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How to take your exam: Real estate brokers

Things to know

  • You must pass both the state and national exams within 6 months of each other or retake both exams. These approvals are good until your education expires. This happens 2 years from the date you complete the oldest exam.
  • You must apply for your license within 1 year of passing the exams.

How to schedule an exam

  1. Before you complete your course
    • You must register as a student with our testing vendor, PSI Testing Excellence. To register as a student with PSI:
      • Visit PSI's Portals page.
      • Select "Washington" in the Student User section and follow the registration instructions.
    • Your school must submit your course completions to PSI electronically to complete your registration.
  2. After your school submits your education information
    • Schedule your exam online or by phone at 855.746.8168. To schedule online:
      • Visit PSI's Candidate Services.
      • Complete the 3 fields:
        • Real Estate
        • Washington Real Estate Examination Program
        • Select proper examination type:
          • Broker Examination (the real estate school has submitted your course completion information directly to PSI)
          • Broker Reciprocity Examination (DOL approved)
      • Select "Register for this exam".
  3. See the Candidate Handbook if you need to request accommodations.
  4. To take an exam out of state, fill out an Out of State Examinations Waiver and Release form and submit it to PSI.

What to bring to the testing center

You must bring 2 current (not expired) forms of identification with you to the testing center:

  • They must include your current name and signature.
  • At least 1 of them must have your current photograph.
  • If you don't bring your identification, you won't be allowed to take the exam.
  • Visit PSI Candidate Services for more information.

Exam results

Your exam results are valid for 1 year. If you don't apply for a license before your results expire, you'll have to reapply to take the exam. You may also have to meet additional education requirements.

If you fail the exam

If you fail the state or national exam, you'll get instructions for retaking it. If you fail part of the exam, you'll need to retake the part you failed. If you do not pass both parts within 6 months of each other, you must take both exams again.

  • To reschedule and exam, follow step 2 above, but click on “Reschedule this Exam”.
  • If you're unable to pass the national exam, there are study and practice materials, sold at cost, on PSI's E-store.

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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