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California State Real Estate Licensing Exam Information

Published: June 12, 2018

Current Application Processing Timeframes

  • Exam application processing timeframes update weekly on the www.dre.ca.gov website.
  • To find out if your application was received by the Department of Real Estate DRE, check your bank statement or credit card statement to see if your exam application fee has been processed.

If you pay the application fee with a personal check it will delay the processing. Paying by cashiers’ check, money order, or credit card will expedite processing. For fastest service, use the combination Salesperson Exam/License Application form (DRE number RE435) and select yes on item #14 to self-schedule your examination date using the eLicensing system on the DRE website once your application is processed and you are notified.

You will receive a notification by email when your combination application has been processed and you are able to use the eLicensing online system to schedule your examination date, typically within one to two days, depending upon seat availability. Qualified examinees can now schedule themselves into an available exam via eLicensing as late as 6:00 a.m. on the day of the exam.



Where Exams are Scheduled

Examinations are conducted in the following locations in an electronic format (subject to change):

  • Fresno
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles Vicinity
  • Oakland
  • Sacramento

What to Expect on Exam Day

The following items are NOT permitted in the examination room: cell phones, purses, wallets, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, food, drink, study materials, tablets, portable computers, PDA’s, calculators, cameras, video or digital recording equipment, watches, lapel pins, tie tacks, and other items deemed inappropriate by proctors. Basic calculators WILL be provided for your use.

Cell Phones

Cell phone use and/or mere possession of a cell phone during an exam is strictly prohibited, including while out on break. All cell phones must be powered off and placed in an individual locker provided for your use. When individual lockers are unavailable, a Personal Belongings storage table will be set up for disallowed items. Failure to comply with examination administration rules will lead to your disqualification. DRE will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. If you value it, leave it at home or in your car.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

To be admitted into an examination, you must show a valid form of photo identification issued within the past 5 years. Only the following forms of photo identification will be accepted:

  • Current state-issued driver’s license,  or DMV identification card, or U.S. Military identification card
  • U.S. Passport or Passport issued by a foreign government

Exam Time

  • The allowable time to complete the 150-question multiple-choice salesperson exam is 3 hours 15-minutes.
  • The broker exam is 5 hours, administered in a 2 ½-hour morning session and a 2 ½-hour afternoon session and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions (100 in each session).
  • Sessions begin promptly as scheduled. DRE requests that you arrive 30 minutes early.
  • You cannot inspect your examination book or answer sheet after the examination session has ended.

Notification of Examination Results

If the examination format is electronic (computer based), your results will be provided to you upon completion of the exam. To pass the examination, you must correctly answer at least:

  • 70% of the questions on the Salespersons exam.
  • 75% of the questions on the Brokers exam.

Examinees who PASS are not informed of their final score.

Examinees who DO NOT PASS are notified of the actual score and the percentage of questions answered correctly in each of the subject areas. Those who do not receive a passing grade may apply to re-take the examination.
There is no limitation on the number of examinations you may take during the two-year period following the date of the filing of your original application. If you wish to take additional examinations after the two-year period, you will be required to submit a new application and pay the appropriate fee.