Practice, Practice, Practice to pass the Real Estate State Exam

Published Thursday, June 14, 2018

Anyone who has ever taken one of my classes knows that I like to keep things simple.  When it comes to taking the Illinois Real Estate Broker license state exam I always give simple advice.  Before I retired from teaching at College of DuPage, we conducted a number of surveys of students that passed the real estate pre-license course but didn’t pass the state exam the first time.  The results were really no secret to anyone.  Students were just nervous and anxious and felt that they were unprepared no matter how much time they spent studying.

Over the years I came up with a very simple antidote to that testing anxiety … Confidence.

On the first day of class, I ask students to take out a sheet of paper and write Practice, Practice, Practice across the top, make 3 columns and number them.  The first column is numbered from 1 to 20, the second from 21 to 40 and the third is numbered 41 to 60.  Then I tell them to put a date or the name of the exam they’ve taken (i.e. unit 1, unit 2, etc.) next to those numbers as they complete each of them.  There are usually 25 or more exams in the main textbook and most schools require at least 10 or more unit exams.  I also encourage students to retake exams they’ve already taken to reinforce their understanding of the subject, and write those next to the numbers in the columns.

The idea here is simple.  If a student takes exam after exam after exam and writes them down … 60 for example, it will build their confidence so that when they sit for the state exam it will be “just another exam.”  They’ll feel confident and prepared.

I point out that no matter how talented and prepared athletes are, before they compete, they practice.  We’re fortunate to have the World Champion Chicago Cubs in our city and undeniably they are the best ball players on the planet.  But before those guys take the field you’ll see them in the batting cage practicing.

There are lots of things a student can do to reduce the pressure and nervousness they feel when taking the state real estate broker license exam.  But this simple Practice, Practice, Practice sheet works wonders.


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A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, (NAR) the largest trade group in the country.

Every agent is not a REALTOR®.  You become a REALTOR® after you pass your real estate course, pass the state license exam, join a real estate company and then join the National Association of REALTORS®.

According to the NAR, the term REALTOR has one, and only one, meaning:
"REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics."

Michael Fair, President and Director of Your House Academy is an NAR member.