Best Real Estate Exam Prep Recommendations & Study Tips to Help You Pass

Real,Estate,Written,On,Notepad,With,Calculator,And,Pen,OnThere’s no doubt about it, the real estate exam is hard. But, don’t worry, there are several schools, guides, and practice exams out there to help you prepare for your exam. We’ll give you some test prep recommendations and practical study tips to help you prepare effectively and with confidence.  

Selecting the right courses to use for your real estate education can be a daunting task, but today we’ll explore some pros and cons of a few different prep courses to help you select the best company for your learning style.

To help you get started we’ll go over some essential facts about the exam, offer advice on effective study habits, and provide recommendations for practice exams to help you pass the test and launch your new career in real estate. 

Some Facts About the Test

The real estate exam is difficult for a reason. It’s an enticing career choice full of excitement, but there is certainly a lot of pressure when you are handling high-dollar exchanges that require smooth transactions for you to be successful. 

The test serves as a comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate your knowledge of key concepts and principles that you will use. 

It’s important to keep this in mind as you’re studying because you’re learning not just to pass the test, but to be able to make hard decisions and guide your clients with confidence.

The exam covers a wide range of topics, including property law, contracts, financing, ethics, and professional conduct, and typically consists of multiple-choice questions. 

Every state has a specific format and requirements, but there is always a national and state portion. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your state’s exam (get started here) because things like the passing score, the number of questions, and the amount of time you have to take it change state by state.

Check out this article for more FAQs and simple answers about the exam itself to help you prepare adequately. (insert the: is the exam multiple choice article)

Advice on How to Study

Some people skip this planning stage and then get too overwhelmed to process what they are learning. Easy to do, but let’s avoid that at all costs! No need to psych yourself out. I suggest creating a schedule to help you study most effectively.  Organization is key!!!

We all have lives and it can be easy to lose track of your learning goals to pass your exam in a timely manner. So before we dive into comparing test prep sites, take a minute to reflect on your schedule and make a plan for how many hours you can devote to studying each day. 

Every week you can update your study schedule and focus on topics that require more of your time. Here’s an example of what your study week could look like that I drew up in a more comprehensive study tip guide here:

  1. “Monday: Real estate principles and practices
  2. Tuesday: Property ownership and land use regulations
  3. Wednesday: Contract law and financing concepts
  4. Thursday: Fair housing laws
  5. Friday: Take a full-length practice exam to assess progress
  6. Saturday: Review any weak areas identified during the practice exam and plan next week’s schedule
  7. Sunday: Rest and recharge for the week ahead

Figuring out a plan for your study schedule will help you stay committed and dedicated to your goals, and you’ll have an idea of what certain prep schools offer that will be best for your schedule. 

7 Exam Prep Companies I Recommend

To get your license you are required to pass pre-licensing courses, and several offer test prep as well. 

Below are 7 companies that I recommend, but let’s go through some of the pros and cons of each to see which one will be best for you. 

  1. Kaplan Real Estate Education – is a top contender for me as they have courses that will guide you throughout all levels of your career. 
    • Pros: Established reputation, continued education offerings, license upgrades, and affiliate programs should you like their program and interactive online courses
    • Cons: Higher cost and several package options. Hard to determine, what you’ll need when you’re getting started, but you can always reach out to ask for more guidance.
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  2. RealEstateU – One of the reasons I recommend this site is that their site is easy to navigate, which for me helps keep systems organized and decision-making easier. 
    • Pros: Affordable pricing, flexible study schedules, access to instructors, visual downloads, and time efficient.
    • Cons: may be too simple, but the goal is to help you pass your test and you will have the support for that.
  3. The CE Shop – The big draw for me with the CE shop is its affordability. They have several resources to help you learn beyond courses too.
    • Pros: 5-day free trial, different package price points that include exam prep, pass guarantee, downloadable study materials, great customer service, unlimited practice exams 
    • Cons: not as comprehensive as other courses to help you prepare for a career in real estate, but great pass rates with their exam prep
  4. Real Estate License Wizard – What I like about this company is how engaging their content is, and that they have a lot of tools to help you prepare.
    • Pros: A lot of FREE resources and practice exams, focus solely on exam prep, 1 week crash course for quick learning
    • Cons: They don’t offer courses for pre-licensing. This is purely an exam prep site.
  5. Real Estate Prep Guide – I suggest this if you think you’ve already got a pretty good grip on the national rules, but are struggling with more state-specific questions.
    • Pros: affordable, FREE glossary, full refund if you do not pass, 95% success rate
    • Cons: they don’t offer courses for licensing, state-only exam prep, no national prep
  6. PrepAgent – Another top runner for me. Prep Agent offers study plans to help you at every level of your preparation, and payment is based on the time you think you will need. 
    • Pros: Engaging video lessons, live webinars, exam strategies and tips
    • Cons: if you need more time to study, you’ll need to renew your access
  7. Dearborn Real Estate Education – This is a well-established real estate education program, with fully comprehensive programs to help you pass.
    • Pros: An established company that instructors also have access to, apps you can use to study on the go
    • Cons: higher cost, no option for refund


There is no guarantee for success, but with the proper tools you can accomplish your goal of getting your real estate license. Preparing for the real estate exam requires dedication, discipline, and the right resources to help you succeed. 

By creating an action plan for your studies together, utilizing reputable test prep companies, and downloading all available study materials you are setting yourself up to be fully prepared on the day of your exam. 

Remember to keep a positive mindset along the way!  Stay focused, stay motivated, and trust in your abilities. With perseverance and determination, you’ll be well on your way to helping clients buy and sell homes in no time.

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About the Author

Chris Heller brings 27 years of experience in real estate. Chris serves on the AgentAdvice Editorial Board and is the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs. Chris brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International.

Last Updated: 3/26/2024