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We thoroughly explain what you’ll need to do when you fail the Texas real estate exam.
November 14, 2019

What If I Fail the Texas Real Estate Exam 3 Times?

by The CE Shop Team

Failed the Texas Real Estate Exam? These are the Next Steps to Obtaining Your License.

Getting your real estate license in Texas can be a difficult task. TREC's real estate licensing exam is created to thoroughly test your real estate knowledge. Don’t worry, it’s not uncommon to have to take the exam a few times before passing. 

If you happen to not pass the exam, we have all the information you need for getting yourself back on that horse and getting your Texas real estate license. Let’s dive in!

What to Do If You Fail Your First Time

Fortunately, Texas makes it very easy for you to plan your real estate exam dates, especially after failing. This is what you’ll need to do if you fail:

Assess Your Scorecard and Failed Portions

Upon finishing your exam, you’ll receive a scorecard and information about what sections you failed. This feedback is highly important, as it will help you figure out what areas you need to concentrate on for your next attempt. 

Wait 24 Hours and Reschedule

Texas requires a 24-hour “cool off” period. After this time, you’ll be able to reserve your next test date. This one-day pause should give you ample time to figure how long you’ll need to get fully prepared for the exam. 

You’ll have exactly 2 more attempts (3 total) before requiring remedial education. We strongly suggest for those who barely miss a passing score to continue studying and take the next exam as soon as you feel prepared. For those who might’ve been farther off the passing score, you should check out our Exam Prep Edge program. If you take our Pre-Licensing curriculum, you’ll receive Exam Prep Edge free of charge. 

What to Do If You Fail a Third Time

First and foremost, relax…

There have been countless real estate agents and other entrepreneurs in every industry who failed, failed, and failed again. It happens to the best of us. If you fail three times, this is what you need to do. 

1) Complete Remedial Education

For each failed portion of the exam (national or state), you’ll need to complete 30 additional hours per section. To see our remedial offerings, visit here. We specifically build our remedial courses to get you through this process as quickly as humanly possible. 

2) Email Completion Certificates and Failed Score (3rd Attempt Only)

TREC’s email is education@trec.texas.gov. Give them 5-7 days to process your paperwork. From there, they’ll authorize your final exam. 

Make sure you finish your remedial education as fast as you can! TREC applications will expire one year after submission. If this happens, you’ll be required to reapply. 

How to Increase Your Odds of Passing

If you’re struggling with the exam, check out our industry-leading Exam Prep Edge program. Our experts took apart the Texas Candidate Handbook and simplified it for the best study experience. You’ll also receive unlimited practice exam questions that are mirror images of what you’ll see on the test. 

Oh, and best of all, if you successfully complete the program while demonstrating competency in all sections but happen to fail the exam, you’ll receive your money back. That’s how much we believe in this program.

Tips for Studying for the Exam

Our team of test experts came together and listed their top 8 tips for getting ready for the Texas real estate exam. These go-to tips are based on both the real estate exam and scientifically-proven methods that lead to the most optimal results. 

Tip #1: Write It Down

Everyone has different study habits, but one method has been scientifically proven to increase recall: writing your notes down. Yes, there is a large time consideration, which is why we suggest figuring out your competency in each area through our free assessment. Once you figure out which topics you need to work on, you can concentrate your time on creating notes for those subjects. Flashcards, study sheets, and other memorization mechanisms–which we discuss below–are fantastic tools for preparing yourself.

Tip #2: Familiarize Yourself with the Candidate Handbook

Each state provides a Candidate Handbook that outlines everything you need to know for your exam. However, it’s a very lengthy text that takes a considerable amount of time to comb through. Fortunately, we have another solution: Exam Prep Edge. Our experts took apart your state’s Candidate Handbook and made it interactive, making studying easier and more efficient.

Tip #3: Remember Acres and Miles in Feet

For those who don’t know, a square foot per acre is 43,560 and foot per mile is 5,280. Trust us on this. There will be at least a few questions where this will come in handy.

Tip #4: Practice Makes Perfect

The best way to prepare for an exam is to practice, practice, practice. Oh, and practice some more. Attempting several practice exams–even if you believe you’ve already mastered the material–will help you mentally prepare to succeed on exam day.

Tip #5: Always Remember What Frankie Goes To Hollywood Said...

When it comes to the exam, “Relax”. There’s a good chance the first few questions might seem foreign or difficult, especially for the start of the test. This is completely normal. It’s not uncommon to fully prepare for an exam, only to see jibber-jabber in your head. Much of this confusion is merely your brain getting used to the test. Our best tip here would be to quickly skip the first few questions that seem confusing or difficult and come back to them later. This will help prevent any panic or anxiety, especially when you circle back around and see them for a second time (Hint: Everything makes a little more sense the second time).

Tip #6: Try Memory Devices and Word Associations

As we get older, our memories become less “spongy”. Using acronyms and other mnemonic devices will help you remember keywords featured on the exam, and later in your career. Once you create a working memory of these different terms, you’ll not only set yourself up to succeed on the exam, but in your career as well.To learn about the many different memory device mechanisms to fit your learning style, you should check out this very helpful site.

Tip #7: Exercise On Your Study Breaks

Bet you’ve never heard that on a study tip sheet before. Research has shown after 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, certain parts of our brain dealing with memorization and critical thinking skills ramp up. Getting into a workout routine a month before the exam will not only help you perform better on the exam, but will give you a healthy study break for uplifting your mood.

Tip #8: Don’t Pull An All-Nighter

We’ve all done it, and suffered the immediate consequences. Plain and simple, for most people all-nighters don’t work. If anything, studies have shown if you can space out your study schedule and fully know the material 2-3 days before the exam–and then not look at the material until you see it on the exam–you’ll have a better chance of passing than staying up until the break of dawn fueled by your 15th Red Bull.

Study Tips for the Real Estate Exam

Tip #1: Get a Good Night’s Rest

Common knowledge fueled by 50 years of research says getting less than the optimal 7-8 hours of rest the night before the exam is not ideal. But we know it’s easier said than done. Anxiety, nerves, and fear sometimes prevent against obtaining this magical number. Here are some suggestions for getting your best night’s sleep so you perform on the exam:

  • Download a Meditation App

Meditation is a proven method for not only getting a good night’s rest, but obtaining a confident mindset when dealing with a challenge. Some good apps are HeadspaceCalm, and The Mindfulness App.

  • Stay Away From Screens Before Bedtime

Studies indicate that staying away from electronic screens up to an hour before you go to bed leads to a better night’s rest. This research also strongly suggests not looking at your phone in the middle of the night. The blue light emitted from the screens artificially reduces the production of melatonin, the hormone necessary for falling and staying asleep.

  • Eat Healthy

The stomach and the brain are directly connected. Thus, when you eat well, your brain does well. It’s science. Having a calm stomach the night before allows for a much better opportunity to get a good night’s rest. In other words, don’t eat two pounds of parmesan garlic boneless chicken wings at midnight like you did in college. Stick to simple, healthy foods and you’ll prime yourself to succeed.

Tip #2: Arrive Early

There’s no need to add extra stress to your day by running late to the exam. Give yourself a suitable amount of time to get yourself up, your mind up, and your anxiety down. And if you’re really up for it, do a practice drive the day before. It might seem like a waste of time, but it’s also a fantastic way to familiarize your mind instead of wasting brainpower on dealing with driving directions.

Tip #3: Bring Your Supplies

Review your Candidate Handbook to see what you’re allowed to bring (for instance, a calculator or pencil may or may not be allowed) and everything you must bring (e.g., multiple forms of I.D., credit card or checkbook, and proof of pre-licensing course completion). This may seem obvious, but it’s usually the small, pedantic items like these that we forget.

Tip #4: Don’t Panic

It’s normal not to know the first question(s) on an exam. The problem usually stems from us not being familiar with the exam, or other issues like anxiety. The best thing to do is to keep calm and carry on. In other words, keep moving to other questions that you have an immediate grasp of. Then, when finished, circle back around to the questions you skipped. There’s a very good chance that seeing those questions a second time around will allow your brain to process better, and answer correctly.

Tip #5: Confidence Opens Neuron Receptors

The great thing about Exam Prep Edge is it provides an unlimited amount of practice exams with real-time feedback assessing your competency level. Having that extra boost of confidence from practicing questions and receiving feedback will get those neuron receptors firing on all cylinders, helping you comprehend and correctly answer every question come exam day.

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