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Certified General Study Material

JHoney

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Has anyone had any luck with appraisaltestquestions.com from "Focused Learning" pertaining to studying for the certified general exam? Wondering if anyone has used these? They seem to be a good representation of what is on the exam but the site doesn't provide the answers.
 

LeonCLi

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The 4th and the last question look closer to a few real questions on the current exam than the AI practice exam book. For $120, I'll give it a shot. Cheaper than most AI books, anyway. I'll report back if it's actually worth trying.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Take a 12C calculator class and the functions of a dollar
Take or study a class on commercial construction and architectural terms
Study HBU thoroughly.
Master both the cost approach and income approach
Understand band of investment and other indirect capitalization methods
The rest should be general info.
 

LeonCLi

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Has anyone had any luck with appraisaltestquestions.com from "Focused Learning" pertaining to studying for the certified general exam? Wondering if anyone has used these? They seem to be a good representation of what is on the exam but the site doesn't provide the answers.

As promised, I'm reporting back in case you haven't made a decision yet. I was able to pass the CG exam on my last attempt so I have to say Focused Learning is the best bang for your buck. I'd recommend getting all 4 tests. Compucram was good for refreshing some concepts, but for the price, I'd go with Focused Learning. Keep in mind Focused Learning only provides really good QUESTIONS, you'll need to prepare for a way to get answers. I ended up taking in-person AI classes to ask specific questions, ask several questions on this forum, and email multiple CGs and MAIs who are competent and would know better than me. Good luck, cram away, and utilize all your resources.
 

Yellow Fin

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As promised, I'm reporting back in case you haven't made a decision yet. I was able to pass the CG exam on my last attempt so I have to say Focused Learning is the best bang for your buck. I'd recommend getting all 4 tests. Compucram was good for refreshing some concepts, but for the price, I'd go with Focused Learning. Keep in mind Focused Learning only provides really good QUESTIONS, you'll need to prepare for a way to get answers. I ended up taking in-person AI classes to ask specific questions, ask several questions on this forum, and email multiple CGs and MAIs who are competent and would know better than me. Good luck, cram away, and utilize all your resources.
Congratulations! Which classes did you take for walk-in AI classes? Did you take any online class? I am in the middle of the transition to AG from AR and took several walk-in AI classes, but I may have to take some online classes because of the time/availability.
 

LeonCLi

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Congratulations! Which classes did you take for walk-in AI classes? Did you take any online class? I am in the middle of the transition to AG from AR and took several walk-in AI classes, but I may have to take some online classes because of the time/availability.

I would take Income Approach 2 in class if available in your area or any other AI course that utilizes the HP12C calculator. I don't see how anyone can pass the current exam without taking something similar through AI and in class. The AI course practice exam book feature problems that are nowhere near the complexity of what would actually be tested on.
 

Yellow Fin

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I would take Income Approach 2 in class if available in your area or any other AI course that utilizes the HP12C calculator. I don't see how anyone can pass the current exam without taking something similar through AI and in class. The AI course practice exam book feature problems that are nowhere near the complexity of what would actually be tested on.
I already took income I and II. I also took HBU. I guess I need to take three more classes; Report writing, Cost Approach, and Sales Comaprison. Did you take any of these on online class?
 

LeonCLi

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I would take the Statistics and Finance elective class. There's some HP12C tips and tricks you won't get from the other online education providers outside of AI.
 

Yellow Fin

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I would take the Statistics and Finance elective class. There's some HP12C tips and tricks you won't get from the other online education providers outside of AI.
I see. Thank you.
 
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