Mine is rapidly approaching, and I was just wondering if anyone had any study tips, suggestions on helpful materials to study, any pointers........anything! I really want to be prepared and pass this thing.
buy "Questions & Answers to help you pass the Real Estate Appraisal Exams" by Jeffrey Fisher and Dennis Tosh
If you can study and answer a passing percentage of the sample exams included, you shouldn't have a problem with the state exam. (I believe that the authors of this book are the same people who made the actual state exam questions.......correct me if I'm wrong.)
One thing I've noticed over the years is those who DON'T stress over the exam and/or think they know enough that they don't need to study are the ones who are least likely to pass the first time. Based on that theory, you'll do fine.
Best of luck, and let us know how it turns out.
I have to agree with the other posting. Get the Dearborn Questions & Answers to help you pass the Appraisal Exams. We used this in class and all of the questions on our final exam were from this book. Our teacher also recomended us grtting this book. It is very thorough. Good Luck. I'm taking my state exam this week
I contacted my state board prior to taking mine and they were kind enough to share a breakdown of the exam. (not the questions, just gave me an idea what I needed to study most) I had a list of the concepts and the percentage of questions relating to them. If you haven't already taken this, see if your state board will provide this info.
I almost hate to admit this....I actually had forgotten when I had the exam scheduled the first time - the night before the exam, some of my friends had an "impromptu get-togeher" to which I spent waaaay too long out having fun, playing pool, playing cards - When I realized what time it was, the sun was coming up....I walked into the testing facility to take the exam after being up for about 29 hours straight, and I hadn't really studied a lot for the exam - A lot of the stuff on it was common knowledge, and most of it just sticks in my head.....I finished the exam, half dead and asleep when I clicked the "end exam" button on the computer, and got the failed notice - I needed a 70 to pass, and I got a 68......Would have been a better story if I had passed it....I re-scheduled and took it 10 days later, passed with no problem - my best advice, review some material, mostly the stuff you don't deal with often, brush up on the basic USPAP stuff, and get a good nights sleep before hand - If you do that, you should be fine.
I had a computer program that was a simulation of the test. I took it over and over until I got them all right. Then at test time, I was the first one done. (and passed) That was almost 10 years ago so I don't recall anything else about it, but I am sure if you search the web, you could find one. Many questions/problems were the same.
Go to www.quizprep.com you can download the software for about $40. I'm about 10 months away from taking the State Certification Exam and I'm going to take a look at this web site when it's my turn. Good Luck!