On Schedules and Reviews: Advice for Taking the PRC Brokers Licensure Exam

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To aspiring professionals in the real estate industry, taking the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) exams is an unforgettable milestone. In essence, it can make or break one’s career. Pass it, and you take one step towards success. Fail, and your future as a real estate professional may be less promising. Either way, it’s an experience that will never be forgotten, for sure.

Speaking of not forgetting, make sure that you take note of the PRC licensure schedule of exams.

PRC Exam Dates

  • Registered electrical engineers
    When: April 14 & 15
    Where: NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, and Tacloban 
  • Registered master electricians
    When: April 16
    Where: NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, and Tacloban 
  • Civil engineers
    When: May 3 & 4
    Where: NCR, All regional offices; Zamboanga 
  • Interior designers
    When: June 23, 24 & 25
    Where: NCR 
  • Architects
    When: June 28 & 30
    Where: NCR, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Legaspi, and Zamboanga 
  • Landscape architects
    When: July 1 & 2
    Where: NCR 
  • Master plumber
    When: July 11 & 12
    Where: NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, and Tacloban 
  • Real estate brokers
    When: July 31
    Where: NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, and Tacloban 
  • Real estate appraisers
    When: September 8
    Where: NCR, All Regional Offices (Except Lucena & Zamboanga) 
  • Real estate consultants (written)
    When: December 6
    Where: NCR

Tips for Real Estate Brokers Taking the PRC Exam

Although difficult, it’s possible to ace the real estate brokers’ licensure exam. With the test five months away, you have ample time to prepare and bury yourself in reviewers. But as general advice, work smart, not hard when studying and taking the actual exam. 

Here, we break down some helpful tips:

Plot timelines for topic reviews

The exam covers a lot of subjects. To cover everything and not get overwhelmed, create a calendar designating particular topics for each day or week. Consider allocating more time on matters that you know you’re not very good at. Don’t forget to take into account review breaks as well. It’s hard to focus on studying when your body and mind are craving relaxation. Perhaps leave the weekends free, as they should be.

Study the full text of the laws, if possible

Reviewers are good and helpful, especially for laws that are quite complex to understand. However, know that they’re a condensed version of the rules, precisely because they’re meant to give you only the gist. If you want to have a deeper appreciation of concepts, then you have to dig deep indeed. Read the regulations in their original form. This will give you an edge not just on the exam, but on actual dealings with clients later on. Real estate professionals should be familiar with the Maceda Law, as well as other real estate laws

Practice answering questions

A quick search on Google about sample questions on the licensure exam would turn up a lot of results. Use that to your advantage. Try to answer each and without getting too fixated with your scores, take note of your errors. See if there are patterns in them, which would help you re-focus your study. If most of your mistakes are on mortgage questions, then you know where to allocate more time in your review. Familiarize yourself with the real estate glossary of terms as well. 

Time yourself when doing a mock exam

As you answer questions, hit a timer and see how long it takes for you to finish the entire test. This will not just help you practice managing your time, but also give you the rush and pressure of taking the exam. It’s best practice to do mock tests every after you finish a subject.

Maximize your last day of prep

This is not about making last-minute reviewers or cramming about real estate laws and regulations. Rather, pack up the essentials, including complete exam documents, sharpened pencils, and a sweater or jacket. Eat whatever you want (except those that would upset your stomach), and then sleep early. The bottom line is, don’t stress yourself out the day before the exam. Keep calm and relax. This way, your mind will be in its best state when you take the test.

Finally, be punctual

Arrive at the center at the earliest time you can. If you’ll be commuting to the venue, give a huge allowance for road traffic. But if you can rent a bed space or stay with a friend or a loved one’s home that’s near the testing center, better. The last thing you need in this situation is added stress from not knowing if you can make it on time.

Taking the PRC exam is a defining moment for real estate professionals. Make yours memorable — in a good way — by preparing well.

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