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Can I Reschedule My Real Estate Licensing Exam?

Yes, you can reschedule your real estate licensing exam, though the rules and fees vary widely by state. In New York, you can reschedule with no penalty up to 6 days in advance of the exam. In California, you can reschedule as late as 6:00 a.m. the day of the exam, though a $15 rescheduling fee applies.

Despite our most careful planning, unforeseen events can and do arise. Thankfully, most states have rescheduling procedures that are easy to follow and execute.

If you know you need to reschedule your real estate licensing exam, you should act immediately, as not showing up to an exam or showing up late can be costly.

If you do not show up to your exam, you will forfeit the exam fee in almost all cases. You will need to pay the full fee again (or sometimes a smaller re-examination fee) to take the exam another day. If you show up late, the same forfeiture and fees will apply, as late arrivals typically are not permitted into an exam.

How late is too late? Most exam rules state a hard cutoff at 15 minutes, but its best not to test it.

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Organic IDXWhen you move to reschedule, you should also have a date in mind for the new exam. This date should be far enough in the future that whatever caused you to reschedule the exam has passed. This is because some states will not allow you to reschedule more than once.  But the new date should not be so far in the future that you forget what you’ve studied.

To reschedule your exam, you should call your real estate licensing board, or check the website for the procedures. We’ve listed the procedures for select states below.

  • Florida

Licensees in Florida may change an exam reservation without penalty up to two days in advance. Exams can be rescheduled by calling Pearson at (888) 204-6289 or visiting pearsonvue.com.

  • Texas

Licensees in Texas may reschedule and exam without penalty up to two days in advance. Exams can be rescheduled by calling Pearson at (800) 997-1248 or visiting pearsonvue.com.

  • Georgia

Licensees in Georgia will have up to two business days before an exam to reschedule an exam without a fee. The rescheduling request also must be made by 3:00 p.m. that day.  Call PSI at 800-345-6559 for more information or to make a rescheduling request.

  • California

In California, you can reschedule an exam as late as 6:00 a.m. on the day of the exam by using the state’s eLicensing system.

A $15 fee will apply for the first rescheduling, and a $30 fee will apply for any subsequent rescheduling.

  • Washington

In Washington, the exam can be changed without a fee up to two business days in advance. The rescheduling request also must be made by 3:00 p.m. that day by calling PSI at 800-345-6559.

If your state uses one of the common real estate testing services (Pearson and PSI), you can expect similar rescheduling rules to those mentioned above.

Even with these precautions, extreme weather or emergencies can cause us to miss an exam. Luckily, there are procedures for this too. Most testing organizations will make the decision to cancel an exam due to weather on a case-by-case basis. Examinees will be notified of the cancellation and of a new exam date. Be aware, however, that if the test administrators are able to open the testing center, the exam will proceed as planned.

Most testing organizations will provide an excused absence for the death of an immediate family member, car accident, court appearance, and military duty.

For more on real estate licensing, check out What If I Fail the Real Estate Licensing Exam?

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