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FAQ: What security procedures will be in place during the state examination

What security procedures will be in place during the state examination

PSI test centers are continuously monitored by video and audio surveillance equipment for security purposes. All applicants must adhere to these requirements when taking the exam:

  • Because exams are proprietary, no cameras, notes, recording devices, pagers, smartphones or cellular devices are allowed in the testing area. If any such item is brought to the testing center, the candidate doing so will be dismissed from the exam and the fee forfeited.
  • Calculators used during the exam must be silent, battery-operated and non-programmable. They must not have paper-tape printing capabilities nor uskeyboards containing letters. No guests or visitors are allowed in the testing or reception areas.
  • No personal items, weapons or valuables will be brought to the exam room, with the exclusion of keys, wallets, watches and hats. Coats may be worn to the center, but must be left outside the testing area. You will be provided with a soft locker for storing your allowable personal items while you are taking the test. This locker will be secured prior to your entering the testing room and you will not regain access until you have completed the exam.
  • After placing your belongings in the soft locker, you will be asked to pull out your pockets to ensure they are empty. If you bring personal items that do not fit in the locker, you will not be able to test.

Related Questions

If I fail my exam will I know what areas I need to focus for a retake?

Yes, you will receive your score report once you have completed your exam. It will contain your score and information on any area you did not pass.

I failed the WA state broker licensing exam. What do I do now?

If you failed one or both portions of the broker licensing exam, your score and reapplication instructions will be included in your score report. You will need to re-register for the exam and pay the exam fee again. You can do so by going to or by calling 855-746-8168.

How long will it take for the testing center to issue my test results?

Once you have completed your WA real estate exam, you will be asked to report to the testing proctor where you will receive your scoring report and results of your exam. The report will include scoring information for any portion that you failed. You must pass both sections before you can apply for your broker license.

Do I need to take the WA state exam if I’m licensed in another state?

Yes, but you will only need to take the Washington law portion of the exam. You will need to include your certified license history when submitting your application. You can usually avoid the pre-licensure education requirement providing a proof of successful completion of the same or similar education elsewhere.

How far ahead of time should I arrive for my exam appointment?

You should arrive no later than your test time. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled exam, you will not be admitted. Fees will be forfeited and you will need to re-register and pay the fees for a new exam appointment.

Could I bring a calculator to my WA broker license exam?

Calculators brought to the test center must not be programmable. They must be silent and battery operated. The calculator’s keyboard cannot contain the alphabet nor may it have paper-tape printing capabilities.

Can I eat a snack or drink a bottle of water during my test?

Eating and drinking is prohibited in the test center, as is smoking. You may take a break if needed, but no time will be added to make up for time lost during breaks.

What items may I take into my WA broker licensing exam appointment?

You should not take any personal items into the testing center, other than your keys and wallet. You will be provided with a pencil and scrap paper at check-in, which must be returned.

What are considered acts of misconduct when taking the WA state exam?

Causing disturbance, displaying abusive behavior, refusing to cooperate and much more are considered acts of misconduct. If you were to engage in any activities considered to be acts of misconduct during your exam, you may be dismissed, in which case your score will not be recorded and your exam fee will be forfeited.

What security procedures will be in place during the state examination

PSI test centers are continuously monitored by video and audio surveillance equipment for security purposes. All applicants must adhere to specific requirements when taking the exam.

Who do I contact if I have a question about the WA state exam?

For questions or requests for more information about the exam itself, you can refer to the Washington Real Estate Examination Program Handbook or you can contact PSI directly at 855-746-8168 or online at PSI website.

May I take a pencil or paper into my Washington broker licensing exam?

You will be provided with a pencil and piece of scratch paper to use by the test center when you check in. You must return the paper to the test supervisor after you have finished the exam in order to receive your score report. No other notes, papers or documents are allowed into the test center.

How do I pay for the Washington state licensing exam?

PSI accepts major credit cards, including VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. You can also pay by cashier’s check or money order made payable to PSI. Cash is not an acceptable method of payment. You will need to pay for your exam when you schedule it.

What is the cost of the Washington state licensing exam?

The fee for the exam is $138.25, whether you are taking only the state law portion or both parts of the exam. The registration fees are not refundable nor are they transferable. Keep in mind that if you need to retake the exam or a portion of the exam you will need to pay the fee again.

How far in advance do I need to schedule my WA state licensing exam?

Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so the amount of advance time necessary depends on the number of candidates choosing the same day and time. Depending on availability, your test could be scheduled as early as the next testing day.

Who administers the state exam for a WA real estate broker license?

The Washington State Department of Licensing has contracted with PSI to administer the real estate broker licensing examination.

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