Passing your real estate exam – Test Prep

The following suggestions will help you prepare for your examination.

▪ Only consider the actual information given in the question, do not read into the question by considering any possibilities or exceptions.

▪ Planned preparation increases your likelihood of passing.

▪ Start with a current copy of this Candidate Information Bulletin and use the examination content outline as the basis of your study.

▪ Read study materials that cover all the topics in the content outline.

▪ Take notes on what you study. Putting information in writing helps you commit it to memory and it is also an excellent business practice.

▪ Discuss new terms or concepts as frequently as you can with colleagues. This will test your understanding and reinforce ideas.

▪ Your studies will be most effective if you study frequently, for periods of about 45 to 60 minutes. Concentration tends to wander when you study for longer periods of time.

Real Estate Course Workbooks

PSI Handout

Time Allowed


General 80 (80 points) 2.5 Hours

State 40 (40 points) 1.5 Hours Combo

(both portions) 120 (120 points)

4 Hours

Broker* General 75 (80 points) 2.5 Hours

State 40 (40 points) 1.5 Hours

Combo (both portions) 115 (120 points)

4 Hours

*Note: General broker exams include questions that are scored up to two points.

For General broker exams, scenario-based test questions are included to contain more than four options and ONLY ONE BEST option shall be selected to answer the question.

Some options are appropriate but not the BEST ANSWER.

Please select the option that best answers the question in the exam. A BEST ANSWER reflects the optimal solution or most complete resolution to the scenario presented in the question.

These items are associated with scenarios presented in the form of text, graphs, or tables representing a situation in which candidates must identify the best course of action by selecting only one option.

Each option is weighted as zero-point, one point, or two-points based on the completeness and accuracy of the solution.


In addition to the number of examination questions specified, a small number of five to ten “experimental” questions may be administered to candidates during the examinations. These questions will not be scored and the time taken to answer them will not count against examination time.

The administration of such non-scored experimental questions is an essential step in developing future licensing examinations.

The examination content outlines have been prepared and are periodically updated by committees of professionals who are subject matter experts in real estate practice, real estate instruction, and regulatory issues.

The examination content outlines these professionals have prepared identify areas of importance to licensees in order for them to perform their duties to the public in a competent and legally responsible manner.

Use the outline as a guide for pre-examination review course material. The outlines list the topics that are on the examination and the number of questions for each topic.

Do not schedule your examination until you are familiar with the topics in the outline.