I have completed my R.E. School training, and am awaiting....

Asked by Reuben Dunn, Yorba Linda, CA Sat Sep 21, 2013

....the reciept of the three certificates from the R.E. School that l will need to forward to the BRE for my State exam.

Would anyone be able to tell me how much math is involved with the 2013 California Real Estate Sales Agent exam? I am hearing conflicting things, i.e., there are no math questions\there Are math questions. I have dyscaculia, and just need to know how big/small of a challenge this may be for me.

Could anyone shed some light on this for me please?

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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sat Sep 21, 2013
No two tests are the same which is why none of us can tell you for sure. I would definitely suggest brushing up on the math, and getting extra help with the math. Be prepared for it instead of being afraid of it!

Good Luck.
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Ben Vorspan, Agent, Studio City, CA
Wed Sep 25, 2013

I took the test in April and didn't have a single math question on it.

Of course, your test might be different, and regardless, you should still know the basic calculations... there's a reason they teach it!
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Sep 23, 2013
One responsibility you must accept is being able to accurately calculate the net proceeds a home owner will realize after all the prorations and brokerage fees are piled on.
Other basic math skill you must be proficient at will be normalizing values when taking the appraiser approach to calculating a home market value.
Regardless of what's on the test, you MUST be able to complete the calculations and stand by your numbers.
Lastly, to manage your business, you will need to understand the ROI of the programs in which you invest. Applying this to the borkerage for whom you work will prove essential.
To represent buyers and seller propertly and manage your business, you will need to crunch the numbers, accurately. Finding the errors at the closing table is not the best solution.
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carlos parra…, Other Pro, Monrovia, CA
Sun Sep 22, 2013
There is math on the test. Not complicated, but I guess that depends on your point of view. Buy the study guides.
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Jim Olive, Agent, Key West, FL
Sat Sep 21, 2013
I highly recommend you buy and use some of the online practice tests. I know Florida and California will be different, but the online tests are set up to be just like YOUR state's test and will give you a rough assimilation of the test you will actually sit for. That ought to build your confidence and let you try it before you buy it!! Best of luck...
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Katherine Jo…, Agent, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Sat Sep 21, 2013
there are a variety of test and it just depends on which test is given to you that day..It may be very feel or you may be the lucky one with all the math questions.

Good luck
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Bill Villa, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sat Sep 21, 2013
Hello Reuben,

You will need to know basic math. Be able to calculate square footage, commissions, there are questions on how to determine Rate of Return (ROI). You are allowed a basic calculator and many people have passed the exam without being a math whiz.

Hopes this helps and if you have a question, would you let me know?Regards,

Bill Villa Broker/President
Villa Realty, Inc.
DRE #01758821
(760) 908-4264
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Sat Sep 21, 2013
I have to wonder how good the RE school was that you went to if they did not already tell you this and prepare you for what is on the test.

good luck
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Hi Tim,

The Caldwell Banker school l went to told me that the maths were no longer a pert of the process, we focussed on the Principals and Practices and the legal side of it.

They gave me an excellent CD with mock exams, including a fill blown three hour timed exam, which included the "dreaded" math. When asked about this l was reassured that there is no maths.

I suspect l am gonna have to do some further revision on this, sad to say. I don't like being blindsided like this, especially given the money l spent in the first place.
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