How to Pass the Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam? (+Sample Questions)


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Passing the Real Estate Appraiser Exam is one of the requirements for becoming a Real Estate Appraiser in Alabama. The exam content outline is based on a job analysis conducted by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB).

The purpose is to ensure exam writers have the necessary knowledge and skills to properly appraise a property. The exam is administered by PSI. Since there are different appraiser licenses in Alabama- Trainee, Licensed Residential, Certified Residential, and there are distinct exam requirements for each license level.

To pass the Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam, the candidate must achieve a score of at least 75% on the trainee exam or a scaled score of 75/110 on the LR/CR/CG exam. Studying the course materials from a trusted provider, read over the Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Program Candidate Handbook and doing exam preps can increase the chance of passing the exam.

In this guide, I will go over the content, sample questions, FAQ, exam preps of the Alabama real estate appraiser exam. Although the result is not guaranteed, I’m confident it can help to increase your chance of passing it significantly. So you will be one step closer to starting your real estate career in Alabama.

But before we start, I want to give a brief disclaimer. This post is not intended as legal advice or state/federal real estate training. It is for general information only. Please always follow your State laws and best practices.

Table Summary of the Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam

Appraiser Exam# of QuestionsWriting timeRequired Passing Score
Trainee100 (+10 pretest)3 hours75%
Licensed Residential110 (+15 pretest)4 hours75 out of 110
Certified Residential110 (+15 pretest)4 hours 75 out of 110
Certified General110 (+15 pretest)6 hours75 out of 110

How to register for the Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam?

You may register for the examination by submitting an application to the Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board. After you receive the confirmation from the Board, you may schedule the exam through PSI.

PSI Real Estate Appraiser Exam Registration

The Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam is administered by the PSI and to schedule in writing it, you need to create an account on their website. In there, you can choose the testing center and date. The exam fee is $83 and it can be paid through a credit card, debit card or electronic check.

If you have any questions about the Alabama real estate appraiser exam, you may contact them at 800-345-6559. Their office hours are available from

  • 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.
  • 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday
  • 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday

If you need to make any appointment changes, you must do so at least 2 business days before the exam.

Here is the info about the Alabama Trainee Real Estate Appraiser Exam

The Alabama Trainee Real Estate Appraiser Exam has a total of 110 questions, but 10 of them are pretested and will not be scored. You’ll have 3 hours of writing time, and the passing score is 75% or higher.

Here’s the content of the Trainee Exam:

TopicsNumber of Scored itemsTopics
Influences on Real Estate Value5IA – Physical and Environmental
IB – Economic
IC – Governmental and Legal
ID – Social
Legal Considerations in Appraisal 6IIA – Real Estate vs. Real Property
IIB – Real vs. Personal Property
IIC – Limitations on RE Ownership
IID – Legal Rights and Interests
IIE – Forms of Property Ownership
IIF – Legal Descriptions
IIG – Transfer of Title
Types of Value5IIIA – Market Value, Value in Exchange
IIIB – Price
IIIC – Cost
IIID – Investment Value
IIIE – Value in Use
IIIF – Assessed Value
IIIG – Insurable Value
Economic Principles5IVA – Anticipation
IVB – Balance
IVC – Change
IVD – Competition
IVE – Conformity – Progression/Regression
IVF – Contribution
IVG – Increasing/Decreasing Returns
IVH – Substitution
IVI – Supply and Demand
IVJ – Surplus Productivity
Real Estate Markets and Analysis5VA – Characteristics of RE Markets
VB – Absorption Analysis
VC – Role of Money, Capital Mkts
VD – Real Estate Financing
Valuation Process12VIA – Definition of the Problem
VIB – Scope of Work
VIC – Collection and Analysis of Data
VID – HBU Analysis
VIE – App and Limitations of Each Approach
VIF – Reconciliation, Final Value Opinion
Property Description9VIIA – Site Description
VIIB – Improvement Description
VIIC – Basic Construction and Design
Highest and Best Use Analysis8VIIIA – Four Tests
VIIIB – Vacant Site or As If Vacant
VIIIC – As Improved
VIIID – Interim Use
Appraisal Statistical Concepts5IXA – Mean
IXB – Median
IXC – Mode
IXD – Range
IXE – Standard Deviation
Approaches to Value28XA – Cost Approach
XB – Income Approach
XC –Sales Comparison Approach
XD – Site Value
USPAP12

Here is the info about the Alabama State Licensed, Certified Residential, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser Exam

The Alabama LR/CR/CG Real Estate Appraiser Exam has a total of 125 questions, but 15 of them are pretested and will not be scored. The LR & CR exam has 4 hours of writing time, and CG has 6 hours. The passing score is 75 and higher.

Here is the content of the LR/CR/CG appraiser exam:

Content Area DescriptionLRCRCGTopics
Real Estate Market18%18%18%A. Types of influences on real estate value
B. Types of government power
C. Types of real estate value
D. Date of value premise
E. Market analysis
F. Investment analysis
G. Tests of highest and best use
H. Analysis of highest and best use
Property Description11%12%11%A. Description of land or site
B. Description of improvements and building components
C. Legal interest
D. Rights to use
E. Property taxation
Land or Site Valuation3%3%4%A. Land or site valuation methods
Sales Comparison Approach22%18%13%A. Identification of comparable sales
B. Units of comparison
C. Elements of comparison
D. Quantitative adjustments
E. Qualitative adjustments
F. Reconciliation to indicated value by the sales comparison approach
Cost Approach13%14%11%A. Sources of cost information
B. Cost components
C. Depreciation
D. Methods of estimating depreciation
E. Reconciliation to indicated value by the cost approach
Income Approach4%8%18%A. Sources of income generation
B. Occupancy / vacancy analysis
C. Expenses
D. Capitalization
E. Estimation of value using income approach
F. Reconciliation to indicated value by the income approach
Reconciliation of Value Indications2%2%2%A. Reconciliation of approaches to value
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice20%18%17%A. Definitions and preamble
B. Ethics rule
C. Record keeping rule
D. Competency rule
E. Scope of work rule
F. Jurisdictional exception rule
G. Standard 1
H. Standard 2
I. Standard 3
J. Standard 4
K. USPAP advisory opinions and FAQs
L. Extraordinary assumption
M. Hypothetical condition
Emerging Appraisal Methods3%4%3%A. Application of online property information database and technological tools
B. Appropriate use and limitations of the hybrid/bifurcated appraisal method
C. Use and limitations of automated valuation models
Appraisal Statistical Methods4%3%3%A. Statistical measures of central tendency
B. Statistical measures of variation
C. Inferential statistical techniques used in appraising

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Tips to prepare for the Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam

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Let’s Study the Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam “Strategically”

Many people would try to read and memorize all the study materials. Although it could work for some people, it really doesn’t work for me. 

Here are the exact steps I have been using to prepare for exams. It has worked wonderfully for me throughout high school and university, and they still work well when I wrote exams in my field of work. 

  1. Review the exam outline to see which topics will be heavily weighted
  2. Skim through a practice exam to get a sense of the questions
  3. Read over the course materials. Focus more on the sections you’ve seen in the practice exam and those that will be heavily scored. 
  4. Try writing a practice test. 
  5. For the parts that you got wrong, you should review them carefully. I usually would create a document file and take notes on those topics. 
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you can score at least 10% more of the required passing mark for at least two practice exams. (Some people would get nervous during the actual exam writing, so it’s better to have a buffer room on the score. In this case, try to aim for over 85% for the Alabama real estate appraiser exam.)

Doing practice questions indeed can help you prepare for the real estate exam. They help you understand what type of questions you’re likely going to see during the test and give you an idea of what topics might come up, making studying more efficient.

Here’s another tip: Studying for the sack of passing the real estate appraiser exam could be dreadful. Remember that a specific question appears in the test because it could actually be applied in your real estate practice. When you study, just imagine that you’re applying this knowledge to an appraisal assignment.  

Here are some Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam Preps that can help You

A student is doing real estate exam preps.

McKissock – A reputable real estate appraisal education provider

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I like McKissock because of its excellent reputation and a long-term track record of satisfying students. At the time I’m writing this post, it has standalone exam preps for Licensed Residential Appraiser and Certified Residential Appraiser program. They both cost $199. You may click here to view the exam prep. (**)

However, if you haven’t taken the pre-licensing course, they also have the following packages available in most states. 

  1. The Basics
  2. Advanced Pro Package
  3. AL QE Unlimited Learning Subscription

However, if you haven’t taken the pre-licensing course, they also have the following packages available in most states. 

  1. The Basics
  2. Advanced Pro Package
  3. AL QE Unlimited Learning Subscription

Typically speaking, the AL QE Unlimited Learning Subscription gives the best value. It gives you one year of unlimited access to the most comprehensive course materials out of all the packages, weekly 1-hour instructor-led Q&A sessions, monthly pro-series webinars, Appraisal Professional Development Content Library, Online Appraisal Community, and many more. You may click here to view the different appraisal education packages. (**)

Where can I take my real estate exam in Alabama?

KS real estate exam taker cannot find the testing center

There are multiple testing centers where you can take the Alabama real estate appraiser exam. They are:

  • Athens, Alabama: Athens State University, 161 North Clinton Street, Athens, AL 35611
  • Birmingham, Alabama: PSI, 100 Centerview Dr., Suite 100, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Cullman, Alabama: Wallace State Community College, 801 Main Street NW, Bailey Bulding 11th Floor Hanceville, AL 35077
  • Daleville, Alabama: Southeast Community Training Center, 807 Donnell Blvd, Suite J, Daleville, AL 36322
  • Huntsville, Alabama: PSI, 4900 University Square, Suite 4, Huntsville, AL 35816
  • Huntsville, Alabama: Calhoun Community College, 102 Wynn Drive, Building 1, Room 122, Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Mobile, Alabama: PSI, Dorsey Center, 6051-B Airport Blvd. Mobile, AL 36608
  • Mobile, Alabama: Tennessee Valley Training Ctr, 3100 Cottage Hill Rd., Suite 112, Mobile, AL 36606
  • Montgomery, Alabama: PSI, 500 Interstate Park Dr., Suite 530, Montgomery, AL 36109

It’s better to do a search in Google Map beforehand. I usually would do a street view tour to have a better idea of the testing location. And also find out where you can park your car.

On the testing day, you should account for the time to sign in and go through the identification process. It’s better to arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your exam.

What should I bring to the exam center?

Real estate exam taker forgot to bring ID

You are required to bring two pieces of valid ID. The primary ID needs to be a government issued ID with photograph and signature. Keep in mind that temporary ID will not be accepted.

  • driver’s license with photo;
  • state identification card with photo;
  • passport;
  • military identification card with photo.

The Secondary ID needs to have signature and not expired.

  • U.S. Social Security card with signature
  • Credit card with signature
  • employment/student ID card with signature

When will I know the result?

Once you finish writing the real estate appraiser exam, you will receive a score report that mark either “pass” or “fail”.

  • If you pass, you will be provided with information on how to apply for a license.
  • If you fail, you will be provided with a diagnostic report of the exam. You will also receive information about reexamination. You may schedule for a retake and there is no limit on the number of attempts within your two-year eligibility period. Additional exam fee will apply.

Video with Sample Questions on the Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Exam

This article is part of the “Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Career Series.” If you want to know more about being a real estate appraiser in Alabama, I invite you to check out the following articles: 

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Reference:

  • The Appraisal Foundation- National Uniform Licensing and Certification Examinations (source) 
  • Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
  • Alabama Real Estate Appraiser Candidate Handbook (source)

Author

  • Jacob is a content writer and a real estate investor. He has experience working with different real estate professionals throughout the years. (i.e., appraisers, real estate agents, property managers, home inspectors.) In order to build a career you love, Jacob believes not only you need a thorough understanding about the profession, but you also have to find out what type of jobs could match your personality, lifestyle and expectation.

Jacob Coleman

Jacob is a content writer and a real estate investor. He has experience working with different real estate professionals throughout the years. (i.e., appraisers, real estate agents, property managers, home inspectors.) In order to build a career you love, Jacob believes not only you need a thorough understanding about the profession, but you also have to find out what type of jobs could match your personality, lifestyle and expectation.

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