How to Get a Real Estate License
Obtaining a real estate license in your state, or other states in which you may have interest in doing business is not difficult, if you know what to expect, and can fulfill the requirements. With more experience in this industry than any real estate exam prep company, we at Real Estate License Exam Tutor have assembled the most current information to closely replicate the actual state real estate exam you will be taking.
Thousands of student success stories and hundreds of thousands of online training hours gives us the confidence to know that if you use Real Estate License Exam Tutor, you will pass your state licensing exam the first time - guaranteed.
But it is important that you know that obtaining your real estate license is not solely about taking the real estate license exam, and that the process is usually slightly different from state to state. The following should help increase your knowledge in this regard.
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*In compliance with the state of Florida law, guarantees as to the passing of the real estate exam are neither offered nor applicable in the state of Florida.
**In compliance with the state of Tennessee law, guarantees as to the passing of the real estate exam are neither offered nor applicable in the state of Tennessee.
First, let’s clear up some misconceptions about real estate licensing that you may have seen on other Internet sites or elsewhere, and that have come up with some of our students over the years:
“I saw a competitor’s site refer to a real estate license that is
good throughout the USA. Is that true?”
A. NO. There is no such thing as a National real estate license. Each state has adopted and enforces its own real estate laws and regulations regarding the practice of real estate, for the general purpose of protecting the consumer. So you must study for and pass your state’s real estate license exam specifically.
“I saw a site that offers practice real estate exams for what they call a
‘typical’ real estate license. Would this be beneficial?”
A. NO. While practice exams in general are extremely beneficial, there is no such thing as a “typical” real estate license. Most states have more than one type of real estate license, (salesperson and broker), and most states' definitions of what a “salesperson” can do, and what a “broker” can do in the industry, vary. A few states, like Colorado for example, have gone to a “Broker only” real estate licensing. So you have to know what your state is offering, and what they will be testing you on, specifically. No real estate license in the USA is “typical”.
“I found a site that offers practice Q&As for all 50 states, but they
don’t acknowledge the different types of testing providers that are out
there, and they say their Q&As match a ‘standard’ real estate
licensing exam. Is this a good resource to help me prepare for my exam?
A. NO. There is no such thing as a “standard” real estate test. There are at least 5 different testing providers throughout the 50 U.S. states, and each provider has its own unique real estate exam structure, question formats and content, as agreed upon by the state.
For these reasons and others, you want to be sure that any real estate exam preparation resources you use are specifically designed for the type of real estate license available in your state, with questions that represent what you are likely to find on your state’s real estate exam content, and the most current state-specific real estate law and practice questions available.
The Process of Obtaining Your Real Estate License
Second, the process for obtaining your real estate license will vary from state to state, but will usually involve minimum age requirements, certain education and/or experience requirements, applications and fees, and other state-specific details. So you must be sure that you know the relevant information from your state before you get too deep in preparing for your real estate exam. Remember: What your friend did last year to get her real estate license in your state, and what your Uncle did yesterday to obtain his real estate license in a different state, is meaningless. You have to have the most current requirements and procedures from your state, that are in effect today.
The Differences in Tests and Testing Providers
Twenty years ago most states tested real estate licensing candidates themselves, out of a state government office, using #2 pencils and scan type answer sheets. Today, although there are a few exceptions, most states use outside testing providers, who are hired by the state to handle the testing process for them. The way each provider goes about testing you, and the procedures surrounding their tests will vary. Additionally, because state governments are sensitive to fiscal accountability, states change testing providers periodically. So it is important that you confirm which testing provider your state currently uses, (or if they are not using a testing provider) by clicking on the link listed for your state.
Once you have confirmed that information and its currency, you can go to the testing provider site for more detailed information. Here are the four main providers:
Applied Measurement Professionals
8310 Nieman Road
Lenexa, KS 66214-1579
Certification expires 8/31/2007
Assessment Systems Incorporated
Suite 300, Three Bala Plaza West
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-3481
Certification expires 12/31/04
1360 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108-5252
Certification expires 4/20/06
Psychological Services Incorporated
100 West Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210
Certification expires 9/30/03
Most if not all of the information and wisdom you need regarding the process of how to obtain your real estate license in your state should be able to be found by contacting your state Real Estate Commission. Once the preliminary decisions are made, you’ll then be on the road toward the ultimate goal of taking and passing your real estate license exam the first time.
Trust us, you do not want to invest this much time and energy to end the journey with a failed state real estate licensing exam as the result. Research shows that the percentage of candidates who continue all the way through with the restudy and retesting process after failing the first time is extremely low. And that if they did fail the real estate license exam the first time, the materials they used to prepare the first time were probably not current, potent, or effective- so more expense is involved in getting better exam prep tools for the second round.
Regardless of other resources you may use, textbooks you may purchase, or classes you may take to help you prepare to obtain your real estate license, decades of studies have proven that the BEST way to increase your chances to pass your real estate exam the first time, is to PRACTICE taking similar exams, and being TUTORED along the way when you make a mistake. This is what Real Estate License Exam Tutor is designed to do, and this is what has helped thousands of students from coast to coast just like you pass their exam the first time.