What Is The Pass Rate For The Florida Real Estate Exam?

The State of Florida just sent out the state exam statistics for 2021.  They aren’t good.  Last year 85,701 took the sales associate state exam and 33,246 passed.  That is a 39% pass rate.  That 85,701 includes people who are taking it the first, second, or even tenth time.

For first time takers, the numbers are a little better – 43,564 took the exam for the first time and 20,311 passed.  That is a 47% pass rate.

Why do so many people fail the exam?  I don’t have a definitive answer to that, but I do have some theories…

Their native language is not English.

If your native language is not English, the exam is going to be more challenging.  I wish I had a solution to that, but I don’t.  But it is a real reason that people struggle on the exam.

They don’t know what is going to be on the exam.

My students know what is going to be on the exam.  I don’t teach material that isn’t on the exam.  I know some schools that want to teach you a lot of practical information.  I know some schools that want to teach you material that is on the broker exam because they think it’s important.  I know of some instructors who don’t have a clue what is on the exam.

I’ve been teaching this class since 2003.  I have been talking to students since 2003.  I know what is on the Florida real estate exam and that is the only thing I teach.

They don’t study enough.

Sometimes people think, “I never studied for anything in high school and I did OK, so I probably don’t need to study this.”  That might have worked in high school, but it won’t work for this exam.  I tell my students to study like their future career depends on it.  You can’t pass this exam without studying a lot.

If you are preparing to take the exam and want a refresher course to prepare you, check out my class at Demetree School of Real Estate.  I, Karen Climer, teach all of the exam cram review classes.  Legally, I can’t guarantee that you will pass the exam after you take that class.  But I can guarantee that we cover what is on the Florida state exam.  We don’t talk about real life.  We don’t talk about how they do it in other states.  I can guarantee that you will be more prepared after the class than you were before the class.  I can’t tell you how many times people say, “My prelicensing teacher never taught us this…”  If you are looking to be in the 39% who pass the exam, you won’t find a better review class than the one we offer at Demetree School of Real Estate.

 

Note: Neither I nor anyone in the Climer family have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It is now own by a large nationwide corporation.  If you are looking for Karen Climer, you’ll find me at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando.

 

 

By |2023-10-19T10:14:47-04:00February 1st, 2022|

What Is a FL REAPP ID and Other Common Questions About The Florida Real Estate State Exam

What is the FLREAPP ID? And where can I find it?

The FLREAPP ID is an ID number that Pearson Vue uses.  Once you are approved to take the Florida real estate exam, you will receive an email from Pearson Vue.  In that authorization email, you will find the FLREAPP ID.

If you have been approved by the DBPR, but do not have this number, you will need to register with Pearson Vue by phone.  They can look you up by your social security number.

 

If I fail the Florida real estate state exam, when can I retake it?

In theory, you can take it again the next day – there is no wait period.  Realistically, it will be a few days. Much like scheduling a doctor’s appointment, you can’t always call and get an appointment tomorrow.  What’s important is that there is no wait period and you will be able to take the exam within a few days.

 

How does the DBPR know that I took the prelicensing class?

Florida real estate schools are not required to notify the DBPR of completion of the prelicensing class.  You, the student, are required to give them your certificate.

 

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Demetree School of Real Estate have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, started Climer School of Real Estate.  He sold it in 2014.  It was recently acquired by a large national corporation.

By |2022-02-01T12:36:53-05:00November 30th, 2021|

When Can I Take The Florida Real Estate State Exam After I Review The Exam?

PearsonVue, the company that administers the Florida Real Estate State Exam, offers a service called the review or playback.  If you fail the exam, you can schedule an appointment to review your exam.  They will show you all of the questions that you answered incorrectly and tell you the correct answer.

You don’t get a print out.  You can’t write the answers down to take them home and study.  But you do have three hours of study time at the test center, where you can review those questions.  The people who do this, usually think it is beneficial.

If you plan to review the test, I would recommend you take the full three hours and treat this like a study session.  Since you can’t write the questions down, you won’t remember them from one quick reading – treat it like a study session and take the full time.

The biggest reason people tell me that they don’t want to do this is that they were told you have to wait 21 days to retake the exam after the review.  This is incorrect information.  You can take it again very quickly (based on availability).  You can only have one appointment on the books at a time.  For example, you can’t have a review scheduled on Monday and a test scheduled on Tuesday.  However, after you review the test on Monday, you can call and try to get it scheduled for Tuesday.

Why do people say you have to wait 21 days to take the exam?

When you review the exam, you have 21 days to appeal a question.  For that reason, the online registration will not allow you to register again for 21 days.  However, if you call Pearson Vue at 888-204-6230, they can override the 21-day waiting period over the phone.  To override the 21-day waiting period, you have to waive your right to appeal.

Please note that Karen Climer has no affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  Karen’s father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  It has changed hands again.  If you are looking for Karen Climer or Ron Climer, we are both at Demetree School of Real Estate.

By |2021-08-20T10:03:31-04:00May 26th, 2021|

How Many Times Can You Take The Florida Real Estate Exam?

I often get asked how many times you can take the state exam.  I usually respond by saying, “How much money have you got?”

You can take the Florida real estate exam as many times as you want to.  Right now, it costs $57.75 each time you take it.  So as long as you can afford it, and you are within your two year window, you can keep taking it.  I knew someone who took the exam 22 times.  This particular student went to a popular school in town and took the state exam 21 times.  At that point, she gave up.  She was working at a timeshare resort where she was the number one sales agent.  She was making a small salary rather than the commission she would earn with a license.  Eventually, she then started over with my prelicensing class, and passed the state exam the first time.

The class exam is different.  You get two shots at the class exam, then you have to repeat the class.real estate st

Let me be clear that I am not saying you should take the exam multiple times.  I’m just making it clear that the law does allow you took take is as many times as you can schedule it and pay for it within two years.  Not only does that cost you in money, it costs you in confidence.  Even if you have a lot of determination, when you fail an exam several times, it starts to affect you.  It makes much more sense to me to go to the right school, put in the time to study, and pass the first time.

If you only want to take it once, feel free to join me for class.  I can’t guarantee that you will pass the first time (Florida Statute doesn’t allow guarantees).  But I can tell you what my students say on their end-of-class surveys…

  • “I failed the test twice after one prep school. Failed the test for the third time and called Karen [Climer] right after that fail.  Attended her prep class.  Definitely going to pass now.” – Grant Haddock, Demetree School of Real Estate review class student
  • “Karen [Climer] is knowledgeable and has fun and has quirky ways to teach a subject that can be daunting.” – Juliana (last name withheld upon request), Demetree School of Real Estate prelicensing student
  • “I loved my instructor [Karen Climer]. She was very hands-on.  She left no student behind.  If I needed additional help on any topic, she took time to make sure the topic was known before moving on the another.  She even would double back to be sure you were okay.” – Pamela Caldwell, Demetree School of Real Estate prelicensing student
  • “I wish I had taken my pre-licensing course with Karen [Climer]. I learned more in her exam review than I learned in the online per-licensing course I took elsewhere (with a different company).” – Casey Shipman, Demetree School of Real Estate review class student

Please note that I do not work for nor have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My family sold the school in 2014.  If you are looking for me, you will find me at Demetree School of Real Estate.

By |2023-02-15T09:14:38-05:00June 19th, 2020|

The Best Way To Study For The Florida Real Estate Exam

Recently, I tutored a group of four students. Some had not taken the Florida real estate exam yet. Others had taken it once or twice. All of them needed to pass so they could make more money than the hourly wage they were making.

We decided to do practice questions similar to ones on the Florida real estate exam. I put the question up on the screen, and they would answer it. If they got the answer wrong, I’d explain it to be sure they understood it. Simple enough.

After a few questions, one of them started saying, “Can we just skip to the answer? We don’t know the answers. That will be quicker.”

“Nope,” I said. “You have to read it, think about it, and pick something. That’s what you would do if this were the state exam.”

“I know,” he responded. “But we don’t have time. We’d rather get through all of them.” What he really meant was, “We don’t want to do all this thinking crap – we just want you to tell us.”

It’s just like tying your shoes

This makes me think of a small child who says, “Daddy, please tie my shoe.”

Dad says, “You can do it by yourself. I’ll watch.”

Child whines, “Can’t you do it for me?”

Sure, the dad can tie the daughter’s shoe (let’s hope!). And yes, that would be so much quicker for everyone. If the primary goal were to get the shoe tied, that would be the best course of action. But that’s not the goal. The goal is to be sure that the child is not asking her friends to tie her shoe when she gets into high school.

If my goal were to give you all the information that was on the exam, I wouldn’t be teaching real estate classes or tutoring. I’d be selling real estate textbooks. Everything you need to know to pass the Florida real estate exam is in that book. But it’s not enough to have the information. You have to be able to retrieve it from your memory. The more times you retrieve it from your memory, the stronger the path is.

How your memory works

Think about this … When you walk across a grassy field, you will leave some footprints where the grass is matted down a little bit, but the grass usually bounces right back up. That’s what it’s like when you first attend real estate school. The material is in your brain, but there isn’t any recognizable path to get to it.

But if you go to a college campus or community park, there are paths in the grass that are matted down so much they are nearly permanent. The more times you travel that path, the more ingrained the path gets. Our memory is the same way. The more times you recall something, the more permanent that pathway is. It gets easier and easier each time.

That’s why I made the students think about the answers to the questions. The absolute best way to prepare for the Florida real estate state exam is to do practice questions – but you have to treat like a real test. Don’t read the question then quickly look up the answer. Read the question, think it through, and commit to one answer. Even if you get it wrong, you will be learning more than if you just looked up the answer.

If you need help passing the Florida real estate exam, please give me a call. Just know that if you ask me to tie your shoes, I won’t do it. I’ll show you how to tie them instead.

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

By |2023-10-19T11:35:35-04:00March 8th, 2018|
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