A lot of people struggle with test taking anxiety. That’s especially true when one exam will determine whether you get a license needed for your career. The required Georgia sales agent licensing exam is stressful, but there are ways to lessen your anxiety and improve your chances of passing on your first try to get a license in Georgia.
Pay Close Attention During the Pre-License Course
The best way to do well on the exam is to focus, put in the effort, and ace the real estate course. Take notes, review lessons that give you trouble, and do all the activities and worksheets. The more you engage with the material, the more you’ll remember during the exam.
Learn about the Exam
- Examination administration guidelines
- Exam rules
- Testing system information
- Exam study materials
- Exam content outlines
- Sample questions
- Scheduling and registration procedures
The Real Estate Salesperson Exam consists of 152 multiple-choice questions on national and state real estate topics. The questions are written at three different cognitive levels: Recall, Application, and Analysis. The exam will be given by computer at a PSI Test Center.
Review What’s on the Exam
The candidate booklet will tell you exactly what topics the questions will address and how many questions per topic. Review the pre-licensing course materials and take notes on key concepts such as:
- Agency Relationships
- Real Property Ownership/Interest
- Fair Housing
- Property Management
- Real Estate Calculations
- State statutes governing the licensing and activities of licensees
Memorize the Basics
There are certain basic real estate facts that will be on the test, so make sure you know them by heart. If you can, go back and review the state-specific part of your pre-license course. There will be math, so memorize the formulas to solve common real estate calculations such as profit and loss, mortgage interest, down payments, commissions, and closing pro-rations.
There’re many exam prep books and online courses that help you practice for the real thing. Some online pre-license courses include practice exams. Gauge your strengths and weaknesses, pinpoint sections you need to focus on, and get familiar with the time allotted, the types of questions, and how questions are worded. Knowledge of the test topics and practice, will help boost confidence and decrease stress.
Test Taking Tips
Here are some exam tips to remember:
- Read the question carefully, multiple times if necessary, to ensure you know exactly what it is asking.
- Think of the correct answer before looking at the answer choices. Then read each answer choice.
- Eliminate choices that are obviously incorrect to narrow it down.
- The positive answer is more likely correct than a negative choice. The longer answer, within reason, is often correct.
- Don’t automatically avoid “none of the above” and “all of the above.”
- Figure out words you don’t know using common prefixes, suffixes, and word roots
- Look for grammatical clues. For example, subject/verb agreement and “a” vs. “an” may hint at the correct answer.
If it’s possible, answer the questions you’re confident about first and then go back to the ones you skipped and guess the correct answer via the process of elimination.
Prepare emotionally and physically to take the exam. Signs of anxiety include sweating, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath. This can sabotage you, leading to poor concentration, confusion, and negative attitudes. Avoid negative self-talk that can distract you.
Practice breathing and muscle relaxation techniques before the test. Visualize yourself in a room full of people with a proctor watching. Knowledge about the situation can help you relax.
If you’ve researched the exam, studied the topics, and prepared yourself emotionally, you are ready to take the exam. Believe that you will succeed; that and preparation will increase your odds of passing the licensing exam.