In our previous article we discussed 9 primary exam prep tactics. In Part V we look at 14 more. These are just as valuable if you need them. We cover the principles in our exam prep course but it is always useful to see them as a list of tips and tactics to keep up your sleeve.
More Exam Tactics
If you do have a few unanswered questions left after you have completed the questions you are comfortable answering, tell yourself you only need to get 75 out of the 100 correct, so no big deal. You did set a goal, though, so here are ways to make the most of the tough questions and to get you up to your personal goal.
- Use your common sense. Some of the multiple choices will be obviously wrong, so ignore them and narrow down your options before you select one.
- If nothing comes to you and you really have no idea which one to choose, avoid answers which include words like “always” or “never.” Very few things in life or real estate are “always” or “never” true. This tactic narrows down your choices and makes it easier to choose the right one.
- If one of the answers has words like “usually,” “some,” or “most,” the chances are it is the correct answer.
- If you are still lost, choose the longest answer. In many cases, the examiner has to justify the correct answer over other “possibles” – and that takes words. So, if you have no idea, choose the longest.
- Do not choose an answer you have either never heard of or which simple logic tells you cannot be true. It may be an exam but it is also about the real world of real estate.
- The same goes for an overly complex or exaggerated answer – even if it is the longest. The longest answer, when it is the correct choice, will explain or clarify the situation, not confuse it.
- If you have to guess, and if two of the options are opposites, choose one of them. Statistics say one of them will be the correct answer.
- Avoid changing an answer. Statistics tell us that more people change a correct answer into an incorrect one than the other way around – unless a light comes on in your head and you are certain you know what the answer should have been.
- After you have made your best guess, reread the question and see if the answer sounds right. It probably will be.
- Do not keep score – focus on answering the questions. Keep your mind focused on the job in hand.
- Do not worry that others may have finished first. Some people will not have had your course experience, and may be one of those who fail the first time. They may have finished because they have no idea.
- After you finish, relax for a moment, then review your work if you want to. Nothing feels better than checking off what you know is right after you have answered all 100.
- If you feel the need to during the exam, take 60 seconds to relax, breathe, and refocus. It’s not a timed race it’s a timed exam – and you get a lot of time to finish.
- Finally, after you have reviewed everything and there is still a question you cannot answer – take a guess. That probably won’t happen but if all else fails just choose an option. A wrong answer and a missed answer both equal zero. There is no penalty for a wrong guess and no bonus for a missed choice.
All of these strategies, tips, and tactics will help you if you need them. Nothing beats knowing your subject matter because you took the right course, passed the course exam, revised well, and practiced doing test questions. These tips and tactics help to focus you, keep you focused, and deal with the few problems some students face in the exam. If you would like more information on what we do and how we maximize exam success, please just click this link to contact us.