“Those Questions Are Too Difficult”

By |July 6th, 2023|

I got a call today from a former student.  She said, “Karen, I’ve decided that I am going to take your review class.  I tried some of the questions in the exam manual and they are too hard.  I’m not going to do them.  I just want to take the review.”

I told her that she should take the review class AND do the state exam practice questions.  If the questions are easy, you aren’t learning.

Think about weightlifting.  Let’s say that 50 pounds is your comfort zone.  You have a few options.  You can lift 10-pound weights all day long.  That gives you the feeling of accomplishment of having successfully lifted, but it really isn’t helping you get better.  You could also lift 50 pounds.  Then try to lift 55 pounds or maybe even 60 pounds.  That is difficult.  You feel like you aren’t achieving anything because you couldn’t do as many reps.  But that’s what you need to do.

It’s not fun to do the difficult questions.  It’s not fun to get 68% on the practice exams.  But we are often poor judges of when we are learning or improving.  Slower and harder does not mean less productive.  We probably learn more from the difficult questions than the easy questions.

Doing easy questions give us the illusion of mastery.  You feel good about yourself for getting all of the questions right, but you didn’t learn anything.  So focus on doing practice questions, and do all of the practice questions.  If the questions in a particular book are difficult, that exactly the book you need to be studying from.  Then when the state exam comes up, you are ready.  The state exam becomes a 50-pound lift, and you have been doing 55-60 pound lifts in practice.

Please note the neither Karen Climer nor Ron Climer have any affiliation with Climer School if Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  Ron Climer sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  Karen Climer now owns Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando.

What is the Pass Rate for the Florida Real Estate State Exam?

By |July 5th, 2023|

Every month, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sends real estate schools the monthly state exam statistics.  Here’s what we learned from the May 2023 statistics for the sales associate exam…

  • The pass rate among first-time takers is 56%. That means that most people pass the first time they take the exam.
  • The overall pass rate is up to 47%. Typically, it hovers around 42% so this is an improvement.  We can ascertain that the test is getting easier or that people are studying more.  I’m betting on the latter.
  • About twice as many people are choosing to take it at the Pearson Vue test center as opposed to the online proctored exam.
  • The pass rate is a little higher for the online proctored exam. I’m not sure why that is or what it means, but it has been true consistently with the online proctored exam.  (As of March 2024, the test is not offered online.)

So let’s look at the broker’s exam…

  • The overall pass rate for the broker’s exam is 46%.
  • The pass rate for first-time takers is 55%. Just like the sales associate exam, most people pass the first time they take it.
  • In terms of online vs. in-person, 192 took it online compared to 165 at the test center.

There are eight different exams on the stats list (appraiser exam are included as well).  The only one where more people fail than pass the first time is the instructor exam.  Not a single person passed the first time they took it.  The overall pass rate when you include the first timers and the repeaters is 6%.

I believe that the top reason that people don’t pass the exam is that they don’t study enough (or they study the wrong things).  If you want to be in the half that pass the first time they take it, check out our review classes at Demetree School of Real Estate.  We offer state exam review classes that focus on what’s on the state exam.

 

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Ron Climer are affiliated with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  Ron Climer, (Karen’s father) sold the school in 2014.  It has since been sold again to a large corporate education company.  Karen Climer owns Demetree School of Real Estate in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Can I Take the Florida Real Estate Exam At Home?

By |June 30th, 2023|

Update: As of March 2024, the DBPR is no longer offering online-proctored exams.

In Florida, we use Pearson Vue to administer the state exam.  When you register for the exam, you will notice two exams.  One is for the test at the test center.  The other is for an at-home online-proctored exam.  You can’t tell which is which until you click on it.  If it offers you a choice of locations, it’s an in-person test at a Pearson Vue test center.  If it doesn’t give you a choice, it is an at home version.

In this article, I’m going to be primarily talking about the at-home online-proctored version.  To take the test at home, you must have a decent computer with a decent internet connection.  Your computer must have a video camera, so if you have an old computer it might not work.  Also, you must have a decent internet connection.  If you live somewhere where the internet connection drops frequently, you might want to consider taking it at the test center.

A few things about the at-home version…

  1. You must be in a room. You can’t take it in a huge open area.
  2. You will have to take your camera and show the proctor your desk and the surrounding area.
  3. You can only use one monitor. You have to disconnect the other monitors and remove them from the desk.
  4. Once the proctor approves the test area, no person or animal can come into the room or leave the room. In other words, no bathroom breaks.
  5. The room must be quiet. If you have kids running around, cats climbing on the shelves, or delivery people ringing the doorbell, that’s not going to work.  You need a silent place.  (This isn’t just because it makes a better testing environment – it’s because they require it.)
  6. You will not be permitted to use a calculator or scrap paper. You must use the online calculator and the online whiteboard for scrap paper.  If that’s a problem for you, take it at the test center.
  7. You are required to be silent, and you are required to look at the screen the entire time. You can’t read aloud (even though you are by yourself).  You also can’t look out the window or look off into the distance.  You must look at the screen.

About a third of the people who take the state exam each month, take it at home.  It wouldn’t be my preferred way to do it, but plenty of people do it and it works well for them.

If you are looking for a good review before you take the state exam, give us a call at 407-456-3448.

Please note that neither I nor Ron Climer are affiliated with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School in 2014.  It is currently owned by a large corporate entity.  I opened Demetree School of Real Estate in 2019.