Quick Tips for Insurance Exam Day


The day has arrived to take your state insurance exam.  You’ve memorized all the facts and figures.  You have a thorough understanding of the material and how concepts relate to one another.  You are finally able to distinguish aleatory from adhesion!  This is great, but you feel a little anxious about what to expect and you want to make sure you’re ready.

To help remove any apprehension you may have towards your insurance exam, we have compiled a few helpful tips!

Arrive early

Get to the testing center at least 30 to 45 minutes before the scheduled time of your insurance exam.  Arriving early is important because it allows you time to locate the facility and not feel tense going into the exam.  It gives you time to relax and clear your mind.  Being relaxed is crucial to your success on the exam.

Once you arrive, you will sign in and verify your identification and test registration.  If you are late and are not allowed to take the exam, you will have to reschedule it for a future date and for an additional fee.

What to bring

You must present a valid, government-issued form of identification, such as a driver’s license, state-issued identification card, passport, or military ID.  Your identification card must contain a current photo and your signature.  The name on your ID must match the name on your exam registration.  Some states require two forms of identification, so review your candidate handbook prior to arriving at the test center.

If your Department of Insurance requires the completion of a pre-licensing course, you may also be required to present your Certificate of Completion to the testing proctor during sign in.

Taking the exam

Before starting the exam, you will have an opportunity to take a tutorial on how the exam works and key features located on the screen.  Time you spend completing the tutorial will not reduce from your actual exam time.

During your test you will not have access to personal items, including calculators.  Your testing proctor will provide materials to write notes and perform calculations.

Remember that there will be pre-test questions throughout the exam that will most likely be confusing, but don’t let these overwhelm you.  Try to read each question carefully and answer to the best of your ability.

Exam results

Upon completion of your insurance exam, your results will be provided and you will receive a printed score report.  The report will display your overall score and detail the amount of questions correctly answered on each section of the exam.  If you were unsuccessful in passing the exam, let this printout guide you as to which concepts require additional study time.

For more information on what to do if you fail your insurance exam, including the ability to review your exam, see ‘What to do if You Fail the Insurance Exam‘.