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Frequently asked questions for qualifying examinations

   

Terms and abbreviations used:

(1)

“EAA”: the Estate Agents Authority

(2)

“HKEAA”: the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

(3)

“EAQE”: the Estate Agents Qualifying Examination

(4)

“SQE”: the Salespersons Qualifying Examination

 
 

Before registration for the qualifying examination

1.

What are the differences between the EAQE and the SQE?

  (a) A candidate who passes an EAQE may apply for either an estate agent’s licence (individual) or a salesperson’s licence. A candidate who passes an SQE may apply for a salesperson’s licence only.

(b)    

The syllabi of the EAQE and SQE are different. There are eight parts in the syllabus of the EAQE and six parts in that of the SQE. For details, please refer to the Estate Agents Qualifying Examination Syllabus and the Salespersons Qualifying Examination Syllabus in the Examination Handbook.
 

2.

What are the fees for the qualifying examination?

 

EAQE

:

$700

 

SQE

:

$450

 

Late registration fee

:

$298

(Seats available are limited. Applications must be submitted on or before the designated dates and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis)

Changing the language of the question book/ swapping to another qualifying examination held in the same month (where available)

:

$254

(Request must be submitted no later than the date specified in the Entry Form. For details, please contact the HKEAA)

Fees paid are not refundable or transferable save in exceptional circumstances subject to the approval of the EAA.

   

3.

How often are the qualifying examinations held?

 

The EAQE and the SQE are held four times and six times respectively in 2016. For the schedule of the qualifying examinations, please click here.

   

4.

What is the format of the qualifying examinations?

 

Both the EAQE and SQE are in multiple-choice format.

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)    The duration of the examination is 3 hours.

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

   

5.

What is the pass mark for the qualifying examination?

 

To pass an EAQE or SQE, candidates must pass both Part I and Part II.  The pass mark is 60%.

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; 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.

For candidates who are penalized for contravention of the examination regulation, mark(s) will be deducted from the total score.  Hence, in order to pass an 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.

   

6.

What is the choice of language?

 

Applicants may choose either the English or Chinese version of the EAQE or SQE paper by indicating their preference in the Entry Form.

   

7.

Is an applicant allowed to choose the examination venue?

 

Applicants may indicate their preferred districts (namely Hong Kong Island, Kowloon or New Territories) in the Entry Form. However, since there may not be sufficient examination centres in a particular district, candidates’ preferences of examination districts may not always be met. The Admission Form showing the address of the examination centre will be mailed to candidates before the examination. Candidates are reminded to find out where the examination centre is before the examination.



Examination registration

8.

Where can I obtain the Entry Form, Application Procedure, Instructions to Candidates and Demand Note for the qualifying examinations?

During the registration period, Entry Form, Application Procedure, Instructions to Candidates and Demand Note can be obtained by the following three methods:

1. Download from the website of the HKEAA at www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/ipe/eaa/index.html.

2. Obtain at the following places in person or by a representative:

Place

Address

(1)

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
(San Po Kong Office)

3/F, 17 Tseuk Luk Street,
San Po Kong, Kowloon

(2)

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
(Wanchai Office)

12/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

(3)

Estate Agents Authority

48/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong


3. Send a stamped (Postage: $3.9 for local ordinary mail) and self-addressed envelope (size: 165mm x 245mm) and specifying “To obtain Entry Form and others relevant documents for Estate Agents Qualifying Examination/Salespersons Qualifying Examination” to the HKEAA San Po Kong Office or the Estate Agents Authority.
   

9.

Where should I submit the Entry Form for the qualifying examinations?

 

Applicants having paid the examination fee at an 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience store should submit the Entry Form together with other necessary documents at the HKEAA (San Po Kong Office) (address: the International and Professional Examinations Division of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority at 3/F, 17 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong).

   

10.

When will the Entry Forms for the qualifying examinations be available?

 

Entry Forms will be available within two months before a scheduled qualifying examination. For the registration schedule of the qualifying examinations, please click here.

   

11.

Where should I pay the qualifying examination fee?

 

Applicants should pay the qualifying examination fees in cash by presenting the Demand Note at any 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience store.

   

12.

How do I register for the qualifying examinations?

  Applicants may register for the examination by post, in-person or by a representative, by submitting the following documents, at the HKEAA (San Po Kong Office) (address: the International and Professional Examinations Division of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority at 3/F, 17 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon) on the date and time specified on the Entry Form:
  (1)    Completed and signed Entry Form and the Important Notice attached to the form;
  (2) Examination fee payment receipt (issued by a 7-Eleven  or Circle K convenience store) attached to Entry Form; and
 

(3)    

Copy of HKID card or valid passport (which will be destroyed after checking and verification of applicant’s data).
 
 

Examination Handbook/Admission Form/calculator models/examination regulations

13.

Where may I obtain the Examination Handbook?

 

The Examination Handbook can be downloaded at https://www.eaa.org.hk/Examination/ExaminationHandbook/tabid/683/language/en-US/Default.aspx. Candidates of EAQE/SQE should read the content of the Handbook carefully for it provides  important information, such as the registration-related matters, examination format and syllabus, pass requirement, examination regulations, sample questions and answers.

   

14.

When will I receive my Admission Form?

 

The HKEAA will send an Admission Form to candidates by post about 7 days before the examination. Candidates not having received the Admission Form 5 days before the examination, should check with the HKEAA (Tel: 3628 8787/ 3628 8731).

   

15.

What types of calculators are permitted during the qualifying examination?

 

Candidates may refer to the “List of Approved Calculators” issued together with the Admission Form by the HKEAA. For details, please check with the HKEAA (Tel: 3628 8787/3628 8731).

   

16.

Where can I find the examination regulations?

 

Examination regulations governing the qualifying examinations are set out in the Instructions to Candidates. Candidates will be given a copy of it when they collect the Entry Form and also when they receive the Admission Form by post from the HKEAA. Candidates may also refer to Appendix 6 of the Examination Handbook. Where discrepancy occurs, the latest version of Instructions to Candidates published by the HKEAA shall be the definitive version.

 
 

Preparation for the qualifying examination

17.

How to prepare for the qualifying examinations?

 

Please refer to Preparing for Qualifying Examinations.

 
 

After qualifying examination

18.

When and how will I be informed of my examination result?

 

Result Slips will be mailed out by the HKEAA to candidates 14 working days after the examination.

The EAA will post examination result (of those candidates who have agreed to the posting of their examination result on-line) on its website (www.eaa.org.hk) 14 working days after the examination. A candidate can check his examination result on the website upon inputting his candidate number printed on his Admission Form and the first four digits of his Hong Kong Identity Card / Passport number. Candidates are reminded to keep their candidate number safely and not to disclose it to anyone. The examination result (namely, Pass with Commendation/Pass/ Fail/Absent/Disqualified) and the marks obtained in Parts I and II of the examination paper will be shown on the EAA web-page. For candidates who received mark penalty for breach of examination regulation, their marks will only be shown on their Result Slips.  No mark will be given for “Absent” and “Disqualified” candidates. All result posted on the EAA website are for reference only. They are subject to the result printed on the Result Slips sent to candidates by post. The result printed on the Result Slips is final and conclusive.

There is no result checking service by telephone/email.

   

19.

Can I re-check my result?

 

All answer sheets are marked by an Optical Mark Reader. A candidate may apply, within 14 days of the issue of the Result Slip, to the HKEAA (San Po Kong Office) (address: the International and Professional Examinations Division of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority at 3/F, 17 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon) to have his answer sheet re-checked. A fee of $395 is payable for the re-checking. The re-checking is by way of re-marking by an Optical Mark Reader, and the candidate will be informed in writing of the result of re-checking. The fee for the re-checking is not refundable unless there is an upgrading of examination result after the re-checking. For details, please check with the HKEAA (Tel: 3628 8787/3628 8731).

   

20.

Can I apply for reissue of result slip?

 

The HKEAA will keep candidates’ examination results for 7 weeks from the date of the Result Slip for the relevant qualifying examination and no replacement for the Result Slip will be arranged thereafter.







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