California Real Estate Exam Prep

The California License Professor is California’s number one provider of high quality real estate knowledge designed to help YOU pass your California real estate exam the first time. Explanations and feedback given by the California License Professor is provided by real estate license instructors and professional realtors from across California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Thousands of students have already aced their California real estate exam by preparing with the California License Professor.

California State Licensing

The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) licenses, registers, and regulates real estate sales associates (sales agents) and brokers and administers its own real estate licensing exam administered. Our California real estate prep exams cover all of the necessary fundamentals for the exam.

What are the California Licensing Exam Topics?
  1. California Department of Real Estate
  2. Real Estate License Examinations
  3. Trade and Professional Associations
  4. Property
  5. Title to Real Property
  6. Transfer of Interests in Real Property
  7. Principal Instruments of Transfer
  8. Escrow
  9. Landlord and Tenant
  10. Agency
  11. Impact of the Penal Code and Other Statutes
  12. Real Estate Finance
California Licensing Exam Topics (Continued)     
  1. Non-Mortgage Alternatives To Real Estate Financing
  2. Real Estate Syndicates and Investment Trusts
  3. Appraisal and Valuation
  4. Taxation and Assessments
  5. Subdivisions and Other Public Controls
  6. Subdivisions and Other Public Controls
  7. Brokerage
  8. Contracts
  9. Trust Funds
  10. Property Management
  11. Developers of Land and Buildings
  12. Business Opportunities

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Most people don’t realize just how tough the California real estate exam is. The annual California DRE Operations Report shows that more than 53% of candidates can fail their real estate licensing exam. Don’t be another statistic – studying with the California License Professor will dramatically improve your chances for success! It is as close to the actual California real estate exam as you can get. This is the perfect way to build confidence for when you take the actual exam.

Practicing real estate exam questions with the California License Professor will:

  • Increase your understanding of course material
  • Improve your exam comfort, familiarity, and completion speed
  • Start preparing immediately as there is no software to be delivered
  • Work from home comfortably (slippers allowed): Study wherever and whenever you desire
  • Have no need to attend expensive exam prep classes or real estate license school
The content for each California real estate exam has been extensively planned out by the California License Professors editorial staff; professionals who teach real estate license courses all over California. Through their valuable years of instructional experience they have created a series of practice tests that help future realtors prepare for their real estate exam. Don’t set up to fail. Pass the California real estate exam using the excellent practice exams and informative feedback that the California License Professor’s system provides. And don’t forget – we have a 100% money back guarantee!

Topics Covered in our Package

California exam questions and our comprehensive glossary cover all real estate topics, including:

  1. Introduction to the Real Estate Business
  2. Real Property and the Law
  3. Concepts of Home Ownership
  4. Agency
  5. Real Estate Brokerage
  6. Listing Agreements and Buyer Representation
  7. Interests in Real Estate
  8. Forms of Real Estate Ownership
  9. Legal Descriptions
  10. Real Estate Taxes and Other Liens
  11. Real Estate Contracts
  12. Transfer of Title
  13. Title Records
  1. Real Estate Financing: Principles
  2. Real Estate Financing: Practice
  3. Leases
  4. Property Management
  5. Real Estate Appraisal
  6. Land-Use Controls and Property Development
  7. Fair Housing and Ethical Practices
  8. Environmental Issues and Real Estate Transactions
  9. Closing the Real Estate Transaction
  10. Real Estate Math
  11. California Law and Practice

Salesperson License Requirements

A California Real Estate Salesperson License is required of individuals who conduct licensed real estate activities as described in the Real Estate Law under the supervision of a licensed broker. For the purposes of the License Professor, a salesperson is similar to sales agents in other states. Purchasing the sales agent package and selecting California will provide you exam prep questions that cover all areas of the California salesperson exam.

Minimum Requirements to Apply for the Salesperson License

  • Basic: To apply for a license, you must be 18 years of age or older and have completed a minimum of 45 hours of pre-license education. You will also need to pay all applicable fees, pass the exam, submit fingerprints, and provide all required documentation.
  • Education: Salesperson candidates must complete a pre-license course approved by the California Department of Real Estate. Courses offered by approved schools that meet the requirements for the real estate Salesperson exam are a minimum of forty-five (45) hours and cover real estate principles/fundamentals. Depending on the approved school, online real estate courses may be an option. Pre-license courses may also be offered by an accredited institution such as the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU).
  • Residence: License applicants must provide Proof of Legal Presence in U.S. California does not have any reciprocity agreements, but does allow out-of-state applicants if you are not a California resident. You will still need to qualify for and take the California exam, as well as meet all other requirements.
  • Honesty: License applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. The failure to reveal a criminal conviction on an original license application may also result in the denial of a license and/or license renewal.
  • Fees: The California application fee is $245 and the California exam fee is $60.

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Broker License Requirements

A California Real Estate Managing Broker License is required of individuals who want to assume supervisory responsibilities for salespersons. Broker candidates are required to have at at least two years of full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years. Purchasing the broker package and selecting California will give you instant access to exam prep questions that cover all areas of the California broker exam.

Minimum Requirements to Apply for the Broker License

  • Basic: To apply for a license, you must be 18 years of age or older, have the appropriate experience as a salesperson or equivalent, and have completed a minimum of 45 hours of pre-license education. You will also need to pay all applicable fees, pass the exam, submit fingerprints, and provide all required documentation.
  • Education: Salesperson candidates must complete a pre-license course approved by the California Department of Real Estate. Courses offered by approved schools that meet the requirements for the real estate Salesperson exam are a minimum of forty-five (45) hours and cover real estate principles/fundamentals. Depending on the approved school, online real estate courses may be an option. Pre-license courses may also be offered by an accredited institution such as the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU).
  • Residence: License applicants must provide Proof of Legal Presence in U.S. California does not have any reciprocity agreements, but does allow out-of-state applicants if you are not a California resident. You will still need to qualify for and take the California exam, as well as meet all other requirements.
  • Honesty: License applicants must be honest and truthful. Conviction of a crime may result in the denial of a license. The failure to reveal a criminal conviction on an original license application may also result in the denial of a license and/or license renewal.
  • Fees: The California license application fee is $300 and the California exam fee is $95.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may still have a number of questions about obtaining your real estate license in California. Here are the most commonly asked ones. If you still have questions, just go to our contact page and let us know. 

The salesperson exam contains 150 questions and you must correctly answer 70% to pass. This means you need to score 105 or higher to pass the exam. 

The broker exam contains 200 questions and you must correctly answer 75% to pass. This means you need to score 150 or higher to pass the exam.  

Just because you have a criminal record, it does not mean that you will be prevented from receiving your license. It is always best to provide details on your application. If you are unsure, you can always call the commission to clarify what type of convictions are allowed, and which are not. 

You are given a total of 3 hours for the salesperson exam. This means you have a total of 180 minutes to complete the real estate license exam. 

You are given a total of 4 hours for the broker exam. This means you have a total of 240 minutes to complete the real estate license exam. 

No, California does not have a specific reciprocity agreement with other states. However,  California does allow out-of-state applicants. You will still need to qualify for and take the California exam, as well as meet all other requirements.

Depending on the year, pass rates for salespersons vary from 47-52% on average. Typically, there are an additional 20-25,000 salesperson who become licensed in a given year.