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Rodolfo Peirano

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I recently took the Certified Residential Exam and used learnappraising.com for my preperation. Approximately 20% of the study material was covered on the exam. Everything else was new and never previously seen material. Could I please get some feedback on what educational institutes have a good prep. program for the Certified Residential Exam.

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Carlos R. Peirano
 

Don Clark

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Virginia
I recently took the Certified Residential Exam and used learnappraising.com for my preperation. Approximately 20% of the study material was covered on the exam. Everything else was new and never previously seen material. Could I please get some feedback on what educational institutes have a good prep. program for the Certified Residential Exam.

Thanks
Carlos R. Peirano

Henry Harrison 1001 Questions and answers.
 

Chris Caretti

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I recently took and passed the Certification exam for Maryland and used learnappraising.com based upon recommendations from this site. I took many of the practice exams and feel that they prepared me quite well.
 

SMF

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has anyone taken the new exam or tried to schedule for it yet?
 

Maclovio

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I took the California exam and passed. It seemed like there was a lot of stuff that I hadn't seen before in either classes or test prep. I wasn't sure if I passed when I finished. The book I used that helped quite a bit was Real Estate Appraiser Exam License- State Exam Preparation published by Ashley Crown Systems, Inc. Many of the questions on the test seemed nearly identical to what I found in the book.
 

Rodolfo Peirano

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Ashley Crown System, Inc.

I took the California exam and passed. It seemed like there was a lot of stuff that I hadn't seen before in either classes or test prep. I wasn't sure if I passed when I finished. The book I used that helped quite a bit was Real Estate Appraiser Exam License- State Exam Preparation published by Ashley Crown Systems, Inc. Many of the questions on the test seemed nearly identical to what I found in the book.

Could you please tell me where to pick up this book. I tried Amazon but had no luck.

Thanks
Carlos
 

Maclovio

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I will investigate. I got it from my trainee that got it from his brother that was taking an online appraisal course. My only thought at this point is that I'm thinking you will now be taking the "new" test, which I've heard is different/longer.
 

Mike B

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May want to try the online testing program: CompuCram

I think it's like $60.00.

Good Luck
 

Stone

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This is me quoting me, from a 2005 thread regarding learnappraising.com



A friend of mine is in the business of state exams and test preps. A couple of bits of advice he gave me when we were discussing this (It specifically applies to the internet where there are many rip-off quiz preps in all fields):

1. Find out who wrote questions. This should be readily available at the home page or by clicking an obvious link. Licensing exam companies pay 300-500 dollars for each question on the test you will be taking. Good quiz prep companies will also be willing to pay a qualified author good money to write their questions. Bad companies will get someone to do them on the cheap, and they may not be up to date, representative, or even accurate. That goes hand in hand with the recommended books above. Both are written by well regarded people who are knowledgeable.

2. Find out who the company is. This also should be readily availble and there should be a good explanation of who the people you are paying are. Are they a one-off company that decided to make a few bucks doing quiz preps, or are they an established company that was doing this before the internet made this type of thing so quick and easy? Stick with an established company.

One personal note, no matter which companies and books you go with, pay less attention to their USPAP info. With as many changes as have been taking place, it is much better to read the current version yourself and maybe make your own study guide for areas you need a little assistance in. You will more than likely have a couple of USPAP questions that will be regarding recently changed items to make sure you are up to date. The bonus is, if you get into an argument with someone, and they tell you to read USPAP, you can say that you just did.

He was not impressed with how learnappraising presented themselves and guessed that they didn't put much into their test-questions.

FTR - his company is one of the ones that puts out the appraisal exams (not in my state, but in many).
 

JFulmer

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Washington
This is me quoting me, from a 2005 thread regarding learnappraising.com

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A friend of mine is in the business of state exams and test preps. A couple of bits of advice he gave me when we were discussing this (It specifically applies to the internet where there are many rip-off quiz preps in all fields):

1. Find out who wrote questions. This should be readily available at the home page or by clicking an obvious link. Licensing exam companies pay 300-500 dollars for each question on the test you will be taking. Good quiz prep companies will also be willing to pay a qualified author good money to write their questions. Bad companies will get someone to do them on the cheap, and they may not be up to date, representative, or even accurate. That goes hand in hand with the recommended books above. Both are written by well regarded people who are knowledgeable.

2. Find out who the company is. This also should be readily availble and there should be a good explanation of who the people you are paying are. Are they a one-off company that decided to make a few bucks doing quiz preps, or are they an established company that was doing this before the internet made this type of thing so quick and easy? Stick with an established company.

One personal note, no matter which companies and books you go with, pay less attention to their USPAP info. With as many changes as have been taking place, it is much better to read the current version yourself and maybe make your own study guide for areas you need a little assistance in. You will more than likely have a couple of USPAP questions that will be regarding recently changed items to make sure you are up to date. The bonus is, if you get into an argument with someone, and they tell you to read USPAP, you can say that you just did.





He was not impressed with how learnappraising presented themselves and guessed that they didn't put much into their test-questions.

FTR - his company is one of the ones that puts out the appraisal exams (not in my state, but in many).

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The study book that one of my local instructors suggested still has the old USPAP guidelines. Departure rule? Whats that? m2:
 
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