All states have a pre-licensing education requirement you must complete in order to qualify to take the state exam. The required number of hours and course curriculum are dictated by the state’s real estate commission. Schools that provide real estate pre-licensing education in a given state must meet the state’s requirements and receive approval. Many states also require that you complete a post-course exam (usually administered by the real estate school that provided your pre-licensing education) and achieve a satisfactory score in order to qualify for the state licensing exam. A list of approved real estate schools can be found on the website for your state’s real estate commission.