California Real Estate Agent Exam

Real Estate Agent License Practice Test Kit Need of a License: A real estate salesperson must be licensed by the state of California to represent clients in the sale or purchase of real estate that is located in California.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the California Bureau of Real Estate (“CalBRE”).Real Estate Agent Exam

Qualifications to receive a License:  Prior to taking the state licensing exam, a candidate for a California real estate license must use this form to apply to take the state licensing exam. The completed application must be accompanied by proof of completion of three courses: Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and one other course from a designated list. Both distance learning and classroom style pre-licensure courses are acceptable. The three courses must be taken from a CalBRE-approved real estate school (search schools here). All candidates must prove legal presence, submit a full set of fingerprints, and meet the eligibility requirements for state licensure.  All candidates must be at least 18 years of age. For more information about qualifications, see Instructions to License Applicants, on the CalBRE website.

Applying for the Exams:  Refer to the How and When Exams are Scheduled page of the CalBRE website. Candidates should schedule the state exam through the elicensing page of the CalBRE website.

Test Content:  The California state real estate licensing exam is comprised of 150 multiple choice questions with four answer choices provided for each question. Test takers are allotted 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam.  A student must correctly answer at least 70% of the questions (105 questions) on the exam to pass. The exam tests the candidate's knowledge of general and state-specific real estate concepts, including the following subject areas:

Property Ownership and Land Use Controls and Regulations
Laws of Agency and Fiduciary Duties
Property Valuation and Financial Analysis
Transfer of Property
Practice of Real Estate and Disclosures (Includes Specialty Areas)

How to Apply for the License:  The license application is issued by the testing company upon passing both portions of the licensing exam. Candidates must provide the CalBRE with (1) all documents included on the Original License Checklist; and (2) the application fee. All of the required documents and the fee must be submitted to the CalBRE offices within two years of the date of the candidate applied to take the state licensing exam. Submittal of documents and fee can be either in person or through the U.S. mail.

Fees:  The CalBRE charges a license application fee.

Who administers the test:  CalBRE.

License Renewal Requirements: A California real estate licensee must take 45 credit hours of continuing education (either online or in the classroom) from a CalBRE-approved provider every two years.

Applicable Regulations:  Real estate licensees in California are regulated under Title 10, Chapter 6, Regulations of the Real Estate Commissioner, and the California Administrative Procedure Act, Section 11.

To prepare for your Real Estate Agent exam, use our 300 question practice test, with answers fully explained, by expert Karen Bohler.

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Our practice exam writer
Karen Bohler
is a licensed real estate broker and certified real estate instructor. She has worked in real estate sales for over 20 years. She teaches real estate sales and contract law for a real estate sales education company that specializes in the licensing of real estate sales agents and brokers across the country. Karen designs curriculum and other educational materials for real estate sales training courses, licensing exam preparation and continuing education providers. She earned her juris doctorate degree from Taft Law School.

Tabitha May Hasin
is a real estate instructor with Brightwood College (formerly Kaplan Real Estate Education) and a real estate salesperson and trainer with Keller Williams Realty in Fullerton, California. She is also a licensed attorney and received her juris doctorate from Chapman University Law School. Prior to working as a real estate instructor, Tabitha worked in the lender, title and settlement services industries in real estate transactions. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees from the University of California, Irvine.
Our practice exam covers the general principles of real estate law and regulation that is common across the country and is not specific to any one state.  It covers all of the following areas which are typically covered in most state Real Estate Agent examinations:
  • Real Property Characteristics    
  • Real Property Rights
  • Freehold Estates            
  • Real Estate Ownership
  • Land Description            
  • Non-monetary Encumbrances
  • Government Restrictions
  • Real Property Liens
  • Agency
  • Real Estate Brokerage
  • Listings and Buyer Agency Agreements
  • Contract Law    
  • Transfer of Title             
  • Financing Principles
  • Property Management 
  • Leases 
  • Appraisal
  • Investment Analysis      
  • Real Property Environmental Issues      
  • Settlement
  • Federal Laws