How to pass the Virginia Insurance Licensing Exam
Are you considering getting an insurance license in the state of Virginia? If you are, then you probably have a lot of questions about where to go, who to talk to and what to do. Fortunately, America’s Professor has pulled together all of our knowledge and resources to create one comprehensive site with the answers you require. Below you will find sample questions, basics of test format and scoring, pricing, testing locations, how to fully prepare yourself for the exam and more!
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All of the Virginia insurance exam questions are multiple choice. There are no fill-ins (no need to memorize) and no essay (no need to be ready to explain anything) questions.
A multiple choice test will usually test heavily on definitions (terminology) and numbers (dollar amounts and number of days).
The exam is drawn from a large pool of questions – you will have a different set of questions than the person sitting next to you. If you retake the exam, expect to see very few of the questions repeated on the next exam. Students report that the exams vary greatly in terms of the number of questions on any given topic.
Students report that about 1/3 of the questions are terminology (definitional) questions, 1/3 are number/day questions, and 1/3 are questions where you have to apply the knowledge to reason through a practical situation (story problems – usually short).
There are 4 basic exams given in most states – Life, Health, Property, and Casualty. In some states, the exams are combined (Property & Casualty). Some states have a Personal Lines exam for agents selling only homeowner or auto insurance.
In Virginia, you need a score of 70 to pass each exam. But, each exam consists of two parts – the “national” insurance section and the “state rules” section. You will need a score of 70 on each section – the two scores are not averaged together. In Virginia, , you are required to pass the national exam and the state exam at the same time, so if you fail one you must retake both exams (effective 5/2015).
Our students always want to know if the questions regarding indemnification (for example) are grouped together. No, questions and topics are randomly scrambled, but that never seems to be a problem for anyone.
The cost is $51 for an examination. You may take up to two exams for that fee. A retake of any portion is the same fee.
The Virginia Property and Casualty exam has 145 questions. The break down is 100 scoreable + 5 pretest questions on national/general content and 35 scoreable + 5 pretest questions on Virginia state specific content.
The Virginia Life, Annuities and Health exam has 150 questions. The break down is 100 scoreable + 5 pretest questions on national/general content and 40 scoreable + 5 pretest questions on Virginia state specific content.
The Virginia Life Only exam has 105 questions. The break down is 50 scoreable + 10 pretest questions on national/general content and 40 scoreable + 5 pretest questions on Virginia state specific content.
The Virginia Health Only exam has 105 questions. The break down is 50 scoreable + 10 pretest questions on national/general content and 40 scoreable + 5 pretest questions on Virginia state specific content.
The Virginia Personal Lines exam has 118 questions. The break down is 75 scoreable + 11 pretest questions on national/general content and 32 scoreable questions on Virginia state specific content.
Pretest questions do not count towards your score. You will not know what questions are real or pre-test questions when taking your exam. It’s very possible the pre-test questions will not even be covered in the Test Content Outline. It’s very important to know that these pre-test questions will be in your exam so you don’t start second guessing yourself when you see a question that you have no idea how to answer (make your best guess and stay calm!).
* Candidates may test at any test center at no additional charge. Locations and schedules are subject to change.
We recommend that you call PearsonVue (the testing company) at 1-888-204-6272. Be sure to call at least 3 days in advance of the date you plan to take the exam. The earlier you sign up, the better your chances of getting the test date of your choice.
Each insurance licensing exam presents its own challenge. Between Life, Annuities and Health, students say that the Virginia Health insurance exam is the more difficult. Health insurance policies are simply more complicated than life insurance policies.
The Property insurance part of the exam is easier than the Casualty insurance part of the exam. Property insurance deals with easy to understand issues – fire, flooding, earthquake, etc. On the other hand, Casualty insurance deals primarily with Liability insurance – protection against lawsuits. Casualty insurance is a more conceptual topic and one that is more difficult for students to grasp – particularly if you have never been sued.
The state portion of the Virginia insurance exam is very detailed and presents its own challenges. The state topics tend to cover trivial details relating to complicated state regulations. None of this is easy, but that is why we work so hard to make the material both understandable and memorable.
This is a challenging exam. Put yourself on a strict schedule as you do your exam prep work. Be focused and disciplined as you do your insurance test prep.
If you are getting a Property and Casualty license you must take the Property and Casualty exams at the same time. If you are getting Life, Annuities and Health licenses then you may take the Life & Annuities exam at a different time than the Health exam. For some people it is easier to get one exam out of the way at a time.
Yes. We have never had students say that they ran out of time to complete the exam. Most students finish in about half of the allotted time (up to 3 1/2 hours). The only students who ever report that they ran out of time were those who were trying to memorize questions in the event they had to repeat the exam. If English is not your first language you can request extra time by filling out Pearson VUE’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Request Form. Keep in mind that this form needs to be submitted to Pearson VUE, and approved, before scheduling your exam. You will also need to submit a a letter (on official letterhead) from an instructor, like America’s Professor, or employer that verifies English is your second language.
No, this is a computerized exam. Virtually all of the students say the proctors were helpful, the room was quiet, and the computer worked well. The proctors will give you the opportunity to complete a practice exam to learn how to use the system. When you are done, you will NOT be given a copy of the exam, nor will you be given the opportunity to review particular questions and their answers. The exam will be scored immediately and you will know your results when you leave.
There is no alternative to knowing the material. There are no shortcuts to learning but there are more effective and less frustrating ways to learn. We recommend that you follow a 4-step process:
- watch and listen to the lecture;
- highlight key concepts in the text;
- review questions in the test bank; and
- send AP an email if you have any questions.
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- Virginia Department of Insurance – Licensing/Renewals: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/boi/pro/ag_lic.aspx
- Virginia Candidate Handbook and Content Outlines: http://www.pearsonvue.com/va/insurance/
- NAIC Website: http://www.naic.org/
- America’s Professor Insurance Courses for Virginia: https://americasprofessor.com/course_cat/virginia-insurance-exam-prep-courses/