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Is the Utah Real Estate Exam Hard?

After you complete Real Estate school, in order to be eligible for a license, you need to take the exam.  You can find out more about it here.  Often times we're asked if it is difficult to pass the test.  The answer is no, it's not difficult as long as you're prepared!  One of the best ways to be prepared for it is by completing the ARTI Academics practice tests.  Prior to receiving your certificate of completion from the Real Estate School, you will have to pass a practice test.  You can always download more practice tests (we provide 5, total) to ensure you're ready to roll! While we're confident that you will do great, remember that if you don't pass the first time, you can study and take the exam again.  Following successful passing of the Utah Real Estate Exam, you have 90 days to request your license.

For more information around this topic, check out the Utah Division of Real Estate's website. You can also check out how you can be most prepared to pass the Utah Real Estate exam.

If you have any additional questions or insights, post them below!

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What is the difference between a real estate broker and a real estate agent?

While the terms Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Agent are often used interchangeably in Utah and Nevada, they are very different. A Real Estate Agent is an individual who has completed Real Estate School, either online or in person. They also must complete certain background checks and be approved by the State governing body.  This authorizes them to help buyers and sellers complete real estate transactions under the supervision of a Real Estate Broker. A Real Estate Broker has not only completed the requirements to become an Agent, but must also complete 120 more hours of formal education in addition to work experience. Because they are a Broker, they are eligible to open a Real Estate Brokerage and have Agents (and other Broker's) affiliate with their organization.  In the State of Utah, a Broker can be responsible for up to three real estate offices.

So is a being a Broker better than an Agent?

No.  What makes someone great in the real estate isn't dependent on that 120 hours of additional seat time or the title next to their name.  In fact, many agents are better than their brokers at selling real estate.  A great agent is someone that listens to their clients needs and helps them achieve their goals! A great Real Estate Brokerage, however, can make any agent, no matter their skill level, shine above their peers by providing superior marketing, technology, education, research, and support.

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I'm Ready To Take My Utah Real Estate Test!

Congrats!! After you have completed the required 120 hours Utah Pre-Licensing Certificate through ARTI Academics, you will receive a Certifying Document from the school.  This document is delivered directly inside ARTI Academics and is specially coded to work only for you.  You are also emailed the document.

This Certifying Document document is issued by the State of Utah and authorizes you to schedule and take the real estate exam from a Pearson Vue authorized testing center.  Simply visit:, create an account and schedule your exam.  Pearson Vue will also provide additional information about what you can take to the testing center.


Upon successful completion of the exam, you will provide to the state:

  1. A Completed and signed original application issued by the testing center.
  2. Signed, original school Certifying Document (provided by us). This document is only valid for one year and must be submitted within 90 days of passing the exam) or valid education waiver issued by the Division of Real Estate.
  3. Signed responses to the Qualifying Questionnaire issued at the testing center and all supporting documentation requested for any "Yes" answers.
  4. Candidate fingerprint receipt issued at testing center or two fingerprint cards.
  5. Completed and signed Certification of Legal Presence form.
  6. Non-refundable fee of $152.
  7. Licensing Checklist Document


For additional information about being prepared to take the exam, you can review this post or visit the Division of Real Estate's website.

Good Luck passing your Utah Real Estate Exam!

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How long do I have to complete the Utah Real Estate School Pre-Licensing?

While Utah's Division of Real Estate requirement is 1 year, we allow just 6 months.  This is more than enough time for any student to complete the material and pass the test. We want you to be successful passing the exam and if you took the 'Estates' course 10 months ago, for example, the likelihood of you being extremely well versed will decrease.  We pride ourselves on being high quality education and want you to have the best real estate educational experience. If for some reason, you feel that 6 months is not enough time for you to complete the course, please reach out to us!

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How much will it cost before I can sell real estate?

The reason ARTI® Academics was started was to be a driving force in helping the Real Estate Industry become better at what we do.  Home buyers and sellers deserve much better than the same product they've received over the past 30 years.  This real estate school was built all around people with a passion to help move people forward in their career and be successful.  While the cost can differ a little bit, we're saving you up to $800 just for the real estate school portion making it free.  Remember, when you go into the real estate business, you are an entrepreneur and must manage it like your own business.  Depending on your marketing plan your costs can vary substantially.

You can plan for the following expenses:

    1. $0 - Real Estate School with ARTI Academics
    2. $250 -  for the test and the Utah Division of Real Estate fees.
  1. $1500 - National Association of REALTOR dues, your local real estate board dues, and MLS Access.
  2. Depending on which real estate brokerage you choose to affiliate with, you will have monthly costs in addition to signs, business cards, CRM, photography and other expenses.

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How Can I Be Most Prepared to Pass the Utah Real Estate Exam?

Finishing real estate often school brings the question of 'am I going to pass the test'?  You've been prepared by the school to really have a great handle on the topics, terminology, and concepts that will help you succeed. That being said, reviewing the key terms is critical.  Take the time to evaluate and study each of the concepts and terms from each of the 60 courses.  If you're taking your classes through us, you will also be provided with a final exam at the end of the certificate that is very similar to the way the actual test will be administered at the testing center.  If you can pass the final exam in ARTI Academics, you will probably be successful at the Pearson Vue testing center.

ARTI Academics offers 2 hour live test prep sessions that will ensure you feel confident going into the testing center.  The test prep instructors are experts in the real estate industry and work with brand new real estate agents every day. Even if you didn't attend ARTI Academics, you're welcome to sign up for any test prep class. You will find courses in Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Washington County. Click here to register.

When you're ready to take the test, simply visit Pearson Vue's website, create an account, and schedule your time:

Make sure to bring your ARTI Academics Certifying Document!


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How Long Does it Take to Go Through Utah Real Estate School?

Many people wonder how long it takes to go through Real Estate School in Utah. For a Sales Agent, Utah require 120 total hours, or 60 classes. 96 hours of the coursework is around Principles and Practices and the remaining 24 hours are Utah License Law. We recommend planning 1 - 2 months to go through the coursework at ARTI® Academics in the Utah Real Estate School.

If you're pursuing a Utah Real Estate Brokers license, a total of 120 hours are also required. 45 for Broker Principles, 45 for Broker Practices, and 30 for Utah Law. This is of course followed with an exam that must be completed at an authorized Pearson Vue testing center.

If you have more questions, post below!