• Marc Pare

What’s on the North Carolina Real Estate Exam?

Updated: Jan 31



Are you currently enroll or looking to enroll into a North Carolina Broker pre-licensing course? Are you wondering about what’s on the state exam? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will share with you what you can expect to see on the NC real estate licensing exam.


How many questions are on the North Carolina Real Estate Exam?

Here’s what everybody wants to know.

  • How many questions are there on the NC real estate exam?

  • How much time do you have to complete the NC real estate exam?

To keep it short, there are 100 national questions and 40 state specific questions. You will have 2.5 hours to complete the national section and 1.5 hour to complete the state specific section. If you are wondering how much time that gives you per question, the answer is 1 minute and 30 seconds for the national questions and 2 minutes and 15 seconds for state specific questions respectively. Generally speaking, if you are well-prepared, this should give you enough time to read and answer all the questions on the exam. It is no walk in the park but it is definitely doable. Furthermore, to pass the exam you need to answer 71 questions correctly from the national portion and 29 questions from the state portion. In the event that you fail one of the two sections, you only have to retake the one that you failed. Therefore, you won’t have to retake the whole exam.

Is the North Carolina Real Estate Exam hard?

If it was easy, everybody would do it. No, seriously you can’t underestimate the North Carolina real estate licensing exam. While a lot of students are able to pass the NC real estate exam on their first attempt, we wouldn’t say that it is easy by any mean. However, if you have freshly passed the 75-hour broker pre-licensing course and you have completed an exam prep course with success, you should be prepared to take the North Carolina Real Estate licensing Exam. If you are uncertain about your readiness to pass the exam, check out our exam prep technology. It allows you to target the subjects you are having difficulties with. Therefore, you will be able to focus on those challenging topics and improve them before taking the exam.

What’s on the North Carolina Real Estate Exam?

There is no surprise here. The content of the exam is extracted from the 75-hour broker pre-licensing course. The terminology, concepts and topics you’ve learned is exactly what’s on the exam. The national portion of the exam consists of the following topics:

  • Marketing Regulations (Purchase and Rental)

  • Property Management

  • Real Estate Calculations

  • Agency Relationships and Contracts

  • Real Property Ownership/Interest

  • Finance

  • Real Property

Since the state portion consists of only 40 questions, there are considerably less topics. Here is the list:

  • North Carolina Real Estate License Law and Commission Rules

  • Other NC Laws and Practices

  • General Real Estate Topics