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The North Carolina real estate exam is no walk in the park, but if you go in prepared, you can ace it. Let’s talk about what is tested and how the exam works. After all, knowledge is power!
The North Carolina real estate exam is administered by testing company PearsonVUE and is broken out into two sections: the national section and the state section.
Most applicants must pass both sections. The only exception is applicants who are licensed in another state: they only need to pass the state section.
Additionally, there will be 5 pretest questions in the national portion and 5 pretest questions in the state portion. Pretest questions are questions that the exam provider is auditioning for future tests and don’t count toward your score.
All the questions in the exam are multiple-choice questions with four answer choices. This format should look familiar from the end-of-course exam you took after completing your pre-licensing education.
How many questions do you need to get right to pass?
If you don’t pass the exam on the first try, you can retake it.
If you only pass one section of the exam, you can retake just the section that you failed. Note that every time you retake the test, you have to pay the $100 application fee and the $60 exam fee all over again. If you only need to retake one section of the exam, state or national, the exam fee is $50. Yikes! Better study hard for your wallet’s sake!
So what’s on the test, anyway? The North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC) provides a candidate handbook and pre-licensing course syllabus that have extremely detailed information about what is tested and taught. Here are the highlights of what you’ll see on the exam:
Nobody wants to pay $160 to retake this exam, so do yourself a favor and go in prepared. The state section especially is known for being tricky. In fact, according to NCREC, fewer than 40% of applicants who take the state section of the exam without taking a pre-licensing course (because they are licensed in another state) pass the test.
What’s the best way to prepare? Here are some suggestions:
The North Carolina real estate licensing exam is tough, but you’re tougher! Go in ready and you’ll have that license in no time. Want to learn more about how to get a North Carolina real estate license? Check out our blog!