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Important: Two-stage registration process for October/November 2021 Real Estate Salesperson (RES) examination

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) has decided to conduct an additional RES examination in November 2021, on a one-off basis, given the reduced examination capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The indication of interest to register for both the October and November 2021 RES examinations would be conducted at the same time, for a total examination capacity of about 6,000 candidates, up from 3,000 candidates in the August 2021 RES examination.

There will be a two-stage registration process for the October/November 2021 RES examination. Please note the dates of the respective stages.

Stage 1: Indication of interest on FormSG (20 to 21 September 2021)

Applicants with a valid RES course completion certificate and have completed their RES course before 20 September 2021 are eligible to indicate their interest to sit for the October/November 2021 RES examination on FormSG from 9am on 20 September 2021 to 6pm on 21 September 2021.

Please note that you should only submit one choice of examination slot. Applicants who submit more than one form will be disqualified immediately. No appeals will be entertained.

The FormSG link to indicate your interest and choice of examination slot can be found below and on RELC’s website.

• Infographic with FormSG link (PDF, 171KB) RECOMMENDED

We expect high web traffic on RELC’s and CEA’s websites during Stage 1. To avoid any delay in your indication of interest, download the infographic onto your device in advance to access the FormSG link directly to register your interest.

• FormSG link: https://go.gov.sg/resoctnov21

 

Please note that the FormSG link will only be activated at 9am on 20 September 2021

 

Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who​

have successfully submitted their indication of interest based on their choice of examination slot, and

have met the eligibility criteria.

RELC will contact the successful applicants from 22 to 24 September 2021 to provide further instructions on Stage 2 of examination registration at the RELC website.

 

Those who are not shortlisted will be informed by email by 24 September 2021. Some applicants who are not shortlisted may be placed on the waitlist and will be informed accordingly.

 

Stage 2: Examination registration

Shortlisted applicants will receive an email from RELC and should follow the instructions in the email to complete the October/November 2021 RES examination registration at RELC’s website. Shortlisted applicants who do not complete the examination registration process by the deadline stated by RELC will have their seats allocated to those on the waitlist.

Information on Stage 2, including the key dates, can be found in this infographic (PDF, 171KB).

Safe Management Measures

RELC will continue to implement the following Safe Management Measures (SMM) in line with the guidance from the Multi-Ministry Taskforce to ensure that the RES examination is held in a safe manner:
a. A capacity limit of 50 persons for each room;
b. Maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres between candidates;
c. Use of TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE) or SafeEntry Gateway (SEGW) at entrances of premises;
d. Staggered timings for reporting and dismissal;
e. Wearing of masks throughout the examination;
f. Dedicated access to toilets for each zone and staggered toilet usage (where possible); and,
g. Cleaning of rooms and toilets after each examination session.

The capacity for each run of the examination may be adjusted based on the prevailing SMM guidelines to safeguard public health and safety.

All candidates are required to adhere to all SMM imposed during the examination days.

NOTE: Failure to comply with the prescribed measures or false declaration via the TraceTogether-only SafeEntry will result in candidates being disqualified from the examination and you may be barred from taking future examinations.


The conduct of the RES examination is based on the prevailing COVID-19 measures. Should there be changes in the COVID-19 measures that affect the conduct of the October/November 2021 RES examination, CEA will inform the candidates accordingly.

For more information, please refer to this set of frequently asked questions (PDF,164KB).

 To find out more about the RES examination, please click on the links below:

About the RES Examination

The RES examination is the entry level examination for new entrants who wish to practise as salespersons in the real estate agency industry. One of the criteria for salespersons' registration is the requirement to pass the mandatory industry examination. This is to ensure that new entrants to the real estate agency profession possess a basic level of competency and knowledge about the real estate agency industry and property related matters.

The RES examination is administered by CEA's appointed examination administrator, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre. Candidates who wish to register or find out more about the RES examination may contact our appointed examination administrator at:

    SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)
    Website: https://www.relc.org.sg/professional-qualifications/skills/cea-res
    Tel no: 6734 1292
    E-mail: RES@relc.org.sg
 
    30 Orange Grove Road
    Level 3 RELC Building
    Singapore 258352

Important notice:  It has come to CEA's attention that there are businesses and individuals offering revision and coaching classes to pass the RES examinations. Please note that the list of CEA Approved Course Providers (ACPs) are limited to those found on our website. All other entities not in the list are not endorsed by CEA. Candidates should be aware of the risks involved when attending such classes, including the potential propagation of inaccurate information.

RES Examination Requirements

1. Candidates will need to attend and complete the RES Course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider (ACP) before applying for the RES examination. They will be issued with the Certificate of RES Course Completion after they have completed the RES course, subject to a minimum attendance rate of 75%. Candidates are required to submit a copy of this Certificate of RES Course Completion when they register for the RES examination.
 
2. The Certificate of RES Course Completion has a validity period of 2 years for the purpose of determining eligibility to take the RES examination. Candidates are eligible to take the RES examination within 2 years from the completion date of their RES Course. Beyond the validity period, candidates will be required to attend and complete the RES course again before they are eligible to take the RES examination.
 
3. Candidates must meet the minimum educational requirement of at least 4 GCE O-level passes or equivalent when they register for the RES 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 RES examination. CEA accepts combined GCE O-level results taken at not more than 2 sittings.
 
4. Candidates who wish to submit their qualifications (e.g. overseas qualifications or private diplomas) for assessment to determine if the qualifications meet the educational qualification requirement may email their academic certificates, academic transcripts, any other supporting documents together with the completed Educational Qualification Assessment form to CEA at licensing@cea.gov.sg.

Candidates must attach all supporting documents when submitting their application. CEA does not accept education certificates certified by a notary public as a form of verification proof. Candidates without original copies 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 copies of their certificates. CEA will inform the candidate of the outcome of the qualification assessment.

Candidates must submit the notification outcome of CEA qualification assessment and a copy of their qualification certificate when they register for the RES 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 at the British Council.

6. Candidates who obtain a modular pass in one paper of the RES examination will be allowed to retake only their failed paper in modular re-sitting in subsequent RES examination. Candidates taking the modular re-sitting of the RES examination are required to take note and comply with the following:

i) Modular re-sitting is only applicable for candidates who have passed 1 paper of the RES examination.

ii) There is no change to the examination requirements for RES course participants to pass the RES examination, comprising two papers, within 2 years from the date of issuance of the RES course completion certificate. For candidates with a modular pass in one paper of the RES examination, they are required to pass the remaining paper within the 2-year timeframe. Should they fail to do so, the modular pass in one paper will not be valid and candidates will have to re-take the RES course before attempting the RES examination (i.e. both Paper 1 and Paper 2) again.

Candidates may refer to CEA's appointed examination administrator's website for more details on the rules and regulations for the RES examination.

 RES Examination Schedule

The 2021 RES examination schedule is as follows:

 

Year

Day & Time

Month of Examination

2021

Saturday & Sunday

Slot 1 (AM):

Saturday, 9.30am to 12pm – Paper 1 &

Sunday, 9.30am to 12pm – Paper 2

 

Slot 2 (PM):

Saturday, 3pm to 5.30pm – Paper 1 &

Sunday, 3pm to 5.30pm – Paper 2

February

August

October

November

Please visit the RELC website for more details and the latest updates on the RES examination schedule and registration periods. In the event that there is any change in the COVID-19 situation and safe management measures advised by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce, CEA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the scheduled RES examination.

RES Examination Fees

The RES examination fees are as follows:

 
RES Examination
Examination Type Examination Fee (Include GST)
Full sitting (2 Papers) $417.30
Modular re-Sitting (1 Paper) $235.40

Note: Modular re-sitting is only applicable for candidates who have passed 1 paper of the RES examination. Examination fees are subjected to revision and may be changed without prior notice.

RES Examination Syllabus

The current RES examination syllabus was revised and took effect from 1 January 2017.

RES Examination Passing Marks

Passing mark for each examination paper is 60% and is subject to review by CEA.

RES Examination Results Notification

Candidates who have taken the RES examination will receive an email notification from CEA's appointed examination administrator informing them of their examination results 4 - 6 weeks after the examination.

Appeal for Review of RES Examination Results

Candidates who wish to appeal for the review of your RES examination result must submit the appeal to CEA's appointed examination administrator using the prescribed form within 5 working days from the date of the notification of examination result. For each appeal submitted, candidates must pay a non-refundable fee of $64.20 (inclusive of GST). The fee is to cover the cost of reviewing the marking of the answer scripts and re-checking 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 your RES examination result when it is first released.

Candidates will be informed in writing of the outcome of their appeal within 14 working days from day of submission of the appeal. Candidates will not be shown their answer scripts as part of the appeal process.

Validity of RES Examination Results

All RES course participants are required to pass the RES examination within 2 years from the date of issuance of the RES course completion certificate. Candidates with a partial pass in the RES 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 RES examination will not be valid and candidates will have to re-take the RES course before attempting the full RES examination again. 

Upon passing the RES examination, the candidate will be issued the RES examination certificate. If the candidate wishes to join the real estate industry as a salesperson, he/she must submit his/her salesperson's registration application through a licensed estate agent within 2 years from the month of the examination which he/she sat for and passed, failing which the examination results will no longer be valid for salesperson registration purposes. 

For example, if the candidate has passed the September 2020 RES examination, the validity of his/her RES examination results for his/her salesperson's registration application will be till 30 September 2022. This is the final date by which the candidate's registration application must be submitted by a licensed estate agent to CEA Licensing Division. Upon the expiry of the RES examination result, the candidate will need to retake the RES course and RES examination should he/she be interested to join the real estate agency industry as a salesperson.

RES Examination Rules

The RES 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 ashould note: 

  1. The RES examination commences either at 9.30am or 3pm, depending on the examination slot and session. Candidates are reminded to be punctual. Candidates who arrive at the exam reporting counter after the 15-minutes grace period (i.e. either 9.45am or 3.15pm) will NOT be allowed to sit for the examination. No refund of the examination fee will be given to the candidates.

  2. 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.

  3. Candidates who made false declaration using the Trace Together SafeEntry will lead to disqualification from the examination, and/or may be barred from taking future examinations.

  4. 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 the examination hall. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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:

  1. Hospitalisation on the day of examination
  2. Bereavement of next of kin
  3. National Service duties that cover the day of the examination
  4. 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 res@relc.org.sg.