Test Taking Tips

Give yourself a chance to pass.

Study the Real Estate exam prep material.
Make sure that you know the material. Our study aid is set up where you will see many questions ask the same concept in different ways, therefore if you do enough questions you will see certain words come up over and over again, thus when you see those words on the real estate exam you will recognize the answer. We would love for you to understand all the material, that is definitely the ideal situation, but for some that is just not going to happen, so if you do not understand it, we at least want you to recognize the key words and be able to pick out the correct answers with ease. You're taking a multiple-choice exam, so the correct answer is in front of you. If you use the real estate study aid properly, you'll recognize the answer.

Lets be honest, is your goal to learn the material or to pass? Learning is great, but you can not use what you learned if you do not pass.

Questions & Answer techniques
- First go through the entire exam, answer ones that are extremely easy for you. Ones that are a bit more difficult you will come back to.

- When you do the test, look at the answers first. Our Real Estate Exam Prep questions and our Real Estate Exam video are designed to make certain key words come up over and over again. So therefore when you see them on the Real Estate State exam you will select them.
- Do not choose and answer you have never heard of. Eliminate obviously wrong answers and work backwards to the right one. You may be able to eliminate only one or two of the options. Even so, you've raised your odds from 1 in 4 to 2 or even 3 in 4, and that's a big improvement.
- Don't dwell on a question you can't answer. As you work through the real estate exam, skip over the questions you don't know the answer to. Don't waste time on questions you're struggling with until you've answered all the easy ones. For example, if you find math difficult, skip the math problems until after you finish the rest of the exam. Occasionally, the answer to an earlier question is revealed in a later question.

Prioritize the Exam Questions
- Make three columns. Designate the questions from easiest to hardest. When you put a number of question down, record what you first thought the answer was. That way, when you go back you know what you first impulse was, as your first impulse us usually correct.
- 1st column put the number of the exam questions that are relatively easy but you would like to look at again
- 2nd column put the number of the exam questions that are pretty hard, but you think you have a good beat on an potential answer
- 3rd column put the number of the exam questions that seem virtually impossible, you could have a week a month or year to the test, it will be a guess no matter how long you have to do the real estate exam question.
- After having made your columns go back and do the first column first, second column second and third column last. Don't let a question beat you more than once. If you spend too much time and energy working on, puzzling over, or worrying about a few difficult test questions, it may affect your mental alertness and ability to concentrate. That might cause you to miss questions you would otherwise have answered correctly. Using the columns ensures that you spend the most time and effort with the test questions that you have the most opportunity of getting correct. If you run out of time and energy by the time you get to the last column, well, it would have been a guess anyway.

Trust in the Real Estate exam material
- As a general rule, once you've answered a test question, don't change your answer, even if you're unsure of the answer you selected. We know that you are much more likely to change an answer from correct to incorrect instead of the reverse. Unless you're absolutely certain you marked the wrong answer, resist the temptation to change it.
- Don't be afraid to select the same options several times in a row. If, according to your best judgment, the answer to four or five consecutive questions is "A," then mark your answers accordingly. This can and does happen.
- Don't keep score as you go along. This might discourage you and affect your overall performance on the real estate salesperson or broker examination. If you want to tally your score by counting the questions you think you answered correctly, wait until you finish the Real Estate test.
- Don't compete with other applicants. You're given plenty of time to complete the exam and you should use as much of it as you need. Don't worry if other examinees finish before you do. Many students who finish quickly fail.

Improve Your Odds When You Guess
Regardless of how thoroughly you prepare, there will be some questions on the Real Estate Exam that you don't know the answer to, so you'll have to guess. There are some rules to follow that will increase the odds of guessing correctly. (We're referring to the "pure guess" as opposed to the "informed guess" here.) If you're guessing, follow these guidelines:
- If two of the test answer options are opposites, choose one of those two.
- If one of the test answer options is noticeably longer than the others, choose that one.
- If two of the four test answers are almost identical, choose the longer one.
- Pay attention to words like ALWAYS, NEVER, or EXCEPT. Few things in life are "always" or "never." Greet these words with suspicion. The word "except" can turn a exam question around, and when you see the word in either the question or one or more of the answers, make a mental note of it.
- General terms such as "most," "some," and "usually" are more likely to be found in a correct answer.
- Distrust exaggerated or complex exam answers.
- If you've never heard of it before, don't select it. If you use the Real Estate Study Aid properly you will recognize the key words and be able to pick out the correct answers if you if do not understand the question. At the same time, if you have been studying and you do not recognize the answer, then do not choose that option.
- Answer every question, even if you're guessing. Unanswered questions are marked wrong. There is no penalty for guessing.

Don't get down on yourself!
There will be exam questions you're absolutely certain you answered correctly. Unfortunately, there will be others you're not so sure of. When the stakes are so high, it's easy to get discouraged. The best way to handle this is to attack each and every real estate test question as if it were the only question on the real estate exam. Don't keep fretting about question 11 when you're answering number 12. You're going to miss some questions, but you don't need anything close to a perfect score to pass. You're going to be in the exam room for hours. You are already there taking the real estate exam so tough it out one question at a time.

Make sure you're ready prior to your exam date!
Don't make things more difficult by overlooking any of the following:
- Don't lose or forget your real estate exam registration documents. Put your paperwork in an obvious place, such as the glove compartment of the car you'll be driving to the exam site.
- Make sure you have the right type of calculator and that you understand how to use it. The calculator should be as simple as possible.
- Fill your car with gas the day before the Real Estate exam. Avoid frantically looking for a service station just before you're scheduled to take the Real Estate exam.
- Know where the exam site is. Go on a trial visit to the location, if necessary.
- Get a good night's sleep the night before the exam.
- Don't take the exam on an empty stomach.
- Keep a miscellaneous fact sheet with any details that you have trouble remembering from one day to the next. For instance, if you can't remember the number of feet in a mile, write it down on your fact sheet. But don't overdo it. Don't use more than one sheet of paper, and include only the most important facts. Study your fact sheet right before entering the exam room so the information will be fresh in your mind when the test starts.

Real Estate Broker Exam Tips
Keep it simple! If you are taking the brokers are exam, chances are you have some experience in real estate. However all of the knowledge you have acquired may not be relevant to you real estate brokers exam. As you are preparing for the exam, focus on what it is you need to pass and do not get caught up with the rest. Remember our goal is to pass so you can apply all the great knowledge as a Licensed Real Estate Broker. So do not overanalyze, do not spend endless our debating information or getting angry over laws you think should be changed, Just pass your Brokers exam and keep it simple.

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Bundle of Rights  


Government Rights  

Police Power   

Eminent domain   



Real vs Personal Property




Trade Fixture   


    OR-EE Rule   


Freehold Estate   

Fee simple absolute   

Fee simple Defeasible   

Life estate   

Less than freehold estate   

Estate for Years   

Periodic Tenancy   

Estate at will   

Estate in sufferance   

Types of Leases   

Gross lease   

Net lease   

Percentage lease   

Lease option   

Property management


Essentials of a valid contract   

Capable parties  

Lawful object   


Offer and acceptance   

Types of Contracts   

Valid, Void & Voidable Contracts   

Implied contract   

Bilateral & Unilateral contacts   

Executed & Executory   

Option contract   

Land Contract   


Types of Listings contracts   

Exclusive Listing   

Exclusive Authorization and right to sell Listing   

Exclusive Agency Listing   

Open Listing   

Net Listing   

Listings with an option   

Multiple listing service   


Universal agent   

General agent   

Special agent   

Attorney in fact   

Principal and Client   

Transaction broker   

Dual or limited agency   

Practice and disclosure   

Stigmatized property   



Actual fraud   

Negative fraud   

Constructive fraud   


Federal Law   

Truth in Lending   

Fair Housing   



Sherman antitrust laws   


Easement in gross   

Implied easement   

Prescriptive easement   

Termination of Easement   



Property Transfer




Title insurance   

Forms of ownership   

Tenancy in common   

Joint tenancy   

Community property   





Time Shares   

Cluster housing   



Appraisal Principles   

Principle of Highest and Best Use   

Principle of Substitution   

Principle of Conformity   

Principle of Contribution   

Principle of change   

Market Value   

Steps in the appraisal   

Appraisal methodology   

Market data approach   

Capitalization (income) Approach   

Cap Rate   

Cost (replacement) approach   

Gross Rent Multipliers   


Physical Deterioration   

Functional Obsolescence   

Economic Obsolescence   



Primary mortgage   



Types of Loans   

Loans clauses   


Construction Terms   

Test Taking Tips