**Textbooks are included in the cost of the course.



We strive to bring you a quality experience with your real estate education. If you do not complete the course/s, you may request a refund in writing subject to the following conditions:


**No Refunds Will Be Issued On Completed Courses**


1.) If request is made within two weeks of enrollment date there will be no adminsitrative fees applied to the refund request. If a refund is granted you must return all materials that were sent to you.


2.) A service charge of $35.00 will be charged to cover administrative fees if refund request is received after two weeks of enrolling with the school.


3.) Student making refund request must cover the return shipping fees related to sending the materials back to our location. Any shipping method will be accepted. Once the returned materials are received back at our location, the refund will be issued minus the original shipping charges. If books are marked up, highlighted, have edges folded, torn or in bad shape in any way books will not be accepted and a $35 charge for each book will be applied.



Students may go to the DRE web site at, to learn the most recent examination and licensing information. Once you are at the site the navigation bar located on the top of the page has the links to the information. Examination information can be found by clicking on "Examinees". License information can be found by clicking on "Licensees". Most of your exam and licensing questions can be found in these areas. If you fail to find an answer to your question, please feel free to call us and we will try to find your answer.

A Step Ahead School of Real Estate
1034 Emerald Bay Rd. #433 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Toll Free: 888-544-4403 • Fax: 530-544-2459



Each home-study course consists of spending a minimum of 45 hours reading and studying the course textbook, taking the chapter review quizzes (these are not graded) and passing the final exam. The final exam can be taken after a minimum of 18 days from the date the student received the course materials. No two courses can be completed in less than five weeks. Students must spend a minimum of 18 days (2 1/2 weeks) studying each course. The maximum time limit for students to complete a course is one year from the date of registration. If a student fails the final examination, they can retake the final exam one time, after an additional 18 days of studying time.



Students take their final exams online. The final exam is open-book and consists of 100 multiple choice questions. Students are allowed three hours to complete the final exam. A minimum score of 70% must be obtained in order to pass. Students may use a non-programmable calculator without printing capability. The student will need to enter personal information to be allowed into the testing area. The student can use any computer with an internet connection to access the secured exam area. Once the student is finished with the exam, it will be automatically graded by our system. If the student passes the exam a certificate will be placed on the students personal page. The student can also request to have a certificate mailed to them at no extra charge.



Course completion certificates will be issued within 10 days of passing the final exam using an administrator. If the student uses our online system to take their final exam, a certificate will be available to them immediately after passing the exam. Records of course completion will be maintained indefinitely to allow students the ability to receive a duplicate certificate if needed (fee/s may apply).



The DRE has a course evaluation available on their website located at



Private providers of pre-license statutory real estate courses must obtain course approval from the Department of Real Estate (DRE). As part of the approval process, the DRE reviews the course material only and does not qualify the school or course provider. In addition, there is no regulatory oversight of private pre-license course providers who offer courses or programs costing $500 or less. For courses or programs over $500, qualification by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education is required in addition to the DRE course approval. As a result, if a course provider offering a course costing $500 or less fails to deliver the educational course / program as represented, a students monetary remedy is to seek redress in Small Claims Court. Students are cautioned to fully understand the education course / program offered by the provider before enrolling or registering. A list of pre-license statutory courses approved by the DRE can be found on the DRE website at under DRE records.