Scheduling and taking the Massachusetts real estate exam is overwhelming for some but should be (and is) a very simple process. Over the years the process has changed and this article has been updated to reflect the latest process.
Candidates must first complete an approved 40-hour real estate license exam prep course. Upon completing this course from a qualified school, the school will provide you with a Candidate Handbook. This Candidate Handbook contains all of the information you need and want to know about scheduling the exam. There are instructions and even a test topic outline.
Importantly, one of the forms gets signed and stamped with the official school stamp confirming your completion. Another form must be signed in the presence of a notary.
Testing can now be done in one of the 5 testing centers across the state or online. To take the test online there are a number of requirements (that are still evolving) such as the need to have a working camera and microphone. You also need to be in a room that does not allow for any distractions.
Once you have completed filling out the necessary forms in the Handbook, you will submit it to PSI, the company that proctors the exam both online and in their testing location. They are the only company approved to offer the test in Massachusetts. You have the option to submit your completed handbook via snail mail (USPS) or you can scan and digitally submit it to the email address provided on the front cover of the Handbook. We recommend submitting it digitally because you don’t waste time and risk of disappearing as it travels through the mail.
It takes 2-5 weeks for PSI to review a Candidate Handbook. They also have a CORI (background) check run. If everything looks good and comes back clean PSI will reach out to you with instructions to schedule your exam. If your CORI check comes back with a history, the Mass real estate board will review your application on a case by case basis and make a determination on whether you are eligible to obtain a real estate license. That process could and usually does extend your application review/approval process.
Once you receive approval to take the Massachusetts real estate exam, you can typically find and schedule an available testing time within a few days.
Immediately upon completing the Massachusetts real estate license exam you will find out if you passed. Congratulations, you are now a board certified real estate agent and it’s time to officially begin your new real estate career!
Looking for a real estate job in Boston? Keep Me Certified is connected with many reputable brokerages in and around the greater Boston area. If you took our pre-licensure exam prep course we would be happy to help connect you with them.
We wish you the best of luck on your exam. When it comes time to renew your real estate license (every 2 years), Keep Me Certified also offers the 12-hour continuing ed course online where you complete the credits you need at your convenience.
Keep Me Certified is a Massachusetts approved online real estate school offering the courses necessary to obtain and renew a Massachusetts real estate license. To learn more about our courses or to register and get started online today, visit us at keepmecertified.com