ARGUS Certification AE Enterprise

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So I am studying for the ARGUS Certification and feel good about 2 out of the 4 case studies. The last two in the book are a little challenging but am getting help from ARGUS in reference to my mistakes. My questions are:

1) Are the MC Questions similar or even word for word the same as in the University Certificate book?

2)For the modeling portion how complicated do the models get? Are there a few curve balls which you may not have learned in the book previous? It seems each case study I do has 1 or 2 more curve balls which make you think.

3) For the model do they have mixed use properties or are they simply retail or office? How in depth do they go.

Thanks for the time guys.

Comments (7)

Jan 24, 2020

Anyone have advice?

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Jan 24, 2020

Does anyone have any AE specific advice on how the test actually is?

I got DCF (the old version) certified and remember almost failing the test because it had almost nothing to do with how you actually model in Argus, which I was quite good at for a beginner, and everything to do with regurgitating irrelevant factoids from the study guide.

AE may be different, so I don't want to give bad advice, but if it's the same type of thing I would study the guide front to back a couple times.

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Jan 24, 2020

Have not taken the certification, but went to the training. My instructor told us that a lot of it will be from the guide, and the sample questions didn't seem like things anyone would know from using the program.

Don't @ me

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Feb 12, 2020

Same regurgitation - analysts are just as clueless coming in certified/pissed upon realization that they studied for nothing as they were in DCF days. I don't know anyone who's taken both, but I've been told the pass rate is higher so it's even more regurgitation from study guide.

This will be an unpopular hot take, but I know I'm not the only one in I-sales that feels this way. Anyway, does anyone interview harder on the kids who got certified prior? There's nothing worse than the "this is how i was taught" response when shit goes wrong, and the only ones who say it are the certified ones. I know our associates tee off the second they see it on a resume - i know i did...

Jan 24, 2020

I downloaded the training manual and did the whole thing. Also got the case study book that had 14 of them (has that changed?) and went through each one. Aced the test.

Feb 12, 2020

To pay it forward, I passed the certification.

Almost all the exam questions are similar to the ones in the University Certification package, however there are a lot more of them. I had to google search a lot of them but I found it easy to answer above 70%.

However, it's quite easy to fail the model portion of the test. One simple number or issue with the market leasing profile can throw it all off (office vs retail). That was the issue that I had and it took me 7 minutes to figure out why my revenue was off (a costly mistake in a timed test). Make sure to do as many case studies as possible as I found the biggest issues for me to be the general vacancy override for a specific tenant, minor mistakes with the market leasing portion, expense recovery small errors.

I found it wasn't so much an issue of not knowing how to pass the model but mistakenly typing the wrong number or clicking the wrong button. A one second mistake can make you fail the entire portion.

Feb 12, 2020