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cforst513

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ok, what's your advice? what should i take with me besides a bunch of pencils, paper, and an E6B? Anything else come to mind? Also, how bad is this test?
 

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If you've looked over the test questions you wont have too much trouble. The big advice I can give is RTFQ, RTFA (Read The Freakin' Question, Read The Freakin' Answer).

Like any multiple choice test, if you get stumped, start by eliminating the obvious wrong answers.
 

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cforst513 said:
ok, what's your advice? what should i take with me besides a bunch of pencils, paper, and an E6B? Anything else come to mind? Also, how bad is this test?
You won't need pencil/paper, the test moderator will supply it for you. E6B, whats that?! :D Anyway, also bring a calculator that YOU are comfortable with. Even if it does have memory, like my TI-83, if you clear it in front of the MOD, they should be happy to let you use it. Lastly, get some sleep and avoid the beer this evening (I made that mistake before my Commercial Written).

Yes, RTFQ, RTFA........ And relax. You had a book to study from with the ANSWERS in it. Not too too teribbly hard.

HAVE FUN
 

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If you don't get atleast a 90, your an idiot. :)
And after so many people make this mistake and are corrected for it on this forum...if you STILL confuse "your" and "you're", then YOU are the idiot.;)
 

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sigh..... :rolleyes: thanks guys!
 

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good luck!
 

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Relax. Take a few minutes once you sit down to take some deep breaths. Then read the questions carefully. On the plotting problems take your time and make sure you are reading the correct numbers. On the PVT test the answers are far enough away from each other so that the correct one will be pretty obvious once you work it out. And good luck!
 

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Test Taking

All good advice, however there is one more piece of advice. When you get to a question and you are not 100% certain of the answer, generally the first impression is the one to go with. Do not try to over analyze the question. The FAA is big on verbage that may trip you up. Only one answer IS the right answer (though more than once we old timers have found a mistake or two).

Good luck and for Gods sake, build some more time.
 

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lol, aeronautic, i'm at 38.5 hours, i'm in the clear.

unfortunately, my test was bumped back to saturday because they could 'only' give me 2 hours instead of the full 2.5 hours. unreal. i was upset. i told them i would sign something that gave them permission for me to go w/out the 1/2 hour, but nothing doing. besides, the lady seemed a bit.... stressed when i talked to her, so i decided to stay on her good side.

so here goes the new schedule: in-house prog check thursday, written saturday, and hopefully checkride in the viscinity of sunday-tuesday. thanks for the kind words (and cheats, you rock mini, i'll do just that exact pattern :D) from everyone!
 

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It's nothing at all. Took me all of 1/2 hour, and got a 95. You will need nothing more than a plotter, calculator, and possibly E6B. If you've been studying, there answers to the questions will literally pop into your mind. Be careful on those performance charts though. The insanely small lines can trip you up, and you may get an answer that is pretty close to a false one listed in the choices.
 

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By the way, my insturctor told me a little detail that I didn't expect. He said you were actually better off not getting a 100%, because if you do, the examiner evaluating your checkride will tend to break your balls, and expect you to know EVERYTHING.
 

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By the way, my insturctor told me a little detail that I didn't expect. He said you were actually better off not getting a 100%, because if you do, the examiner evaluating your checkride will tend to break your balls, and expect you to know EVERYTHING.
I got a 100% and my PVt oral lasted all of about 25 minutes...Basically the flight planning part. Almost no other questions, and his comment was if you got a 100 on the test we don't need to sit here for 2 hours, lets go fly.
 

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By the way, my insturctor told me a little detail that I didn't expect. He said you were actually better off not getting a 100%, because if you do, the examiner evaluating your checkride will tend to break your balls, and expect you to know EVERYTHING.
Probably to help rationalize in his own mind a plausable explanation as to why HE didn't get 100%.:rolleyes:
 

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Well, plenty of fine advice here so far. I guess I could tell you what NOT to do. I took mine with another guy one computer away from me. He sat down and began first. In the 5-10 minutes it took the lady to get my info and my comp fired up and ready to go, he was finished. If you've breezed through the test in 10 minutes...red flag city.

I spent a good 6-7 hours the night before going straight through the Gleim book for like the third time. When I took the test, it took me around 40 minutes. Though most of the answers jumped out at me, I still took my little marker and worked out all of the plotting/performance math. Some might call that "overdoing" it, but worth my time.

Me = 97. Other guy = something in the low 70's. I tend to think it's as easy as you want to make it.

PS--My oral STILL lasted over 4 hours (albeit with generous breaks). It was the most thorough exam I've taken for anything in my life, but I'm thankful for that in that it boosted my intuitive knowledge more than any SAT ever could. My advice: go through Gleim's a couple times, then spend any remaining time you have left HAMMERING away for the oral.
 

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UnAnswerd said:
By the way, my insturctor told me a little detail that I didn't expect. He said you were actually better off not getting a 100%, because if you do, the examiner evaluating your checkride will tend to break your balls, and expect you to know EVERYTHING.
Not really...I knew a guy that scored 102.6 percent, but they let it pass because he was a transient.
 

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Go to Sportys.com, they have free practice test online, and at the end they have the questions broken down and tell you what areas you might need to study more. VERY VERY helpful right before your test, just make sure you treat it like the real thing and you will get accurate results of your knowledge.

The results are all color coded and crap, breaks it down for you like you are a sport pilot.

J/K
 
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UnAnswerd said:
By the way, my insturctor told me a little detail that I didn't expect. He said you were actually better off not getting a 100%, because if you do, the examiner evaluating your checkride will tend to break your balls, and expect you to know EVERYTHING.
Are you for real?? Come on...think about this one. If you made a 100%, the DE will not give you as a hard time then if you made a 72%. B/C if you made a 100%, that just shows that you know what you talking about(most of the time)and the oral will be that much shorter. I am freinds with a DE in Little Rock, and this is from the horses mouth.
 

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ok, so i scored a 92% (55/60) on the sporty's practice test, and i still have 2 1/2 sections to read in my gleim book. when i looked at my mistakes.... i kicked myself in the head for a few of them. i think i'm pretty ready :)
 
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