How Hard Is the Texas Real Estate Exam?

Want an idea of what the Texas real estate exam will be like? Keep reading for a crash course on what you can expect to see on the exam.
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How hard is the real estate exam in Texas? Well, given that only 57.09% of agents pass the licensing exam on the first try, it’s safe to say it’s not an easy test.

Taking real estate courses with a TREC-approved real estate school 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? Keep reading for a crash course on what you can expect to see on the exam.

Questions: How Many and What Kind

You’ll have 150 minutes to complete 110 questions during the Texas real estate exam. The questions are all multiple choice and are broken into two sections:

  • National section - There are 80 questions that must be answered within 105 minutes.
  • State section - There are 30 questions that must be answered in 45 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 make 70% or higher on each section to pass the exam.

Topics Covered on the Texas Real Estate Exam

Basically, everything you cover in the pre-licensing courses will be included on the exam. In case it’s been a while since you completed the courses, those topics are:

You’ll also see questions about:

  • 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

Researchers study everything under the sun, including test prep methods. Studies suggest that the best way to prep and retain information is with practice tests.

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 AceableAgent 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 Texas licensing exam before more education is required. Good luck!