If I Review The Florida Real Estate Exam, How Long Do I Have To Wait To Retake It?

If you fail your Florida Real Estate State Exam, you have the option to review it.  This is where you schedule an appointment with Pearson Vue, pay the regular testing fee (currently $57.75), and they will show you all the questions that you answered incorrectly and tell you the correct answer.

You have three hours, just like the state exam.  You can take notes while you are there, but you can’t take the notes with you when you leave, just like the state exam.  The people who do this, say it is very effective.

There is a rumor that once you do this, you have to wait 30 days to retake the exam.  This is incorrect.  I’ll tell you why this rumor exists, then tell you what to do.

If you review the exam, you have 30 days to appeal a question.  In other words, you can say, “For this question, they said the correct answer is ‘blockbusting.’  The correct answer is actually ‘steering.’”  Because you have 30 days to do that, Pearson Vue doesn’t want you taking the exam during those 30 days, so you will not be able to register online for the exam.

However, if you call Pearson Vue and tell them that you waive your right to appeal the questions, they will allow you to reschedule the exam.  You could take it the next day, next week or whenever they have a time slot.  You have to call Pearson Vue to do this.  You can’t do it online.  I know some people are allergic to making phone calls, but this is one time that you have to pick up the phone and actually call them.

Another thought about reviewing the exam… if you review the exam, take the FULL THREE HOURS.  Use that time to study the questions and, as much as possible, commit them to memory.  You can’t take your notes with you, but once you leave, you can take notes in your car.  You need to do that immediately after you leave.  You won’t want to do that.  You will be tired of studying.  You will want to call someone, go get some coffee, or do something relaxing.  You will tell yourself that you will take the notes later.  You can’t do that.  You have to do it right away or you will forget the questions.  Write them down right away.

In conclusion, reviewing the exam is a worthwhile use of your time, especially if you have failed more than once.  You will be able to call the next day and schedule your exam if you tell them that you waive the right to review.


Please note that Karen Climer does not have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate, Gold Coast Schools, or Colibri.  Karen’s father, Ron Climer, owned Climer School of Real Estate.  He sold the school in 2014.  It is know owned by a large corporate education company.  Karen owns Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando.

By |2024-06-05T16:02:50-04:00June 6th, 2023|

How Much Does It Cost To Take The Florida Real Estate Exam?

The cost to take the Florida real estate sales associate state exam just increased significantly.  Now, it costs $57.75 each time you take the state exam.  The good news is that the cost of the weekend exam cram review at Demetree School of Real Estate is staying the same.  So if you don’t want to take the state exam multiple times, consider taking the state exam review class taught by Karen Climer.

When the cost of the state exam went up, the Florida Real Estate Commission voted to reduce the application fee to $62.75.  However, it is still going to cost half of the licensees more to get a license than it used to.  Why do I say that?

The application fee you pay once.  The exam fee you pay EACH time you take the exam.  Last month (January 2023), 47% of the first-time test takers failed and will have to pay to take it a second time.  Even worse, 33% of the repeaters failed and will have to pay $57.75 to take it for the third, fourth, or fifth time.  Some people have taken even more times than that!

The only way to pass the exam is to study.  But more importantly that that, you have to study the right material.  If you don’t know how to study for the Florida real estate exam or don’t know what the best real estate study material is, give Karen Climer a call at Demetree School of Real Estate at 407-456-3448.

By |2024-06-05T16:02:50-04:00February 20th, 2023|

What Questions Do People Miss The Most On The Florida Real Estate State Exam?

The pass rate for the Florida state exam is dropping.  For August 2021, it dropped to 38%.  I obtained a list from the Florida Bureau of Education and Testing that had some tips for real estate students.  In other words, these are the areas that most people are getting incorrect right now…

Helpful Study Hints for Instructors and Examinees

  1. Know that Chapter 720, F.S. is the Florida Law that deals with Homeowners’ Associations.
  2. Review expenses that are deductible on federal income taxes for a principal residence.
  3. Review Chapter 475.612, F.S., and that Florida Law prohibits real estate licensee from referring to a comparative market analysis as an appraisal.
  4. Know that the income capitalization approach is the primary approach in appraising income-producing properties.
  5. Review street paving assessment; remember to calculate only the owner’s half of the paving assessment, so this would require the candidate to divide the total share of the cost in half.
  6. Review the definition of an easement in gross and that this particular easement benefits the company that owns it.
  7. Have candidates review the formula for Interest on Assumed Mortgages.
  8. Review the definition for an option contract; candidates seem to have difficulty on whether the option contract is a bilateral versus a unilateral contract; we require that they know it is a unilateral contract.
  9. Review the definitions for Special Purpose Deeds (i.e. personal representative’s deed, guardian’s deed, committee’s deed, and tax deed).
  10. Review purchase money mortgage and that the mortgage is taken back by a seller from a buyer.
  11. Review the definitions of separate property versus personal property.
  12. Review the definition of a notice of noncompliance and that the DBPR may issue it for a first- time minor violation by a licensee.

If you don’t know what some of this means, check out my cram class.  I think it’s the best state exam review in the state.  If you don’t believe me, just check out what my former students say about it.

Please note that neither I, nor anyone in the Climer family, has any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  You can find us at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.


By |2021-12-17T05:12:17-05:00September 13th, 2021|

Five Reason People Fail The Florida Real Estate Exam – And What To Do About It

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.

By |2021-08-20T10:02:45-04:00August 5th, 2021|

Why Can’t I Find A Test Date for the Florida Real Estate Exam?

Pearson Vue is back in business!  They never went out of business, but they were closed during the statewide stay-home order.  They have been giving the state exam for a few weeks now.  Like a lot of businesses, they are backlogged.  They aren’t able to serve as many people at one time because of social distancing, so that’s causing delays as well.

I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls about this, so we are going to do this post as an interview.  The questions are asked by the people who find my number and call me, and the answers are by me, Karen Climer.

Pearson Vue told me the soonest date was in four months.  What can I do to get a state exam date that is sooner?

The best thing you can do to get your Florida state exam taken as quickly as possible is to get in your car and drive.  In Orlando, we have one test center.  That’s not very much for a large city.  But there are also testing centers in Lake Mary, Lakeland, Tampa, Ormond Beach, Melbourne, and many other cities that are a one-hour car drive from Orlando.  If you are willing to travel two hours, you have twice as many options.

Besides, you can use your drive time to study.  Don’t read the textbook while you are driving down the interstate.  You might run into 4 old ladies driving 35 in a 60.  (If you don’t know what that means, you might not be ready to take the state exam.)  I sell an mp3 download of the state exam sales prelicensing material.  What a great thing to listen to on the way to the state exam!

Are you kidding me?  You want me to drive two hours to take the Florida real estate state exam? 

I talked to one of my YouTube fans from Miami. He failed the exam on Monday, called to reschedule on Tuesday, and was able to take it again on Wednesday.  He had to drive to Fort Myers (from Miami), but he now has a Florida real estate license.

My advice to you is only take the appointment if you want a license … if you are looking to start a new career … if you are looking for a job where there is no limit – absolutely no limit – to how much money you can make … if you want to sell a product that is considered not only essential, but a fundamental piece of the American Dream – the quintessential aspiration of what our country was founded on – then yes, you might need to drive an hour or two to take the state exam.

But I don’t like being in my car that much…

Um, real estate might not be the career for you.  Real estate agents do a lot of driving.

Any other options besides a short day trip?

Check the Pearson Vue website frequently.  Finding an exam date is like finding a flight.  Yesterday all of the flights to New York were booked, but today inexplicably there are five empty seats.

The state exam is the same way.  People change their exams and cancel their exams more than you would expect.  So when Mr. Fraidoftest cancels three days before he’s supposed to take the exam, there is an opening for someone else to take it.  It doesn’t even have to be a real estate applicant who cancels.  If anyone who is scheduled to take a three-hour test cancels, that seat is available for you.

I have a test date for a few months from now.  What should I do in the meantime?

Take Karen Climer’s state exam review course.  You can repeat it as often as you want to for six months.

Note: I do not teach at, or have any affiliation with, Climer School of Real Estate.  My family sold that school in 2014.  If you are looking for me, you won’t find me there.

By |2021-08-23T10:56:07-04:00May 12th, 2020|
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