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!

In order to qualify to take the Illinois Real Estate Exam, you’ll first need to pass one test – the course final test. This class test happens on the last day of the classroom course, or the last day of Part II (Applied Measurement) of the Online Course. If for whatever reason you don’t pass the class test on the first try, you may retake it at no additional charge (many other schools charge you for each retake, or even require you to pay to retake the course). Once you pass the class test, you’ve proven that you know the material and are ready for the state exam.

Both the class test and the state exam contain 125 multiple-choice 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 pass the class test, 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 passing the class test). The state exam is administered at H&R Block offices around the Chicago area, 6 days per week, throughout the year. You’ll be given written directions for signing up for the state exam, when you pass the class test. The whole process is done online – you are not issued a certificate when you pass the class, but instead, 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 $46 each time you take it, while the 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)

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 12 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 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!

Want to find out more about a career in Real Estate? We’d love to send you our free informational brochure!

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