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Admission Requirements


Before applying, applicants should understand and meet the admission requirements.

  • The Real Estate Education Programs’ components and support services are delivered in English. Learners should possess strong English writing, comprehension and speaking skills in order to be able to successfully complete the program(s). Learners are asked to assert they meet the English proficiency requirement during application to a Real Estate Education Program.
  • Applicants must use their full legal name, as required by RECO for registration as a salesperson or broker, when applying to a Real Estate Education Program.
  • Please note that a non-refundable $75 application fee will apply for all applicants.

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The RECO Registrar has the authority to grant an exemption for a course(s), exam(s), or simulation session(s) in the Real Estate Salesperson Program based on an educational equivalency. If a learner believes their educational background is equivalent to any program component, the learner may apply to RECO for an Education Equivalency Assessment (EEA).

Note: EEA does not apply to the program admission requirements.

For more information about the Education Equivalency Assessment (EEA) process visit RECO.


To qualify for admission to the Real Estate Salesperson Program, an applicant must have obtained a Canadian secondary school diploma or GED certificate. Applicants that do not have a Canadian secondary school diploma or GED Certificate may provide acceptable equivalency credentials. These applicants should follow the process for Applying WITH A Diploma or Equivalent. A non-refundable $75 application fee will apply for all applicants.

Alternatively, the Real Estate Education Program Office offers a Salesperson Program Admission Exam to applicants without a secondary school diploma or equivalent. Successful completion of the Salesperson Program Admissions Exam is an acceptable equivalent for admission to the Real Estate Salesperson Program. These applicants should follow the process for Applying WITHOUT A Diploma or Equivalent.

The Salesperson Program Admission Exam, designed and delivered through Accuplacer Next-Generation tests, will assess a learner’s knowledge in three key areas:

  • Reading (20 questions)
  • Writing (20 questions)
  • Arithmetic (25 questions)

Each area is scored in the 200 to 300 point range. Achieving a minimum score of 250 in each area is required for admission into the Real Estate Salesperson Program. Applicants can re-take the exam at an additional fee of $75 in order to obtain the minimum required scores. The test is untimed, but most learners complete it in less than 90 minutes. All questions must be answered, one at a time, and you cannot go back to a previous question once you have answered it.

View Accuplacer Test Samples  


Next-Generation Reading assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

  • Information and Ideas
  • Rhetoric
  • Synthesis
  • Vocabulary

Click here for sample reading questions.


Next-Generation Writing evaluates a test-taker’s ability to revise and edit multiparagraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories, each containing three subcategories:

Expression of Ideas

  • Development
  • Organization
  • Effective Language Use

Standard English Conventions

  • Sentence Structure
  • Usage
  • Punctuation

Click here for sample writing questions.


Next-Generation Arithmetic focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The following knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

  • Whole Number Operations
  • Fraction Operations
  • Decimal Operations
  • Percent
  • Number Comparisons and Equivalents

Click here for sample arithmetic questions.


Accommodations are provided to learners with both temporary and permanent disabilities. Learners who are in the process of being assessed by a health care provider may be eligible to receive interim accommodations. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, you are not required to disclose your specific diagnosis in order to receive accommodations. However, documentation outlining the functional impacts of your disability will help us understand your strengths and challenges so that we can determine the most appropriate accommodations to support your learning. All documentation submitted to the Real Estate Program Office is treated as strictly confidential. We will not provide your disability-related documentation to a third party unless you request we do so, in writing.

To request accommodations, please see the Requesting Accommodations process.

Requests for accommodations must be sent and confirmed prior to registration in a program component (course, exam, or simulation session).

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