Preparing for California Real Estate Licensing Exam

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To those of you who have become real estate agents, from which source/place did you get practice exams? I'm half way done with my course work and want to start getting ready for the licensing exam. Also feel free to give me any other advice! :)

Thanks!

Mr. Minishian,

I just started my courses through License Solutions. They offer an $89 CA exam prep course. Maybe that might help. Best of luck.

LMB

I recently took the California test and passed.  I've posted this before, It's hard to tell another person exactly how to study for the test.  I did everything through Kaplan.  I started with the home courses then bought the practice tests for $50.  I did 10-15 practice tests, 500-700 questions then took the test.  IMO the real test was as easy or easier than the practice tests and some of the questions were almost exactly the same.  My best guess is I scored ~85% which means I over studied by 15%!.

I was never one to sit in class in college.  I preferred to read the notes a few minutes before the test and use my analytical skills to get er done.  If you were one that needed to study for hours on end for everything then ignore my post! The test really isn't difficult, don't stress over it.

Originally posted by @Lee S. :

I recently took the California test and passed.  I've posted this before, It's hard to tell another person exactly how to study for the test.  I did everything through Kaplan.  I started with the home courses then bought the practice tests for $50.  I did 10-15 practice tests, 500-700 questions then took the test.  IMO the real test was as easy or easier than the practice tests and some of the questions were almost exactly the same.  My best guess is I scored ~85% which means I over studied by 15%!.

I was never one to sit in class in college.  I preferred to read the notes a few minutes before the test and use my analytical skills to get er done.  If you were one that needed to study for hours on end for everything then ignore my post! The test really isn't difficult, don't stress over it.

 Thanks for the input! I will follow the same course of action (10-15 practice tests and 500-700 questions). Hopefully, this technique works for me as well!

Originally posted by @David Minishian :
Originally posted by @Lee S.:

I recently took the California test and passed.  I've posted this before, It's hard to tell another person exactly how to study for the test.  I did everything through Kaplan.  I started with the home courses then bought the practice tests for $50.  I did 10-15 practice tests, 500-700 questions then took the test.  IMO the real test was as easy or easier than the practice tests and some of the questions were almost exactly the same.  My best guess is I scored ~85% which means I over studied by 15%!.

I was never one to sit in class in college.  I preferred to read the notes a few minutes before the test and use my analytical skills to get er done.  If you were one that needed to study for hours on end for everything then ignore my post! The test really isn't difficult, don't stress over it.

 Thanks for the input! I will follow the same course of action (10-15 practice tests and 500-700 questions). Hopefully, this technique works for me as well!

 My goal was to take the practice tests until I was scoring consistently 85-90% which is what I did.  If you can do that after 10-15 you will be fine, if it takes a few more then keep working at them.

Also, on the test I went through the first time and answered only the questions I knew for sure.  I then went through a 2nd time and picked up another 5-10 that I knew for sure after getting a 2nd read.  At that point I had already passed.  There was never a question that I didn't have narrowed down to 2 answers with a strong leaning towards one of the 2 (75%).

I also knew if I didn't pass I could retake in 18 days so there was no stress, the only downside of that is it's a 4 hour round trip drive for me to all the testing centers.

Be really clear on the brokers escrow account rules and types of deeds and estates.  A big focus was about being honest, don't hide anything, disclose etc.  They don't expect you to memorize every law/rule in those books, that's what books are for, to look up stuff you can't possibly remember!

Originally posted by @Lee S. :
Originally posted by @David Minishian:
Originally posted by @Lee S.:

I recently took the California test and passed.  I've posted this before, It's hard to tell another person exactly how to study for the test.  I did everything through Kaplan.  I started with the home courses then bought the practice tests for $50.  I did 10-15 practice tests, 500-700 questions then took the test.  IMO the real test was as easy or easier than the practice tests and some of the questions were almost exactly the same.  My best guess is I scored ~85% which means I over studied by 15%!.

I was never one to sit in class in college.  I preferred to read the notes a few minutes before the test and use my analytical skills to get er done.  If you were one that needed to study for hours on end for everything then ignore my post! The test really isn't difficult, don't stress over it.

 Thanks for the input! I will follow the same course of action (10-15 practice tests and 500-700 questions). Hopefully, this technique works for me as well!

 My goal was to take the practice tests until I was scoring consistently 85-90% which is what I did.  If you can do that after 10-15 you will be fine, if it takes a few more then keep working at them.

Also, on the test I went through the first time and answered only the questions I knew for sure.  I then went through a 2nd time and picked up another 5-10 that I knew for sure after getting a 2nd read.  At that point I had already passed.  There was never a question that I didn't have narrowed down to 2 answers with a strong leaning towards one of the 2 (75%).

I also knew if I didn't pass I could retake in 18 days so there was no stress, the only downside of that is it's a 4 hour round trip drive for me to all the testing centers.

Be really clear on the brokers escrow account rules and types of deeds and estates.  A big focus was about being honest, don't hide anything, disclose etc.  They don't expect you to memorize every law/rule in those books, that's what books are for, to look up stuff you can't possibly remember!

 I've heard the ethics part is a decent portion, but I'm an honest guy so that shouldn't be difficult ;) I'm glad to hear you felt so confident! I would really like to pass this the first time. Was there an option on the licensing exam to "mark" questions in order to come back to them?

  • I believe all the testing is computerized, I took mine in Sacramento.  It's Very easy to skip questions and come back to them.  If you leave the questions you're not certain of until the end you will pick up some of those answers in the other questions.

Don't stress over it. I passed mine a few weeks ago I got my practice exams from allied did them a few times went over what i got wrong from the practice exams. When I was taking the test it all seemed really easy as if I had already seen most of these questions. Good luck to you.

its not very hard. I did first tuesday & they have an exam prep book which was harder than the actual exam. You have to answer the question or leave it blank & then you can see you didnt answer it. What i did was leave it unanswered if i wasnt 100% sure. Then at the end i counted how many i "marked". I figured even guessing id answer those at 50%. Once i did the math i would have an idea if i passed. It was a much easier exam than i thought. 

I did mine quite a few years ago, it wasn't that bad.  I do remember that there were quite a few non-real estate specific questions on the exam that I did not expect, such as general business, economics, etc, focused questions.

Find a place where you can take practice tests and just go over them consistently. I was taking one practice test every day for about a month and a half — although the information on the test itself really had nothing to do with what I was studying. 

You'll do great, just keep studying. I would recommend learning the underlying ideas, not just memorizing terms. I was told that what I was studying was taken straight from past tests, and come test time, maybe 2 questions were actually similar. 

Im in California most of the time also, there are many things that can be done in Cali, also look at my profile, I do a lot of things in 23ys.

Real estate trainers in Santa Ana was great. Most update info and a good weekend crash course.

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