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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What I love about your question is that you recognize that asking nonsensical questions of professional real estate agents has no basis in reality. That puts you way ahead of the rest!

The best advice I can give you is to know what they're teaching you and take the practice tests. Then take some more practice tests. Then take some more. The trick about the tests is . . . they're usually trick. How many square feet in an acre? .43560 Make sure you notice the decimal, so this is NOT the right answer. {and I always remember that number this way - 4+3=7 and 5+6=11 - ergo 7-11-0. That's the way my brain remembers things. Find your own groove to remember.} 

It's stupid stuff like that will catch you up, but if you take your time on the exam and know the material and you've done well on practice tests, you'll do just fine. Best of luck.

Oct 25, 2019 06:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

If you study hard and take lots of practice exams you should be well-prepared for your state real estate test.   By realizing the school assignment of asking questions over and over in this forum is not a good use of your study time may be one of the first signs you are ready to move forward.   Good luck. 

Oct 25, 2019 05:59 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Unfortunately a lot of the questions on the test have little to do with what we do for a living.  But the questions are on the exam.

The fact that your teacher is having you "ask" these questions on Active Rain, instead of recommending that you study... well... I'll let YOU fill in the blanks.

Oct 25, 2019 06:24 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Your instructor is a jerk for having his students ask these questions.

In answer to your question if you study you will not have a problem.

Oct 25, 2019 05:10 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Depends on your state requirements.  How did you select your school?

Oct 25, 2019 02:22 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It's like any other exam you have taken. If you don't know your stuff you'll sweat it out

Oct 25, 2019 06:34 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Study your book!

Oct 25, 2019 06:16 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Take practice exams and attend a well referenced review course. You are on your way!

Oct 25, 2019 04:40 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Typically much of what is in class teaches you how to pass the test and has little to do with real or actual real estate life of sales, listings and what we face. Yes it is importat to know the terms, it is a must to learn the laws, but i think classes should be realistic in what to expect in a life of real estate 

Oct 25, 2019 04:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The questios are the questions. As far as I'm concerned the real estate exams I took in several states including for my broker's licenses were the easiest exams I've ever taken at any time in my life. In and out in under 30 minutes.

Oct 25, 2019 04:22 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

RE School has nothing to do with everyday RE. It is about teaching agents how to stay of RE Jail

Oct 24, 2019 11:05 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The exam seemed simple to me, have no idea what your school is doing or why it takes so long, ours takes about a week or two, watch a few dozen videos, take some practice exams then go ace the real exam.

Oct 24, 2019 10:02 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It depends on what state you're in as to what is required. I can say that I have taken a few tests (in different states) and the actual exam does not have a lot to do with day-to-day real estate. Good luck.

Oct 25, 2019 06:01 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Doesn't matter - they are on the test. When does the student decide what is needed for the test?

Oct 25, 2019 05:32 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Real Estate school & Real Estate practice are world's apart. You can be great at one & not so great at the other. The fact that you realize this early on means you are going to do just fine. 

Oct 25, 2019 05:19 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Shannon, when last did you calculate a vector or a co-efficient of standard deviation? Neither of these is important in everyday life, until they are.

Although these questions asked by students are seemingly irrelevant, (note: they are very painful for AR long time members who read the same questions posted with every class of new real estate students) it will prove critical to keep folks out of real estate or criminal jail.

If you try to 'skate' through the exam will be a challenge. If you take the practice exams until you can ACE them, the exam will be a piece of cake.

REAL LIFE real estate is all about lead generation, NOT water rights.

Oct 25, 2019 04:40 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Alan May hit this one right.... are you learning anything in class????  AR will not teach you anything that's on your exam....

Oct 25, 2019 08:09 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

If you're a good "test taker" the exam will be easy.

Oct 25, 2019 07:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It differs from state to state.  A

Oct 25, 2019 06:27 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

That is a great line of thinking on your part. The RE exam (from what I remember) is like most other exams that focus on ethics, rules and regulations and many items that are not necessarily things you will use in every day real estate but that are important to have knowledge of or know where to find. Most licensing test seem to employ the double negative and are more concerned with if the tester is paying attention to detail rather than if they know the material. 

Read your book and take practice exams and you should do fine. 

Oct 25, 2019 09:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Study to past the exam them you will not use 50% of it.


Oct 25, 2019 09:55 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

I passed with flying colors, but did several crams prior to taking the test.  I was still surprised at what the test contained that was not relevant to the "real world".


Oct 25, 2019 09:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I wish you all the best with your real estate studies.

Oct 25, 2019 08:35 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I found that any subject college courses and any exams have nothing to do with preparing one for real life. Reality is the true teaching grounds.  Here's something to ponder: What if they based all teaching etc. on what really takes place out there? Now that makes sense and has value. One example: Med-students practice on cadavers which is as close as you can get to real. In Real Estate, courses should be based on selling, buying, investing & procedures connected plus heavy human nature classes with added emphasis on customer service & the basics of setting up reesults

Oct 25, 2019 07:39 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Although I wanted to puke at both the Realtors and Brokers tests I aced them both.

Oct 25, 2019 07:26 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

You are absolutely right. Most questions were prepared at least 20-30 years ago.  I heard only a small % ever pass. 

Suggest you go a real RE cram school that addresses how to pass the test. Your state is likely pick same test questions consists of several 1000 old questions. Most people try to memorize the ans or work on old tests will get you there.

Oct 25, 2019 07:10 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text


you will not learn much of ANYTHING in your RE licensing classes that will be useful in actual real estate situations.

Just pass the test. THEN THE REAL TRAINING BEGINS, under your first broker. Choose carefully!

Here is some info to get your head wrapped around, after you pass your test!

Oct 25, 2019 06:38 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

It is just like that. Most of what you learn to pass the exam can be looked up and will never be used. You will learn after you pass the exam and work for a brokerage that has excellent training.

Nov 23, 2019 07:25 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not much you learn in class or in the tests pertain to actual real estate.

Oct 31, 2019 04:04 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Best of luck to you

Oct 29, 2019 07:37 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I am a licensed instructor.  What you are learning now is the information you need to pass the exam and obtain a real estate license.  Sadly the people who write the exam don't actually do real estate.  

My advice is find a smaller brokerage with a mentorship program and begin to learn about the things you need to practice real estate after you pass the exam.

Oct 26, 2019 05:27 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Pass the test and then do on the job training.

Oct 25, 2019 03:32 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

The exam tracks what's in your textbooks, it's not too tough. 

Oct 25, 2019 03:22 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, they are.  The exam for me in Cali was super easy... of course I took an exam cram course and studied my arse off.

Oct 25, 2019 01:46 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

You will learn some things in your studies that you will never learn. I know that was true for me.

So what else is new?

When is the last time you diagrammed a sentence?

When is the last time that you solve for "x"?

Learn your material. Pass your test. Get on with life.

Oct 25, 2019 12:47 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't believe the real estate exam always reflects real-life situations, so it is important to know the content being taught and focus on that.

Oct 25, 2019 11:27 AM