DRE Exam Words

There are two words that seem to appear regularly on the DRE State Exams for Brokers and Salespersons. They are like so many other words that appear on the exams which you will never use again in your Real Estate Career. I learned that there are 43,560 square feet in an acre and had to know it for several exam questions. But I have never been asked about square feet in an acre, and I have had my license since December 9, 1961 (do not believe that date of 1976 on my DRE status sheet. That is taken from secondary records because many older records were lost or destroyed).


The gradual increase of the earth or a shore on an ocean or bank of a stream resulting from the action of the water.


A sudden and perceptible loss of land by the action of water as by a sudden change in the course of a river.

Two More:

Then, we have erosion which is the wearing away slowly of land. And do not forget accretion which is the term for the appearance of alluvium.

In my experience, words like this are the reason that many students fail the exams. So they are stressed in our LIVE Exam Test Prep Seminar, flash cards, glossary and practice exams. The State has thousands and thousands of questions and are adding more daily. Exams vary greatly. It is impossible for any company to have thousands and thousands of practice questions. Some instructors instruct students to keep taking the same tests over and over until you get 90%. That is a waste of time retaking questions that you already understand.


Take practice exams; take many practice exams. BUT learn the Glossary so you know all the terms. AND use flash cards so that you remember all the words and concepts.

Could you find all questions on the Exam in the Reference Book? Surprisingly, no. The DRE Education Department uses many different sources for their questions. So study hard as these are not easy tests.

Over the years 60% of the test takers fail. But do not give up, you can keep taking it, and taking it, and taking it. And, I have never heard of any buyer or seller asking, “How many times did you have to take the test?” And we can help you every step of the way. Did I mention we have live people you can call?

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