One of the few things between you and the pilot's chair is the FAA written exam, this is the one piece in completing the Private Pilot Certificate that stops more student pilots from getting their Certificate than anything else. However, much of the difficulty lies in how you perceive the test; you're learning the information (as opposed to memorizing answers), and you shouldn't have difficulty passing the exam. Most pilots want to attain a perfect score without any self-doubt beforehand, which many times delaying taking the test. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can boost your self-confidence before taking the FAA written exam.
Passing The FAA Written Exam
One of the few things between you and the pilot's chair is the FAA written exam. However, much of the difficulty lies in how you perceive the test; you're learning the information (as opposed to memorizing answers), and you shouldn't have difficulty passing the exam. However, most pilots want to attain a perfect score without any self doubt beforehand. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can boost your self-confidence before taking the FAA written exam.
● Understand the Exhibit Book
The exhibit book is a valuable resource to study. Since many of the graphics in the book are in the test, it's very helpful to go over the information to see what you know and more importantly, what you don’t know, on the exhibit for a given question. Keep in mind that many of the questions on the test refer to the exhibit book and you will see that exhibit…again.
● Relax About the Grade
Many student pilots aspire to get at least a 100% on the written exam, which is where you want to set the bar. However, you can get the same result with a 70%. What does this mean? In the end, whether you receive a 100% or 70% on your exam, you will pass. Even though a 70% is passing, you must remember that the Examiner that you have for your check ride will know the areas where you had incorrect answers and must re-examine those areas during the oral exam on your check ride. Don’t become your own obstacle and wait until you're confident enough to earn a 100% score, you're only increasing your anxiety and delaying your check ride. When you think you can pass the test, discuss it with your instructor, if the instructor feels you are ready, take it, and move on. The areas where you had questions you missed should be discussed with your instructor and will become areas of extra study.
● Learn, Don't Memorize
It's important to learn the information (as opposed to memorizing the answers) to
perform well for the written exam. By doing so, you won't have to stress over what the
answer could be. If you're only limiting yourself to memorizing the answers for the
questions, a slight wording change in a question can throw you completely off and cause
you to fail the test. In addition to being risky, memorizing the answers takes twice as
much time to do in comparison to learning on the spot.
Considering the information above, there is nothing to sweat when it comes to the FAA written exam. However, you'll need the knowledgeable tools beforehand in order to pass the test. Thankfully, Twin Cities Flight Training is here to help you do exactly that. Contact us today for more information!