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Need help on Trainee exam in IL

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rach2

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Hello, i'm new on here, I work for an Appraiser in IL & I'm in the process of taking my Trainee test, I've took it several times & no luck. I've got the compucram disk & every book I can possibly think of to help me & I still can't pass it. Does anyone have any other suggestions that would help me? I'm not a very good test taker to begin with. Thanks in advance!
 

Obsolescent

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Minnesota
study, study, study and study some more. The Illinois appraisal exam is difficult.
 

SMF

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Sounds to me like you may not be cut out to be an appraiser. consider another line of work. The exams are identical in 49 of the 50 states so thats not the issue.
 

Suz-E

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The compucram disc, I felt, was very VERY good at prearing me for the exam. Perhaps you are not understanding the concepts, and you need more study time. Where did you take your classes? Some schools will let you sit in on a class a second time if you're having trouble.

If you are having trouble with the book, when you get out in the field, you're going to have a very hard time grasping it all, so I would suggest you take your time and make sure this profession is right for you. :peace:
 

JTip

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Pennsylvania
Wow. Didn't know some states had a 'trainee' test.
 

rach2

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Illinois
I have worked for an Appraiser for going on 5 years now, I put the Appraisals in the computer, sometimes fill the paper work out for the Appraiser & even go w/ him to inspect some of the properties & take pictures. I know I can be good at this & this is what I want to do. Personally, the most things on the test we do not use in everyday Appraisals, just mostly the USPAP requirements.
 

Mack Mitchell

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Texas
LearnAppraising.com

I have worked for an Appraiser for going on 5 years now, I put the Appraisals in the computer, sometimes fill the paper work out for the Appraiser & even go w/ him to inspect some of the properties & take pictures. I know I can be good at this & this is what I want to do. Personally, the most things on the test we do not use in everyday Appraisals, just mostly the USPAP requirements.

Go to Learnappraising.com and study at the Certified Residential level. Don't study at the Trainee level. Try and master at least a level above what you are testing for. It's tougher than you will need, but factor in the anxiety of test day and when the time comes you will run over the actual exam like a train against a gremlin. Trust me. Study those practice exams for a few months and test day will be a walk in the park.
 

BRCJR

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Wow. Didn't know some states had a 'trainee' test.


I think, at least in Virginia, it is the license exam. You must pass it to get your trainee license.

After completing your trainee hours you do not take another exam, as you had to pass the license exam to become a licensed trainee.
 

rach2

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Illinois
Go to Learnappraising.com and study at the Certified Residential level. Don't study at the Trainee level. Try and master at least a level above what you are testing for. It's tougher than you will need, but factor in the anxiety of test day and when the time comes you will run over the actual exam like a train against a gremlin. Trust me. Study those practice exams for a few months and test day will be a walk in the park.
Thank you so much for giving me that website! I think this will help me out quite a bit, I had never heard of this before. I'm definelty going to study on there everyday for a while & then try the test again, once again thanks so much for your help! :clapping:
 

Mike Phillips

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Florida
How about giving us an example of a question you do not understand, and/or one you missed? I'd be happy to comment on several questions if you are interested. You did take an intro course, right?

MP
 
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