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HELP!!!! Licensed Real estate Test!!

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Freshman Member
Jun 4, 2002
Ok, I'm in this situation where I have taken this damn test 3 times now and I cant get over the 75% mark. I hit a 69%, and two 70%'s. I basically have a job lined up if I can ever pass this test, in which it seems that I cant do. Now Ive wasted $450 on these tests and i know my real estate book front and back but I cant break the 70% mark. Is there any help anyone can provide, maybe like some websites online that will help me? anything that would maybe increase my score would be greatly appreciated! Oh, is it just me or have some of you taken this test more than once, because several people made it sound as if it was easy..maybe its just me! Thanks!



Elite Member
Jan 16, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
Hope some of this helps you.

Have you taken a cram course? if not, find one and take it.

Have you purchased and used any of the test preparation books? If not buy one and go through the sample tests 2-3 times. I believe 'hondroscollege.com' sells the book over the internet.

Now for some testing basics...I learned all of these in the Air Force and they really work.

1. don't eat a large meal before testing.
2. So some very light exercise before actually starting the test (swing your arms around, stretch, touch your toes once or twice, etc.) If you feel like you are getting sluggish during the test, do some more very light exercises while sitting in your seat. All this gets your blood flowing, and you actually think much clearer .
3. Do a little deep breathing. The more oxygen you get in your system, the better you will be able to think...hint here is don't smoke for a while prior to the test.
4. If you don't know the answer to a question, leave it alone and come back to it when you are all done with the test.
5. If there is a double negative in the answer, that is probably not a good answer.
6. If the answer allows no room for exceptions (such as: always, 100% of the time, never, etc.) that is probably not a good answer. There are almost always exceptions.
7. If one of the answers is ' all of the above' and one is none of the above, it is probably 'all of the above'.
8. Don't try to psychoanalyze the questions...the testers want to know 'what you know' NOT what you don't know and NOT if you can figure out some vague hidden meaning to the questions.

9. RELAX the jitters have made more than one good person mess up on a test, and GOOD LUCK!

10. Let us all know when you pass the test ... so we can say "Congratulations".

Hope this helps. If you walk into the room with a 'test plan', you will feel more comfortable and more confident. Hence you will do better on the test.


Larry Lyke

Senior Member
Feb 2, 2002
Ray --

Nothing beats comprehension. Apparently you really don't understand some of the material.

Try to think back to some of the questions you probably didn't know the answer to. Or try having somebody give you one of those tests from those cram books. Mark the answers and see which ones you get wrong. Concentrate on understanding the right answers to those questions. All you need is a little boost over the hump.

Tests always contain the same material, just asked from a different perspective.

You can do it. Good luck.
Jan 13, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
I'll add one more. Along with leaving one you just don't know to come back to later.... NEVER go back to one you have already answered. Leave it alone!

Drew Shuller

Freshman Member
Mar 17, 2002
Hey Ray, good to see a fellow Sooner. I'm in Austin, you can imagine the crap I have to take.

I just took the Texas RE Salesperson exam, I'm assuming that you're taking the OK salesperson's exam, and I'm also assuming that they are a lot alike.

Try to find a test prep book, they make general ones that should help, and they also might make one for OK, but I'm not sure. It sounds like you might be having some test anxiety, so the suggestions from TE Lawrence are valid. Don't get wrapped around the axle on one particular question, skip it and come back to it. Read each question before reading the 4 answers, and then check each answer one by one, selecting the one that is the best. You can usually discard at least two choices right off the bat this way.

Bone up on what I call the reverse-percentage questions, the ones that read "if Realtor Bob's commission was 12 2/3%, and he received $2397, what was the price of the home?" There's a method to this that makes these really easy, and I'll share it with you if you think that's what's holding you up.

There's also some confusion on how to pro-rate closing and settlement costs, either using a 30 or 31 day month. These can be hard also, but there's ways to get those right also. Drawing a diagram helps a lot.

Drew Shuller
Austin, TX

Caterina Platt

Senior Member
Jan 17, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
New Mexico
I just completed my Broker's exam in New Mexico.

Some of the questions will give you more than one correct answer if you analyze too deeply. Go with the obvious correct answer.

I bought a study CD from Dearborn called Questions and Answers, Software to Help You Pass the Real Estate Exam. There were approximately 1200 sample questions and you can customize it for Salesperson or Broker if OK has both designations (we do here). It was immensely helpful.

One major attitude killer when you take a test- Don't view the test as an opponent or enemy you must conquer. I don't mean to put a personification into this silly computer test, but that's the best way I can describe it. View the test as an opportunity to show off your capabilities and knowledge. A challenge that you are well qualified to meet. Your positive outlook and confidence towards it will go a long way. Forget those past lower scores. That was merely when you let the test get the best of you. You are a new man now. Separate the healthy respect for the test from your fear of it, and get rid of the fear thing.

I know this sounds 'out there' or like I'm Tony Robbins under a Pink Panther moniker, but it really does work.

Good Luck!!

Terrel L. Shields

Elite Member
Gold Supporting Member
May 2, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
Ray - if you are in OK, Barnes in Midwest City offers a prep class. Contact them. Most prep classes will let you take the class over free if you fail the test.

My subcon. has failed the exam 4 times. Don't feel bad. She will try #5 next week. OK has made the exam extra hard according to one CG who served on a committee in the Ins. commission.
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