Passing your North Carolina real estate exam the first time is the best way. It costs sixty one dollars to take it again. Spend that money somewhere else besides at the exam site.
The first thing you need to do is study. Study a lot. Study in the morning. Study at night. Put your family on notice that you will be busy studying until the exam. Turn the television off. Turn Facebook off. Turn the video games off. Turn the study lamp on.
Make flash cards. Flash cards are an easy way to study. Take a three by five card and write a question on one side of the card. Write the answer on the back of the card. Write a question like,” How many members are on the North Carolina Real Estate Commission?”. Write “nine” on the back. Make about five hundred of these flash cards. Use the questions in the back of your chapters in your textbook to find questions. Look in the glossary of your textbook for questions. Many of the questions on the North Carolina real estate exam are testing your vocabulary. Look in the glossary. Find a word like appurtenant. Write on the front of the card,” What do we call something that adds value to a parcel of real estate in an auxiliary way?”. Write “appurtenant” on the back. Making the flash cards is half of the learning process. The real value of flash cards is how easy they are to use. You can use them in the car while you are sitting at a red light. You can use them during the TV commercials. You can use them almost constantly. Make yourself some flashcards.
If you go to You Tube there are several videos posted to help you do the math that is on the North Carolina real estate exam. The math is fifteen per cent of the North Carolina exam. Many North Carolina real estate instructors teach the math too fast. Many instructors assume that you know basic math. That is cool if you do. If you find the math difficult, watching a video is a great way to learn. You can watch it once or twice or three times. You do not have to raise your hand. Embarrass yourself. Let everyone in the room know that you don’t understand. You just hit replay. It is very difficult to pass the North Carolina real estate exam if you miss most of the math. Also, you have to balance a R.E.S.P.A closing statement. Take the time to watch the North Carolina real estate math videos on You Tube.
Get together with your classmates to study. This can be fun. It also forces you to study. If you meet three of your friends at the library, you are forced to study. If you had stayed home alone, you may have watched TV or some other goof off activity. Ask each other questions. Explain concepts like joint tenancy to each other. Studying together is a good thing.
Read the textbook. Many students do not read the textbook. I suggest that you read the textbook before you go to class. If you prefer, read the textbook after the instructor goes over the material. Read the material sometime.
Speaking of real estate instructors, you may be lucky enough to have an instructor that is knowledgeable, fun, witty, and charismatic. If not, make the best of a bad situation. Pay attention in class. Do not daydream. Look at the instructor while he is talking. Ask questions if you don’t understand. If you are reluctant to ask questions in class, write your question down and give it to the teacher during the break. Please do not skip class. You have paid your tuition. You did not pay to be entertained. You paid to learn what is on the North Carolina real estate exam.
When you think you are ready for the North Carolina real estate exam, take a practice test online. Taking a practice test has several advantages. The obvious advantage is you knowing how you are doing. Many times students think they are ready. They take the practice test and score a sixty. Think again. Another advantage of taking a good practice test is that you learn, at least, one hundred concepts. You either confirm that you knew these concepts already by getting those questions right or you learn something that you did not know when you grade your paper. The most important thing that you learn by taking a practice test is whether or not you need to study more.
Do not worry about over studying. This will not happen. I have heard many stories about people barely failing. They made a 74%. That has to feel awful. In North Carolina if you pass the exam, you do not get a grade. Did you make a 75% or 99%? Who cares? You passed. You are finished studying for the North Carolina real estate exam.