The required real estate courses are designed to help you learn what it’s like to work as a broker in Washington and prepare you for the licensing exam. Passing the exam is a must no matter how well you do on the courses.
Before you schedule the exam, you’ll want to read through the 24-page Candidate Handbook. Below is a quick overview of what’s on the Washington real estate exam and what you can expect on test day.
The Washington broker exam is a computer-based test given at one of 12 locations throughout the state. Here are a few other details that are good to know before taking the exam:
The Washington broker exam is actually two tests in one. There are 100 questions for the national portion and 30 questions for the state portion. But the odd thing is the test isn’t broken up into two sections. All the questions are mixed together.
The national portion covers seven topics:
There’s less variation to the state questions. These questions are all about Washington real estate license law:
The first thing you’ll do once you sit down at the computer is the optional practice test. We highly recommend you take the practice test to get a feel for the system before the timer starts.
The computerized test displays one question at a time during the exam. Each question will have four options (A, B, C, and D). You can either click on the letter to select it or type the letter into the response box. Once you’re done, click the forward arrow to answer the next question. To go back to a previous question click the backward arrow.
There are two unique features to the Washington broker exam:
Bookmarking Questions - Not sure about a question? You can bookmark it! In the bottom right-hand corner there’s an empty box. Click on the box and it will bookmark the question for review. The double arrows (>>) will fast-track you through the test to bookmarked questions.
Checking the Time - In the bottom right-hand corner you’ll also see a test timer that can be turned on or off to see how much time you have remaining. Be careful to keep an eye on the time because the test will automatically end when you hit three and a half hours.
Once you’re done with the exam you’ll receive your score. The test proctor will be able to generate a score report, which tells you if you passed. If you pass the exam your results will be valid for a year. The passing score report will also include an application for getting a Washington broker license. If you don’t apply for a broker license in that time period you’ll have to start all over and take the exam again.
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