STEP 1: Complete Qualifying Courses
California Real Estate Principles, California Real Estate Practice, and one other course from a prescribed list are required by the California Department of Real Estate prior to the state examination. These courses are designed to give you a basic understanding of the necessary subjects and a foundation of real estate terminology. Each course consists of reading material (online or physical textbook), chapter quizzes, and an open book final examination (100 multiple-choice, 60% or better to pass).
STEP 2: Apply for State Exam
Once you have successfully completed all three required courses, it is time to apply for the state exam by mailing the Combined Salesperson Examination (RE 435A) and Fingerprint Live Scan Service Request (RE 237) to DRE along with proof of completion of the required courses and $305 total (License fee: $245 + Exam fee: $60). DRE processing time for state exam applications is 6 to 8 weeks (this can vary depending on how backed up they are).
IMPORTANT: Call us to talk about scheduling the Live 2-Day Crash Course before you apply for a state examination date. The crash course is to be taken the weekend before your state exam test date.
STEP 3: Work on the Practice Tests
If you enrolled in our complete pre-license package, you also received online practice questions and/or a book of practice tests called California Final Briefing Examinations. This is the most important phase of your studying. Once you have a foundation of knowledge from the pre-license courses, you will start studying the subject matter in more detail. Your goal is to take and retake these sample exams until you are scoring at 90 percent or better (on each practice test) before taking the actual state examination.
STEP 4: Attend Our Weekend Crash Course
If you enrolled in our complete pre-license package, you have prepaid for the live weekend crash course. Check our crash course schedule and reserve a seat before you submit your state examination application to the California Department of Real Estate.
This live weekend exam preparation workshop is specifically designed to help you pass the California Real Estate Exam. In addition to lecture on basic real estate subjects, this live weekend session will include:
1 – key terminology essential to passing the state exam
2 – interpretation of especially confusing exam questions
3 – helpful exam taking hints that will add points to your score
4 – a simplified approach to solving word problems
5 – valuable memorization aids to help you remember the basics