I passed the NC Real Estate Exam!!!

Hiya loves!! I am beyond excited to share with you, like, the best news ever!! (other than Adam & I getting engaged! haha) Just in case you missed the title of this post (lol) I passed the NC Real Estate Exam. Eek!!! I am incredibly proud of myself for this huge accomplishment! North Carolina is one of the hardest, if not THE hardest state to get your Real Estate license in.
On the first day of class, my instructor, Deborah Cox, pretty much scared the sh*t out of us letting us know how many people fail the course — the pass rate is only 61%. She gave examples of lawyers & people with their Masters degree who have failed. I’d say about half of my class were repeaters. A majority dropped out in the beginning-middle of the 5 1/2 week course and several did fail the final exam. I’ll never forget when Deborah said “whatever you do in life, you need to do less of it” if you want to pass this classLet me tell you, this statement was 100% true!! I had no idea the hours upon hours of studying that would be involved in the course. To give you an idea, Deborah told us that we should be studying 2 hours per every hour of class. Oh and by the way, the course is 75 hours. 

So, a bit of info about the course for anyone who is simply interested and/or has ever considered getting their Real Estate license… 

– I took the Broker Pre-licensing course at Superior School of Real Estate in Ballantyne. I’ve heard great things about Superior, they have a wonderful reputation and I know several people, including my mom, who have gone thru their school to get their license. They have other locations but Ballantyne was most convenient for me.
– As I wrote above, the course was 75 hoursActual classroom time is 75 hours, however, they call it 79 taking the 4 hour exam into account. I was on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule from 9am-5pm + an hour lunch break. I didn’t know at the time, but evidently this was an “accelerated course” meeting 10x. The Monday/Wednesday schedule is an evening class spread out over 20 class sessions. There are also weekend classes available, too, if weekdays just aren’t doable for you bc of work, family, or other commitments… 
– The cost of the course was about $450 + an additional $47 for the required textbook — Modern Real Estate Practice in NC 8th Edition Update Revised. I actually borrowed my sisters textbook from when she took the course so I didn’t need to purchase the book. Additionally, you’ll need your “Adventure Guide” which is included in the cost of the course. The Adventure Guide is a huge help as it is full of the [exact] Power Point slides we reviewed in class. We used the Adventure Guide in class more than the text book. Next to each slide in the book is space to take notes as Deborah went over the correlating slide on the projection screen. As I said, HUGE HELP!
– Class moves at a VERY FAST PACE. You honestly cannot miss a beat or you will be left behind. This is 3 fold: 
1) CHAPTER READING/HOMEWORK: end of chapter quizzes + reading were given at the end of every class. You need to be current if not ahead on your reading so the next time you meet, the material actually makes sense and sinks in. 
2) ENGRADE: Engrade is an online tool where you login to take more fun-filled chapter quizzes. Seriously tho, this was super helpful in preparing me for my final exam. After your first day of class, you’ll receive an email with your UN/PW giving you access to all Chapter Quizzes, Quarterly Reviews + several quizzes with questions pertaining to Pre-licensing & Law. Engrade isn’t like a, oh hey, this is a nice-to-have / take-it-or-leave-it kinda thing, it IS a requirement. If you don’t complete 19 out of 21 chapter quizzes + the quarterly reviews + the licensing laws you are not eligible to sit for the exam.
3) CLASS ATTENDANCE: Deborah ran a pretty tight ship in regards to attendance. We had to sign in for both our morning & afternoon sessions after returning from lunch. If you miss 7 hours or more of class, you are no longer eligible to sit for the exam. I would suggest showing up for class promptly and leaving any and all distractions at the door. This class requires your full attention!
– So about that exam… 4 hours, 140 questions combining both NC State & National questions. You get 2 attempts at the class exam. If you fail the first time, you get a second chance. Fail the second, you have to repeat the course. Yikes! After you pass the class exam, you are eligible to sit for the final exam that actually gets you your Real Estate license! Wee! 
You schedule your exam either online or over the phone thru a company called AMP and you go to an H&R block (so random) to sit an take another 4 hour exam. This exam, unlike the class exam is electronic and you find out your results immediately. Also, another difference in the class to state exam is, it isn’t cumulative. Say you fail one section, you simply sit for that portion again. 
Speaking of failing, I passed my class exam on the first try! Whoop Whoop! However, I only passed the NC Section on my first stab at the state exam. I had to wait the 10 days, pay $96 and retake the National portion. Thankfully, a lot more studying paid off and I passed! 

As I wrote at the start of this post, I am incredibly proud of myself for successfully passing the course/exam. Honestly, I don’t think anyone truly understands how much hard work & dedication it takes to pass it all unless you’ve gone thru it yourself! And if its been several years since you’ve taken the course you might still not get it, as the requirements continue to change & get harder. For example, my mom, who’s been licensed for about 20 years only had to sit thru 30 hours of class. I believe from here it increased to 40 and so on, and as you now know, it is at 79 hours. 

A little bit about the commitment it took for me to pull this off…

The course ran from Nov. 10th-Dec.15th with the exam on Dec. 22nd. For 6 weeks, I went to class from 9-5 Tuesday/Thursday and on Tuesday’s, I left class, sat in traffic & taught my yoga class from 6-7pm. Get home at nearly 8pm, eat dinner and study until I passed out!
Mon/Weds/Fri, I managed all my training sessions, having anywhere between 6-8 hours of clients a day. I still managed to get in a workout at least 3x a week (if I didn’t, I may have gone crazy!) and honestly every bit of my free time was sucked up with studying. There were many nights I fell asleep studying and pretty much every morning before class, I’d wake up at 630-645am to refresh material for class that day. 
Before the class began, I already made the decision to stay with my parents on Monday & Wednesday nights 1) to avoid traffic & make it easier to get to class in the morning since Adam & I live uptown + I just suck at mornings all together 2) to have no distractions,  get all my studying/reading done on the nights before class. This was a tough but needed decision bc I knew Adam would be a distraction to me. I mean this in the best, most loving way possible. That man is my best friend & we just have fun with each other…cooking dinner, hanging out, listening to music & drinking wine. This just couldn’t be during these 6 weeks! Another reason this little separation was so tough is, Adam had JUST returned from filming Loving in RVA. (If your just tuning in, you can get caught up, here.) He had been away for 4 months and this class started 5 days before he came back home. ugh I basically had no social life for 6 weeks and studied my face off.  Anytime I was in the car, I listened to a set of CD’s called “Hiking The Real Estate Trail”. These CD’s were awesome & very helpful, too! Just another way to get the material in my head. There were many nights I didn’t sleep bc I just felt so stressed (probably self-induced, I tend to do this) but it was a tough schedule to keep. One morning, I had a complete breakdown and had a much needed cry fest. I left the house to go study with my study buddy from class pretty much all weekend, every weekend. And on the final days leading up to the exam, I studied for about 8+ hours a day.

I’m by all means, not boasting. I just wanted to share what it really took for me to pass this whole thing. Perhaps it would come easier to others, but honestly, I don’t believe so. I remember one afternoon, a girl in my class, during one of our short little 10 minute breaks said she felt like she was going to cry. So many people in my class were super stressed. 

Any way, the point of all of my rambling is that HARD WORK PAYS OFF. You are capable of anything you set your mind to — all it takes is the commitment + a drive to succeed from inside of you! If your wondering why the heck I decided to get my Real Estate license in the first place, stay tuned…there will be a post to follow! 

Much Love,

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36 Comments

  1. Lee
    July 10, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    Hi so first off way to go. But I am taking the class as well study every second I have. any tips for remembering definitions and study parts to focus on? Thanks so very much Lee

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      July 11, 2016 / 2:02 am

      Hi Lee!Thank you! Passing was a proud moment, for sure! Honestly, my advice would be to just study, study, study. I had a study partner, made flash cards for definitions & listened to the "Hiking the RE Trail" CD’s in the car nonstop. I basically did nothing but live & breathe that class until it was over. Always pre-read before class and re-read any sections your not quite getting.Hope that helps!! Best of luck to you!! xoLS

  2. Elay
    August 26, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    You have exactly given what you hear from classroom and the amount of work you have to put in to pass this exam. Sure will help many who want to hear about the class from a student perspective. 2 days ago I have passed the class test and have to appear for the state test. Is there any specific materials i have to go through to clear the state or increase the chance of my passing šŸ™‚ . I got amp book and yet to register for state.
    For the class test i primarily used engrade online test/superiors text book/and the Adventure guide..which is more than sufficiient in my opinion. Just would like to see anything that may help for the state exam. Thanks Elay

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      August 30, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Hi there! Congrats on passing the class exam. In my opinion, the final/ State Exam was harder and different from the class exam. Sounds like you are on the right track and using all of your resources. Everything I used & studied is what I shared in my post. Thank you for reading & commenting.
      All the best!LS

  3. Erin
    October 3, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I just passed Superior’s class exam. I thought the school was great! My teacher Tim Terry was hilarious!! They told us to study 30 hours a week and I studied about 20 hrs a week and made a 93%.
    Question though, did you think the actual licensing exam was a lot harder, or about the same? Superior says they make their test to reflect the same amount of questions on each topic, but I wasn’t sure how accurate that is?
    Congrats by the way. It’s cool to see a local blogger going through the same process in the same area!

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      October 4, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      Hi Erin!!Congrats on passing – that’s awesome! I’ve heard wonderful things about Tim Terry. A girlfriend of mine actually had him for her instructor, and loved him as well!
      I thought the actual licensing exam was way harder AND different from the class exam.
      Thanks for reading! Best of luck with your Real Estate career! šŸ™‚
      xxLS

      • Erin
        October 12, 2016 / 6:21 pm

        Hey Lauren,
        Just wanted to come back to tell you I passed the state licensing exam today! Through-out school I kept hearing mixed results on whether the school or licensing exam was harder. You were right, the licensing exam was way harder! I about had a panic attack when I was taking it!
        So for anyone else reading this, don’t let up on the studying after you pass the school exam and make sure you are studying beyond what the school emphasises!

        • Lauren Schwaiger
          Author
          October 13, 2016 / 7:46 pm

          Hi Erin!!That’s awesome – biggest congrats to you!! Yes, licensing exam was definitely harder!! Thanks for the update!! Best luck, again!! xx

  4. molly
    October 20, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Great article! I am taking this class at Superior in Ballantyne starting in November and would love to get the audio CDs you wrote about. Where did you find them? I don’t think I found the right set when I looked for them online. Thanks!

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      October 21, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      Hi Molly!!I actually borrowed the CD’s from my sister who took the class a few months before me. I believe you can just order them directly thru Superior! Study. Study. Study. And best luck with the class!! xx
      LS

  5. Brandy
    January 11, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Is it possible to pass this class with a 45hour a week work schedule? And without any college education? I’m supposed to take this in March with JY Monk

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      January 12, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      HI Brandy,The class + a 45 hour work week will be stressful, for sure! I worked about a 25 hour work week while in the class and it was still super hard. I committed myself to the class 100% – no social life for about 6 weeks, stayed on stop of/ahead of the class reading + studied my butt off. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, right!? šŸ™‚
      Best of luck!! xxLS

  6. mia
    January 26, 2017 / 5:44 am

    Hey , so I am at GoRealty school. We are only on Chapter 3 but I’m having a hard time already, I’m not sure if its just me, a lot of people in the class seem like they are understanding it all :/ Im a little disappointed all we have to study with is the modern real estate book and the instructor during class no extra studying materials. How am I suppose to know exactly what to study? I’m on day 4 in class and have written over 180 flash cards, is this to much? I feel like Im drowning and my mind can’t keep up.

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      February 8, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Hi!So sorry to hear your having a tough time so early on. I read the book like crazy & listened to the Hiking the Real Estate Trail CD’s as I shared in my post. We also had practice tests that we were required to take in order to even sit for the final exam – those were a big help!I rewrote flash cards for info. that I was having a hard time drilling into my head! lolI know it sounds tough, but try not to stress!Wish you all the best,
      LS

  7. Shira
    April 4, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Hi! I’m currently preparing to take me exam & Superior next Monday. I’ve heard from some folks that passed the class and that they solely studied their engrades and passed with flying colors. Can you comment on this?

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      April 4, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      Hi Shira!Yes, I would agree with that, I studied my Engrades as well as re-read sections of the book that I knew I needed to understand better! Best of Luck!! xx

  8. Marshall
    April 18, 2017 / 2:57 am

    Hi! Having passed the Superior School class test I’m now preparing for the state exam. In what way do you believe the state exam was much harder than the school exam? I’ve attempted some online free sample exams and have been amazed at the level of difficulty. Did you attempt any of the online papers and, if so, do you feel they reflect the difficulty of the actual state exam?

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      April 18, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Hi Marshall!Congrats on passing the class test – one down, one to go!The state exam was definitely harder to me – I felt that the structure of the questions was much different than the class exam, if that makes any sense…? I simply studied my Engrade tests from class, reviewed the parts/topics in the book that I felt I was lacking in and listened to my Hiking the Real Estate Trail CD’s a little more.So sorry, I can’t speak to the online papers as I never used them.Hope this helps. Just continue to study and you will do well!!
      All the best!!LS

  9. May 8, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Congratulations!! I know it’s been a year already but I hope you’re kicking butt in your new career! This was so super helpful. I’ll be taking the classes in September and all I keep hearing is how hard it is! Thank you for going in depth when describing the class. Now I won’t feel so blind sided. Is there anything I could do or get right now to study that will help me with the class/exams?

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      May 8, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Awe, thank you so much!! Happy you enjoyed my post about the class!! It is very hard but totally worth it! :)If you like, get a head start on your reading. If I remember correctly, I believe they recommend having the first 4 chapters read before class starts so I would say that’s a great place to start! As I wrote, I basically had no social life for the 5.5 weeks of class – I didn’t want any distractions. I made sure to re-read any parts that weren’t clear to me and the Engrade Exams are extremely helpful!!Hope this helps! best of luck! You’ll do great! xxLS

  10. Hap Welty
    May 20, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Hey Lauren,
    Your post was very helpful as I am in the throes of real estate school and aiming to take the class test on June 15. Wondering if you had access to the Power Point or Adventure Guide as you call it. Also, would you know how I could get access to the Engrade program online?
    ThanksHap

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      May 20, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Hi Hap!Thank you! Happy to hear you found the post helpful!!You should have access to Engrade as a part of your class. I’m not sure where your in school, but at Superior School of Real Estate, we logged into our Engrade account to take our Engrade Quizzes as we moved thru the chapters in the course. If I remember correctly, you lose access to Engrade once the course is over so I would recommend printing or saving each quiz to your computer so you can go back and review them in preparation for your final exams – the class & the state exam. As I wrote in my post, I used the Hiking the Real estate Trail CD’s and the only other things I used was my book & Engrade. Hope the helps. Best of Luck!! Study, Study, Study!LS

  11. Tiana
    June 22, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    I just finished tha class at Ballantine on June 9th. I failed the test the first time(by one question UGH!) My second try I got a 90. I take the big test next Wednesday (June 28th) I am so nervous. I loved reading this post. It gave me an extreme amount of encouragement.

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      June 25, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      Hi!!ugh…one question!! Sorry you missed it on the first try but happy to hear you passed the test!!! Best luck on the BIG exam!! You will ace it!! keep reading & studying to keep the info fresh in your mind!So happy you enjoyed the post! Thank you for reading! xo

  12. Kim
    December 6, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Hi Lauren!
    Congrats on passing this very difficult exam and starting your real estate career! I wanted to ask how you are liking it? I am thinking about becoming a realtor and am looking at schools that starting in January right now (Go School, Fonville Morisey and Superior). I know there are a ton of realtors and competition can be fierce, but the ones who stick it out past their first year tend to really love it. Thanks!!!

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      December 12, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Hi Kim!Thank you so much! I defnitely was NOT easy! I actually am LOVING it! Competition is tough, but if you work hard, stay persistent and just GO FOR IT you absolutely can do it and be a successful Realtor!Good luck with the class and don’t hesitate to reach out — happy to help if I can! xxBest!LS

  13. January 18, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Congratulations, Lauren!
    I felt very inspired reading your story. We can do anything if we just try. If you try and you fail, if you continue trying… eventually you will succeed!
    Thanks šŸ™‚

  14. March 3, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Hi Lauren!
    Thanks so much for posting this! I just completed Superiors prelicensing course, passing my test on Feb 22! My licensing test is this coming Monday and all the stress is resurfacing! I hear the state portion is mega hard, but it sounds like that is the section you excelled in!I actually found this post while googling "How to pass the NC state real estate exam"!This was motivating, so again, thank you!
    Fingers crossed for Monday!

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      March 4, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Hi Erica!Awe, you are so welcome! I am so happy you found my post so motivating. Congrats on passing the class test @ Superior! Good luck with the final on Monday – sending you nothing but good vibes!!! xxLS

  15. Erin
    March 8, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Thank you for this and the encouragement! I am taking the weekend class with Superior. I am about to go to my second weekend of classes and already feel so overwhelmed!!!

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      Hi Erin,Awe, I can totally relate to feeling overwhelmed. I definitely felt that way, too. Just take it one weekend at a time and completely commit yourself to this class and to all the studying!! You will do great!!Best of luck to you!LS

  16. Michelle C
    June 20, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    Congratulations!I just recently went thru the SC schooling, took and passed my National and state testings! I am now going to get my NC license, only makes sense since i live just a hop skip and jump from Charlotte(Rock Hill) I’m hoping my schooling from South Carolina will count towards NC! I will call and find out! Congrats again!

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      Author
      June 20, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Hi Michelle!Congrats on passing the SC schooling and exam! Good luck with the NC portion!! I’m not sure how it works when you get your SC License first, however, I do know if you get your NC first, all you need to do is take the SC state portion.Wish you all the best with your Real Estate Career!!
      xxLS

  17. Sasha
    June 29, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    What type of questions are on the class exam and the type of questions on the state exam

  18. Abriel
    July 18, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Just had my first two first days of class this week! Iā€™m still trying to get a hang of the math section. How was it on the state exam? Was it terrible???

    • laurenschwaiger
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 11:45 am

      Hi Abriel!
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Math is definitely not my strong suit and I had a hard time getting the hang of it as well. The closing disclosure is the biggest math part on the final exam so I definitely would make sure you have that down and feel really solid with it. The CD will account for 4 questions on the exam, so…practice, practice, practice! šŸ˜‰ I practiced a ton and one day it just clicked and now I actually enjoy it!
      Best of luck to you!!
      LS

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