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FAQ: What is included on the CA real estate licensing exam?

What is included on the CA real estate licensing exam?

There are seven main topics that are tested on the California state licensing exam.
These seven topics include the following:
1) Property ownership and land use controls and regulations (15% of the exam)
2) Laws of agency and fiduciary duties (17% of the exam)
3) Property valuation and financial analysis (14% of the exam)
4) Financing (9% of the exam)
5) Transfer of property (8% of the exam)
6) Practice of real estate and disclosures (25% of the exam)
7) Contracts (12% of the exam)

These topics are further broken down into the following sub-topics:


1) Property Ownership and Land Use Controls and Regulations

  • 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
2) Law of Agency and Fiduciary Duties
  • 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
  • Responsibilities of Agent to Non-Client Third Parties
3) Property Valuation and Financial Analysis
  • Value
  • Methods of Estimating Value
  • Financial Analysis
4) Financing
  • General Concepts
  • Types of Loans
  • Sources of Financing
  • Government Programs
  • Mortgages/Deeds of Trust/Notes
  • Financing/Credit Laws
  • Loan Brokerage
  • Types of Loan Originators
5) Transfer of Property
  • Title Insurance
  • Deeds
  • Escrow
  • Tax Aspects
  • Special Processes
  • Transfer through Court Supervision
  • Types of Vesting
6) Practice of Real Estate and Disclosures
  • Trust Account Management
  • Fair Housing Laws
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Record Keeping Requirements
  • Agency Supervision
  • Permitted Activities of Unlicensed Sales Assistants
  • DRE Jurisdiction and Disciplinary Actions
  • Licensing, and Continuing Education Requirements and Procedures
  • California Real Estate Recovery Fund
  • General Ethics
  • Technology
  • Property Management
  • Commercial/Industrial/Income Properties
  • Specialty Areas
  • Transfer Disclosure Statement
  • Natural Hazard Disclosure Statements
  • Disclosure of Material Facts Affecting Property Value
  • Need for Inspection and Obtaining/Verifying Information
  • Reports
  • Servicing Diverse Populations
7) Contracts
  • General
  • Listing Agreements
  • Buyer Broker Agreements
  • Offers/Purchase Contracts
  • Agreements
  • Promissory Notes/Securities
  • Purchase/Lease Options
  • Advanced Fee

Related Questions

What are the exam policies at the state exam testing center?

While taking the state exam, you must abide by the rules set forth by the Real Estate Commissioner. Cell phones are strictly prohibited in the exam room and cannot be used while out on a break. For security reasons, there are several items that are not permitted in the exam room.

Are there any testing accommodations available for the state exam?

​Yes, the DRE can provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. You must submit a Reasonable Accommodation Request for Examination form along with the required documentation.

What am I required to bring with me to the CA state exam?

​In order to take the state exam, you must present a valid photo ID that has been issued within the past 5 years. If you do not have a valid photo ID, you will not be permitted to sit for the state exam.​

Do I need to bring a calculator for the CA state exam?

No, you are not permitted to bring a calculator into the exam room. Instead, the testing center will provide you with a basic calculator to use for the exam.

How do I retake the CA state exam if I previously failed?

You can only apply to retake the state exam after you have received notification that you failed the exam. ​You can apply to retake the state exam by using the eLicensing Online System. Or, you can mail in your Examination Result Notice form along with the $60 exam fee to the DRE.

What happens if I fail the CA state licensing exam?

​If you did not pass the state licensing exam, you will have to apply to retake the exam and pay the $60 exam fee again. You have two years to pass the exam from the date your exam application is received by the DRE.

How many times can I take the CA state exam?

There is no limit as to how many times you can take the state exam. You can take the state exam as many times as needed until you pass. You simply have to reschedule your next exam attempt and pay the $60 exam fee.​

I just passed my CA real estate exam, now what?

If you previously submitted a Salesperson Examination Application to apply for the state exam, the DRE​ will mail you a Salesperson License Application to complete. If you previously submitted a Combined Exam/License Application, the DRE will issue you your real estate salespersons license.

How long does it take to get my CA state exam results?

If you took the state exam in an electronic format, ​you will receive your exam results right after you complete the exam. If you took the exam in a paper format, your results will be mailed to you within five business days after your exam date.

What is included on the CA real estate licensing exam?

The California state licensing exam tests the following seven topics: Property ownership and land use controls and regulations, Laws of agency and fiduciary duties, Property valuation and financial analysis, Financing, Transfer of property, Practice of real estate and disclosures, and Contracts.

How many questions are on the CA real estate exam?

The California state real estate salespersons exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions with a 3-hour time limit. You must answer at least 70% (105 questions) of the questions correctly in order to pass the exam.

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