Security is a serious issue at real estate exam testing centers. Before heading to the testing center on exam day, it’s important to review the exam policies and procedures.
Exam candidates are only allowed to take certain items into the exam room and are prohibited from leaving the testing center until they are finished taking the exam. Therefore, it’s very important to have everything you need on hand before you show up for the exam.
On the day of the exam, applicants should arrive 30 minutes before the exam appointment. This extra time is to sign-in and present identification. Security personnel will also examine any items the applicants have and determine whether the items will be allowed in the exam room.
Although the rules vary at each testing center, here’s a general overview of the exam policies and procedures:
WHAT TO BRING:
♦ Two forms of signature identification, one of which bears your photo and signature. The name on the i.d. must match the name on the exam registration. Identification must be in English.
Primary ID: (with photograph and signature, not expired) may be: Government issued driver’s license, U.S. Department of State Driver’s license, U.S. learner’s permit (plastic card only with photo and signature), National/State/Country identification card, Passport, Passport card, Military ID, Military ID for spouses and dependents, Alien Registration Card (green card, permanent resident visa).
Secondary ID: (with signature, not expired) may be: U.S. social security card, Debit or Credit Card or any form of ID from the Primary ID list.
♦ Prelicensure education certificate.
♦ Certified license history, if applicable.
♦ Two sharpened pencils. Most testing centers will provide pencils but it is always good to be prepared.
♦ Exam registration letter or notice. Exams are set up by appointment-only and applicants will only be allowed to take the exam if he or she provides proof of registration.
♦ Calculators are allowed if they are silent, battery-operated, non-printing, hand-held and don’t have an alphabetic keypad.
♦ Foreign language translation dictionaries in book form. Dictionaries that contain definitions of words, handwritten notes or explanations of words will not be allowed.
♦ Drinks are allowed in some testing centers if they are in a spill-proof container.
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
♦ Pocket personal computers or personal digital assistants.
♦ Recording devices such as tape recorders or cameras.
♦ Laptop computers.
♦ Pagers, electronic transmitting devices or cell phones. While some testing centers allow these items as long as they are turned off before entering the exam room, other testing centers prohibit these items and will dismiss anyone trying to bring them into the exam room, so it is best to leave them at home or in your car.
♦ Papers clips or metal clamps.
♦ Loose-leaf or bound notebooks or notes.
♦ Dictionaries, books, study materials or papers. The exam is closed book and outside books or papers are not allowed.
♦ Canisters of pepper spray, mace or other personal defense items or weapons.
♦ Backpacks, purses, briefcases, large bags or portfolios.
♦ Food items. If applicable, a lunch break will be provided.
♦ Children, guests or visitors are not allowed in the exam room or reception area.
Applicants who engage in misconduct at the testing center will be dismissed, will not have his or her scores reported and will forfeit the exam fee. Examples of misconduct include:
♦ Creating a disturbance, which includes abusive, aggressive or otherwise uncooperative behavior.
♦ Displaying or using electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, etc.
♦ Talking or engaging in conversation with other exam candidates during the exam.
♦ Giving answers and helping other exam candidates with the exam.
♦ Leaving the testing center during the exam.
♦ Attempting to record exam questions or make notes on the questions.
♦ Displaying or using personal notes, reference materials, books, aids or other personal belongings.
Generally, a candidate who is late or absent on exam day forfeits his or her exam fees. Exceptions are made for the following reasons:
♦ Candidate or an immediate family member is ill.
♦ Death in the immediate family.
♦ Disabling traffic accident.
♦ Jury duty or required court appearances.
♦ Military duty.
♦ Weather emergency.
Candidates who are absent for one of these reasons must submit written verification and supporting documents, via fax or mail, to the testing company within 14 days of the original exam day.
WEATHER DELAYS or CANCELLATIONS:
If severe weather makes travel unsafe on the day of the exam, the testing center will notify candidates and reschedule the exam.