In March 2020, life ground to a sudden halt. That included everything from dining out to live events — and even the Texas real estate licensing process. In March, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) partnered with their real estate proctor, Pearson VUE, to rapidly shut down exam sites across the state.
Where did that leave real estate license hopefuls? Fortunately, the TREC didn’t sit on their haunches long. As soon as April 2020, they had already started reopening exam centers — albeit with reduced capacity.
One alternative to keep in mind is that, because Texas requires its real estate licensees to take proctored exams overseen by providers approved by TREC, remotely-proctored exams become a possibility today. You can learn more about Texas' real estate exam proctoring requirements here, and learn about and enroll in our special Texas Real Estate Sales Agent course package that includes Online Proctoring here.
So the short answer is, yes, Texas real estate license exam sites are open. But test takers need to follow certain steps to get an exam appointment. Let’s take a look.
Pearson VUE has reopened a significant number of exam sites throughout Texas — and the country. In fact, you can actually use any of their U.S. test centers to take your Texas real estate exam.
That said, you’re probably most interested in scheduling your exam appointment as close to home as possible. To help, you can refer to the last page of the Pearson VUE real estate exam candidate handbook for a quick list of exam centers that are currently open at least one or two days a week.
Exam sites that are currently open at least three days a week include:
5100 W US 290 Hwy Service Road Ste. 320 Building 2
Austin, TX 78735
12345 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite 270
Austin, TX 78753
6800 West Loop S, Prosperity Bank Bldg, Ste. 405
Bellaire, TX 77401
12801 North Central Expressway, Ste. 820
Dallas, TX 75243
4100 Midway Road Ste. 1000, International Business Park
Carrollton, TX 75007
14425 Torrey Chase Blvd., Ste. 240
Houston, TX 77014
8876 Gulf Freeway, 8876 Gulf Freeway Bldg., Ste. 220
Houston, TX 77017
10740 North Gessner Road Ste. 450
Houston, TX 77064
2424 Wilcrest, Ste. 104
Houston, TX 77042
500 Grapevine Hwy. Ste. 401
Hurst, TX 76054-2707
6100 Bandera Road, Stonewater Tower West, Ste. 407
San Antonio, TX 78238
This is just a quick overview of the most frequently open test centers in some of the more populated parts of Texas. But you may be able to find an exam site significantly closer to home. To check out your options, use the TREC/Pearson VUE “Find a test center” tool.
Because of the backlog of people who weren’t able to take their test early in the pandemic, you’ll definitely want to make an appointment to sit for your Texas real estate exam (plus, Pearson VUE required appointments even before the shutdown). To schedule your exam, you’ll need to either create an account on or log into their appointment tool.
Once your exam is scheduled, it’s time to buckle down and prep. The aforementioned real estate exam candidate handbook is a great place to start.
To help you pass on your first try, we’ve developed a Texas real estate salesperson exam prep course. Stats show that completing that course can boost your chance of passing by more than 10%.
If you want to become a Texas real estate agent, scheduling and passing your exam is a big piece of the puzzle. For a closer look at the entire process, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guides to your timeline and the expenses you should expect.