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State test preparation

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Michael Irvine

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As I am getting closer to completing my appraisal course I need to focus on my final exam as well as the state test (California). My book gives me an overview of what to study for on my final exam, but I would like to have a better understanding of what the state test is like.

I am not asking for any of the test questions however I would like to know just how much I should focus on the equations and formulas that I have came across. The office that I am being trained at deals mostly with single-family residence appraisals, not too much commercial stuff, so I haven't had much of an opportunity to utilize the formulas.

If anyone has taken the state test recently and has any feedback I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time.
 

TEL2002

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Get a couple of the exazm review books that give several sample tests. Study, study, study. The books I used had chapters broken down into percentages...so you could get a pretty good guess as to how many questions out of 100 would be on that category.

But, yes you do need to know the formulas.

I reviewed the books off and on for about a month (as time permitted). Then 3 days before the test I set aside everything and studied for 10 hours a day. I felt reasonably confident and prepared while taking the test.

Good luck.
 

George Hatch

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I took my state exam in 1991. But first I took an exam-prep course from a company called 'Real Estate Trainers'. It was the best money I ever spent on an appraisal-related course. I probably wouldn't have had any trouble passing without it, but after taking it the exam was a breeze. I finished in 45 minutes and knew I'd passed. Look them up and see if they still offer the course. Last I heard, they're in Santa Ana, CA..

George Hatch
 
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