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State Farm Cert/Recent Test Takers
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virgo39
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10/06/2009 11:38 AM

    I am looking for someone/people who have recently taken the State Farm Certification exam.  What are some key points to focus on? Do you find it to be difficult?  Did you only use a book sent to you by one of the 4 big companies? (Worley,Eberls,EA Renfroe,Pilot)  Does the test take the full time allotted on that day?  Do you need to bring your own laptop?  Any xactimate? More of us "new" people need to spend some time helping others out with information we learn along the way. I am aware that there is a long road of training before me, I just want to get some things out of the way.

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    Ray Hall
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    10/06/2009 12:02 PM

    Virgo I took the test three times before I passed it 15 years ago. Jump in, but memorize the book and good luck.I had to take it at Sylvan with only a solar calculator and paper and pecil they furnished. No notes. BTW I had over 30 years property exp. This is a hard test and you will not pass unless you have learned a lot since you turned my offer down.

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    WILL I AM
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    10/06/2009 12:07 PM
    Familiarize yourself with the State Farm policy. Pay attention to deductables. Most of the exam is pretty basic once you have read the policy front to back. You will not need your computer. The test is a written test and multiple choice. No Xactimate, but same principles apply. Take a calculator. Good luck on the test.
    Best wishes, William
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    virgo39
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    10/06/2009 12:33 PM

    Thanks William for the information.  What sort of experience did you have before you took the test?  Did you take it recently? 

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    10/06/2009 2:55 PM
    I took the property IDL and test this summer. The only adjusting experience I had was 50 claims after IKE. There are several tests given. Your neighbors on each side will have different tests. I finished and passed my test in about 45 minutes; my partner took about 1 1/2 hours and it seems he had a much harder test than I did. I suggest that you spend most of your study time on the policy, specifically areas of exceptions and non-normal situations. I went to the the Eberl's IDL Workshop and the instructor was very good. She spent most of her discussion on specific areas that would be on the test. Listen to your instructor closely. They will give you the State Farm version of "Xactimate scope detail list" to choose your estimate items from. It is a little different from Xactimate, but close enough to figure out. You need to study the materials you get from your staffing agency. The more you study, the better your grade. I think 1/4 to 1/3 of those in our session failed the test. Good Luck.
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    dougbrsrd
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    10/06/2009 5:23 PM
    Down load the study guides and go through them until you get 100% on the estimating program and the policy questions. Know the policy front to back and back to front. I took the full time to take both the estimatics and policy test and while I don't usually go back and check my answers I did that on both test to be sure I got the best grade I could make. I did pass both of them the 1st time but wish I had spent more time memorizing State Farm's policy as it is a little different than the USAA policies I had been adjusting on! Would you rather make a 100 or an 80? Which would your prospective employer want you to have. Good Luck..you can do it!
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    ChuckDeaton
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    10/06/2009 6:44 PM
    There may be practice tests on the internet. Look around.
    "Prattling on and on about being an ass with experience doesn't make someone experienced. It just makes you an ass." Rod Buvens, Pilot grunt
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    virgo39
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    10/07/2009 9:52 AM

    I have been all over the place and cannot find any practice tests for the SF certification.  Am I missing something?  I have the guide from Eberls and want to find some additional knowledge. 

     

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    RJortberg
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    10/07/2009 2:02 PM

    This was discussed here before:
    www.catadjuster.org/Forums/tabid/60...fault.aspx


    The AM test is easier than the PM test (which is more about estimatics). Other than that,  the comments above are right on. 

     

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    WILL I AM
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    10/08/2009 7:48 AM
    Just make sure to KNOW the State Farm Policy. Their policy is not the exact same as HO-1, HO-2&3. Know the policy and you will be fine. I found the estimatics to be quite simple, common sense and read the questions thoroughly! I took the test this summer with Worley.
    Regards, William
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    slwt13
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    12/05/2009 11:09 AM
    Hi all, first time posting. I've seen a few posts regarding the State Farm Testing and practice tests but have yet to see where one could go about finding a copy. If anyone has some idea please let me know. If you'd rather not post the information then please do send me a private message.

    Thanks for you assistance.
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    virgo39
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    12/08/2009 9:35 AM

    You will not find any SF Cert practice tests on the web. (verifiend by Eberls)  I ordered the SF study manual from Eberls and it has practice tests in the back that more than prepared me for the exams.  I passed both on the first try.  Eberls is a great company to help guide you along in this process.  The staff makes themselves available for your questions no matter how silly they might seem.  I hope that I am lucky enough to get to work with them in the future.  Good luck on your quest!!

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    rhallabough
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    12/09/2009 1:25 PM

    I took and passed the exam with Renfro.  If you know the policy, basic geometry, and carefully check your answers, you should be fine.  You will have a clean copy of the policy to reference during the test.  Both test are multiple choice.  Normally, on the estimatics section, one answer is the most popoular incorrect answer, so double check your work.

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    Omega87
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    01/10/2010 10:52 PM
    Is this similar to Pilots Evaluation?
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    aquanrecovery
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    01/12/2010 10:02 AM
    I recently took the IDL tests for State Farm Certification at Worley. At the time, I didn't have the extra money to pay for the class it self so I bought the books and self studied the week of the exams and passed. The policy book should be reviewed thoroughly and I would work the practice problems for estimatics a few times. There should be some opportunities for reviewing the information with the instructors before you actually take the test . If you are actually taking the class you should be golden,..don't think for a second that you can't pass it. The hardest part was having to think in terms of how insurance companies do estimates and formatting my take off from that perspective. You are allowed to have a standard calculator and will be given a brand new policy pamphlet to use,.."know the special limits of liability section as well as the information regarding payouts for trees and shrubs in additional coverages" Read, review and practice,.. you should be fine.
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    yezlle
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    08/14/2010 1:36 PM
     
       Could you please tell me where to get the study guide for the State Farm test. 
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    Ray Hall
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    08/14/2010 3:06 PM
    I think a vendor for SF has to sponser you. They have the study guide. SF wants the vendors to screen out people that do not fit the basic requrements. It,s not a "right" to be a cat. adjuster. The top carriers and vendors can pick the top 10%. The other 90 goes another place (starvation)
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    Damiwa80045
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    08/13/2012 5:27 PM
    I;m taking the State Farm cert for auto on weds the 15th, Ive been studing the info provided by Ebrel. I'm just wanting to know if there is anything else I should study?
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    pondman
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    01/04/2013 7:22 PM
    Some input for the SF exam from the 2012 year. Pick the company you wish to work for and take the exam with them. Pay attention to your Moderator/Instructor. If you have construction experience you will be ahead of the game for 1/2 the exam. If you do not have construction experience, google the components of a house. I.E. what is a rake, eave, drip edge, valley, ridge, gable roof, hip roof, gambrle roof, what is it that Santa Clause slids down. etc. If you know these and more and be able to identify them you will be better prepared.

    If you are a contractor, as me and many, get your contractor hat off and way of doing business out of your mind. You are there to "DO IT" State Farm's way. The instructor will teach you "EXACTLY" how SF wants it done. IF you are an "anal' type of thinker....don't...I repeat don't think or analyze the question in that way. If you get stuck with the "wording" or "phrasing" of a question, get out of your seat, go up to the instructer and ASK about clarification. Depending how good the instructor is, he/she will make you talk your way through the question, make you think as you do it, and then "you" will get yourself to "your" correct answer.

    Remember........Give them...what they want, when they want it, and how they want it.

    Good luck to all !!
    Give them what they want, when they want it, and how they want it !
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    David J Lee
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    06/13/2013 12:48 PM
    will be there
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