Some Practical Suggestions on How to Prepare for the Real Estate Brokers’ Exam

prcThe Real Estate Broker’s Exam is just around the corner which will be held on March 16, 2014 and it will fall on Sunday. I wish to share some suggestions that will help you not only to pass but to excel on the exam. It is good to strive to be a top notcher.

First and most important thing is, dedicate quality time to study and read at least four hours a day. Set a daily time schedule, this will help you focus on your studies.

I suggest to breakdown your Study Time or hours on particular topics such as: Fundamentals, Condominium Concepts, Legal Requirements, Planning, Development and Zoning, Principles of Ecology, Real Estate Economics and Finance etc., focus on your weaknesses, i.e. Math, Law, and Taxation etc., use keywords to memorize. This will also help you not to cram during the review. Just make sure you have the discipline to follow your schedule.

Gather all the materials that you will need during the review, usually the review center also provide some reviewer, but that is not enough since they are only distributing some handout or guidelines. If possible you can borrow from your classmates and friends or buy some books and review materials.

Second, ask some people who already took and pass the board exam. Try to ask some advice from them, surely they will give you very helpful tips and that you can use in reviewing or even in the actual examination. Also ask them about the recent examinations like what certain problems in a particular that appears in the examination, and the technique that they used when they took the exam. Ask any thing by the way it’s good because you are learning and at the same time it’s for free.

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Many honor students even from reputable and highly respectable school also flunked the examination this just proves that the outcome of the examination doesn’t rely on intelligence alone, and I agree with that. It may be because they are over confident and/or even lack of preparation. Do not rely on luck.

Stock knowledge is the key in passing any given licensure examination, but studying and pushing so hard can give you stress. If you feel so much stress, no matter how hard you review, your brain will no longer absorb what you are reading, it’s the best time to stop and relax. Relaxation and Breathing exercises will help you reduce stress. Also try to spend time with your family, friends and special someone. Though you are not learning relative lessons from them, you got motivation. This will help you once again to pursue what you have started.

According to ptsd.about.com., deep breathing can be an important coping skill to learn. It may sound silly, but many people do not breathe properly. Natural breathing involves your diaphragm, a large muscle in your abdomen. When you breathe in, your belly should expand. When you breathe out, your belly should fall. Overtime, people forget how to breathe this way and instead use their chest and shoulders. This causes short and shallow breaths, which can increase stress and anxiety.

Fortunately, it is not too late to “re-learn” how to breathe and help protect yourself from stress. Practice the simple exercise below to improve your breathing.

  • Find a comfortable position either lying on your back or sitting. If you are sitting down, make sure that you keep your back straight and release the tension in your shoulders. Let them drop.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest.
  • Take a few breaths as you normally would. Does your belly rise and fall with every breath in and breathe out? If you can answer “yes,” that is good. This is the natural way of breathing. If your belly stays still but your chest rises and falls with every breath, practice breathing by only allowing your belly to rise and fall when you breathe in and out.
  • Continue to take deep breaths, concentrating on only moving your belly.
  • Continue as long as you would like!

According to Physician Committee for responsible Medicine, here’s a guide to which foods alleviate stress and which foods make it worse:

High-fiber, carbohydrate-rich foods: Scientists believe carbohydrates cause the brain to produce more serotonin, a hormone that relaxes us. And lots of fiber is helpful in preventing late-night binging. Some examples of healthy comfort food include baked sweet potatoes, minestrone soup, or sautéed vegetables over rice.

Fruits and vegetables: Chronic stress can weaken our ability to fight disease. By upping our intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, we can boost our immune system. Acorn squash and carrots, for example, are great sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene. And citrus fruits provide plenty of vitamin C, another stress-busting antioxidant.

Foods to Avoid

 High-fat foods: Fatty foods such as meat or cheese dishes and many baked goods thicken our blood which in turn makes us feel tired, even lethargic. This is clearly not a good way to reduce stress! Even just one high-fat meal can increase our risk of a heart attack.

Caffeine: Many of us deal with a stress-induced lack of sleep by turning to coffee, tea, and colas. Unfortunately, caffeine stays in our systems longer than many realize. Cutting back on caffeine can help with both sleeping problems and jitters.

Sugar: As a carbohydrate, sugar tends to calm us. The problem with sugar is that it’s a simple carbohydrate so it enters and leaves the bloodstream rapidly, causing us to, in effect, “crash.” On the other hand, complex carbohydrates? Such as pasta, beans, and lentils, the starchy parts of foods? Soothe without bringing us down.

On the day of examination, you should bring easy food to avoid hunger, dizziness that can be a cause of “black-out”. You can bring raisins, biscuits and drinks like Gatorade, but since it is high in sodium, water will be safer to drink. You can also eat dark chocolates or honey if you are not diabetic, to avoid hypoglycemia which is caused by low sugar, however, if you are diabetic you can take foods with protein like tofu or dried tapa.

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Dark chocolates and Tofu

Upon release of the Room Assignments, visit your assigned venue as soon as possible, this is to help you familiarize with the venue and the route you will take during the day of the exam.

It is best to stop studying at least one day before the examination, this will help you to condition yourself and release all the stress you’ve got during the review.

Prepare your Examination kit which should contain the following:

  • Notice of Admission (NOA)
  • Official Receipt
  • Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)
  • Brown Envelop
  • Metered Stamp Envelop
  • BLACK ballpen NOT Sign pen.
  • #2 Pencil (at least 3)
  • PRC Approved Calculator
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Clear Plastic Envelop

images (5) Arrive at your venue as early as possible, this will help you relax, and compose yourself for the examination. Coming in late will just add stress to you and travelling late or arriving almost late will just create a sense of pressure in you which will just make you more worried about the exam. But do not forget to have your breakfast. For those who are leaving very far from their respective room assignment, it would be wise to check-in in good, clean hotel to stay overnight. And for those who are Catholics, and wish to attend Saturday anticipated Holy Mass won’t miss their Sunday obligation.

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If during examination you are in doubt, DO NOT answer if you are not sure. You can skip and read the other questions first, who knows you may discover the answer in the questions below, towards the end of the exams and you’re still in doubt or do not know the answer then choose the best possible answer by eliminating the one that most likely are not correct. when we have no other recourse it is good to pray for light and guidance to the Holy Spirit.

Use the restroom before entering the exam room, since the examinees are discouraged to go out to the examination room while the examination is ongoing.

Optimism, patience and perseverance are the keys to the desired success in passing the board exam aside from good study habit. Be optimistic that you really can pass. Research claims that the more the person envisions success, the more it becomes achievable. Don’t mind what other people will say if you fail, as long as you do your best, what they say doesn’t matter. This is your fight not theirs and be sure you are giving your best shot work hard. The one blessed with enormous patience, good study habits and perseverance will pass the exam. Have faith, prayers are very powerful especially when combined with handwork. Keep believing that all things will work out for the good. 

dr.kirby salvador, taking her oath as a Professional Real Estate Broker

“It’s not just a matter of exam but a beginning of a career”

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