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How Hard Is It To Get Your Real Estate License in Florida?

August 1, 2012

Spring Hill FL Real Estate SchoolI received the July 2012 Florida Real Estate Exam Performance Summary, which showsFlorida Real Estate Schools how many candidates for Real Estate licenses took the Real Estate Sales Associates and Real Estate Brokers exam, how many passed and how many failed.  The interesting fact is, across the board, month after month, those who took their license exam for the first time have a much higher pass rate than those who are retaking the exam.  This is true for both Real Sales Associate and Real Estate Broker exams.

During the Boom Times we had many more Real Estate License Sales Associate candidates than we do today.  However, the ratios remain the same, whether there were 4,000 first time real estate license candidates per month,which was not uncommon, or closer to 1,250 first time candidates this past July.  The pass rate for these first time exam takers runs just over 50%, pretty consistently.  The retakers for the same exam, those who failed and are trying again, are over 1,350, and the pass rate is approximately 33%, which means that two thirds fail!

Real Estate Broker candidates have the same dilemma, although their pass rate for retakers run a little higher.

So what is happening here?  It the exam just impossibly hard?  If you ask the real estate students who are failing over and over, they may answer yes.  However, there is another factor to consider, and it has to do with timing.

Before the test was computerized, a real estate license candidate had to drive to one of the designated test sites, and the tests were administered once  a month, on Monday.  The major real estate schools rented space and offered the Real Estate Exam Prep Weekend Review course, where the key points of the licensing course were delivered in an intense, fast paced setting, and many of the candidates stayed overnight in the hotel facility where the course was offered.  Books and tapes were purchased and studied so that when the time came for the test, we were prepared.  This was because we only had one chance a month to pass that exam,  and passing became our primary priority.  If we failed, we buckled down for a month and studied, and repeated the process.

This is vastly different from what I have witnessed as a Real Estate Instructor since the exam was moved online.  Pearsonvue is the test vendor, and tests can be scheduled at the real estate candidate’s convenience.  If the candidate fails the test, they are required to wait 24 hours before rescheduling their exam, which is done at their earliest convenience.  The robs the candidate of the study time required to have a more successful outcome.

My advice to a Real Estate Student who fails their exam twice or more?  It is not what you do not know; it is what you think you know that is incorrect.  Schedule a review of your most recent exam with the test vendor. You will be given the opportunity to review the questions that you answered incorrectly in your most recent exam.

Find an Real Estate Exam Prep Weekend Review Course.  It is well worth the money spent to pass that exam and get your new career on track.

If you have any questions about a career in real estate in Florida, please call or email me, or visit my website.  If you have any questions about the licensing process, the Division of Real Estate has a complete Candidate Information Booklet to guide you through the process of getting your license.  To apply for a real estate license in Florida, follow the link to the license application.

Nature Coast Real Estate School is located four miles north of the Pasco County line on US 19 in Spring Hill Florida and serves the Real Estate licensing needs of Pasco County and Hernando County Florida.
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