Just as the title says, I passed my Florida Real Estate Exam on the first attempt. I honestly wasn’t expecting to pass! We all have heard a lot about how hard the exam is and how many people fail it multiple times before they pass it. However, I believe we all learn and retain in different ways. The trick could be in learning how we learn and retain and doing what works for yourself. Here are a few things that worked for me.
1. Choosing between Online Real Estate School vs In-Classroom Course
I went with the online class with the addition of books. I ran into many people who chose to go with the in-classroom option to have the help of a teacher. To me it was a much better option to be able to review each chapter as many times as I needed, and at the time I wanted and was able to. I don’t like it when I’m in a classroom with a lot of other stuff in my head that could keep me from concentrating, so online classes worked better for me.
2. Learn the Concepts instead of the words
Sometimes when we look for a definition of a word, we try to memorize that definition word by word. Then in the exam they could have a different wording for the same concept. This led me to try multiple test exams from many different online sources. This helped me a lot to understand the questions and learn different wordings for the same concepts. I also came across the PreAgent YouTube Videos. This guy makes these videos very easy to understand the concepts. I would listen to these while doing stuff in the house or even driving.
3. Relax! Especially when getting closer to the exam.
Between all the studying and trying to remember everything, it is also important to relax and do things other than just getting your brain tired. The night before my exam I remember feeling like my head was going to explode for trying so hard to retain everything. What I did was to just stop studying for the night, had a drink, and played Xbox. Do whatever you enjoy and help your head off stress. On the day of the exam, I woke up early and went for a 3 miles run. I was tempted to study, but I thought it wasn’t going to really help. So from the night before up to the time of the exam, I only focused on being relaxed!
Even at the time of the exam I focused on being relaxed and not to rush. I kept thinking “this is just my first attempt. If I didn’t pass it today, I will just try the next day while it’s still fresh in my mind.”
4. READ multiple times and use process of elimination.
This is very important. When taking my Florida Real Estate Exam I took my time to read each question more than twice. Even if i thought they were easy questions. I read the questions twice or more when I got to each question the first time. Marked the ones i was not sure of the answer to review them later, and moved on to the next one without spending too much time on that one. Then I came back to the marked ones. Once all questions were answered, I went back to question number one and read and reviewed each question all the way to the last one.
After reading the questions carefully and reviewing the available options, I was discovering how many of the options they give you to answer the question were not even related to the questions. Sometimes they can trick you with closely related terms, but in most cases I thought they wanted to put a few very stupid wrong answers.
The list could go on and on with tips about passing the Real Estate Exam. These are just a few things that worked for me, and it all comes down to being relaxed and learn your concepts. I might make another post talking about more specifics ways I used to study and prepare for the exam. Good luck if you are planing on taking the Real Estate Exam and becoming a Realtor.