There are two FAA exams required to get your sport or private pilot and certified flight instructor license…the Knowledge Exam (Written Exam) and the Practical Test (Checkride). We’ll take a look at how to prepare for both.
Preparing for the FAA Knowledge Exam
This is referred to as the “written test” which is now a computerized multiple choice exam taken at an FAA approved testing center. The FAA has developed a number of questions from specific subjects from basic aeronautical knowledge and regulations.
It is relatively easy to learn and pass because there is a bank of FAA questions you can learn and practice. If you study the questions and practice simulated sample tests you will easily pass. This test can be taken anytime before the Practical Test (Checkride).
Preparing for the written “FAA Knowledge Test” (now computerized) can be done a number of ways.
A formal ground school class – A class with an instructor and other students – This is great because you get to meet other students and interact with the instructor. The stories and experience of the instructor provide a great resource of knowledge. However, it is hard to find a class that can work with schedules.
Studying can also be done on your own using a Test Prep Book, and/or Prepware CD.
ASA TEST PREP
This is the classic and least expensive method for studying the knowledge test questions. It is broken up into sections with an explanation of the content of the section to cover the topics covered. Then, you move into the questions for the section, read the question, and the correct answer is supplied with an explanation of the right and wrong answers. This is a great way to get started and you can bring the book anywhere you want. However, you do need an instructor endorsement which can cost money and time. Typically after the book is utilized, students move to the Prepware CD.
- You can practice the questions by section, categorize, track the sections and questions you need work on, a number of options to quickly organize and improve your weak areas.
- You can practice taking the tests just like you do at the FAA testing center. I suggest you get a 90% on the practice test, than you are guaranteed to pass the actual test above the minimum 70% required (nobody that I know has ever failed the actual knowledge test using this technique).
- You can get an endorsement by sending in two practice tests that you scored above 80% on. You can take as many tests as you want and email in the results of two tests for your endorsement. This saves you the time and money of hiring an instructor to train, test and provide you the endorsement.
Overall, many start with the book so you they can learn anywhere without the computer. And then they use the Prepware CD to finish the process off by practicing taking the test. However, many go right for the Prepware CD and bypass the book altogether. Others use the book exclusively and pass with flying colors.
When you take the FAA knowledge test and pass it, you receive a certified copy of your results which is valid for 2 years as a prerequisite for the practical test (checkride).
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Preparing for the Practical Exam & Checkride
Taking the powered parachute sport pilot Practical Exam and Checkride is easy if you are prepared. Your instructor will often prepare you for the Checkride.
ASA PRACTICAL TEST STANDARDS
This book outlines the FAA standards for which every pilot and flight instructor are tested for the checkride.
ASA PRACTICAL TEST STANDARDS – SPORT PILOT & CFI
SPORT PILOT & CFI APPLICANT CHECKRIDE BOOK & DVD COMBO
This exam guide explains what you need to do to get to the checkride, including experience, required training, and instructor endorsements. The book and DVD are indispensable tools in both planning for what to expect and mastering the subject matter.
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Prepare for both FAA Knowledge Exam and Practical Checkride
You can prepare for both exams at the same time.
KNOWLEDGE & PRACTICAL TEST PREP COURSES
These are courses that prepare you for both the FAA Knowledge Exam and the Practical Checkride.
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