Updated on February 26, 2023 by admin


Looking for a more certain way to pass your RES exams on the 1st try? Read on.


In the real estate business, passing the Real Estate Salesperson (RES) examinations and obtaining your license are your first objectives. Aspiring real estate agents take the RES exams to commence their careers.

Potential estate agents must pass the compulsory estate agency examination before they are authorized to work as estate agents under the Council of Estate Agencies (CEA) regulatory framework. By doing so, new realtors have the fundamentals of competence and industry knowledge they need to handle the biggest purchase of a person’s life, the purchase of a home.

Considering the structure of the exam, the papers primarily consist of multiple choice questions, but despite the low passing rate, the abandonment rate is high.  You can prepare for the exam format by following these study tips.

Your preparation for the upcoming RES (Real Estate Salesperson) exams has begun, which will be held every 4 months (February, June, October) since now, and according to the CEA regulations. It’s time to start preparing for your RES (Real Estate Salesperson) exams, which are scheduled every four months (February, June, and October) going forward.


1. Study your materials and attend all classes

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Who says you need only good communication and sales skills to be a real estate agent?

Real estate agents need a lot of information to be successful.

Regulations, policies, jargon, and formulas concerning URA, HDB, BCA, the Ministry of Law, etc. need to be learned. Therefore, to better understand and learn about the real estate industry, it is essential to attend the course lessons diligently.

Make notes of everything your course tutor mentions in his/her presentation. In addition to guides and mock examination papers, you will also receive study materials regarding the topics you need to focus on. We provide free mock paper questions as well as RES Revision for you to test your ability to pass the exams.

Come up with your own notes based on the study materials you have (points, mind maps, etc.). Mind-mapping with SimpleMind+, an app available for free download, is particularly helpful for illustrating your connections between topics and aiding in their recall.

Follow up on any questions you might have with your trainer after every lesson by going over your notes.

The “Why” behind certain policies and regulations is often not addressed by trainers, and it is very useful to dig deeper into those topics for a deeper understanding of the topics. As you gain an understanding of the rationale behind regulations and their purposes, it becomes easier to remember them.

In addition, conduct mock examinations and vary the question types to gain a better understanding of the variations in questions and different sentence structures. When you practice these habits, you will develop a better understanding of the topics that are weak for you, which will enable you to improve in those areas.



It is also a rude shock for people who think that missing the lessons is nothing to worry about since they can self-study. A CEA Approved Course Provider must conduct the RES Course for candidates sitting for the RES exams.

Candidate registration requires the RES Course Completion Certificate, which must be submitted when the candidate reaches 75% attendance. As a result, no. You cannot simply self-study and pass the exams if you’re an academic genius or garang type.


2. RES Courses must be taken under the guidance of a recognized provider


A certified RES course must be attended under the guidance of a recognized training provider, and each course is valid for two years. The RES Course only requires six attempts to pass before you need to take it again.

It is advisable to do your research before signing up with a training provider or trainer. As for mine, I took it with Hastor, whose trainers are available through Whatsapp group chats nearly round the clock.  NTUC members who are members of SkillsFuture may claim training fees via UTap if their training fees are covered by SkillsFuture credits.

As of March 2022, these are the training providers who are recognized:


3. Don’t forget to contact your real estate friends

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If you do not know anyone who has already passed the exam, ask your real estate agent friends. Depending on the topics they wrote about and the questions they encountered, they might be able to tell you what challenges they faced.

To support each other, forming a study group with others preparing for the same exam is definitely helpful. It is not only possible to learn from one another, but also to motivate and encourage one another.


4. Prepare for your papers by getting enough sleep


Getting enough sleep before your papers is important, no matter what papers you are taking. Don’t get too tense before you go, and sleep well the night before. If you are writing your papers on the day of your mock examination, it is recommended that you avoid taking any mock tests.

Getting confused and overthinking can result from cramming at the last minute. Maintain a calm attitude. To help you avoid last-minute panic, be sure you prepare everything the day before your paper, including your identification card, stationery, and financial calculator.

A trivial issue like this shouldn’t prevent you from taking the RES examination which only occurs thrice a year.


5.  Be sure to read all the details


Take the time to read every word of the questions during your examination. You may think this is obvious, but the paper setter may mislead you with terms or words in many multiple choice questions.

Each detail in the question affects the outcome and you should consider how it affects the answers intentionally close to each other. It is therefore extremely important to avoid missing words or misreading them.

Don’t panic if you don’t understand anything and don’t waste too much time. When you have finished the whole paper, go back to the questions again without interrupting your momentum.


6. Make sure you carefully review your answers

When you’re in a hurry or feeling anxious, it’s easy to overlook the small details. Be very careful to write your answers in the correct order, so that you don’t make a mistake.

Verify your answers, especially those you are uncertain about, after you’ve completed your paper. While studying for the RES examination can be stressful, you’ll be glad you did it once you are able to take advantage of an unlimited number of opportunities.

If you are preparing for the RES exam, this post may be helpful to you. Feel free to send me a message if you would like some mock exam papers to practice with. Were you able to gain any benefit from this article?

Let your friends who are taking the exams soon know you love them. Like, comment, and share. If you want to succeed faster in your career, join our free RES Revision Sessions live with me or upcoming RES Bootcamp.

Our RES Boot Camp accelerates your income breakthrough after you pass the RES exams. Each batch has a limited number of seats. We offer over 42 hours of training three times a year by our top team leaders, sales executives, and project coordinators to enable you to become field-deployable within a week of attending.

UTAP claim for res exam

If you are a real estate salesperson in Singapore and are looking to take the RES (Real Estate Salesperson) exam, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) scheme. Here’s a closer look at how to make a UTAP claim for the RES exam:

  1. Check your eligibility: Before you apply for UTAP, make sure that you are eligible for the scheme. To be eligible, you must be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, and you must have completed at least 90% of the course or exam fees before applying for UTAP.
  2. Submit your application: To apply for UTAP, you will need to submit an online application through the SkillsFuture Singapore website. You will need to provide your personal details, as well as information about the course or exam that you are taking.
  3. Wait for approval: Once you have submitted your UTAP application, you will need to wait for approval from SkillsFuture Singapore. This can take up to 4-6 weeks, so be sure to apply well in advance of your exam date.
  4. Submit your claim: After you have received approval for UTAP, you will need to submit a claim for reimbursement of your course or exam fees. You can do this through the SkillsFuture Singapore website or by submitting a paper claim form.
  5. Receive your reimbursement: Once your claim has been processed, you will receive a reimbursement of up to $250 for your RES exam fees. The exact amount that you receive will depend on the total cost of the exam and the amount of funding that you are eligible for.

Overall, the UTAP scheme can be a helpful way to offset the cost of the RES exam for real estate salespeople in Singapore. By following these steps, you can apply for UTAP and receive financial assistance for your exam fees.





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