Notary Exam Prep

This course meets every Thursday for 14 weeks.  


Event Start Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Event End Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Event Start Time: 6:00 PM

Event End Time: 9:00 PM

Hours: 42

Event Cost: $599.00 (Course cost does not include the study guide. Purchase from the LA Secretary of State website; you must purchase the 2022 guide, which will be available in 2022.)


You may register online if you are paying with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

  • To register and pay any other way, please contact Amanda Hext, 337.562.4592,

IMPORTANT: You must register and pay by: 1/27/2022 10:59 PM

Course Modality

The instructor will teach this course at McNeese. Participants have the option to attend this course at McNeese or via Zoom. Participants also have the option to alternate attendance modality.


The online option adds flexibility to your schedule. Attend a session at McNeese, and then attend via Zoom the next week. You decide the modality that best fits your schedule in the moment.


Required Equipment for Zoom

You will need the following to attend Notary Exam Prep via Zoom:

  • reliable internet
  • computer, laptop, or other device
  • speakers
  • microphone


Optional equipment:

  • camera


You must have a microphone (standard in most laptops and devices) in order to communicate with the instructor. You will not be able to use the Zoom chat feature.


You must test your equipment and internet service prior to the course start date 2/3/2022. Technical issues on the student side are the responsibility of the student.

About the Course
This course provides the preparation for Louisiana's state notary exam and is 14 weeks long followed by a refresher session (the best date for which will be determined by the instructor and students).


This Notary Exam Prep course will cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. Class discussions will focus on mortgages, conveyances, leases, contracts, legal descriptions, successions, wills, trusts, and community property regime. The Louisiana court system and the Notary Public's role within that system will be included in the discussion.


Please note that successful preparation for the exam will require extensive reading outside of the classroom. In addition, taking this course will not guarantee that you will pass the exam. You will increase your odds of passing the exam by attending as many sessions of the prep course as possible.

Application to Qualify

To become a notary applicant, you are required to complete an Application to Qualify. To qualify, you must:

  • be registered to vote in the parish in which you seek commission;
  • be a resident citizen or alien of this state;
  • not have been convicted of a felony and not been pardoned;
  • be able to read, write, speak and be sufficiently knowledgeable of the English language;
  • be 18 years of age or older; and
  • hold a high school diploma, a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or a high school equivalency diploma issued after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development.

How to become Commissioned (For Attorneys after Approval of Application to qualify)

When your Application to Qualify is approved, you will receive an email containing your applicant ID and an access code to enable you to submit your commission documents online. Commission documents consists of an administered Oath of Office, Signature form, and Letter of good standing from the LA Supreme Court.

Required TextBook
The 'Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice' is available from the Louisiana Secretary of State Office.



*Students will need to order this textbook from the Secretary of State prior to the start of class!*


**You must purchase the 2022 guide.** Do not purchase the 2021 guide. Wait until the 2022 guide is available, which should be in January 2022.


Required Pre-Assessement
Once the Application to Qualify has been approved by the Secretary of State's Office, the applicant must register for and take the online Notary Exam Pre-Assessment. After receiving a score for the pre-assessment, the applicant can register to take the state notary exam by filling out the Examination Registration.


The deadline to register for the state notary exam is 30 days prior to the exam. The applicant must both qualify and complete the pre-assessment at least 37 days prior to the exam.


Complete information about the pre-assessment, the exam, exam dates and deadlines can be found on the Secretary of State website.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be issued if the class is cancelled.


After the registration deadline, there is a $50 fee to withdraw from the class. Furthermore, your refund will be prorated based on the number of sessions you attended. Example: If you never attend a session, your refund will be $549. If you attend one session, your refund will be $506.


To avoid the $50 withdraw fee, before the course start date, you may communicate in writing (by email for example - do not just call) your intention to send another person as your replacement or to transfer your registration payment to a future course. Should you transfer the payment to a future course, the future course must occur within the next 12-month period. For example, if you pay for a course scheduled to start on July 1, and you notify us in writing that you wish to transfer the registration payment to a future course, that future course must begin by July 1 of the following year. Should the cost of the future course increase, you will be required to pay the difference.

About the Instructor

Rachel Dayries is an attorney and Louisiana Notary based in Lake Charles, who practices law with the firm of Scofield, Gerard, Pohorelsky, Gallaugher, and Landry. Her practice focuses on property and estates. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.


The McNeese State University Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration will always make the best effort to avoid cancelling a course. This course, like any other, can be cancelled for a number of reasons. If the course is cancelled, you will be refunded the full amount. Please be aware of this possibility when making travel and hotel arrangements.

Payment Options
  • Pay online with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover by clicking the Register Now button
  • To register and pay any other way, please contact Amanda Hext, 337.562.4592,
  • Billing and receiving address:

McNeese State University

Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration

Box 91834

Lake Charles, LA 70609


SEED Center RM 141
4310 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Click here for directions

Contact Us
For more information, contact:
Amanda Hext
(337) 562-4592

Covid-19 Precautions

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority as we closely monitor evolving information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


McNeese will abide by social distancing and mask-wearing mandates applicable to the Covid-19 Phase when this course begins.