Massachusetts Real Estate License Course Online

Step 1: Complete the 40-Hour Massachusetts Pre-license Education Course

Massachusetts salesperson license applicants must take an approved 40-hour pre-license course before being approved for the state licensing examination. A board-approved real estate school must administer the course.

Once you pass the course final, you will be issued a Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Educational Certificate form essential for your application. Your education is valid for two years from the certificate date.

Step 2: Obtain (3) Character Endorsements

Massachusetts requires all candidates to submit three candidate endorsements from people not related to the applicant. The endorsements also cannot be from classmates in the real estate course.

Step 3: Send in Your License Application

Massachusetts requires all applicants to be approved by the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salesperson. First you must mail in all applicable documents to the state’s testing vendor, PSI.

The documents you need are listed and found in the Candidate Information Bulletin. All documents must be included in your application when you mail it in. PSI will not process incomplete documents. The application fee is $85.

Mail your application to:
PSI Examination Services
ATTN: Examination Registration MA RE
3210 E Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Step 4: Schedule the State Exam

Once your license application is approved, you can schedule the exam. To schedule an exam online, go to Online scheduling is the easiest and fastest way to book your exam. For other registration options, see the Candidate Information Bulletin.

The exam fee is $85 paid to PSI via credit card, debit card, voucher, or check. If you are an active duty military or veteran, the fee is $54.

Refer to the Massachusetts Real Estate Candidate Handbook for information on examination schedules, site locations, exam security, reporting, and preparation.

Step 5: Take and Pass the State Exam

The Massachusetts state exam has a general portion and a state portion. The question numbers vary according to each exam form.

About the salesperson real estate exam:

  1. The state portion is 40 questions and you have 90 minutes.
  2. The general portion asks 80 questions and you have 150 minutes.
  3. The exam may include 5-10 "pretested" questions that will not count towards your score. These questions are not identified.
  4. A passing score is 70%.

You can see the specific breakdown of the number of questions asked in each topic area in the Candidate Handbook.

Immediately upon exam completion, you will receive a score report marked “pass” or “fail.”

Step 6: Receiving Your License

If you pass the exam, you will receive your Massachusetts Salesperson License immediately at the test center, as long as you’ve met the licensing requirements and paid the licensing fee. All candidates must be prepared to get their license at the testing center.

Licensing fees are prorated and are calculated at the test center. Salesperson fees typically range from $103-150. PSI also charges a $12 licensing fee.

License fees can be paid by credit card, personal check, cashier’s check, or money order made payable to “PSI.”

Once you leave the test center with your license in hand, congratulations! You are a Massachusetts real estate salesperson!