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After completing your 77-hour Pre-Licensing Course in New York, the subsequent step is acing the New York State Real Estate Licensing Exam. This State Exam is among the final yet crucial stages to procuring your real estate license in New York.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about booking, preparing for, and getting the results for your New York State Real Estate Exam.

How To Schedule Your New York State Real Estate Exam

The New York State Real Estate Exam is an exam that tests your knowledge of what you’ve learned during your New York 77-Hour Real Estate Pre-licensing Course. Your New York State Real Estate Exam must be schedule in advance.  

To schedule your New York State Real Estate Exam, you will need to:

  • Create an account on eAccessNY
  • Choose a location for your exam
  • Pay the exam fee

Your course provider should provide you with instructions on how to schedule your exam after you register for the New York 77-Hour Real Estate Pre-licensing Course.

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What is eAccessNY?

eAccessNY is the New York Department of State’s online platform for scheduling your State exam and applying for your license. You will also eventually use your eAccessNY account to renew your New York real estate license.

What is the cost of the NYS Real Estate Exam?

The cost of each State Exam attempt is $15 and you may take the State Exam as many times as you need to pass.

Corofy students have access to our State Exam Prep Guide, which provides in-depth instructions on how to book your State Exam, as well as other details such as what you’ll need for the exam, how to prepare, and the most commonly asked questions about the State Exam.

When should I book my State Exam?

In New York, State Exam seats tend to get booked quickly so we recommend scheduling your State Exam when you have completed about 75% of the New York 77-hour pre-licensing course.

Where can I take my State Exam?

The Department of State currently has 11 locations across New York State for students to take their State Exam. Here is a list of all 11 locations:

  • ALBANY (Alfred E. Smith State Office Building)
    80 South Swan Street
    Albany, New York 12239
    Located at the corner of Washington Avenue and South Swan Street
  • BINGHAMTON (State Office Building)
    44 Hawley Street, 15th Floor
    Binghamton, NY 13901
  • BUFFALO (State Office Building)
    295 Main Street, 8th Floor
    Buffalo, NY 14203
  • FRANKLIN SQUARE (VFW Hall)
    68 Lincoln Road, Basement
    Franklin Square, NY 11010
  • HAUPPAUGE (Perry Duryea State Office Building)
    Basement Conference Room
    250 Veterans Memorial Highway
    Hauppauge, NY 11788
  • NEW YORK CITY
    123 William Street, 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10038
  • PLATTSBURGH
    Clinton Community College – George Moore Building/Main Building
    136 Clinton Point Drive, Room 105M
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901
  • POMONA (Rockland Country Fire Training Center)
    35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive
    Pomona, NY 10970
  • ROCHESTER (Finger Lakes DDSO)
    620 Westfall Road
    Rochester, NY 14620
  • SYRACUSE (State Office Building)
    333 E Washington St
    Syracuse, NY 13202
  • UTICA (State Office Building)
    207 Genesee Street 1st Floor, Room 107
    Utica, NY 13501

How Do I Study For The New York State Real Estate Exam?

To effectively prepare for the New York State Real Estate Exam, you should focus on a strategic study plan that includes practical test-taking strategies and a solid understanding of real estate principles.

Take Numerous Practice Tests

Practice tests are essential. They help you familiarize yourself with the format and types of questions you’ll encounter. You can find resources online that offer practice questions similar to what you’ll face on the actual exam. Aim to take multiple tests to cover all topics extensively.

Pay Attention To Real Estate Math Of The NYS Real Estate Exam

Math plays a significant role in the exam. Ensure you can perform real estate calculations comfortably. This includes understanding interest ratesamortizations, and property valuation formulas. Online courses like those offered by Corofy can help you hone these skills.

Familiarize Yourself With The Test-Taking Practices Of The NYS Real Estate Exam

Understand the policies and procedures specific to the New York exam. Test-taking strategies, such as time management and educated guessing, can greatly improve your odds. Familiarity with the computer-based testing environment can also reduce test-day anxiety.

Make A Real Estate Cheat Sheet

Create your own cheat sheet with vital concepts, definitions, and laws. Though you can’t bring it into the exam, regularly reviewing this cheat sheet will help reinforce important information. This cheat sheet should be a concentrated source of the material you find most challenging.

Seek The Advice Of A Real Estate Broker Or Agent

Networking with professionals who have successfully passed the exam can provide valuable insights. Many brokers or agents are willing to share study tips or topics that may require extra attention. Take advantage of their experience for your exam preparation.

Complete Your New York State Real Estate Exam

On the day of your State Exam, you will need to go to the physical location of your exam. Be sure to be on time, as students will not be admitted to the exam after the specified start time.

You will be allowed 90 minutes to complete your New York State Real Estate License Exam. The allotted time begins at the conclusion of the instructions.

What is the passing score for the NYS real estate exam?

You must pass the State Exam with a score of 70% or better to apply for your New York real estate license.

How difficult is New York State's real estate license exam?

The New York State Real Estate License Exam is not difficult, you just need to prepare for it. Making sure you understand the material and reviewing the course content are great first steps to take to increase your chances of passing.

How many questions are on the State Exam?

The New York State Real Estate License Exam is a written exam consisting of 75 multiple choice questions, all of which are based on the 77-hour pre-licensing curriculum.

What do I need to bring with me to the State Exam?

  • A form of government-issued signature identification that must be photo-bearing. Your identification MUST BE CURRENT (not expired) and from the following list:
    • driver’s license
    • state issued identification (ex. non-driver ID)
    • IDNYC Card (NYC Identification Card)
    • military ID
    • United States Passport
    • Employment Authorization Card (issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
    • United States INS issued ID
    • Certificate of US citizenship
    • Foreign Passport
    • Brazilian, Mexican, Honduran, and Ecuadorian Consular ID
  • The page you were requested to print when you scheduled your exam on eAccessNY. This page is referred to as the “Summary of Your Submission” and includes all of your exam information, including your candidate number.

What are the Exam Site policies?

  • Calculators are permitted if they are battery or solar powered, silent, nonprinting and do not contain an alphabetic keyboard. PDA’s are not allowed.
  • Cellular phones, beepers and any other electronic devices MUST be turned off during the exam.
  • Dictionaries, books, other reference materials, large bags and briefcases are not allowed at the exam site. Do not bring these materials to the exam site as there is no place to store them.
  • Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted at the exam site. If you bring food or beverages, you will be asked to dispose of them before entering the exam site.
  • Visitors, guests and children are not permitted at the exam site.
  • Firearms are not allowed at the exam site. Please contact our exam unit at (518) 473-2731 for questions pertaining to this policy.
  • Any person found using notes, books, or other aids; giving or receiving help; removing examination materials or notes from the exam site; causing a disturbance or engaging in practices contrary to the rules of proper examination conduct will be dismissed from the exam site. Any decisions regarding disciplinary measures will be made by the Exam Supervisor at the Department of State.

Can I retake my State Exam if I don’t pass?

Yes, you may retake the State Exam until you pass.

How To Get Your New York State Exam Results

To get your State Exam results, you will need to:

  • Login to your eAccessNY account (the account you used to book your State Exam).
  • Click ‘View Schedule Exam Details’.
  • Your schedule exam will appear with ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ marked next to it.

If you did not pass your State Exam, we recommend immediately booking your next exam date. Use the time you have before your next exam to study and prepare.

How long does it take to get NYS real estate exam results?

Your State Exam results will be ready within 5-7 days after taking the exam.

In New York, exam results are reported as either passed or failed.

What happens after I pass my New York State Real Estate Exam?

After you pass the New York State Real Estate Exam, you will need to do the following:

  • Choose a sponsoring broker.
  • Apply for your New York real estate license.

You can begin the process of researching sponsoring brokers and setting up interviews prior to actually getting the results for your State Exam. However, you must get your exam results before applying for your New York Salesperson License.

After you have completed these steps, you’ll officially be able to work in real estate as a licensed real estate salesperson!

New York State Real Estate Exam FAQ

The cost of each State Exam attempt is $15 and you may take the State Exam as many times as you need to pass.

After completing Corofy’s 77-hour Real Estate Pre-Licensing course, you will need to pass your School Final Exam with a score of 70% or better. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Certificate of Completion for the course and be able to schedule your New York State Real Estate Exam.
For more information regarding scheduling your New York State Real Estate Exam, you can check out the State Exam Course available in your Corofy Account, or contact the Corofy Support Team by sending an email to [email protected]. A Corofy Support Representative will respond to your inquiry within 1-2 business days.
In New York, State Exam seats tend to get booked quickly so we recommend scheduling your State Exam when you have completed about 75% of the New York 77-hour pre-licensing course.
No, you will first need to complete the New York 77-hour pre-licensing course before taking your State Exam.
The New York State Real Estate License Exam costs $15 per attempt. You must pay for the exam by credit card when scheduling your exam through your eAccessNY account.
Yes, the NY Department of State requires that you pay a $15 fee per each New York State Exam attempt in order to schedule your exam date.
Yes, there are testing accommodations available for persons with disabilities. If you need a testing accommodation you should not schedule your exam online through eAccessNY. Instead, you must call the Department of State at (518)474-4429 to schedule your exam and arrange your testing accommodation.

Yes, Corofy students have access to our New York State Real Estate Exam preparation course, complete with practice exams, chapter summaries, and key terms review exercises to help you study.

If you already completed a real estate course and need help preparing for the State Exam, reach out to the Corofy Support Team at [email protected]

In New York, State Exam seats tend to get booked quickly so we recommend scheduling your State Exam when you have completed about 75% of the New York 77-hour pre-licensing course.

The New York State Real Estate Exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. There is a 90 minute time limit for the exam and you must pass with a score of 70% or better.

The Department of State has 12 proctoring locations within New York State to take your NY State Real Estate Licensing Exam.

You must bring a current, government-issued photo-bearing ID, as well as a print-out of your “Summary of Your Submission”, which you will be given upon scheduling your exam via eAccessNY.
Yes, you will have to bring a print-out of the “Summary of Your Submission” page with you to the State Exam. If you did not print this page after scheduling your state exam, you can find the page again by logging in to your eAccessNY account and clicking on “View Scheduled Exam Details” on the Main Menu page.
Yes, it is recommend that you bring a calculator to the New York State Real Estate Exam. However, the calculator must be battery or solar-powered, silent, non-printing, and not contain a keyboard. You cannot use your smartphone as a calculator.
Only permitted calculators may be used. Electronic devices must be turned off. Reference materials, large bags, and briefcases are not allowed. Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted. Visitors are not permitted. Any person who violates any of the exam policies will be dismissed from the exam site.
Yes, the New York State Real Estate Exam is available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, or Chinese. If you plan to take the exam in one of these languages, you must notify the exam proctor when you arrive at the testing center.
Your New York State Real Estate Exam will typically be ready within 3-5 business days after you complete the exam. To access your results, log in to your eAccessNY account, click on “View Exam Results”. If you see “Waiting for Score”, this means your results have not been processed yet. Otherwise, you will see either a “Pass” or “Fail”.
To access your New York State Exam results, you will need to log in to eAccessNY and click on your scheduled exam. Your results will be available 7-10 days after completing the exam and will appear as ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’.
After you pass the New York State Real Estate Exam, you can submit your New York Real Estate Salesperson License Application through your eAccessNY account. Note that you will not be able to apply for your license until you have chosen a sponsoring broker.
You can take the NY state licensing exam as many times as needed until you pass. To retake the New York State Real Estate Exam, you must schedule a new exam date through your eAccessNY account and pay the $15 examination fee.
To reschedule your NY State Real Estate Licensing Exam, log in to your eAccessNY account and click on “View Scheduled Exam Details”. Then, click “Reschedule” and follow the instructions. Note that you will only be able to reschedule your state exam 6 days prior to your exam date.
If you did not pass the New York State Real Estate Exam, you must schedule a new exam through your eAccessNY account and pay the $15 examination fee.

Your New York State Real Estate Exam results are only valid for up to 2 years. You must have a sponsoring broker and submit your New York Real Estate Salesperson License application within two years of passing the exam or you will have to retake the state exam.

Yes, non-citizens who are authorized to work in the U.S. can take the NYS Real Estate Exam.

You must pass the State Exam with a score of 70% or better to apply for your New York real estate license.

The New York State Real Estate License Exam is not difficult, you just need to prepare for it. Making sure you understand the material and reviewing the course content are great first steps to take to increase your chances of passing.

Yes, you may retake the State Exam until you pass.

Key Takeaways

Passing your New York State Real Estate Exam is the last step before you can apply for your New York real estate license. Be sure to prepare for the exam so you can pass on the first attempt and begin your career in real estate as quickly as possible. 

Here are a few things to remember when preparing for your New York State Real Estate Exam:

  • Your New York State Real Estate Exam must be scheduled in advance through eAccessNY.
  • The key to preparing for the New York State Real Estate Exam is reviewing the course material, such as quizzes and summaries. 
  • You will need to pass the New York State Real Estate Exam with a score of 70% or better to apply for your New York real estate license.

Now that you have all the information you’ll need to pass your New York State Real Estate Exam, it’s time to learn all about applying for your New York real estate license. The next article in the New York Real Estate License 101 Guide will cover everything you need to know about completing your New York Real Estate Salesperson Application. 

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Before being a school, Corofy is a community. Our founder, Eddy Boccara, started his real estate career as a real estate salesperson looking for a side hustle. Since then, he’s had a passion for New York real estate and specifically the talented individuals that take the leap to get their real estate license and help this industry progress. Eddy created Corofy with one goal in mind: to provide people with quality real estate education that actually helps them build a career they can be proud of.

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