To conduct legal real estate transactions in Florida, you must possess a Florida real estate license. The licensing process is relatively succinct, but it includes one major obstacle: the state real estate exam. All applicants for a state real estate license must achieve a passing score on the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Exam. The test is administered by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Real Estate. A passing score is a score of at least 75. Almost anyone can pass the test by taking a few key steps prior to the test date.
Pick a good school. By selecting a good college real estate program, you can ensure that you will learn all you will need to know to pass the test. Research the components of different real estate courses and ask around. Inquire with area real estate professionals, and they are likely to tell you which programs are recommended most. In fact, some of these professionals might teach courses at an area school. Many consider the University of Florida's real estate program to be the state's best. The school offers an undergraduate and graduate minor in real estate, an MBA with a concentration in real estate and Master of Science in real estate. In Orlando, Valencia Community College offers a less time-consuming option with a Real Estate Specialist certificate course. The course is offered through the school's Business Administration department. In South Florida, Miami-Dade College offers real estate courses through the School of Community Education. The 30-hour non-credit course can be taken online.
Complete the schooling. Nothing will prepare you more for the test than the classes in which you enroll. Be sure to focus during the classes and do all of your homework. The courses are designed to help you pass the test. Therefore, you are doing a disservice to yourself if you fail to pay close attention in class.
Buy an exam study guide. "The Real Estate License Exam for Dummies" provides basic information and study tips for taking real estate exams. "How to Prepare for the Real Estate Licensing Exams" is another good resource. This book includes nine full practice exams, and it features answers and explanations for all answers. For more Florida-specific information, a good source is the "Florida Real Estate Manual," a paperback book written by Linda L. Crawford. The book features information on Florida laws and more than 600 questions and answers. "Barron's Florida Real Estate Exams" and "CliffsTestPrep Florida Real Estate Sales Associate Exam" are also good sources. The "CliffsTestPrep" guide includes five practice tests. The books can be purchased from sites such as Amazon.com, and some might be available from your local library or through personal loan from a real estate agent in your area.
Use the study guide to practice and focus on Florida state laws on real estate. The state test is written with an emphasis on ensuring that real estate agents in the state know the unique laws that affect the profession in Florida. Review the Florida-specific parts of the study guides and check the Florida Statutes for information on real estate laws. Remember that the study guides are sometimes dated, and they might not reflect new laws. Think of potential questions and come up with the answers. Study for several days before the test. Avoid cramming the night before the test. This can cut into sleep time and cause you to be groggy during the test.
Talk to Florida real estate agents in your city about their own experiences with the test. They likely recall the parts that were the trickiest, and they probably know dozens of others who have taken the test. They can advise you on potential pitfalls and areas that you should not overlook.
Visit the FloridaRealtors website (see Resouces). The website features a wealth of information for hopeful real estate professionals. Its resources include information on a real estate course program and audio CDs and DVDs that can help you prepare. The site's educational materials are often more updated than anything else you will find.
Read questions completely before answering, and skip questions when you are not sure of the answer. It could be costly for you to spend too much time on one question. The Florida state real estate exam is timed, and the state-appointed test administrators will require that you stop when your time expires. If you have spare time, you can use it to go back to the questions that you skipped and to check for obvious mistakes.
Bring anything you will need to the test site. This includes a sharpened pencil with an eraser and scratch paper.
Selling real estate without a license in Florida is illegal.