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FAQ: I just passed my PA real estate exam, now what?

I just passed my PA real estate exam, now what?

Once you have passed both portions of the Pennsylvania state licensing exam, you are now ready to apply for your real estate license.
You must complete the following steps:

Step 1:
Obtain a criminal record check through the PATCH website.

Step 2:
Submit your Pennsylvania real estate salesperson application online through the state's PALS system.

Step 3:
Along with your license application, you must submit a copy of your criminal record check, your two Certificates of Completion (for the 75-hour pre-license course), a copy of your state exam score report (which shows that you have passed both portions of the state exam), and pay the $107 application fee.

Step 4:
Have your employing broker complete their portion of your license application through the PALS system.

Once everything is properly completed and uploaded to the PALS system, the Real Estate Commission will need up to one week to approve your application.
Once your application is approved, the Commission will mail a physical copy of your license to your employing broker's main office within 7-10 business days.

Related Questions

How much does it cost to reschedule my PA state exam?

PSI charges $49 to retake the state exam, regardless if you are only taking the state portion, the national portion, or both portions.​

How soon after my state exam do I have to apply for my license?

​Your state licensing exam scores are valid for up to 3 years. This means you have 3 years to apply for your Pennsylvania real estate salesperson's license from the date you passed the state exam. If you fail to apply for your license within the 3-year time-frame, you must retake the state exam.

What are the exam policies at the PSI testing center?

You are only allowed to take approved items into the PSI exam room. All personal belongings must be placed in a secure storage provided by PSI, prior to entering into the exam room. Copying or communicating exam content is considered a violation and may result in the disqualification of your exam results.​

Are there any testing accommodations available for the PA state exam?

All PSI testing centers are equipped to provide access in accordance with the ADA. If you have a disability or have difficulty taking the examination, you can submit an exam accommodation request to PSI. You must also submit documentation from the medical authority or learning institution that rendered a diagnosis.

What am I required to bring with me to the PA state exam?

​You must bring two forms of identification with you to the PSI testing center. One must be a valid government-issued ID. The second must include your signature and pre-printed legal name. The name on your IDs must match the name you entered on the Examination Registration Form and Registration Confirmation Notice.

Do I need to bring a calculator for the PA state exam?

​Calculators will not be provided by PSI. You are allowed to bring a calculator to the exam; however, only non-programmable calculators that are silent, battery-operated, do not have paper tape printing capabilities, and do not have a keyboard will be allowed in the exam room.

What happens if I fail the PA state licensing exam?

​If you do not pass the PA state licensing exam, you must reschedule another attempt with PSI. You can take the state exam as many times as needed until you pass. You have the option to reschedule your exam with PSI online, by mail, fax, email, or phone.

How many times can I take the PA state exam?

You can take the Pennsylvania real estate salesperson state licensing exam as many times as needed until you pass. You simply have to reschedule a new exam attempt and pay the $49 exam fee.

I just passed my PA real estate exam, now what?

​Once you pass the PA state exam, you are now ready to apply for your license. You must complete the following: 1) Obtain a criminal record check 2) Submit your license application online 3) Pay the application fee and upload the required documents 4) Have your broker complete their portion of the application

How long does it take to get my PA state exam results?

​You will receive your score at the PSI testing center as soon as you complete the exam. If you pass the exam, you will immediately receive a successful notification. If you do not pass, you will immediately receive an unsuccessful notification on the screen.

What is the time limit for the PA state licensing exam?

There is a 120-minute time limit for the national portion of the Pennsylvania licensing exam (80 questions total), and a 60-minute time limit for the state portion (30 questions total).​ The total exam is 180-minutes or 3-hours.

What is included on the PA real estate licensing exam?

There are 11 content areas covered in the national portion of the state exam, and 3 content areas covered in the state portion. Please see pages 7-10 of the PSI Candidate Handbook for a detailed outline of the topics you need to know for the exam.

How many questions are on the PA state licensing exam?

​The Pennsylvania real estate salesperson licensing exam consists of a national portion and a state portion. You must answer at least 60 out of the 80 questions correctly on the national portion in order to pass, and at least 23 out of the 30 questions correctly on the state portion.

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