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It was great! The course content, books, online tech support were awesome. I learned & studied a lot to retain all the information & passed the state exam. Highly recommended.

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The class was very effective. I liked that they gave us both practice textbooks online and a physical version. Although I thought they were very long and didn't need to dive into some sections, they helped me leading to exams. Be sure to take it all seriously because it doesn't take to long to complete if you're determined enough. Furthermore, before the licensing exams, take the test prep and study, and you should be fine.

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Course is well designed from an information stand point, videos are helpful. The tests allow you to come back if you do not have time to finish. However, THIS APPLICATION IS HORRIBLE. IT WILL CONSISTENTLY "TIME OUT" (aka not save your work and make you start over), It takes over an hour to finish a 30 question test because the system will freeze and become unresponsive. This is the biggest waste of money and time, I wish I could go back and just do the in-person classes. I was going this route so I could complete after I get done with my day job; not worth it in the slightest.

I would like to encourage you not to buy this course. It is more headache than it is educational.

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I liked the availability and being able to do everything at my own time. Everything was thorough in every aspect, but I do wish there would've been better instruction on how to use the website, tasks we needed to do, in what order, and how to do them. I would also suggest investing in additional products like the classroom, test prep, and all because it will help in the end.

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I like that I was able to complete everything at home, and the book they provided was absolutely the best. I thought the material was a bit difficult, but it was all very good and professional. It was also expensive, in my opinion, but it's a lot cheaper than going to an in-person school. The only thing I'd say they need to include is more interaction options like zoom calls or videos. That way, it's more entertaining and helps visual learners.

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Very easy to use online, but due to my lack of experience with their courses I cannot offer much advice on how they compare to other agencies. The one I did take went well and the instructor was informative, thorough and great.

They should add a disclaimer to their BICUP courses that this will not satisfy the 12 hour Broker In Charge Course that is only offered by NCREC.

The description of their BICUP course made it seem like it would satisfy part of my 12hr BIC course that is only offered by NCREC. I completed the online/OnDemand (NOT live) portion and went back to research what it would take to finish the NCREC 12 hour requirement and learned that the course offered by Kaplan was not at all what I needed. I called back for a refund and although they suffered no loss and the course portion I completed cannot be used whatsoever towards any of my C/E requirements, they refused to refund the entire amount and only offered me a partial refund even though I explained the above. I even added that they would lose a customer for life and they did not care. I will never recommend this to anyone of my three real estate companies that conduct business in 3 different states or use this agency for anything in the future. I did all the work and lost all my time and I am the only one that suffered a loss. They would not even give me a credit toward next years C/E requirements. Not the type of company I like to do business with. I would understand if I could have used the Course towards 2022 CE requirement, got a future credit or took the live portion where a teach put in the time, but that did not happen. I get nothing unfortunately.

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I took the Kaplan pre-licensing course in Texas, which is about 180 hours worth of work. It was very helpful, easy to learn, and surprisingly interactive.

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Kaplan's test prep helped me. I struggled with that state portion of it all, and this test prep was spot on with both state and national portions. Without it, I don't think I would've passed the state exam.

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Could stand for improvement

I opted for Kaplan’s online real estate education. I want to start by saying I loved Rolfe Kurtyka in the online lectures--I found him to be invaluable and a great educator. However, I experienced bad communication from the more local course contacts right off the bat, that got me off to an unfortunate start--I read 1.5 textbooks I shouldn't have before being guided to the right one to start with, due to a misspelling of my email address and confusing syllabus instructions.

The videos and questions asked thereafter do not always match up. The course outlines you are asked to fill out and chapters also do not match up, which is counterintuitive to the learning process and frustrating. Workbook reference figures sometimes don't exist. Random question boxes popped up in the courses unannounced that don't apply. The final exams I took have variations of questions that I had not seen before, which I feel shouldn’t have been the case--they should have come up in some variation in quizzes before. As someone else mentioned, 5%(-8%) of the “correct” quiz and test answers are actually incorrect. One example: "The timeline is July 1 through September 30--with THIRTY days in each month [...]." In another example, Net Loan Proceeds are a debit to the broker, but in a T/F question in a Unit Review Test, the "correct" answer is that it's a credit to the broker. It makes you wonder to what degree you’re learning things as wrong or right.

You're also only given a limited amount of chances to pass practice final tests OR there is a limited amount of questions in the bank-- this could stand for improvement to really increase our chances on the big exam day. If I hadn't been collecting previous test questions diligently on the side, I might not have been as poised for later success. Also, I believe if I had not taken free real estate exams found online after completing my Kaplan coursework, I wouldn’t have been properly prepared—especially as relates to the National Portion math I was met with on exam day. Overall, I wish I had researched courses to see which were better rated, because $1,115 is a big commitment of funds. I am not satisfied with my investment, though I did pass my licensing exam with 134/154 correct the first time (which I suppose is the point after all). This is by a big effort of my own, however. I would encourage others to shop around before investing in Kaplan for this course. They are great for other subject matter, I have heard. This course could stand for improvement, in my opinion—some updating, as others have said. I would advise others to be wary.

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I thought it was good. It was very useful because it was more of a summary of the whole program, so it was a lot easier to go through than having to go through the curriculum. It was about 70% similar to the state and national exam, which is very close.

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Kaplan has a really good test prep. I thought it really covered all its marks, and I passed on my first try. Without it, I don't think I would have passed them on the first go. Definitely worth studying.

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Kaplan has a self-guided process, so I was able to do online. I don't think there is anything to improve. It was a good course. I would suggest that you set a good study schedule and purchase the test prep, it will really help in the end.

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This test prep in my experience was outstanding. I thought it was a lot harder, and it over prepared me for the actual test.

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It was ok. I liked the flexibility and the fact that it was online, which made it easier to fit in my schedule. In my opinion, the curriculum was a bit boring, and I had a lot of tech issues that weren't resolved as fast as I wanted them to. Another thing that can be adjusted is the tests, and it was frustrating that we had to take them repeatedly until we got all the questions right. It made it very difficult that in the end, I wouldn't even care about retaining the information, I would try to get the answers right and continue onto the next chapter. I would say to do all your research on which school would be beneficial to you.

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I thought this test prep was great. It was super helpful, and it contained all the necessary information I needed to know for the exams. I'd definitely vouch for this test prep, very useful and effective.

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It was all straightforward, and it was super convenient to use. The curriculum was laid out pretty well. I never had an issue with it whatsoever. The only thing was that the material didn't pertain to my profession, only because I am on the commercial side of real estate, and it focuses more on residential.

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I thought it was convenient. The curriculum was informative and wasn't difficult at all to get through. Be sure to study and take as many notes as you can. It is affordable compared to actual in-person classes, and it is very effective.

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I enjoyed it. I liked the practice exams they provided, they really helped on the test and helped me retain a lot of the information. I also liked the electronic book they provided rather than having an actual book because it was easy finding keywords rather than going through so many pages by hand. I had a good experience, and it was very entertaining. This program will give you an idea if you'll like real estate or not.

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I did the in-person option and passed my test with flying colors. If you are on the fence, I'd recommend going with the in-person option.

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I like that it was all online and that it was very user friendly. I honestly thought the curriculum was good, it wasn't too hard nor easy, and it provided all the necessary information that was needed for the exams. I do wish that they would've set up a group email or contact so we could feel like we were in a class together. I would've enjoyed that very much. It was a good program, and I felt very well prepared for the exams. I recommend it.

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I really love Kaplan's live classes - the instructors are so funny, and they keep me interested in all the material. They are all experienced, which makes me feel like I'm learning from people who know what they are talking about. I will take the test soon and I am feeling good.

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Texas. I liked Kaplan because I could take the courses online. You need good work ethic to finish online classes, but as long as you set aside time each week, it is not very hard to finish. I passed the Texas real estate exam on the first try.

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I really liked the test prep. I actually took a lot of them and thought this one was the best. A lot of the material I learned was on the test. It actually covered almost everything. It really helped me passed my exams, and without it, I wouldn't have been very confident.

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The guy who narrated the whole program was professional and gave us a good impression with no edits. I thought the curriculum was a bit boring, but it was all straightforward and to the point. I do think that it would make it a lot better if they'd add more quizzes, but it was a very good program in general.

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I like it. I have taken this online program twice. My wife is currently going to another real estate school, and she only uses my material from Kaplan. I'd highly recommend it. The only suggestions I'd have are that the information is redundant, and they need to bring in more certifications for continuing education (property management and property preservation). I thought it was a bit pricey, but I did pass my exams on the first try, so it was worth the investment in the end.

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Great way to get licensed! If you need a self-paced option, I recommend going through online resources. They did have a good structure & practice testing did help a lot to retain all the info provided. They had awesome resources which I recommend to use them all & study as hard as you can. I think if you're considering getting licensed online, to find the best option according to price & reviews. If you're more of a hands-on type of person & you have the money, go to an in-person school. I did go through Kaplan because I have used it before & I was already familiar. It's good & it's a reasonable price. Of course, there's always room for improvement in the class itself!

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I used Kaplan twice for two states and I love it. The teachers & curriculum is awesome and very informative. I learned a lot & would definitely come back to it if I need any more licenses.

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I liked that I was able to get everything online and that it was user friendly. Everything was easy to access, and it was incredibly well informed. I'd definitely recommend this program, and I suggest to study all the material they provide, especially the book material. I thought the program was fun and entertaining overall. I felt very confident when it came to that state and national exam, especially after using outside material on YouTube for extra studying. They have excellent pricing, and I highly recommend it.

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The instructors are really good, and I like that they have both online and in-person options (so you can choose what works best for you). I found the review before the final exam to be helpful for preparing for it.

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I recommend it.

I was able to study both online and on campus. I got good hands-on industry information through teachers and guest speakers. The online portion made my learning much easier to prepare me for the quizzes and final test. If you are pursuing a career in real estate, I recommend you take these classes. I passed the test, have my license, and am enjoying working in the industry.

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manage your schedule

Kaplan is perfect for me, because I am able to manage my work schedule with my studying time. It gives me time to take care of the children and my chores. I personally don't like online schools really. I prefer classrooms because they are more hand on, but because of my current situation, it's working fine for now. If you do the Kaplan course, be sure to give yourself set hours for studying. Everything is really easy to understand, just be sure to follow the course guide.

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I liked it because it was self paced, and easy to follow and complete. The program was very comprehensive, and it helped me prepare very well for the state exam. The only issue that was very inconvenient was the proctoring. It would be very convenient if they found a way to make it easier for future agents. The course was tough to get through, but I highly recommend it. It very well structured and helped me pass my exams.

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I liked it, and I like how they gave you every bit of information and all the materials for in-person or online. I chose to do both in-person and online - it was great. I do think that when doing in-person classes, they should be more flexible with the hours only because it was hard attending the time they had available. Online was a lot more convenient for me because I was able to work on it whenever possible. Some advice for future agents, don't let all the information overwhelm you, it will get easier.

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The Kaplan test prep was very helpful. It gave me an idea of how the state and national exam were going to look like. It really did prepare me well and I passed my exams on the first try.

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I mainly chose Kaplan because it was self-paced. The best advice I could give is to make a schedule to work on it every day. The information was thorough and well thought out, but I do wish they would guide us on the daily aspects of real estate.

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The teachers are fantastic (5 stars). That said, my classrooms were always packed with people, I felt like I barely had enough room for my books and notes.

Kaplan Real Estate Education Pricing Estimates

Kaplan's pricing ranges widely depending on the method of delivery and states offered. Check out the table below for more detail.

Course NameandCost

Online Salesperson pre-licensing

$325-$425 (click below for current pricing)

Online Broker pre-licensing

$525 (click below for current pricing)

Online Post-license

$199 (click below for current pricing)

Continuing education

$20 (click below for current pricing)

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About Kaplan Real Estate Education

Kaplan Real Estate Education is part of Kaplan Professional that caters to professionals across industries like accounting, engineering, IT, insurance, health care, and finance.  Kaplan Real Estate Education offers real estate training in about 29 states. You can take your pre-licensing course or complete continuing education through up to 5 modes of delivery (including online and in-person).  Kaplan is widely regarded as one of the biggest brands in education.

Kaplan Real Estate Education resulted from several acquisitions made by Kaplan, Inc. In 1998, Kaplan, Inc. acquired the Dearborn Financial Corporation. At the time, Dearborn owned four real estate schools, including the George Leonard School of Real Estate. Over the years, Kaplan has bought out other institutions, including The Real Estate School (2005),  Bob Hogue School of Real Estate, and J.Y. Monk (2017). Through its history, one can see how big of a brand Kaplan is and why it has become a household name in real estate education. 

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Kaplan Real Estate Education Courses


laptop-2411303_1280Real Estate Licensing & Continuing Education (CE)

You can get direct pre-licensing training from Kaplan in 26 states.  If you’re a sales associate, their CE courses will help you meet education requirements to maintain or renew your license. 

Real Estate Exam Prep Courses

Kaplan helps students prepare for the state real estate test  via tools like:  

    • National & State PSI Drill and Practice QBank – The online test engine takes students through hundreds of questions. You can even customize areas of testing to improve on your weaknesses. 
    • Study groups – These online interactive groups bring together students and instructors nationally. You’ll discuss national content.  
    • Accelerator – A 2-day online interactive course that prepares you for the exam. You also get a 4-week coaching program that prepares you for success in your career. 

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Broker Upgrade License Courses and Continuing Education

Sales associates can further their education and become brokers in up to 29 states. Brokers receive continuing education to maintain & renew their licenses and grow their businesses.

Other courses offered

    • Kaplan Real Estate Education Appraisal Course
    • Contractor Pre-licensing Training, Prep & Renewal
    • Remodeler Continuing Education
    • Home Inspection Education

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Kaplan’s Course Delivery Options


  1. Classroom: You attend a class with other trainees and interact with the instructor.
  2. OnDemand: Features pre-recorded classes. Unlike a live class, you can actually pause, and review bits you don’t understand.
  3. Live online: It’s like attending an in-person class, only that you can do it from your office or home without commuting.  
  4. Home Study: Includes a printed-textbook with some chapters offered online. 
  5. Online: Completely self-paced. You cover the course in text-based chapters organized into units. There are few videos mixed in with the content. 
Kaplan ProsKaplan Cons
Can choose between in person, online, or hybrid coursesLack of tutoring assistance
Instructors are people working in real estateRedundant materials 
High pass rates Hard to get a refund

Kaplan Real Estate Education FAQs

  • Alabama (Online) 
  • Arkansas (Online) 
  • California (OnDemand, Textbook Home Study, Live Online, Live Class)
  • Colorado (OnDemand, Textbook Home Study, Live Online, Live Class)
  • Florida  (Bob Hogue School of Real Estate)
  • Georgia (Online)
  • Illinois (Textbook Home Study, Online, Live Online) 
  • Iowa (Online) 
  • Michigan (Online)
  • Minnesota (OnDemand, Live Class, Hybrid -live and on-demand) 
  • Nevada (OnDemand, Online, Home study) 
  • New Jersey (Online prep course for salespersons)
  • New Mexico (OnDemand, Live Class)
  • New York (Online)
  • North Carolina through J.Y. Monk (Live Class)
  • Ohio (Online salespersons prep course) 
  • Oregon (Online sales persons prep drill & Practice QBank) 
  • Pennsylvania (Online) 
  • Tennessee (Online) 
  • Texas (OnDemand, Home Study, Live Online, Live Class) 
  • Virginia (Online)
  • Washington (Online) 
  • Wisconsin (Online, Home Study, Live Class)

Online classes are budget-friendly and written by people working in real estate. They can adapt the content to emerging needs.

With the exam prep, you receive adequate practice with their proprietary test engine. There is a free career toolbox (in the website’s resource section). There, you’ll find career advice, industry news, webinar series, and more. 

Many agents would recommend Kaplan to a friend.  The top praises of Kaplan is that the instructors are engaging and knowledgeable, and the class instruction and environment are conducive to learning real estate effectively.

The bad: The school lacks a payment plan or tuition assistance program. Students might struggle to pay for the more expensive classroom-based programs.

California, Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, New Mexico, & Florida.

For online courses, you might pay anywhere from $200 to $700. Live classroom courses  start at $999. Get up to date pricing info by checking out programs they offer in your state.

Kaplan Real Estate Education works with state real estate commissions. They submit their courses to have them approved.  Before purchasing a pre-licensing or continuing education course, make sure it’s from an accredited provider. 

Kaplan is approved by 23 different state real estate commissions. They only sell courses in states in which they’re officially license or accredited. Thousands of people have successfully completed courses from them and have gone on to pass their licensing exam.

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