RES Exam

About RES Exam

The RES examination is the entry level examination for new entrants who wish to practise as salespersons in the real estate agency industry. Under the regulatory framework administered by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA), one of the criteria for salespersons' registration is the requirement to pass the mandatory Real Estate Salesperson (RES) Examination. This is to ensure that property agents entering to the real estate industry are well equipped with the basic competency and knowledge about the real estate agency industry and property-related matters.


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Examination Pre-Requisite

  1. Applicants will need to attend and complete the RES Course conducted by a CEA Approved Course Provider (ACP) before applying for the RES examination.

    1. Upon meeting a minimum attendance rate of 75%, they will be issued with a Certificate of RES Course Completion.

    1. The Certificate of RES Course Completion has a validity period of 2 years for the purpose of determining eligibility to take the RES examination. Applicants must take the RES examination within 2 years from the completion date of their RES Course. Beyond the validity period, applicants will be required to attend and complete the RES course again before they are eligible to take the RES examination.

  1. Applicants must meet the minimum educational requirement of at least 4 GCE O-level passes or equivalent when they register for the RES examination. CEA accepts combined GCE O-level results taken at not more than 2 sittings.

Other equivalent qualifications accepted include:

    1. Higher National ITE Certificate (NITEC)
    2. Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) assessment in these 5 components (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Numeracy) with a minimum of Level 5 in each component
    3. Diploma from:
      1. Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
      2. Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
      3. Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
      4. Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
      5. Republic Polytechnic (RP)
    4. Degree from:
      1. National University of Singapore (NUS)
      2. Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
      3. Singapore Management University (SMU)
      4. Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
      5. Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
      6. Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

  1. Applicants 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 CEA will inform the candidate of the outcome of the qualification assessment
    1. Applicants 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.

    1. For bachelor and above qualifications from China, applicants 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.

    2. Applicants must submit the CEA Qualification Assessment Notification and a copy of their qualification certificate when they register for the RES examination.

    3. CEA Qualification Assessment Notification is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. (For Overseas Qualification Only

  1. Applicants are required to submit a copy of their qualification certificate for verification when they register for the RES examination.

  2. Applicants without original copies of the graduation certificates, are required to provide a letter of confirmation of award/duplicate copy from the issuing institutions/universities.

  3. Select Full Sitting if you have failed both papers OR if you are a fresh candidate, (DO NOT select Modular Sitting). Modular Sitting is only applicable for candidates who have passed 1 paper of the RES examination.

(You will be allowed to retake only failed paper in modular re-sitting in subsequent RES examination).

*No top-up of exam registration fee to the Full Sitting amount and refund is allowed under no circumstances if you proceeded to register and pay for the examination which you are not eligible.

    1. Candidates taking Full Sitting, you cannot register for Paper 1 & 2 separately under different exam slots.

    1. 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:

  1. Modular re-sitting is only applicable for candidates who have passed 1 paper of the RES examination.
  2. 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.

Examination Fees

The RES examination fees are as follows:
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Examination fees are subjected to revision and may be changed without prior notice. Payment can made online via Credit/Debit Card and PAYNOW. All examination fees paid are not refundable. Modular re-sitting is only applicable for candidates who have passed 1 paper of the RES examination.

All examination application will be reviewed and approved within 7 working days from the application submission date.

Examination Format
Duration:     2 hours 30 minutes for each paper
Format:        Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are of the same format
    • Section A: 50 MCQs (50 marks)
    • Section B: 15 MCQs with reference to 1 or 2 case studies (30 marks)
    • Section C: 10 Fill-in-the-blank short answer questions (20 marks)
Exam Syllabus
The current RES examination syllabus was revised with effect from 1 Jan 2017. Candidates will not be tested on Government policy changes announced or implemented within one month before the examination. For latest syllabus, please visit the CEA Website.

Examination Venue
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Examination Schedule
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Examination Rules and Regulations

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Examination Results Release

The RES examination results are released approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the examination is held. The time may be longer due to factors such as the number of candidates taking the examination. Candidates will be informed of the exam result via e-mail.

Examination Results Appeal

RES candidates may appeal to reassess their results by submitting online application request and submit supporting documents where necessary.
The form and payment are to be submitted within 5 working days after the results are released.
Candidates may only appeal for the failed examination paper.

Candidate will need to pay administrative fee of $64.20 (incl. GST) per appeal application.

Candidates will be informed in writing of the outcome of their appeal about 14 working days from the date of submission of the appeal, or longer if the number of appeals is high. 
Candidates will not be shown their answer scripts.
*Candidates are advised not to register for the next exam until the appeal outcome is out.
For more information on Appeal for Review of RES Examination Results, please refer to CEA’s website:

Examination Deferment Request

If you are absent from an examination, it is deemed that you have failed the examination that you have registered for.
Please note that medical certificates issued by hospitals and clinics would not be accepted as valid reasons to defer the examination.

Candidates must submit the relevant supporting documents to NTUC LearningHub via online system within 5 working days from the examination date.
All deferments are subjected to the approval of NTUC LearningHub. An administrative fee of S$107 (incl. GST) will be levied on each examination deferment application.
No refund of the examination fees will be made for candidates who are unable to attempt the examination on the examination date.

Candidates may apply for deferment up till 5 working days after the examination date:
  • recalled for National Service (NS) duties that cover the day of examination
  • hospitalised during the examination day
  • bereavement of next of kin
  • COVID-19 related reasons (e.g. Quarantine Order, Stay-Home Notice, contact with suspected COVID-19 case etc.)  
For clarification OR assistance on Examination rules?
You may call our customer service officers during office hours at 6336 5482 or you can email us (for exam related matters).
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Examination Registration

Here are the requirements:
  1. Registration will be close on the closing date of the registration, or when seats are fully taken up, whichever is earlier.
  2. No refund of examination fee will be allowed once the candidate has made payment.
  3. All candidates are deemed to have accepted and agree to abide by CEA exam policy and procedures once registration is approved.
  4. CEA reserves the right to bar the candidate from future examinations if the candidate breaches the rules.
Note: Registration for 2022 exam is not open yet, please check back for updates