How to Pass the Kansas Real Estate Exam? (Career Series 2 of 4)


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Your real estate license is your ticket to a new career, and passing the salesperson exam is one of the mandatory requirements.

To pass the Kansas Real Estate Salesperson Exam, the candidate must achieve a score of at least 70% on both the National Portion and the State Portion. Study the course materials from a trusted provider, read over the Kansas Real Estate Candidate Handbook and doing multiple exam preps can increase the chance of passing the exam. The Kansas Real Estate Salesperson Exam has 110 questions with 4 hours of writing time.

In this guide, I will go over the content, sample questions, FAQ, exam preps of the Kansas real estate salesperson exam. Although the result is not guaranteed, I’m confident it can help to increase your chance of passing it significantly. So you will be one step closer to starting your real estate career in Kansas.

But before we start, I want to give a brief disclaimer. This post is not intended as legal advice or state/federal real estate training. It is for general information only. Please always follow your State laws and best practices.

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A Quick Video Guide on the Kansas real estate exam

Table Summary of the Kansas Real Estate Exam

Portion# of QuestionsRequired Passing Score
General8070%
State3070%

How to register for the Kansas Real Estate Exam?

screen shot of the Pearson Vue Kansas real estate exam registration

The Kansas Real Estate Salesperson Exam is administered by the Pearson Vue and to schedule in writing it, you can create an account on their website. In there, you can choose the testing center and date. The exam fee is $82 and it can be paid through a credit card, debit card or electronic check.

If you have any questions about the Kansas real estate exam, you may contact them at 800-274-4971 or pearsonvuecustomerservice@pearson.com. They also have a Live Chat available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Keep in mind that you must make the reservation at least 24 hours before the exam.

How many questions are on the Kansas real estate exam?

The Kansas Real Estate Salesperson Exam has a total of 110 questions and it consists of the National Portion and State Portion. The General Portion has 80 questions and the State Portion has 30 questions.

Here’s the content of the National Portion:

TopicsNumber of Scored itemsTopics
REAL PROPERTY CHARACTERISTICS,
LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS, AND PROPERTY USE
9A. Real property vs. personal property
B. Characteristics of real property
C. Legal descriptions
D. Public and private land use controls – encumbrances
FORMS OF OWNERSHIP, TRANSFER, AND RECORDING
OF TITLE
8A. Ownership, estates, rights, and interests
B. Deed, title, transfer of title, and recording of title
PROPERTY VALUE AND APPRAISAL11A. Concept of value
B. Appraisal process
C. Methods of estimating value and Broker Price
Opinions (BPO)
REAL ESTATE CONTRACTS AND AGENCY16A. Types of contracts
B. Required elements of a valid contract
C. Contract performance
D. Sales contract
E. Types of agency and licensee-client relationships
F. Creation and termination of agency
G. Licensee obligations to parties of a transaction
REAL ESTATE PRACTICE14A. Responsibilities of broker
B. Brokerage agreements between the broker and principal (seller, buyer, landlord, or tenant)
C. Fair Housing
D. Risk management
PROPERTY DISCLOSURES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 8A. Property condition and environmental issues
B. Disclosure obligation and liability
FINANCING AND SETTLEMENT7A. Financing concepts and components
B. Lender Requirements
C. Federal Financing Regulations and Regulatory Bodies
D. Settlement and closing the transaction
REAL ESTATE MATH CALCULATIONS7A. Property area calculations
B. Property valuation
C. Commission/ compensation
D. Loan financing costs
E. Settlement and closing costs
F. Investment
G. Property management calculations

Here is the exam content of the State Portion:

State Portion Content OutlineNumber of itemsTopics
DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE KANSAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION2A. General powers and duties; membership
B. Investigations, hearings, and appeals
C. License revocation, suspension, condition,
restriction, censure of licensee, and civil fines
D. Criminal prosecution
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS 4A. Activities requiring a license
B. Exemptions from licensure (Broker Only)
C. Qualifications, exams, denial of license (Broker Only)
D. Renewal of license
E. Education requirements
F. Deactivation, and reinstatement of licenses
REQUIREMENTS GOVERNING ACTIVITIES OF
LICENSEES
4A. Place of business and company names
B. Handling of trust funds and trust accounts (Broker Only)
C. Records
D. Reporting requirements
E. Advertising
F. Commissions/referral/relocation fees
G. Broker supervision of primary office and branch
offices (Broker Only)
H. Required residential contract language
I. Commercial real estate; sharing commissions with a
person licensed in another state/jurisdiction
(Broker Only)
PROHIBITED ACTS8
BROKERAGE RELATIONSHIPS IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS ACT (BRRETA)11

Tips to prepare for the Kansas Real Estate Exam

Tips to prepare for the Kansas real estate exam

Let’s Study the Kansas Real Estate Exam “Strategically”

Many people would try to read and memorize all the study materials. Although it could work for some people, it really doesn’t work for me. 

Here are the exact steps I have been using to prepare for exams. It has worked wonderfully for me throughout high school and university, and they still work well when I wrote exams in my field of work. 

  1. Review the exam outline to see which topics will be heavily weighted
  2. Skim through a practice exam to get a sense of the questions
  3. Read over the course materials. Focus more on the sections you’ve seen in the practice exam and those that will be heavily scored. 
  4. Try writing a practice test. 
  5. For the parts that you got wrong, you should review them carefully. I usually would create a document file and take notes on those topics. 
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you can score at least 10% more of the required passing mark for at least two practice exams. (Some people would get nervous during the actual exam writing, so it’s better to have a buffer room on the score. In this case, try to aim for over 80% for the Kansas real estate exam.)

Doing practice questions indeed can help you prepare for the real estate exam. They help you understand what type of questions you’re likely going to see during the test and give you an idea of what topics might come up, making studying more efficient.

Here’s another tip: Studying for the sack of passing the real estate exam could be dreadful. Remember a specific question appears in the test because it could actually be applied in your real estate practice. When you study, just imagine it is your client who is asking the questions. 

Here are some Kansas Real Estate Exam Preps that can help You

A student is doing real estate exam preps.

Real Estate Express – An approved education provider in many states

I like Real Estate Express because of its excellent reputation and a long-term track record of satisfying students. At the time I’m writing this post, it has a standalone exam prep,” which costs around $99. You may click here to view their Exam Prep program. (**)

However, if you haven’t taken the pre-licensing course, they also have 4 packages available in most states. 

  1. The Basics
  2. Exam Preparation
  3. Exam Preparation Plus
  4. Ultimate Learning

Besides “The Basics” package, the other three usually come with the Exam Prep, and they also come with a “Pass or Don’t Pay Guarantee” in most states. That’s how confident they are! You may learn more about their courses package here. (**)

PrepAgent – An Interactive Way to Prepare Your Real Estate Exam

PrepAgent is another excellent choice in helping you to pass the real estate exam. Rather than sitting in front of your desk for hours and studying from boring textbooks, Prep Agent is a much more interactive and effective way.

I like their premium package as it consists of audio lessons, online interactive flashcards, live online webinars, exam prep ebook, and many more. This package allows you to access the materials for the entire year.

Here’s a link to the PrepAgent website (**)

Where can I take my real estate exam in Kansas?

KS real estate exam taker cannot find the testing center

There are multiple testing centers where you can take the Kansas real estate exam. They are:

  • Hays, KS – Pearson Professional Test Center
  • Overland Park, KS – Pearson Professional Test Center
  • Topeka, KS – Pearson Professional Test Center
  • Wichita, KS – Pearson Professional Test Center
  • Kansas City, MO – Pearson Professional Test Center
  • Emporia, KS – Flint Hills Technical College
  • Pittsburg, KS – Labette Community College – Cherokee Campus
  • Fort Riley, KS – US Military Army Ft Riley 1ID G6
  • Salina, KS – Salina Area Technical College
  • Garden City, KS – Garden City Community College

It’s better to do a search in Google Map beforehand. I usually would do a street view tour to have a better idea of the testing location. And also find out where you can park your car.

On the testing day, you should account for the time to sign in and go through the identification process. It’s better to arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your exam.

What should I bring to the exam center?

Real estate exam taker forgot to bring ID

You are required to bring two pieces of valid ID. The primary ID needs to be a government issued ID with photograph and signature.

  • Government-issued Driver’s License
  • U.S. Dept of State Driver’s License
  • U.S. Learner’s Permit (plastic card only with photo and signature)
  • National/State/Country Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Passport cards
  • Military ID
  • Military ID for spouses and dependents
  • Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)

The Secondary ID needs to have signature and not expired.

  • U.S. Social Security card
  • Debit (ATM) or Credit card
  • Any form of ID on the Primary ID list

When will I know the result?

Once you finish writing the real estate exam, you will receive a score report that mark either “pass” or “fail”.

  • If you pass, you will be provided with information on how to apply for a license.
  • If you fail, you will be provided with a diagnostic report of the exam. You will also receive information about reexamination.

The Commission will also post the licensing exam result for the past two weeks on their website.

How can I retake the Kansas real estate exam?

You may schedule to retake the failed portion of the Kansas real estate exam after 24 hours of writing it. Keep in mind that you need to pass both portions of the exam within the two months eligibility period. If you fail to pass both portions within 6 months, you will have to retake the entire exam.

The exam retake fee is $75.

Here are more incredible resources to learn about the Kansas real estate career!

This article is part of the “Kansas Real Estate Career Series.” If you want to know more about being a real estate agent in Kansas, I invite you to check out the following articles: 

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is for general information only, and not intend to provide any advice. They are subjected to change without any notice, and not guaranteed to be error-free. Some of the posts on RealEstateCareerHQ.com may contain views and opinions from the interviewees. They do not reflect our view or position.

Reference:

  • Kansas Real Estate Commission (source)
    • Licensing Exam Result (source)
  • Pearson Kansas Real Estate (source)
    • Kansas Real Estate Candidate Handbook (source)
    • National Content Outlines (source)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – Real Estate Agents (source)
  • Kansas Association of REALTORS – KREC Requirements for a Kansas Real Estate Salesperson License (source)

Jacob Coleman

Jacob is a content writer and a real estate investor. He has experience working with different real estate professionals throughout the years. (i.e., appraisers, real estate agents, property managers, home inspectors.) In order to build a career you love, Jacob believes not only you need a thorough understanding about the profession, but you also have to find out what type of jobs could match your personality, lifestyle and expectation.

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