Virginia Real Estate License Course FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

This covers most questions. You may always contact us online or call 703-476-1747. We return all voicemails promptly!

Is this online course state-approved so I can get a real estate license? Yes, it is approved by the Virginia Real Estate Board and qualifies you to take the state license exam. Our school is based in Fairfax County, Virginia. We are not an out-of-state company like most online schools. Our instructor is an active Virginia broker and available during and after the course for any questions.

How much is the course? $189 (limited time special) includes the online course, the course exam, free in-office books and our highly rated free personal exam review by licensed VA instructor and broker Paul Hartke (at our Fairfax County, VA office). Note: personal review by email if not in the Northern VA area.

How does VaRealtySchool.com compare to other sites?  See our Compare Us page. We are a Virginia-based school and specialize in Virginia, not a big corporation trying to handle 49 other states.  We have a low cost but quality $189 course.  Our instructor is a VA broker who provides all kinds of help for passing the license exam.  No other school has an instructor who reviews your course exam and personally provides information on questions you got wrong.  No other school has an instructor who created an Exam Prep Key Points of each subject covered on the license exam.   Our reviews speak for themselves.   Read our 5 star google reviews here.  

How does the course work? The course is completely online except for the final proctored exam. You log in and out as desired from home or work or anywhere with Internet access. The course is divided into short pages that you click through. There are periodic quizzes to reinforce what you read. Watch video demo of the course or if you’re near our Reston office, you can come in to meet the instructor who can show you a demo and details. The proctored final exam can be taken in our office or most any library.

What if I have a question about something during the course? Our instructor Paul Hartke is a broker in Northern Virginia. He is available to answer any content related question 7 days a week. You may use our contact form or email him at any time. He is very responsive and cares about your success! You may also call our office at 703-476-1747 if needed. Please leave a message if you get voicemail so that we can call you back.

How long does it take to complete? The course is at your own pace. Most people take a couple months due to family, work or other activity. Some have completed the course (with the minimum 50 hours required) within a week or two. Some take longer. It is up to your schedule.

How long do I have to complete the course? You have 6 months to complete the course. You need to complete the units and spend the minimum 50 hours required time online. The 50 hours meets the 60 hour classroom requirement due to 10 minutes breaks per hour in a classroom. After you complete the online course, you take the course exam. We understand that many students have other obligations, and so allow up to 30 days beyond the 6-month expiration date for completion of the course exam. The proctored final exam may be taken at our Reston office or most any library near you in any state.

How does this compare to a live class? Our online course is very convenient, highly rated and time efficient. It is a great way to learn. There is no classroom requirement, no time spent commuting to a school location and no wasted time sitting around before class starts and during required classroom breaks. We are available to help with any question, have books available for free review at our office and provide a personal post-exam review at our office to help you learn the material and pass the PSI exam. Out online course is provided by Dearborn’s REcampus, the leading provider of online real estate courses & textbooks nationwide. You have access to the instructor by email or phone.

How do I take the course exam? The state requires a proctored (monitored) course exam which you may take at our Reston, Virginia office. If not possible, we mutually arrange for you to take the course exam at most any library near you. We are not like other schools. If you pass OR don’t pass, we provide a personal review as noted below. This course exam review is a great exam prep, at no extra charge.

What happens after I pass the course exam? After you pass the course exam, your information will be sent to PSI so you can schedule your official license exam at psiexams.com. They charge $60 for the license exam plus $50 for fingerprinting and background check as required by the state.

What if I fail the course exam? If you fail, you will likely pass the second time after our instructor’s personalized review of your exam, plus his exclusive subject-by-subject review notes. There is no cost from us to retake the course exam. You can take the course exam up to four times. No other school allows this many retakes without paying to retake the course. 

Our instructor (VA broker) will provide a personalized review based on the exam questions you got wrong. This is done in person in our Northern Virginia office or by email if not in the local area. This is a big advantage that no other school provides. We don’t just tell you if you pass or fail, we want you to learn.  Our goal is for you to pass the official licensing exam from PSI on your first try.  Check out our google reviews !

Is an instructor available? Yes. Paul Hartke is a licensed Virginia real estate instructor who is an active broker with National Realty in Reston, VA. Your instructor is available by email or phone or text during and after the course. He is also a licensed attorney and is happy to share his knowledge with students. He is generally available 7 days a week. Paul will answer any questions about the course content and provides his exclusive Exam Prep Key Points extra review material to all students who finish the course.

What happens after I pass? You are eligible to take the official licensing exam administered by psiexams.com. The license exam by PSI is separate from the school. The license exam costs $60. There is also a required $50 fingerprinting done at the same time and place when you pass the PSI exam. After you pass the PSI exam, you may apply for your license with a broker of your choice.

Are books required? No. There are no books needed because the online course is designed to cover what you need to pass the PSI license exam. However, the basic textbook and the exam prep books are available for purchase or you may come in to our office to review them for free. Books are totally optional.

Is there a refund policy? Yes. You may request a full refund for any reason for one full week (7 days) after purchasing the course. 

What if I have a problem or need help? Call or email us anytime and we will respond quickly (must leave a voicemail). Our number is 703-476-1747 or contact us online. Technical support is also available by phone and email.

When can I start the course? Immediately after you sign up. An automated email will be sent also which reminds you how to login later.

Can I use an Apple product or a tablet or a mobile device?  Yes.  However, there may be certain pages with interactive graphics that are best used with a laptop or desktop running the latest version of Flash. REcampus makes every attempt to make our websites and products mobile and tablet friendly. However, not all features are compatible with all tablets and phones.

  • We recommend the use of current Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers. We also support Internet Explorer 11 and Edge.
  • We recommend at least a 2MB internet connection.

How do I sign up? You sign up online with a credit card on a secure site and check out like any online purchase. You choose your user name and password.

I have a current out-of-state license. Do I need this course? If you are not currently licensed as an active real estate licensee in any other state, you must take the pre-license course to qualify to take the PSI license exam. If you are actively licenced in another state, then you can normally qualify to take the Virginia portion of the PSI exam. See our reciprocity page for details on getting a license by reciprocity.

How do I verify that the school and course are approved by DPOR and legit? Our school name is Act Web Real Estate School, an approved school of the Virginia Real Estate Board. Act Web Real Estate School is listed on the VA Real Estate Board site under approved schools and under approved courses. Our websites are VaRealtySchool.com and erealtycourses.com. The Licensing Section of the Virginia Real Estate Board: (804) 367-8526.

What are the advantages of Act Web School’s license course? Exclusive, free course exam review by a licensed instructor/broker, free Exam Prep Key Points package, top rated online software, DPOR-approved, and great customer service. Ask questions during or after your course and instructor will respond. Instructor is a licensed broker in VA and also a lawyer. You get a full review of your course exam so that you can pass the PSI exam. No other school provides this personal review at no extra cost. Read our reviews and see what others say. There is no better value license course to pass the PSI exam and get you started in your new real estate career.

What are the costs of getting a real estate license and costs of being a real estate agent in Virginia?  See our page on costs of getting your Virginia license and becoming a real estate salesperson.

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