Alabama Real Estate Exam Info

What is required to get a license?

For salespersons:

  • Completed application along with the passing examination score report given at examination site.
  • Proof of high school graduation
  • Proof of completion of required pre-licensing courses
  • Completed application to review Alabama criminal History information (available here https://arec.alabama.gov/arec/docs/forms/general/ALEA_Aug2015.pdf)
  • Payment of fees ($170.00)
  • Classifiable copy of your own fingerprints taken at a law enforcement agency (a blank card will be provided with application materials received at the examination site)
  • Proof of age 19 or above(driver’s license, U.S. Passport, birth certificate)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent resident alien, or legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of residency in your state of domicile.

For brokers:

  • Completed application along with the passing examination score report given at examination site.
  • Proof of high school graduation
  • Proof of completion of required pre-licensing courses
  • Completed application to review Alabama criminal History information (available here https://arec.alabama.gov/arec/docs/forms/general/ALEA_Aug2015.pdf)
  • Payment of fees ($170.00)
  • Classifiable copy of your own fingerprints taken at a law enforcement agency (a blank card will be provided with application materials received at the examination site)
  • Proof of age 19 or above (driver’s license, U.S. Passport, birth certificate)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent resident alien, or legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of residency in your state of domicile.
  • If you currently hold an active salesperson license, have your qualifying broker return it to the Commission once the application is ready to be submitted.
  • If you will be the qualifying broker for a company or branch you must submit the following form https://arec.alabama.gov/arec/docs/forms/general/AL-Broker-pass.pdf
  • If you will replace a qualifying broker for an existing company you must include a Change of Qualifying Broker form (review changes in fees).

What score do I need to pass?

The Alabama real estate licensing exam has national questions and state-specific questions which are not separated by sections. To pass, you must have a scale score of at least 70. Scaled scores are computed by giving different importance to questions depending on their difficulty, so it’s not a percentage scoring.
The state portion consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and the National Broker Examination is presented in simulation problem format and consists of 10 simulation problems.

How much time do I have to complete the exam?

After you have taken a practice examination to ensure you understand the general idea of how the exam works you will have the following time frames depending on your category:

  • Salesperson (national and state portion) 3½ hours.
  • Broker (national and state portion) 3½ hours.
  • Broker (multiple-choice portion) 1 hour.
  • Broker (simulation portion) 2½ hours.
  • Reciprocal Salesperson (state portion) 1 hour.
  • Reciprocal Broker (state portion) 1 hour.

What should I bring with me for the exam?

  • 2 Forms of identification (e.g. driver’s license, state ID, passport, credit card, debit card)
  • Basic (non-scientific) calculator

What is the format of the exam?

The exam is given on a computer, as mentioned before a portion is multiple-choice and another is simulation problems.

What is on the exam?

The multiple choice portion consists of:

  • Licensing Requirements
  • License Status
  • Broker Licenses, Company Licenses and
    Place of Business
  • Recovery Fund
  • Disciplinary Actions and Process
  • Estimated Closing Statements
  • Trust Funds
  • RECAD
  • Violations which may result in disciplinary
    Actions

The simulation or situational portion consists of the following:

Primary Issues:

  • Agency Relationships and Property
    Representations.
  • Fair Housing and Other Governmental
    Regulations
  • Handling Money
  • Training and Supervision of Licensees
  • One primary issue varying by examination
    form

Section Topics:

  • Agency
  • Contracts
  • Freehold and Leasehold
  • Property Management
  • Finance
  • Government Regulations and Private Restriction
  • Description and Measurement
  • Valuation
  • Conveyance
  • Calculations
  • Ethical Behavior (must be incorporated
    in at least 4 problems)

Property Types:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Property Management
  • Plus two property types varying by examination
    form

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