Washington D.C Real Estate Exam Info

What is required to get a license?

For Salesperson:

  • Proof of age 18 and above.
  • Proof of completion of 60 hour Pre-License Education.
  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete and pass the real estate examination.
  • Complete an online application form.
  • Fees: Examination Fees (Salesperson: $61.50). License (Salesperson: $240).

For brokers:

  • Proof of age 18 and above.
  • Proof of completion of 135 hour Pre-License Education.
  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete and pass the real estate examination.
  • Complete an online application form.
  • You must bring a Letter of Certification from your original licensing jurisdiction confirming two years experience as an active salesperson immediately preceding date of application to the examination site.
  • Fees: Examination Fees (Broker: $61.50). License (Broker: $240).

What score do I need to pass?

The salesperson exam has two portions, general practice and State Law 80 general practice questions and 30 State Law questions. To determine a score a statistical procedure known as equating is used to correct for differences in form difficulty. The passing score of an examination was set after a comprehensive study. The examination score is reported as a scaled score on a scale of 0-100, but it should not be interpreted as the percentage or number of questions answered correctly. With a passing score of 75, any score below 75 indicates how close the candidate came to passing, and not the actual number or percentage of questions answered correctly.

The broker exam consists of 80 general practice questions and 40 State Law questions. Equating is also used to score this examination and the passing score for brokers is 75.

You will receive your score immediately after you complete your exam.

How much time do I have to complete the exam?

  • For the salesperson and broker exam you are allowed a total of 4 hours.

What should I bring with me for the exam?

  • 2 Forms of identification with matching names, non-expired and containing a valid signature. (Driver’s license, passport, green card, U.S. social security card, debit or credit card with signature). If your name on your registration is different than on your identification, you must bring proof of your name change.
  • Basic (non-scientific) calculator.
  • Brokers must bring a Letter of Certification from your original licensing jurisdiction confirming two years experience as an active salesperson immediately preceding date of application to the examination site.

What is the format of the exam?

The exam is given on a computer.

What is on the exam?

The general portion consists of the following sections:

  • Real property characteristics, definitions, ownership, restrictions, and transfer
  • Forms of ownership, transfer, and recording of title
  • Property value and appraisal
  • Real estate contracts and agency
  • Real estate practice
  • Property disclosures and environmental issues
  • Financing and settlement
  • Real estate math calculations

The State portion includes:

  • Duties and powers of the real estate commission
  • Licensing requirements
  • Statutory requirements governing activities of licensees
  • Responsibilities specific to Brokerage practice (brokers only)

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