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CA Trainee Test- USPAP 2002 or 2003?

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Leigh Lindsay

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Licensed Appraiser
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California
Help!
Anyone who has taken the CA Trainee test since January...
Does it cover USPAP 2002 or 2003?

My education provider (Allied) said that it will cover 2002, since I completed my course in December 2002. It took the OREA 90 days to process my application to take the exam, so I'm in a weird timeframe right now.

Being the skeptic I am, called OREA and the person I spoke with doesn't even know for sure. In fact, she said, "It doesn't really matter, the test covers USPAP, not specific to the year it came out." WHAT???!! I made her ask someone else in the office and they didn't know either. So, I am waiting to hear back. Can anyone out there help me? 8O
 

Farm Gal

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Nebraska
Leigh:

First off, I would calm down.
1. I STRONGLY suspect the test is not all that up to date.
2. the differences between USPAP 02 and USPAP 03 are not that great
3. tests ALWAYS lag.
4. the number of potential questions which could trip you up are few
5. You have studied so hard and know your stuff so well that one or two or even {gasp} three questions which could be answered differently would not cause you to fail anyway, right :)
6. IF they change the test the day you go in and 90% of the takers bollux the new question/answer, they generally toss out that question with no penalty.

and lastly: they give you the same piece of paper if you get 100% on the test or just whatever the minimum passing grade is.

Calc it out, figure out how many you could miss and still pass the exam, then go in and do your best... I would bet that if you have studied dilligently you will breeze through with KNOWLEGE (not supposition) that you have passed as you walk out the door.

Figure you might miss a few that you 'think' you got right, and 'get a few' that you may not have been sure of. Count up the lower number (hopefully this wuld be the number of questions you are unsure of)...

Then go celebrate!

Don't STRESS!~ 8)
 

Jim Barlow

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Dear Leigh,
I just took the License test (same as trainee) in Feburary. I thought about the same thing you are now thinking and sweated out the 3 months (3 months!?!) I can't remember now (having successfully blanked out most of the questions on the test) but the one major USPAP I was watching for was the 3 year SFR reporting for the subject (2002 and prior required only 1 year reporting. Other than that I seem to recall questions on how long to keep records and ethics. I took the advice of some forum folks and got the Harrison's 1001 questions and answers book from Forms & Worms and studied all my prior test and text questions (that's why I don't remember what was on the test). I took in Sacramento from ASI and it was pretty low key. Lee Ann is right, just relax! You passed your courses and you have 4 hours to take the test and you only need 75% to pass. Good Luck. Oh if you want to look at USPAP 2003 go to: http://www.appraisalfoundation.org/html/US...PAP2003/toc.htm
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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ACI tests still use USPAP 2002....doubt that there is anything to worry about. Answer the questions as covered in your course work. If there is a change, it should be noted on the exam. Good luck, take a deep breath and relax.

A couple of test taking points (I don't do well on tests myself)

1. Use all the time you need, don't rush.

2. Read the question twice, ask yourself "what are they asking".

3. Eliminate the obviously incorrect answers...usually you can get the choice down to two.

4. If you are not sure, mark the question number on your scratch paper and move on. Answer all questions you know the answer to.

5. Go back and look over the ones you were not sure on...sometimes a following question will trigger the answer for you.

6. Finally, on those you are not sure on....guess. Take your best shot at every question.
 

Leigh Lindsay

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Licensed Appraiser
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California
Thanks everyone~
I really appreciate the advice. I took the test yesterday and what do you know, I PASSED!

Mike, you really nailed it. I did everything you suggested and it seemed to help. I answered everything I could on the first pass, but marked the ones I felt needed additional analysis. And, answering the later questions did help me when I went back to the first ones I wasn't sure about.

Thanks Again! Now my real education/testing continues in the real world...
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Colorado
Congrats Leigh!!! Welcome to the wacky world of appraisal!
 

Anthony Blackburn

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"Now my real education/testing continues in the real world..."

You'll find there is a significant lack of crossover from the classroom to the "Real World". On 2002 USPAP vs 2003, it's amazing how many appraisers still don't do a three year sales history, which was a change for 2003 and is a very easy thing to do. I just found it refreshing that you are sweating 2002 vs 2003, when many of those out in the "Real World" don't pay attention to it......;)

Congrats on passing!!!!
 
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