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About the REA Examination
Under the new regulatory framework, persons who intend to assume the role of the Key Executive Officer (KEO) or Practising Director or Practising Partner of an estate agent are required to possess a pass in the Real Estate Agency (REA) examination, or equivalent.
The REA examination is administered by CEA's appointed examination administrator, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre. Candidates who wish to register or find out more about the REA examination may contact our appointed examination administrator at:
REA Examination Requirements
1. Candidates will need to attend and complete the REA Course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider (ACP) before applying for the REA examination. They will be issued with the Certificate of REA Course Completion after they have completed the REA course, subject to a minimum attendance rate of 75%. Candidates are required to submit a copy of this Certificate of REA Course Completion when they register for the REA examination.
2. The Certificate of REA Course Completion has a validity period of 2 years for the purpose of determining eligibility to take the REA examination. Candidates are eligible to take the REA examination within 2 years from the completion date of their REA Course. Beyond the validity period, candidates will be required to attend and complete the REA course again before they become eligible to take the REA examination.
3. Candidates must meet the minimum educational requirement of at least 4 GCE "O" Level passes or equivalent when they register for the REA examination. Candidates are required to submit a copy of their qualification certificate for verification by CEA's appointed examination administrator when they register for the examination.
4. Candidates who wish to submit their qualifications (e.g. overseas qualifications or private diplomas) for assessment by CEA to determine if they would meet the educational qualification requirement may do so through the ACP they intend to enrol for the REA course. An administrative fee of $64.20 (inclusive of GST) is payable for each application submitted.
Candidates must fill up the CEA Educational Qualification Assessment Request Form and attach all supporting documents, and they must also produce the original documents to the ACP for verification. Please note that CEA does not accept education certificates certified by a notary public as a form of verification proof. Candidates without original hardcopies of the graduation certificates, are required to provide a letter of confirmation of award/duplicate copy from the issuing institutions/universities. For bachelor and above qualifications from China, candidates are required to provide a verification proof either from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHSI) or China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Information (CDGDC) if they do not have the original hardcopies of their certificates. The CEA Educational Qualification Assessment Request Form is available at all ACPs. CEA will inform the candidate of the outcome of qualification assessment.
Candidates must submit the notification outcome of CEA qualification assessment and a copy of their qualification certificate when they register for the REA examination.
5. Applicants who have attained Level 5 and above for the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) assessment in these 5 components (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Numeracy) will be recognised to have met the minimum qualification requirement of 4 GCE "O" level passes. Find out more about the WPLN Assessment (PDF,935KB), and register for the WPLN assessment at the British Council.
6. Candidates who obtain a modular pass (in one or two papers) for the REA examination will be allowed to retake only their failed paper(s) in modular re-sitting in subsequent REA examinations. Candidates taking the modular re-sitting of the REA examination are required to take note and comply with the following:
i) Modular re-sitting is only applicable for candidates who have passed at least 1 paper of the REA examination.
ii) Candidates with more than 1 failed paper are to re-take their failed papers in the same examination at their next attempt.
iii) There is no change to the requirement for REA course participants to pass the REA examination within 2 years from the date of issuance of the Certificate of Completion for the REA course. Candidates who are unable to pass all 3 papers of the REA examination within the 2-year timeframe will have to re-take the REA course before attempting the REA examination. Partial passes in the REA examination will become invalid once the REA course certificate expires. Candidates will have to re-take the full REA examination again, i.e. Papers 1, 2 & 3.
Candidates may refer to CEA's appointed examination administrator for more details on the rules and regulations for the REA examination.
REA Examination Schedule
The 2021 REA examinations is as follows:
| Year ||Day & Time || Month of Examination |
| 2021 || Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |
(7pm - 9.30pm)
|March, July, November |
For the latest updates on the schedule of examination dates and closing dates for examination registration, candidates may refer to CEA's appointed examination administrator's website.
REA Examination Fees
The REA examination fees are as follows:
Examination Type || Examination Fee (Include GST) |
Full sitting (3 Papers)
*Modular re-sitting (2 Papers)
*Modular re-sitting (1 Paper)
Note: Modular re-sitting is only applicable for candidates who have passed at least one paper of the REA examination. Examination fees are subjected to revision and may be changed without prior notice.
REA Examination Syllabus
With effect from the July 2015 REA examination, the REA examination will be set based on the revised examination syllabus.
REA Examination Results Notification
Candidates who have taken the examinations will receive an email notification from CEA's appointed examination administrator informing them of their examination results about 4-6 weeks after the examination.
Appeal for Review of REA Examination Results
Appeals for review of REA examination results must be submitted to CEA's appointed examination administrator using the prescribed forms provided within 5 working days from the date of the notification of examination results. A non-refundable fee of $64.20 (inclusive of GST) is charged for the review of the examination papers which goes toward covering the cost of reviewing the answer script.
The review process involves a review of the marking and a re-check of the awarded marks. The final result of the appeal is based on the outcome of the review.
We would like to assure candidates that CEA has put rigorous processes and checks in place to ensure the accuracy of the results when they are first released. Hence, there is a very low likehood that the result will be different after the review.
Candidates will be informed in writing of the outcome of the appeal within 14 working days from day of submission of appeal. Candidates will not be shown their answer scripts.
Validity of REA Examination Results
All REA course participants are required to pass the REA examination within 2 years from the date of issuance of the REA course completion certificate. Candidates with a partial pass in the REA examination are required to pass the remaining paper(s) within the 2-year timeframe. Should they fail to do so, the partial pass in the REA examination will not be valid and candidates will have to re-take the REA course before attempting the full REA examination again.
Upon passing the REA examination, the candidate will be issued the REA examination certificate. If the candidate wishes to assume the role of the Key Executive Officer (KEO) or Practising Director or Practising Partner of an estate agent, he/she must submit his/her application through the estate agent within 2 years from the month of passing the examination, failing which the examination results will no longer be valid for such purposes.
REA Examination Rules
The REA examination is administered by CEA's appointed examination administrator, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre ("RELC"). Candidates may refer to RELC's website for the full listing of examination rules and regulations.
Below are some of the important examination rules that candidates should note:
- The REA examination commences at 7.00pm. Candidates are reminded to be punctual. Candidates who arrive at the examination reporting counter after the 15-minutes grace period (i.e. 7.15pm) will NOT be allowed to sit for the examination. No refund of the examination fee will be given to the candidates.
- In view of the COVID-19 situation, candidates who had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days prior to the examination, or under a Quarantine Order or Stay-Home Notice, will not be allowed to take the examination. Likewise, candidates who have any fever or flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to take the examination. Candidates are advised not to go to the examination venues, but to see a doctor if they feel unwell.
- Candidates who made false declaration using the SafeEntry/TraceTogether will lead to disqualification from the examination, and/or may be barred from taking future examinations.
- Candidates are not allowed to carry their mobile devices during the examination. All mobile devices must be switched off (no vibration or airplane mode is allowed) and placed at the designated area in front of the classroom. Any candidate found to be in possession of their mobile devices during the examination may be disqualified from the examination and/or barred from taking future examinations.
- All copies of the questions and examination papers are the property of CEA and must be returned to the invigilator at the end of the examination. Recording of the examination questions in any form is strictly prohibited. Any candidate who is found to have recorded the examination question and/or leaves the examination hall with the examination paper will be immediately disqualified from the examination and reported to CEA. CEA reserves the right to bar the candidate from future examinations.
- CEA and RELC take a serious view on cheating during the examination. CEA reserves the right to bar any candidate attempting to gain an unfair advantage in the examination (whether by breaching an examination regulation or otherwise) from future examinations.
Candidates who do not turn up for the examination would be considered "absent" and fail the examination. CEA may consider requests for deferment only under the following circumstances:
- Hospitalisation on the day of examination
- Bereavement of next of kin
- National Service duties that cover the day of the examination
- COVID-19 related reasons (e.g. Quarantine Order, Stay-Home Notice, contact with suspected COVID-19 case)
An administrative fee of $107 (inclusive of GST) will be levied on each examination deferment application, which can be made up to 5 working days after the date of examination. Candidates approved for deferment may only attempt the next examination.
Candidates who are unable to attempt the examination are advised to submit their deferment request or seek clarification on deferment with RELC at firstname.lastname@example.org.