How difficult is the Florida real estate exam?  The majority of people think it is very difficult.  In fact, according to Pearson Vue, 41% of the 3,706 people who took the exam in July 2021 failed it.  Of the first-time takers, the results are a little better – 48% of first-time takers passed the exam.

I would say there are five reasons people fail the exam…

1. A language barrier – If your native language is not English, it is going to be more difficult. I wish I had a suggestion for this, but the reality is that the test is offered in English and Castilian Spanish.  If neither one of those is your native language, you are going to have to study more.

2. Studying the wrong material – If you are watching videos from someone in California and the person teaching the video does not have a Florida real estate license, they are an actor. If you are studying to become an actor, many of these videos provide very good examples.  If you are studying to pass an exam, I wouldn’t watch them.  This is the material that Karen Climer recommends.

3. Not studying enough – Unfortunately, there is no shortcut for learning anything. You can buy all the right study material, but you also have to use it.  You can have the best teacher, but you still have to apply yourself.  A good real estate school will help you study the material.

4. Accepting that failure is inevitable – I am amazed at the number of people I met who before they take the exam have already decided that they will have to take it several times. They say things like, “I know most people take it 3-4 times, so I’m just taking it to see what it’s like.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to fail.”  What’s funny is that the same people who will spend 3-4 hours taking the exam for “practice” don’t want to study for 3-4 hours.

5. Blaming their failure on the exam – “The exam is designed to trick you,” they say. This is unequivocally inaccurate.  The exam is designed to ensure “minimal competence.”  That is in the Florida Administrative Code.  Florida is a state that historically has less regulation and wants people to get jobs.  We are not in the business of making it difficult to get a license.  The victim-mindset of blaming the exam or the questions for your failure might make you feel better, but it is not going to lead to success on the exam or in the industry.

If you are looking to pass the Florida real estate exam the first time, enroll at Demetree School of Real Estate.  Our only goal is to help you get your real estate license and get started in a real estate career in Florida.


Please note that neither I nor anyone in the Climer family has any relation to Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  It has since been sold to a large corporate conglomerate based in Minnesota.  If you are looking for Karen Climer, you will find me at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.