Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR)?

You can contact the IDFPR at:
          Department of Financial and Professional Regulation 
          Division of Real Estate
          320 West Washington – 3rd Floor
          Springfield, IL 62786
          phone: 217-785-9300
          fax: 217-782-3390


Who administers the state of Illinois real estate exam?

The state exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP). They administer the test at 12 sites throughout Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have a website at


Many years ago, I had a real estate license in another state.
How will it affect my taking the real estate exam in Illinois?

You will be required to have completed a Certification by Licensing Agency/Board form by the state(s) where you currently hold or have previously held real estate licenses. The form (in the Candidate Handbook) must be submitted when applying for your license. To avoid a delay in applying for a license a candidate would be wise to fill out the form and send it off to the other state’s licensing board before sitting for the exam. The certification basically states that your license was (is) in good standing, was never disciplined or revoked, and that there are no disciplinary procedures pending.


I took the Broker Pre-License Topics (75 hour) and the Broker Pre-License Applied Principles course (15 hours) course over 2 years ago. Am I still eligible to sit for the state exam?

Maybe. If you successfully completed the Broker Pre-License Topics and Broker Pre-License Applied Principles courses your transcript is good for 4 years.  You might also seriously consider whether you have retained enough information to pass the exam.


How many times can I take the state exam?

The state test has two sections; a general section and an Illinois specific section. You must pass each section with a minimum grade of 75%. If you fail the exam you may retake the exam 3 more times (total of four times). If you fail only one portion of the exam (the general or the Illinois specific section), you need retake only the portion you failed. If you fail either portion of the exam 4 times, you must retake the hours required to sit for the exam (a Broker candidate must complete the 90 hours of classes and a Managing Broker candidate must complete the 45 hours of classes). After successful completion of these class hours, you may sit for the state exam 4 more times. The fifth attempt will be treated as a first attempt and you will be required to pass both sections of the exam. 

The general and the Illinois specific questions on the test are mixed. 


How often is the state exam given?

The state exam is given Monday through Friday at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM at exam sites throughout Illinois. The exam is also given on certain Saturdays at certain sites.


How do I schedule an exam?

Broker candidates qualifying to take the exam by completing the 75 hour Broker Pre-License Topics and the 15 hour Broker Pre-License Applied Principles course need only call 800-345-6559 to schedule an exam. Broker candidates applying under the 18-20 year old qualification need prior approval to take the exam. Attorneys applying under the licensed attorney qualification must also seek prior approval.  Managing Broker candidates applying under the 45 class hour (30 hour Managing Broker Pre-License Topics and 15 hour Managing Broker Pre-License Applied Management and Supervision) qualification need only call the 800-345-6559 to schedule the exam.   Attorneys applying under the licensed attorney qualification must seek prior approval.


What are the hours I can call to schedule an exam?

The scheduling centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. When calling to set up an exam, have your Uniform Real Estate Transcript or your Certificate of Examination Eligibility with you. You will be required to provide them information that is on the transcript. You can also schedule the exam yourself by going to  Exams are scheduled for 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM.


Is the testing service TDD equipped?

Yes. TDD calling is available to assist deaf and hearing impaired candidates at 913-495-4437 Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. 


I have a physical disability. How can I make arrangements to take the exam? Will the testing service make arrangements to accommodate my disability?

The testing service (AMP) must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All AMP test centers are wheelchair accessible, but candidates should notify AMP of the need for special accommodations at the time of registering. AMP recommends that when scheduling an examination, inform AMP of your need for special accommodations. AMP will make a every effort to provide reasonable accommodations as permitted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the limitations of the testing center facilities. Candidates requesting special accommodations will be required to submit documentation from an education professional, doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.

Requests for special testing arrangements for impaired sensory, manual, speaking skills, or other disability should be faxed to 800-345-6559. The request should include all the necessary forms. (click here for the forms)

Additional questions concerning ADA’s arrangements should be directed to AMP at 800-345-6559.


Do I have to schedule an exam? Can’t I just show up at a site and see if there is room for me?

No. Walk-in testing is not allowed.


If I call to schedule an exam today, will they let me sit for it tomorrow?

No. You must allow the testing service an advanced notice of 3 business days. Reservations are scheduled on a first-to-call basis and scheduling is subject to test center capacity.

Call AMP before 3:00 Central Time on

The soonest you may
test will be on

Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday/Saturday
Thursday Monday
Friday Tuesday


Can I schedule an appointment by fax?

Yes. You must use the fax registration form. Fax the forms to AMP at 913-541-0156. You may fax at anytime. The fax machine is always ready to receive. You must fax at least 4 days before your desired test date. A confirmation will be faxed back to you within 24 hours. Only those candidates applying by Visa/Master Card/Discover and American Express may apply by fax. 


Where do I go to take the state exam?

The exam is given at exam sites throughout Illinois.


How much does it cost to take the state exam?

You will be charged $46 to take the state exam. The $46 fee may be paid by Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express when registering for the exam. For those that choose not to use a credit card, payment may be made by cashier’s check or money order (payable to AMP). Cash and personal or company checks are NOT  acceptable. Those without credit cards can only register by  MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER’S CHECK. Those applying without a credit card must complete and mail the registration form found in the Candidate Handbook.


When I call to schedule an exam what will they ask me?

When you call to schedule an exam they will ask you:

  • your name, address, social security number, daytime telephone number, and date of birth
  • whether you will be taking the Broker or Managing Broker exam
  • the name of the real estate school you attended
  • information that will be on your Uniform Real Estate Transcripts or Certificate of Eligibility
  • the date requested for exam
  • the location of your preferred exam center
  • for your failing score report if you are retaking the exam.

Have pencil and paper ready. You will be given a confirmation number you will need to be admitted into the exam center.


Can I bring a calculator to the state test?

The testing center will allow any calculator that does not print, does not make noise, does not plug into a wall outlet, and does not have an alphabetic keyboard. Programmable calculators are NOT allowed. A simple calculator is all that is needed to complete the mathematical computations on the exam. 


What can I bring to the test center? Can I bring a little snack to eat during the test?

You are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke during the exam. All materials, books etc., are not allowed in the testing room. Do not bring them to the test center. No watches with alarms, listening devices, recording or photographic equipment. No visitors, guests, pets or children are allowed at the examination center. Leave your coats and suit jackets and especially your cell phones and PDA’s in the car.  


What must I bring to the test center the day of my exam?

  • your confirmation number
  • a photo id (driver’s license with your photo on it, state ID card, current passport, or military ID
  • another signature ID such as a credit card 
  • failing score report (if retake)

How do I know what is on the exam?

The IDFPR provides an outline for the exam. The outline can be found in the candidate handbook available from AMP at 800-345-6559 or you can find the outline on their website at


What score must I get on the exam?

You must get a minimum grade of 75% on both the general and the Illinois specific portion of the exam.

How long do I get to complete the state exam?

Exam time allotted number of items
(national and state portion)
3.5 hours 140 multiple choice
Broker Manager
(national and state portion)
3.5 hours 40 Illinois multiple choice –
10 national simulations
(national portion only)
2.5 hours 100 multiple choice
 (state portion only)
1.5 hours 40 multiple choice
Managing Broker
(national portion only)
2.5 hours 10 simulations
Managing Broker
(Illinois portion only)
1.5 hours 40 multiple choice


Will they grade my exam at the testing center? How long do I have to wait to get my score?

Your test will be scored immediately after you finish the exam. If you pass the exam, your pass score report will simply state “PASS.” If you fail the exam, your score report will give you a number grade and will indicate how well you did in each of the major content areas of the exam.  The major content area of the exam are in the Candidate Handbook at


If I cancel my test appointment, will they still charge me the $46?

You must cancel your exam 4 days before your scheduled test date by calling AMP at 800-345-6559. You will be allowed to change your exam date only once. If you do not provide 4 days notice of cancellation your exam fee will be forfeited.


I passed the state exam 15 months ago. Can I still apply for my license?

No. A successful state exam score is good for 1 year from the date of the exam (if the exam was taken after April 30, 2011)  Exams before that date are no longer valid.  Within a year of passing, if you do not apply for a license, you will be required to sit for the exam again. Your 75 hour Broker Pre-License Topics and 15 hour Broker Pre-License Applied Principles transcripts are good for 4 years, so you won’t have to take the education requirement again.  The same is true of your Managing Broker courses.


Prior approval? Who needs it?

Attorneys and Broker candidates applying under the 18-20 year old qualification. prior approval