CEA Expectations Of Cognitive Levels
If you are taking the real estate salesperson examinations in Singapore, it is of utmost importance for you to understand CEA’s expectations of the cognitive levels of candidates taking the exams.
You may be wondering why is this important? Well, based on our experience, most candidates jump straight into studying without finding out what is required of them.
However, on the exam day, most will soon realised that the papers are tough and their current level is below the required benchmark set by CEA.
Here is the secret, if you do not want to fall into the trap of performing below the expectations and failing the RES exams; you must first understand what is the required benchmark.
Let’s cut to the chase and dive straight in right now!
3 Levels Of Cognitive Levels
There are a total of 3 cognitive levels that is required of candidates taking the RES exam.
You will notice in the CEA exam syllabus that each topic is marked with a specific learning outcome and the expected cognitive level involved.
In order to be prepared for the examination, individuals must be aware of the required cognitive levels and internalise the learning outcomes.
At level 1, individuals must be able to recognise, define, describe or name a term or concept.
In addition, they must also be aware of the basic terminology and concepts of the laws/rules/regulatory requirements/procedures.
Remembering is the lowest level required of individuals because it is required by all to memorise and regurgitate information when needed.
Most would have attained level 1.
Lastly, after internalising the information and understanding them, candidates have to attain the final level, which is the application of information.
This is the highest level that is required of students, but contrary to what most believe, this is not the most challenging level to attain.
The prevailing issue for most is that they struggle at the understanding stage, which in turn, messes up their understanding so much so that it becomes a problem when the concepts are applied.
If there is an electrician who is called up to service an electric appliance in an industrial factory.
To do so, firstly, he must remember the safety procedures; which is to ensure that the master switch is turned off, and to station someone at the master switch to ensure it does not get tampered with while he is servicing the device.
In addition, he has to ensure that the specific appliance’s switch is switched off.
However, if he does not understand the importance of such procedures at this stage; he may not follow the procedures.
As a result, he places himself in a life-threatening situation.
Albeit misunderstanding the CEA exam concepts would not put you in a life-threatening situation, the point made is that misinterpreting the concept would hinder you from getting the passing grade in your RES exam.
“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” – Abu Bakr
In short, the application of these concepts can be simple, as long as you nail down the understanding portion, you are good to go!
Find out what are the other common killer mistakes that RES candidates tend to make during our next RES coaching seminar.
Which Level To Focus On?
It is simple to tell you the level that are required in the RES exam, however, we want to show you the facts and figures to help you ace the RES exam and decide on which cognitive level you should draw the focus on.
By now, you would have known that there is a variety of topics covered in the CEA syllabus. The key takeaway is that out of the many topics, only 3 topics are pegged to level 1.
Yet, 107 topics are pegged to level 2 and 103 topics are pegged to level 3.
Think back now and ask yourself if you have been focusing a lot more on memory work or understanding the concepts
It is apparent that most would focus more on memorising and neglect the understanding portion and that is one of the many reasons why they fail to clear the exam.
How We Can Help?
At RES Mentors, we focus on coaching individuals to help them discover their weaknesses and rectify them before it is too late.
We believe that building a strong foundation is one of the keys to clearing the RES exams.
If the understanding is weak from the start, it would in turn create a snowball effect that will lead to the eventual outcome of failure.
Find out more by visiting us during our next RES coaching seminar.