Updated: Sep 5
The RES exams are an entrance examination for aspiring property agents to begin their real estate career.
Under the Council of Estate Agency’s (CEA) regulatory framework, it is a must for potential agents to pass the compulsory examination before any estate agency work is conducted.
This helps to ensure that new realtors know the fundamentals of competency and knowledge of the real estate industry before handling what is usually the biggest purchase of a person’s lifetime.
If you are familiar with the exam framework, the papers consist of mostly multiple choice questions which may sound easy, the failing rate is pretty high.
That said, there are still candidates who pass it on the 1st attempt by attending our RES Exam Revision Tutorials and practising on mock exam papers (Instructions on how to get them below).
Here are some study tips that can help you get prepared for the exam format!
1. Attend All Lessons and Focus On Your Study Materials
Who says being a real estate agent just requires great selling and communication skills.
The amount of information that a real estate agent needs to know is overwhelming.
Therefore, it is important to attend all the lessons of the RES course diligently to learn and understand the real estate industry better.
Pay attention and take down all the important points highlighted by your course tutor.
You will also be given study materials such as guidebooks and mock examination papers to guide you along on the topics that you need to focus on.
Our free RES Revision sessions also provides you free mock paper questions for you to test your possibility of passing the exams.
Using the study materials that you have, come up with your own set of notes using your preferred studying style (point form, mindmaps, etc).
I find mind-mapping using SimpleMind+, a free downloadable app, a particularly useful way of laying out all the connecting topics with colour coding to aid retention.
Make it a point to go through your notes after every lesson and clarify any questions you have with your trainer.
Some trainers cover just the surface of certain topics and it is very useful to probe further to understand the “Why” behind the policies or regulations.
It makes remembering policies easier as you start to see the logic behind each regulation and its purpose.
Also, practise on the mock examination papers and vary the papers so that you can get a feel for questions variations and different sentence phrasings.
Through these practices, you will have a better idea on the topics that you are weak in, and then focus more on improving on those areas.
Also, if you think that it is no big deal to miss the lessons as you can self-study, then you are in for a rude shock.
CEA requires a minimum attendance rate of 75% and candidates are required to submit a copy of the RES Course Completion Certificate when they register for the examination.
Hence, no. Those of you who are academic geniuses or the garang type can’t just self-study and go for the exams.
2. Contact Your Friends Who Are in The Real Estate Industry
Talk to your real estate agent friends who have already passed the examinations.
They might be able to give you an idea on the topics that their papers focused on and the challenging questions they faced.
It definitely helps to find others who are preparing for the same examination and form a study group too to support each other.
Apart from helping each other to understand the topics better, your peers can be a source of motivation and encouragement as well.
3. Get Sufficient Rest Before Your Papers
Regardless what papers you are sitting for, it is important to get enough rest before your papers.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before, and make sure you don’t get too tensed up.
It is recommended that you should not attempt any mock examination on the day of your papers.
Last minute cramming tend to cause you to overthink and get confused.
Concentrate on staying calm.
Don’t forget to prepare all the necessary items such as your identification card, stationery and financial calculator the day before your paper to avoid last minute panicking.
The RES examination only happens thrice a year and you wouldn’t want to miss it because of such trivial issues.
4. Read Every Single Detail Given
During your examination, make sure you read every word of the question.
This may seem obvious or trivial but in many multiple choice questions, the paper setter may use terms or words to mislead you.
Answers are deliberately very close to each other and you would need to be careful with how each detail given in the question affects the outcome.
Hence, missing or misreading any words can make a huge difference.
Also, don’t panic and waste too much time if you are unsure of any questions.
Move on to the next question without disrupting your momentum and then go back to the questions again only when you have finished the entire paper.
5. Check Your Answers Carefully and Thoroughly
It is easy to overlook the details when you are feeling anxious or in a hurry.
Carefully track the questions that you are on so that you don’t fill in the wrong order on your answer sheet.
Once you have completed your paper, double check your answers, especially those that you are not confident in.
It might be stressful to study for the RES examination, but it will definitely be worth it once the doors of limitless opportunities open to you.
I hope that this post will help you if you are preparing for the RES examination.
If you would like me to send you some mock exam papers to practise on, drop me a message and I’ll send some to you.
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P.S. Brand new and interested in the RES Course? Find out how to get your property agent licence and be a real estate agent in Singapore!
P.P.S. Passed your RES Exams? Find out what steps to take next to quickly reach your goals!
P.P.P.S. Find out which real estate agency to join after passing your exams!