Are you preparing to take the Virginia real estate license exam? Take a deep breath, because you’ve got this! And we are here to help.
Now before we jump into the helpful tricks to preparing for the exam, let’s make sure you know what you want. Before you invest your time and money towards getting your real estate license you should do your research on the career field and make sure it’s a good fit for you.
Careers in real estate are generally very independent and self-led, so if that isn’t your working style, you might want to reevaluate your decision. That being said, there are many different types of real estate careers. As you reevaluate, you should look into all the different opportunities and decide the path you want to take.
Now that you know you’re ready for a career in real estate, here are some hints on how to prepare for your Virginia real estate exam.
7 Steps and Tips to Help Prepare You for Your Virginia Real Estate Exam
1. Register for the 60-hour required education course
Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, or DPOR, requires all Virginia residents looking to obtain their real estate license must complete a DPOR-approved pre-license coursetotaling 60 hours.
In the past, these courses had to be taken and completed in-person at a specific location. Now, you can take your pre-license courses online through companies like AceableAgent. The online course allows you to go at your own pace and choose the time you would like to study.
2. Study and go through the material carefully during the course
We know time is precious, but if you want to pass your exam, you will need to take your time when going through the material. Many candidates make the mistake of rushing through the course to get to the exam. Then, they are completely unprepared because they don’t know the material.
This course is not only so you can memorize information to pass an exam -- this information will help you in your future career. Go at your own pace and make sure you understand all concepts before moving on, or make notes of what you may need to study more. This will help you become a better, more well-rounded real estate professional.
3. Take notes as you go
Notes are not only helpful for studying for the exam, but the process of taking notes alone helps your brain to process the information it’s learning.
Whether you prefer to type or write out your notes, find the method that works best for you and commit to it. Just make sure to type/write clearly so you can understand your comments while you review and study for the exam.
4. Create a Study Group
While taking notes is a great way to study, finding friends to discuss with and keep you accountable can be extremely helpful. There are many people who are taking the prelicensure course and going after a real estate license simultaneously. Connect with some people and form a study group. Not only is this a great study tool, but it is also your first step in networking and creating a community within the real estate field.
5. Take Practice Exams
This is one of the best ways to prepare for your Virginia real estate exam. Practice exams are very similar to the real thing, so the more practice exams you can take, the more prepared you will be. Practice exams give you a chance to learn from your mistakes and get a feel for what the real exam will be like.
Taking practice exams will also help calm your nerves during the real exam. If you’ve practiced and seen the format before, you will feel much less anxious when looking at your real exam.
6. Take Care of Yourself
Yes, the real estate exam is a big deal. But keep it in perspective. You can always take it again, and it’s not the end of the world. Overstressing yourself and over-studying can lead you to the same results as under-studying.
People love to sacrifice sleep and cram as the exam date gets close. But losing on sleep does not do your body or brain any favors. Make sure to get good sleep, eat good food, and even consider exercising to help relieve some stress. These simple self-care routines will help keep your mind and body calm and focus for the exam.
7. Register for Exam, Take, and Pass!
Once you have completed your 60-hour pre-licensing course, you can register to take your exam through the online exam company called PSI. If you are going for your salesperson license, your exam will consist of a Virginia state portion of the exam (45 minutes) and a national portion of the exam (105 minutes).
One the day of your exam, go to the PSI examination center, and crush your exam!
*This article was updated on 1/27/21.