How to study for real estate license exam?

Asked by Edgar, Miami, FL Wed Aug 8, 2007

I am currently studying for my real estate sales associate license; however, this is A LOT of information to memorize, and I am pretty sure not everything I memorize is going to be covered in the state exam. For any agents who just took and passed the exam, how did you go about to study & prepare for the exam.

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Laura.mcclo…, Agent,
Sun May 1, 2016
Its important to make sure you take the course through an approved Florida real estate school. The courses and schools should be approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations along with the Florida Real Estate Commission. If the course or exam prep course is not an approved school its worthless.

Its also good to take an exam prep / cram course BEFORE you sit for the state exam. There are a lot of crap on the market to purchase. I recommend you purchase a good exam prep course through a Florida real estate school (one that is approved by the state) Some websites are trying to sell you courses and books that are not specific to Florida. Remember Florida real estate exam doesn't use a national portion on their exam like other states, Florida has their own exam with their own specific Florida laws along with Florida real estate math problems.

I took my course and exam prep course through a school called:

The school was very helpful in passing my state exam on my first try! I first took the required license course with them. The course was fully narrated so I didn't have to read hundred of pages of text online. They also were the only school I found that offered 24 hour, 7 day a week instructor support which was nice! I loved their exam prep course that came with my package 2 offer that's what really helped me with passing the state exam on my first try.

Good luck to all!

The schools website for anyone to check it out is at:
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Ron Climer, Agent, Hendersonville, NC
Sat Aug 24, 2013
The best way to study for your Florida real estate exam is to go to You Tube and watch the twelve free math videos that Climer School has posted there. There is no math on the Florida real estate exam that is not on those videos. If you have already paid $31.50 to take the Florida real estate exam, when you failed, Pearson Vue gave you a sheet with some study suggestions. Study the stuff on that sheet. If you don't have that sheet, call Climer School of Real Estate and ask Kathy to send you a copy. Also ask Kathy about the audio CDs. If you don't have the "Candidate's Handbook", it has a breakdown of what is on the exam. Kathy will send that to you free.

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.
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Why only 27% for retakers. You would think the pass rate would be higher once you get the gist ??
Flag Thu Feb 16, 2017
Thank you! !! I will check out the U tube videos before I take my test in May.
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THANK YOU!!! I will check the u-tube videos!
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Jose Guzman, Agent, Aventura, FL
Wed Feb 6, 2013
It is not necessary to memorize everything but you will have to read a lot anyway......
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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Wed Aug 8, 2007
Did you take a class to help prepare you? If so, the instructor probably called attention to areas where students need to dedicate more time and energy.

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.
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Debra, , Anaheim, CA
Sat Aug 30, 2014
If anyone here finds this post and then is also looking about how to pass the California Real Estate exam, check out It is low cost at only $29 and has a ton of information. It is better than most exam prep sites out there and it is a very cheap investment. I know that this post is old, but I bet a lot of people still find this online and could use the help anyway. Good luck to you who do find this!
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daverutgers, Home Owner, Tinton Falls, NJ
Thu Aug 1, 2013
This is for anyone getting ready for the NJ Real Estate Test.

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
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Paula Cashi, , Sarasota, FL
Wed Aug 8, 2007
Hi I am a recruiter in Sarasota and when people call me about getting a license this is how I respond.Here is the information on real estate schools. You must first go to any real estate school for 63 hours of training. This usually takes one week to go through the classes.

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 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,
Associate Broker,
Director of Training and Career Development
130 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl 34236
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Paula, I know it was been long time since you booked this comment, but could you pls recomend an online real state course?
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Focus on those items that the instructors covered in your class--most real estate schools have their finger on the pulse of the questions being asked on the real estate license test and structure the content of the classes accordingly.
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Carrie Crowe…, Agent, Southaven, MS
Wed Aug 8, 2007
Edgar, I am sure you are getting the idea that it is not really easy, and there is no one thing you need to be sure and study. I made myself flash cards! I had family members work with me grilling me for hours. Or I would look at one side and write the answers that should be on the back and then check my answers. There is a lot of information to cover. After you pass your test, you will forget most of it. You will then have to learn about client's and contracts, how to write one etc. Passing the test is just the beginning. Good Luck!
Web Reference:
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J Lo, Home Buyer, California Glory, Brentwood, CA
Wed Aug 8, 2007
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!
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Jporter, Home Buyer, 94539
Sun Dec 6, 2015
There are a lot sites out there both free and paid that seem to help out preparing for the exam.

Here's a free one that i just came across that seems to be pretty good:
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Ann Ryan, Agent, Doral, FL
Sun Aug 31, 2014
If you passed the end of class exam without difficulty, you'll probably be able to pass the state exam with no trouble. My only piece of advice is to use common sense, and to read the questions carefully... they're trying to trick you.
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Ahmad Zeki, Agent, Lincoln, CA
Fri Apr 13, 2012
The only way to reduce test day anxiety is to prepare. The only way to prepare is to study. When it comes to studying, try not to let too many days go by without reading a few questions or chapters. It is critical that you keep the real estate exam material fresh in your mind because paying attention to details and remembering the nuances between the questions and answers is key to being successful on test day. Practice, Practice, Practice. That is the only way.

Good luck!
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Ellen Chung, , San Mateo, CA
Wed Aug 8, 2007
I took the real estate broker exam here in California so it may be a little different from yours in Florida but I basically practiced, practiced, practiced. It wasn't so much memorization as after you do the 2-3,000 questions that come with the online preparation courses, you basically remember the questions and answers since in those thousands of questions, they repeat the important ones that usually end up appearing on the exam.

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!
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I am also in CA, what online course do you recommend for the Broker Exam? Thanks!
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Wed Aug 8, 2007
I would suggest a prep class aka cram class. Memorize the questions and answers. Do not try to analyize just memorize.
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I was never one to do well studying this way. I really dont know how you're able to take a practice test and memorize questions/answers, and then pass another test that may or may not have the same questions on it. This did not work for me
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Jeremy Weinb…, Agent, Longwood, FL
Tue Jun 14, 2016
Great to hear! You can take free practice exams at they provide online tests for free to help you pass.
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Maria Ferlito, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sun Jun 12, 2016
I wanted to share my experience with the course I took to obtain my Florida real estate Sales Associate License. I had a hard time choosing a school online and spend lots of hours researching the cost for many different schools which varies from $100 to $500. After tons of research I chose a school called: Their course was narrated and they offered live instructor support. After speaking with this school before I enrolled, I could tell how knowledgeable they were regarding real estate and I spoke to someone that actually spoke English. After I enrolled in the course I started taking the course, which was laid out with 19 chapters, no sections, no modules just 19 easy to navigate chapters with a quiz after each chapter, which re-enforced what I learned from that chapter. Each chapter was narrated with visual animation and the course interacted with me, so it made sure I understood the material prior to allowing me to move forward. What I loved the best is the 24 hour, 7 day a week phone instructor support, which allowed me to get instant help on anything I needed to be cleared up. They really do have 24 / 7 Instructor support that for sure! I took their practice exam and course review and passed my end of course exam. The school offers an exam prep course, which I took, by providing me several practice exams and thousands of questions. I took my state exam and on the first try passed the Florida state exam. I am convinced I chose the right real estate school.
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I'm in the same situation you were.
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Stacy Nichols, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tue May 24, 2016
I passed my Florida Real Estate Exam on my first try! Thanks to This was my second school I took the course with which I barely passed the course exam. I couldn't pass the state exam so I was forced to enroll with another school for a good review. I took the free demo from narrated online course. I think the schools exam prep course was the main reason why I passed my state exam on my first try. It was packed with thousands of exam questions and mocked exams. The instructor support was amazing they were available 24/7 which I called all throughout the weekend and they walked me step by step with every math question I had a question regarding. This school was amazing! I have my Florida Real Estate License!
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Preston Goins, Home Buyer, R G R Properties Apts, Plano, TX
Tue Apr 26, 2016
I have taken the licensing course but did not pass the test. I read everything I thought was right. Any ideas on what to study and also if there is a practice test anywhere I can use to become more familiar with the material? Im in the state of South Carolina.
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John_thomas, Home Buyer, Miami, FL
Fri Apr 22, 2016
Passed my state exam today using the most unique way of learning. I have taken many online courses in college. None of them were narrated, it didn't just read the text to me it was like a lecture with full visual animation. I took the course at the The course was very detailed and wow the instructor support was amazing. The school advertises 24 hour, 7 day a week instructor support. They really are open all day and night, I called at 1 A.M. since I like to work at night. They were there with no wait time to speak with extremely knowledgeable instructor. He spent 45 minutes with me clearing up some basic questions I had and got me back on track. What really helped me pass the state exam was their exam prep course which is included in my package (nothing to buy extra) It provided me several mocked exams in the same format as the state exam with thousands of questions to practice with. Those questions looked almost identical to the ones that were on my state exam. The exam prep course shows you how they word the questions and makes you understand why the answer is correct. (provides a detail answer immediately after each question) This was very helpful in passing the state exam. I promised the school that I would share my experience by writing a few reviews because they really did help me get my real estate license. I am very thankful for all they have done!

Schools name:
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Darrell_hurst, Home Buyer, Miami, FL
Thu Mar 10, 2016
I just took the Texas exam yesterday. I ordered the Kaplan Course. Online & Books. My suggestion would be to combine a good study guide that you can learn the concepts and combine that with as many practice exams/questions as you can. I studied over 1500 national questions and 500 state questions. Over and over and over.
You're right, you will only have apprx 80 national questions and 30-40 state questions. The trouble is you don't know which questions you'll get, so you have to be prepared for all of them. All the Best!
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Btw, I passed both.
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Fnu, Home Buyer, Miami, FL
Tue Mar 8, 2016
Consideration with a Contract is
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Jerry, , Tampa, FL
Fri Aug 14, 2015
I found the best real estate school is: they have real licensed instructors available 24/7 really its amazing. I called them at 2am and they were there ready to help me . Also the course was fully narrated it was so much better than reading text. Passed with flying colors!
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how did you pass with flying colors when the state does not give you a score if you pass?
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edsflahomes, Home Owner, Auburndale, FL
Fri Jul 3, 2015
I took a course from real estate express online & read a used FL RE Exam Manual I bought on ebay. The manual actually helped more than RE Express.
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James Milner, Home Buyer, Miami, FL
Wed Apr 29, 2015
wow this page helped me out tons!!! also check out this video for further real estate exam help
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James Milner, Home Buyer, Miami, FL
Wed Apr 29, 2015
wow this page helped me out tons!!! also check out this video for further real estate exam help
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james milner, Home Buyer, Jacksonville, FL
Mon Feb 2, 2015
Hey guys make sure to check this video will defiantly help you out by tons to pass the Real estate exam! goes into detail chapter by chapter!
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Karen Peyton, Agent, Chandler, AZ
Sun Aug 18, 2013
Hi Edgar. Since your question is more than six years old now, and we're still trying to help you pass your exam, maybe you could just tell us. Did ya pass???
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Karen, My name is Matt and I am trying to pass my az brokers exam. I have passed the national portion but for some reason I can not pass my state portion. I have failed it 4 times now. I feel as though the material in my textbooks is not covering the stuff they are asking me on the tests. When I got my California brokers license..and my California mlo license, there were prep courses I took that helped..can you recommend one for AZ?
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Carmen Brode…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sat Aug 17, 2013
There is a lot of information but it is all important in order to be a professional, competent agent.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Thu Aug 1, 2013
IN SIX YEARS!!! he's either had his license for SIX YEARS, or he bacame a plumber.
Ya Think?
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Flag Fri Jul 3, 2015
he may have his but I'm getting mine, so I'm very thankful that folks have continued contributing to this thread.
Flag Sat Feb 7, 2015
Plumbers have to go to a 4 year school to be licensed.. It's actually way more in depth and difficult than a real estate agent. Just thought you might want to know!
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Ron you're too funny!!
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Ha ha. Good point.
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Annie Ritz, , Los Angeles, CA
Thu Aug 1, 2013
Dear Edgar,

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.

Good luck!
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stacyd831, , Dutch Harbor, AK
Mon May 20, 2013
There us a condensed study guide at that is very helpful. Although its geared for California sales exam, all states follow the same principles. you just have to know if your state, for example follows community property law or tenants in entirety, either way this study guide explains them both. its condensed and to the point. A great way to memorize everything since it explains topics.
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Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Mon May 13, 2013
Hi Edgar,

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:


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Michellerose…, Home Buyer, Saint Augustine, FL
Mon May 13, 2013
I have the "California Real Estate power test program for salesperson's" Would this be the book I would study then take he exam's?
Anthony Schools

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David Siddons…, Agent, Miami, FL
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Listen carefuly to points of attention instructor and practise 1000 exam questions in book
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pineappleexp…, , Miami, FL
Tue Feb 5, 2013
DO NOT USE THE WEBSITE LICENSEPROFESSOR.COM. The material is crap and if you fail, they don't give you your money back. Heck, they don't even bother to reply despite numerous attempts to contact them for several days. Please save your money and time.
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K, , Miami Beach, FL
Sat Jan 12, 2013
I just paid for the FL Broker Exam Prep through . I memorized thousands of questions and not one question was on my exam... or the next one I took. The best way is to learn the material and if you're in Florida know the law. Chapter 475 etc..

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 has been very good for what's covered on the FL exam. Hope this helps some of you with the decision making.
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I did not share your experience, I found to be very helpful. I passed on the first try. But to each their own.
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I just saw Real estate study aids - I am glad i saw your post. I think the best way to pass is practice exams I am a Broker in MA but getting my FL Broker in April i hope. Did you like Allied for practice?
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Michael Huff…, Agent, Englewood, CO
Tue Jul 24, 2012
I revisited the material 3 times including taking the section and chapter tests multiple times. I used que cards and went thru those multiple times. It was very time consuming, but the end goal was well worth it. Good luck.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Tue Jul 24, 2012
Hopefully you picked a school with a great teacher. My teacher gave us insight into what we should really know and what is less important. I went home and studied from my book 2 hours every night and took the tests at the end of each chapter. I really think the right teacher makes the difference.

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Akil Walker, Agent, Upper Marlboro, MD
Tue Jul 24, 2012
Hi Edgar,
I purchased the real estate quiz cards. they had some exam questions on them and really helped. Each card had one question instead of streaming the 300 pages of the book. they are at Barnes and Noble.

good luck
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Shirley Cheng, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Jul 24, 2012
I passed the first time by getting my hands on as many questions as possible and studied them until i can answer the question without even having to read the whole question. i probably went through 2500-3000 questions.
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Where did you get them?
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in what amount of time Shirley?
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Mon Jul 23, 2012
My real estate course focused solely on preparing me to pass the exam--I found by going back to the test questions from the class and making sure I knew all of the vocabulary words we were given that it was really easier than I imagined it would be. Try not to psych yourself out.
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Don Maclary, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Mon Jul 23, 2012
Most RE schools sell study disks with practice questions,
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Sabina, , Kauai County, HI
Mon Jul 23, 2012

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.
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try . great condensed notes that are actually for any state except for certain laws. very thorough and informative
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try . great condensed notes that are actually for any state except for certain laws. very thorough and informative
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Brian Pfeffer, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Fri Apr 13, 2012
The obvious answer is enroll in a real estate schooling program. Assuming you did that: 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.)

Good luck!
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btw im located in CO, not miami
Flag Mon Mar 7, 2016
brian, thats awesome! Im doing the VanEd courses right now and i have a brokerage practically harassing me to get my classes done! ive onlt been doing them for 2 months, after i get off work from 8-12 hour days doing sheetmetal. i wonder, can i just zoom thru the course using my book, then focus on the state practice test? from what ive gathered, you dont use all of the material daily.. can i just use the book to crush the online portion quickly then take a cram course a while before the state exam? the brokerage offers an extensive training period.
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Akil Walker, Agent, Upper Marlboro, MD
Fri Apr 13, 2012
I listened very carefully to the instructor. They will usually key you in on the most important things to remember.

Good luck
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Sean, , California
Tue Oct 20, 2009
You can get pass your real estate license exam fast and easy with allied real estate school. Their online requirements courses are really easy to study at your own pace. Click the link below to check out more.
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Bob Herd, , Tucson, AZ
Tue Sep 1, 2009
Edgar, The license schools have it down to such a science that you are well advised to just follow their lead. I've been a broker in California and Arizona for 38 years and I still remember taking the exam and being so grateful about how accurate the school had prepared me. If you really want to "shine" after you get licensed, take the time to re-read a chapter a day from the binder you got from the school, and do that until you have re-read the whole binder about 4 times. The "old timers" will be amazed at how sharp you are, as will your clients. Good luck!
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Susy, , Milwaukee, WI
Mon Jun 8, 2009
Hola Edgar, I am also studying for my exam on Saturday. I'm in Milwaukee, Wi. I agree it's alot of information, and my heart is beating so fast lol. I'm just plain reading page by page words and terms I dont' understand I write down in a notebook. Then I'll just move onto the test the questions I don't remember I go back into my notes and go back and read those paragraphs a couple times if I still don't get it I write question marks. I'm also making note cards for the very confusing things. I underline everyline as I read it and then go back and highlight the info that contain specific wording that I think might be in the test.
Buena Suerte,
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Grant Hammond, , Nashville, TN
Sun Mar 15, 2009
Most Realtor Associations offer a very handy 1 day review class where many just happen to give you real answers to the tests. It has been my experience that your local Realtor Association's review class is much better than a review hosted by a local education source.

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.
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