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So, you’re looking into the promising career of an agent… welcome! If you’re reading this, then you’re likely already aware of some of the initial hurdles of getting certified as a REALTOR® or RE professional, but, with a fair amount of study and a lot of drive, you can discover how to pass the real estate exam with flying colors and meet the strict requirements to obtain your license! Let’s dive in with a few helpful tips…

General necessities for becoming a licensed agent

First, in order to prep for the test, you’ll need to meet a few general requirements. It’s nothing too daunting, so don’t lose any sleep over it. Most are things that you have in hand already and others are items you can locate rather quickly. Obviously, you’ll want to have your government-issued ID and registration confirmation. But, it won’t hurt to have the following:

  • Pencils: 1 or 2 sharpened #2 pencils as well as 1 black and 1 blue pen. This will cover most scenarios including signatures (which sometimes require a blue pen to distinguish official, original copies of documents).
  • Paper: A small, spiral-bound but perforated notepad for note-taking around further instructions and so on (it’s best to assume that your mobile phone won’t be allowed for note-taking).
  • Directions: don’t laugh. You may be surprised how easy it is to mix up one real estate testing facility nearby with another random office complex on the other side of town.

If you haven’t yet received your registration confirmation, be sure to check with your exam prep master or instructor. Sometimes, your agent testing facility will have a policy in place to send this documentation via email or mail to a specific address they have on file. In some cases, this address on file may not correlate to your updated information. To avoid this, make certain that the address the testing company has on file matches the address listed on your government-issued ID.

Real estate license requirements by state

It’s important to note that each state has its own requirements for the real estate test and/or the documents required to even apply for the exam process. Some of these will be explained by your testing facility or by your testing instructor, but if you have additional questions, a quick internet search (with the inclusion of your testing state or testing county name) will reveal many of the documents you will need.

Note that you’re going to want to get all of your documents in order before showing up for the license exam. Also, it’s best to show up well in advance as you may find that you have additional, unforeseen questions or required documentation due on the day of the test. You don’t want to find out (only minutes before you’re scheduled to take your test), that you missed one simple item that you could have obtained with a quick 15 minute call!

Complete pre-license education

Generally-speaking, in order to pass your exam and become a licensed agent, you’re going to want to have these three primary areas of understanding nailed down pat:

  • Real Estate Principles
  • Real Estate Practice
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate

Again, each state will have its own pre-license requirement in order to become a licensed agent, but if you’re not 100% solid on the above general areas of study, then you’re going to want to brush up before getting ready to take your licensing exam. For more information on these, refer to this helpful guide which goes into a little more detail.

Pass state license exam

It’s the moment of truth. Not long ago, becoming an RE pro was merely a dream. Maybe it was watching a friend or family member reignite their own career path… maybe you stopped by a few open houses and thought “I could do this… but how do I become a REALTOR®?” Well, you’re well on your way! Before you go in, just a few quick pointers for taking the exam itself…

  • Have fun… wait, what? Yes, have fun! There’s no reason for this to be a stressful undertaking. You know this stuff! Don’t allow yourself to freeze up by taking everything so seriously. Relax and breathe. You’ve got this! Needless to say, don’t cram the night before. Get a solid 8 hours of good, restful sleep.

  • Read each question thoroughly and from a base perspective of ethics and law. That is, read the question, then read it once more before moving to answer it. Sometimes, a question won’t be looking for a direct yes or no response, rather insight on whether or not you truly understand the spirit of what it is to be trusted with a license.

  • Keep an eye out for trick questions - to expand on the last point, keep an eye open for tricky statements within a question. These will pop up in the form of “all” or “none” - any absolute qualifiers that may null out a statement’s legitimacy from a legal perspective.

  • Move at a good pace - if your testing facility allows answer reviewing (the ability to answer all the questions on the test, then reviewing your answers for any changes you may want to make before submission), then move at a steady pace in order to assure that you answer all of the questions. The last thing you want is to provide picture-perfect answers to three-quarters of the test.

  • Review your questions - once you’re done with the test, read through each and every question and answer once again. Use every available minute you have to check and then double-check each of your answers. There’s no award for finishing your test first, there is however, a significant possibility of oversight on your part for rushing to completion.

So, a lot of this was pretty rudimentary, right? Maybe it’s been a solid minute since you’ve taken an exam, but for most it’s like riding a bike… you never lose the basic skills. If one word were to be selected from the above prep article, it would be just that… prep. Prep for exam day and prep for the exam itself.

This whole process is a sort of test in itself - a test that will allow you to demonstrate your own commitment to this new career path you’re looking to embark upon. Before you know it, you will be an RE sales pro. But for now, you’ve got to pass the real estate exam and testing process.

You’ve got this!

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