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Qualifying Examinations

There are two different Qualifying Examinations:

  1. Estate Agents Qualifying Examination (EAQE)
  2. Salespersons Qualifying Examination (SQE)
A candidate who passes the EAQE may apply for either an estate agent’s licence (individual) or a salesperson’s licence.  A candidate who passes the SQE can apply for a salesperson’s licence only.  Successful candidates must submit their licence applications within 12 months of the date of issuance of the Result Slip; otherwise, the results will be invalid for licensing purposes.

The Qualifying Examinations are administered by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA).  Both the EAQE and SQE are in multiple-choice format.  Candidates can take the examination in either English or Chinese by indicating his choice in the Entry Form.

Two new measures will be applicable as from the registration of the October 2017 qualifying examination:

 
1.
Different versions of question books containing questions of the same contents but in a different order will be used in each qualifying examination.

2.
The following persons are not allowed to register or sit for the respective qualifying examinations:
                                   

EAQE

SQE

(i)    A person who has passed an EAQE within
       the last 12 months from the date of
       registration and/or the date of the
       examination

(i)    A person who has passed an EAQE and/or
       SQE within the last 12 months from the
       date of registration and/or the date of the
       examination
(ii)   A person who is the holder of a valid
       estate agent’s licence (individual) on the
       date of registration and/or the date of
       the examination
(ii)   A person who is the holder of a valid
       estate agent’s licence individual) and/or a
       salesperson’s licence on the date of
       registration and/or the date of the
       examination
(iii)  A person who was the holder of an estate
       agent’s licence (individual) which had not
       expired for 24 months or more on the
       date of registration and/or the date of the
       examination
(iii)  A person who was the holder of an estate
       agent’s licence (individual) or a
       salesperson’s licence which had not
       expired for 24 months or more on the
       date of registration and/or the date of the
       examination

 

Even if such persons have registered or sat for the respective qualifying examinations, they will be disqualified, and any fees paid will not be refunded. Neither the EAA nor the HKEAA has any obligation to verify and/or inform registrants whether they belong to the above categories. Hence, registrants must ensure that they do not belong to any of the aforesaid categories before registration.



EAQE

  1. The format of the EAQE is as follows:

    Part I: 30 questions (carries 60 marks)

    Part II: 20 questions, based on one or two case studies (carries 40 marks) 

  2. To pass the examination, candidates must pass both Part I and Part II#. The pass mark is 60%*. Hence, candidates of the EAQE must score at least 36 marks in Part I and 24 in Part II respectively in order to pass the EAQE.

  3. The duration of the examination is 3 hours.

  4. The examination fee is $700. With effect from 1 January 2018, the examination fee will be increased to $800.
SQE

  1. The format of the SQE is as follows:

    Part I: 40 questions (carries 80 marks)

    Part II: 10 questions, based on one or two case studies (carries 20 marks)

  2. To pass the examination, candidates must pass both Part I and Part II#. The pass mark is 60%*. Hence, candidates of the SQE must score at least 48 marks in Part I and 12 in Part II respectively in order to pass the SQE.

  3. The duration of the examination is 2 hours 30 minutes.

  4. The examination fee is $450. With effect from 1 January 2018, the examination fee will be increased to $550.
# If mark penalty is imposed upon a candidate who contravenes the examination regulation, mark(s) will be deducted from his/her total score in the examination. Hence, in order to pass the examination, such candidate must pass both Part I and Part II of the examination and also obtain a pass mark (i.e. 60%) in the overall result after deduction of mark(s).

* Please note that the pass mark of the qualifying examinations is subject to review by the EAA from time to time. Any change to the pass mark will be announced on this website.

The EAQE and the SQE are held four times and six times respectively a year.  For the schedule of the Qualifying Examinations, please click here.

For topics which may be examined, please refer to the Estate Agents Qualifying Examination Syllabus or the Salespersons Qualifying Examination Syllabus.

If you are planning to take the examination, please read the content of the Examination Handbook carefully for it provides the essential information that candidates should pay attention to such as the registration-related matters, examination format and syllabus, passing requirement, examination regulations, sample questions and answers etc.

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