TESTING information & TIPS


Taking tests probably isn’t at the top of your “bucket list”, but with the help of the Chicago Real Estate School, passing the Illinois Real Estate Exam is a goal you CAN accomplish!

On January 1st, 2018 IDFPR changed their requirements so students are no longer required to take and pass a final course exam. Once you complete the classroom course, you have fulfilled all of IDFPR’s requirements and are eligible to take the state licensing exam. Students no longer have to pass a course final exam to be eligible for the state licensing exam. That being said, Chicago Real Estate School wants to ensure that you are well prepared for the state exam so we still encourage all students to take what used to be our course final exam as a “Sample Exam”. This will allow you to test yourself on how well you know the information. The sample exam is offered online and a link is sent out to all students at the end of each course. The sample exam contains 125 multiple-choice questions. You’ll have 3 ½ hours to complete the test, and a score of 75% is considered passing (results are provided immediately upon completion).

The Illinois Real Estate Exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions. 105 of these questions are national questions and 45 are state questions. You’ll have 3 ½ hours to complete the test, and a score of 75% is required to pass (results are provided immediately upon completion).

From the time that you complete your course, you have up to four years to take the state exam for the first time. (Naturally, we recommend doing it as SOON as possible – you can take it as soon as two business days after finishing the class). The state exam is administered at locations around the Chicago area, 6 days per week, throughout the year. You’ll be emailed written directions for signing up for the state exam, when you finish your course. The whole process is done online – you are emailed a certificate when you pass the class, and your successful completion is reported directly to the State via an online tool.

“The class is well designed to teach what students need to know for the licensing exam. Frank is an excellent teacher, and the examples and advice he adds from his experience in the industry is very valuable. I passed the licensing exam on the first try without any problems. My thanks CRES, and Frank for a wonderful experience.”

Ben H - September 10, 2016

You’ll be well-prepared for the state exam, and over 90% of our students pass it on the first try. If that doesn’t happen for some reason, you’ll have three more chances to take the state exam within a year of your first attempt.

The state exam costs $55 each time you take it, while the practice class test is included in your registration fee. CRES also offers a 540-question practice exam for an additional charge (or included in some of our package deals)

CRES is the only real estate school in Illinois to offer its entire textbook in Audiobook format. Learn while you commute! Click for details.

Here are some tips for doing well on both tests:

  • Try not to go back and change your answers. Your initial instincts are often correct.
  • Don’t feel rushed. Take your time. The state allows you 3 1/2 hours to complete your test.
  • Study each question thoroughly. If the answer isn’t obvious right away put it out of your head and come back to it.
  • Read all answers carefully before choosing one.
  • Don’t worry about math questions. There are usually only 13 of them and your instructor has very well prepared you for them.
  • Relax and remember that your instructor knows what you specifically need to know in order to pass the state real estate exam.

Once you have passed the state exam, you’ll need to find a Sponsoring Broker and get your license. It all starts with signing up for the Broker Pre-license Course here!

Feel free to chat with us online (using the LiveChat button at the bottom of every page of the site), or call or text us at 773-647-1830 (our extended hours are listed at the bottom of the page). You can also email our Director at kim@cresedu.com, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours. Finally, if you’d like to receive our brochure, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page. We look forward to having you join us soon!