to get familiar with the material. If you want to use your 5 year old book, use it to get familiar with the vocabulary, but leave the laws to the current material. If you are familiar with the vocabulary, you'll be miles ahead in keeping up with the instructions in the course. You can concentrate on learning the laws, etc., without being distracted by the unfamiliar terms.

The best thing I did to get ready for the real exam was to buy the online practice exams. I failed the first few and wondered if I'd wasted my money with my course! But the more I took them, the more familiar I became with what the questions were asking. The practice exam questions are taken from past exams. And I saw many of the same questions were on the real thing!

I passed the real test with a 100% on the first try - the first test I'd taken in 30 years, since college!
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Stephen McCa…, Agent, Boston, MA
Sat Sep 8, 2012
Be prepared for your required re classes.

Review your 5 year old book as a guide or buy a current version. Laws change but the vocab remains constant.

And it is vocab that will win the day for the exam. Study the vocab so when you get to your class you will be familiar with the terms and concepts presented by the instructor.

If you have a good handle on the vocabulary and terms it will make your class room time with the instructor much more productive.

Best of luck.
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Jeanne Schar…, Agent, Redmond, WA
Fri Sep 7, 2012
In our area Pro Schools are so available on line and it is so easy to study at your own pace and get your license in a reasonable amount of time!
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Fri Sep 7, 2012
Take classes as they always have the most current information and usually quite a bit of intel on the actual test questions.
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Scott Hulen, , 64068
Fri Sep 7, 2012
In our area of the country the real estate schools have a pass rate of 80-90% based on those actually attending the classes in person. The online pass rate is about 40-50%, with that being said in person classes seem to be of more benefit.
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
Terry there are many that passed the exam that could use the book after it.

Remember that each State has specific questions that relate to the individual State
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Mathew Ames, Agent, Duxbury, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
I would suggest familiarizing yourself with the vocabulary used, first. A site such as flashcardmachine.com could be quite helpful while you wait for your course.

Check out http://www.flashcardmachine.com/national-exam-questions.html. It will give you a great head start!
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Jessica Hood…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Thu Sep 6, 2012
I wouldn't think so. You'll learn what you need to in class and you'll have the current resources at hand. Bring index cards to your class and use them when you study to make your own "flash" cards to cover the items you want to remember.
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Sarah Ziehr, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu Sep 6, 2012
Buy the practice exam that you hear about from your RE school. It really helped me a ton. You can take practice exams and see how you improve. Good luck!
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Justin Melo, Agent, Chelmsford, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
Have you already taken the 40 hours of classes? From what I can tell is you have not taken the classes yet. When you start the class you will get an updated book, that the teacher will go over with everyone and you will learn from that. After you have taken the 40 hours of classes, your best bet would be to take your exam soon, so all the information that you obtained in the class is still fresh in your head.

The best way to study is CRAM CRAM CRAM. Your booklet will give you a break down of the exam, which sections you will have more questions on, and will give you a good idea of your major concentration. Also at the end of the class they give you a practice exam that you take, if you don't do well on that, figure out which parts you need to study more so when it comes to the exam you will be good to go.

This test should not be taken lightly, and will take a lot of focus on studying the material if you plan to pass the test the first time around. Just make sure you read over some parts the night before, and be well rested for the exam the next day. Good luck with the exam!!

Justin Melo
Bettencourt Real Estate
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Heath Coker, Agent, Falmouth, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
Wait for the course. The exam is not as hard for some as it is for others. And there are versions. One person may get a ton of math and another get very little math on the test. Take the class and let the instructor prep you.



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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
Wait and take the course - Wait and take the course - Wait and take the course

The real estate market is not going anywhere, and the end of the month is 2 weeks away.
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Wen Farina, Agent, Reading, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
You should study with the new book so you get the latest and greatest in the information for your RE exam. When you go to the class they will give you the book or they can sell it to you (it was included in mine). After you take the class you will have plenty of time to take the exam so do not rush it and prepare yourself well so you will pass it the first time around. If not, you can take it again but best not to rush
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
You should study from CURRENT material. Real Estate laws have changed in the past five years.

The best way to study is :

1. Read, read , and re read the material.

2. Make up some mock exams for yourself, and time yourself answering questions.

3. Get together with classmates from your course and drill each other.

4. Do not stress too much about the exam. It is not the MONSTER some make it out to be.

Best of Success to You!!!

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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James Furlong, Agent, Brookline, MA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
Have you considered studying on-line?
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