July 26, 2004
Cramming for The Written Exam
I have passed the FAA written exam twice in my life, both times over 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I was unable to take the flight training at that time. But having completed formal aviation ground school training once before I elected to home study for the written exam this time around.
I feel like I am back in college cramming for a final that I will likely take on Wednesday or Thursday. I have used a few different resources to help me prepare including the Jeppesen Private Pilot textbook, Jeppesen Private Pilot FAA Airmen Knowledge Test Guide and the Sporty's Private Pilot Flight Training DVD Course. Additionally, my CFI has given me about 8 hours of formal ground training in addition to all that I have learned from her while flying.
The exam will consist of 60 questions pulled from a database of 600 possible questions. The 600 questions are not closely guarded as you might think. In fact, they are readily available, for example, my test guide has all 600 questions to review.
Sporty's has a great FAA Practice Test on their site. It randomly selects 60 questions from the database each time you take the exam. When you complete the exam it displays your final score and provides analysis of your answers and even breaking down your score by subject area. It is a really great resource for preparing for the written exam. Tonight I scored 84% on my first attempt and an 89% on my second attempt. I plan to take the exam a few more times to ensure I am ready but am feeling good about it.Posted by Todd McClamroch at July 26, 2004 10:18 PM