California State Exam Info

We got California covered! Sign up for our Real Estate Practice Exams that reflect questions found on the California Real Estate License Exam or California Real Estate Brokers Exam and gain access to these unique offerings:

California Real Estate Exam and California Broker Exam Tips: Wouldn't you love to be able to grill a student who just finished taking their real estate exam? Well we have done that for you! Everyday at RealEstateStudyAids.com we receive information from students that have just taken the California real estate exam. We take those new questions they have discovered and last minute tips and pass them on to you!

Real Estate Practice Exam Video: It's great to prepare for your Real Estate Exam with practice exams and questions, but there is no point in testing yourself on something that you do not have a basic understanding of. We offer online videos to help you gain a basic understanding of the national content on your exam.

Specific California Real Estate Exam and California Broker Exam Content: There is no such thing as a "standard" Real Estate Exam. Most states have more than one exam (salesperson and brokers), and all states have varied content from each other. This is why we spend so much time preparing the individual content for the California real estate exam & broker exam, and keeping up with the changes as they occur in California.

Real estate Practice Exams and Real Estate Brokers Exams are organized into categories: When studying for your California Real Estate Exam or California Broker Exam it is important to know your areas of weakness. We have taken the time to divide up the content into categories such as Property Ownership, Practice and Disclosure, Contracts, Financing, Real Estate Math etc. Each Category is graded separately to make it easier to identify and focus on your areas of weakness. Also included are master Real Estate Practice Exams which incorporate all of the different categories into one test to simulate your actual California Real Estate Exam or California Real Estate Broker Exam.

California Real Estate Exam Questions and California Real Estate Brokers Exam Questions Are Constantly Updated: We constantly update all of our California practice questions, including our national practice questions, our explanations and answers, and other content. These all unite to give you the most comprehensive and up to date information for your California Real Estate Exam or California Real Estate Brokers Exam.


CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON EXAM CONTENT

NOTE: To pass the salesperson examination and become eligible for a license, examinees must correctly answer at least 70 % of the questions on the test, which is 105 out of 150 answered correctly.

  • Property Ownership and Land Use Controls and Regulations (approximately 18% of exam).
    • Classes of property
    • Property characteristics
    • Encumbrances
    • Types of ownership
    • Descriptions of property
    • Government rights in land
    • Public controls
    • Environmental hazards and regulations
    • Private controls
    • Water rights
    • Special categories of land
  • Laws of Agency (approximately 12% of exam).
    • Law, definition and nature of agency relationships, types of agencies, and agents
    • Creation of agency and agency agreements
    • Responsibilities of agent to seller/buyer as principal
    • Disclosure of agency
    • Disclosure of acting as principal or other interest
    • Termination of agency
    • Commission and fees
  • Valuation and Market Analysis (approximately 12% of exam).
    • Value
    • Methods of estimating value
  • Financing (approximately 13% of exam).
    • General concepts
    • Types of loans
    • Sources of financing
    • How to deal with lenders
    • Government programs
    • Mortgages/deeds of trust/notes
    • Financing/credit laws
    • Loan brokerage
  • Transfer of Property (approximately 9% of exam).
    • Title Insurance
    • Deeds
    • Escrow
    • Reports
    • Tax aspects
    • Special processes
  • Practice of Real Estate and Mandated Disclosures (approximately 24% of exam).
    • Trust account management
    • Fair housing laws
    • Truth in advertising
    • Record keeping requirements
    • Agent supervision
    • Permitted activities of unlicensed sales assistants
    • DRE jurisdiction and disciplinary actions
    • Licensing, continuing education requirements and procedures
    • California Real Estate Recovery Fund
    • General ethics
    • Technology
    • Property management/landlord-tenant rights
    • Commercial/industrial/income properties
    • Specialty areas
    • Transfer disclosure statement
    • Natural hazard disclosure statements
    • Material facts affecting property value
    • Need for inspection and obtaining/verifying information
  • Contracts (approximately 12% of exam).
    • General
    • Listing agreements
    • Buyer broker agreements
    • Offers/purchase contracts
    • Counteroffers/multiple counteroffers
    • Leases
    • Agreements
    • Promissory notes/securities

CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE BROKERS EXAM CONTENT

NOTE: To pass the salesperson examination and become eligible for a license, examinees must correctly answer at least 75 % of the questions on the test, which is 150 out of 200 answered correctly.

  • Property Ownership and Land Use Controls and Regulations (approximately 15% of exam).
    • Classes of property
    • Property characteristics
    • Encumbrances
    • Types of ownership
    • Descriptions of property
    • Government rights in land
    • Public controls
    • Environmental hazards and regulations
    • Private controls
    • Water rights
    • Special categories of land
  • Laws of Agency (approximately 12% of exam).
    • Law, definition and nature of agency relationships, types of agencies, and agents
    • Creation of agency and agency agreements
    • Responsibilities of agent to seller/buyer as principal
    • Disclosure of agency
    • Disclosure of acting as principal or other interest
    • Termination of agency
    • Commission and fees
  • Valuation and Market Analysis (approximately 11% of exam).
    • Value
    • Methods of estimating value
  • Financing (approximately 13% of exam).
    • General concepts
    • Types of loans
    • Sources of financing
    • How to deal with lenders
    • Government programs
    • Mortgages/deeds of trust/notes
    • Financing/credit laws
    • Loan brokerage
  • Transfer of Property (approximately 10% of exam).
    • Title Insurance
    • Deeds
    • Escrow
    • Reports
    • Tax aspects
    • Special processes
  • Practice of Real Estate and Mandated Disclosures (approximately 27% of exam).
    • Trust account management
    • Fair housing laws
    • Truth in advertising
    • Record keeping requirements
    • Agent supervision
    • Permitted activities of unlicensed sales assistants
    • DRE jurisdiction and disciplinary actions
    • Licensing, continuing education requirements and procedures
    • California Real Estate Recovery Fund
    • General ethics
    • Technology
    • Property management/landlord-tenant rights
    • Commercial/industrial/income properties
    • Specialty areas
    • Transfer disclosure statement
    • Natural hazard disclosure statements
    • Material facts affecting property value
    • Need for inspection and obtaining/verifying information
  • Contracts (approximately 12% of exam).
    • General
    • Listing agreements
    • Buyer broker agreements
    • Offers/purchase contracts
    • Counteroffers/multiple counteroffers
    • Leases
    • Agreements
    • Promissory notes/securities

REGISTERING FOR CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE STATE EXAM

Question: How do I register for the salesperson's exam?
Answer: You can go about registering for the exam in either of two ways:
1. Register for the exam and apply for your license at the same time; or
2. Register for the exam, take the exam, and then apply for your license after you've passed the exam.
The first option, registering for the exam and applying for your license at the same time, can significantly reduce the time it will take to get licensed.
If you'd rather just register for the exam and apply for your license later on, you may register in one of these three ways: online, by mail, or by fax.

It isn't possible to register for the exam by telephone.
To register online, go to the Department of Real Estate's website (www.dre.ca.gov) and follow the instructions for eLicensing. You will be required to pay the application fee ($25 for salesperson, $50 for brokers) by credit card or debit card.

Question: I don't want to register for the exam online. Where do I send my application?
Answer: To register by mail, send the required forms and payment to:
Department of Real Estate
Examination Section
P.O. Box 187001
Sacramento, CA 95818-7001
To register by fax, send the required forms and payment to (916)227-0925.
The DRE cautions that applicants should make sure they do not submit their application more than once. Duplication could delay the application process, and you could be charged twice (with no refund).

Question: Can I pay the examination fee by credit card? Debit card? Check?
Answer: If you're registering online, you must pay by credit card or debit card. If you're registering by mail or fax, you may pay by credit card or debit card aswell. If you're registering by mail or fax, you also have the option of paying by check, cashier's check, or money order, made payable to the Department of Real Estate.

Question: When do I find out my examination date?
Answer: If you register online, you'll be registering for a particular date, time, and location. If you register by mail or fax, the DRE will send you a notice with the exam date and time and the address of your exam site. If you have not received this notice within six weeks after mailing or faxing your application, you can go to the DRE website (www.dre.ca.gov) and use the eLicensing system to find out your exam date. If your exam has not been scheduled, call the DRE Examination Section at (916)227-0900.

Question: What if I can't take the exam on the date that is assigned?
Answer: If the assigned date is unsuitable, you may apply for another exam date either online (at www.dre.ca.gov) or by completing and returning the reschedule request form that will be sent to you with the notice of your examination date. This must be submitted with a $10 rescheduling fee. Any subsequent reschedulings will require a $25 fee.
As mentioned above, you can access a calendar of upcoming scheduled examination dates at the Department of Real Estate's website, www.dre.ca.gov. However, because slots are filled on a rolling basis, you aren't guaranteed to get the particular date that you request.

Question: What if an emergency occurs and I'm not able to request a reschedule in time?
Answer: The same procedure applies. If you do not take the examination on the date scheduled, you may still return the reschedule form and pay the reschedule fee in order to receive a new examination date.

Question: What should I bring to the exam site?
Answer: You will need to bring:
- The notice of your exam date and location that you receive in the mail, a signature-bearing photo I.D. (for example, a driver's license or passport). In addition, you should bring a calculator. You may use a scientific or financial calculator, but you may not use a calculator that makes any noise, is programmable, or has a print capacity or an alphabetic keypad. You may not use a PDA. If you bring a cell phone to the examination, it must be turned off and placed out of site once you enter the exam room. You may not use a cell phone during the exam, and your examination may be terminated if your cell phone rings during the exam. Do not bring books, notes, or other study materials to the exam; you won't be allowed to consult them during the exam. Also, backpacks, briefcases, and suitcases are not allowed in the exam room.

Question: How many questions are on the exam? What percentage do I have to get right?
Answer: There are 150 questions on the Salesperson exam. A salesperson candidate has to score 70% on the exam to pass. This means that you must answer at least 105 questions correctly. 200 questions for the brokers exam, a broker candidate must score 75% on the exam to pass.

Question: Are there a lot of math problems on the exam?

Answer: No. On most exams, you can expect to see five to seven math questions. You can miss every math question and still easily pass the exam, so long as you have mastered the definitions and legal concepts associated with real estate.
If you've had trouble with the math questions while preparing for the exam, when you take the exam it may be advisable to skip over the math questions and then return to them after you've finished the rest of the questions. (But make sure you don't lose your place on the answer sheet if you skip questions!) Don't spend too much of your time and energy on the math questions, since they are such a small portion of the exam.

Question: How long will it take to get my examination results?

Answer: Exam results will be mailed to you within five business days after the examination. Exam results are also available through the Department of Real Estate website, www.dre.ca.gov, often within three business days. Or you can get your results by calling the DRE's automated system at (916) 227-0899, but the DRE asks that you wait at least five business days before calling.
If you pass the exam, you will not receive your actual score, only a notification that you have passed. You will also receive the necessary forms to apply for your salesperson's license.
If you fail the exam, you will be notified of the actual score. You will also be notified of the percentage of questions answered correctly in each of the subject areas.