How hard is it to get a real estate license in Texas? Is the Texas real estate exam hard? Well, given that on average 59% of agents (27,955 passed/ 47,111 taken) pass the licensing exam on the first try, as of January 4, 2023 it’s safe to say it’s not an easy test. Aceable, however, currently holds one of the highest pass rates in Texas at 74% (7,479 passed/10,055 taken). TREC Provider Exam Pass Rates.
Taking the required Texas Pre-Licensing coursework with a TREC-approved real estate school, like Aceable helps you prepare, but it’s just the first step. Knowing what to expect before you schedule a test date can also improve your odds of acing the exam on your first attempt.
Want an idea of what the Texas real estate exam will be like? The license exam is currently administered by PearsonVUE. Their candidate handbook, available on their website has all the most up-to-date details about the exam. Learn about the state and national portion of the exam, as well as how to prepare for it. Some real estate schools will even provide practice tests.
Questions: How Many and What Kind
How many questions are on the Texas real estate exam? You’ll have 240 minutes to complete 125 questions during the Texas real estate license exam. The questions are all multiple choice and are broken into two sections:
- National section - There are 85 questions that must be answered within 150 minutes.
- State section - There are 40 questions that must be answered in 90 minutes.
Based on the information above, it’s clear the questions on the state portion require a little more time to answer. Each section is graded independently, and you have to answer at least 56 questions correctly to pass the National portion, and 21 correctly on the State examination.
Topics Covered on the Texas Real Estate Exam
Basically, everything covered in the pre-licensing courses will be included on the exam. Those topics are:
- Real property characteristics
- Property use
- Forms of ownership
- Property values and appraisals
- Environmental issues
- Commission duties and powers
- Real estate licensing in Texas
- Ethics and conduct
- Community property
- Landlord-tenant issues
- Homeowners associations
You can expect to see a number of questions on the existing rules and regulations as well as questions that involve math.
Use Practice Tests to Prepare
Pearson VUE, the Texas exam administrator, has a study guide reference list that you can download, which is highly advisable. They also offer practice tests you can pay for, but Aceable customers can skirt the cost and use our practice tests instead. It’s a great tool for the Texas real estate exam since the topics and information are pulled from the required courses.
Of course, you can always use the DIY method and create your own practice tests while you study.
Spending the time to prep is a much better alternative to winging it. You’ll only have three attempts to pass the real estate license Texas exam before more education is required. Good luck!
TREC State exam pass rate data as of January 4, 2023.