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2 comments - What do you think? Posted by admin - May 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm
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I agree with a little of what each person has written below. The Hot Notes are super helpful. Memorize them. The practice tests are VERY helpful. Do them! And there will probably be some of those questions on your real exam, because there were on mine.
That being said, some of the practice questions are worded vaguely or seem to contain conflicting info with the Real Estate Principles book (the basis for the CA exam). However, I tried using another book (How to Pass the CA Real Estate Exam and Dramatically Improve Your Score by Huber) and was almost in tears of relief when I realized I had also bought this book by Lush. The other book’s exams were so convoluted and NOT related to the material, that it made me appreciate Lush’s book all the more.
The only thing I will say is that the math section in this book is weak. The other book I just referred to had a really strong math section, which gave me confidence when taking the test. But, had I not used this (Minnie Lush’s) book, I wouldn’t have passed my exam on the first try…. which I did!!
Finally, about the exam, it’s NOT easy. But it’s NOT unreasonably difficult either. I knew the Principles book backwards and forwards, but there were still 11 questions on the test on material that I’d never heard of. But, since you can miss 45 questions and still pass, that’s not a big deal. I worked steadily and did the math questions as they came up. On my scratch paper, I made a list of the Qs I wasn’t sure about and/or didn’t answer, then went back and looked at those when I had finished with all the questions. That way, I was able to gauge how many questions I had thought I’d answered correctly. All told, I was out of there in 2 hours’ time. I give credit to knowing the Principles book really well (I read it twice and outlined it on my own) and having used this study book. I did self-study, no schools or seminars, so it CAN be done!
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I passed the California Sales Exam on my first try using this book and the Learning Express Exam Guide. The sample tests in this book were so difficult that I only got over 70% on one of them. I was really worried. I read the Hot Tips twice but was concerned that I hadn’t thoroughly memorized them. The most intimidating part was the math. Some of the answers were two paragraphs long and contained several steps. My other exam guide was so much easier that it confused me. I really didn’t know what to expect. When I took the exam, I didn’t encounter any math that was more than two to three steps. I think this guide is useful if you want to really challenge your brain. But, it seems much more complicated than the actual exam it’s preparing you for. I also spent $47 on the California Real Estate Exam Guide Software disc by Minnie Lush (Dearborn) that has the same material. I would take a test in the book, read the answers, then take the same sample test again on disc.
The most important for me when taking the sales exam was to go through it once and answer everything I knew for sure. I saved all the math questions and did them at once. I went through the exam a second time and answered everything else. Don’t leave any questions unanswered. Good luck!
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