Hey all, I am a student pilot with around 70 hours. I am preparing for my checkride currently and I am struggling with preparing for the oral exam. I watched videos of exams and felt fairly comfortable answering those questions, however... when I went to take a mock checkride with my instructor the questions were much more technical and obscure. My confidence is broken about the whole deal. I've been really discouraged in my training due to it taking a full year to receive my medical and I've had to fully prepare on my own. My instructor only goes over flight maneuvers (which I am confident performing and to the proper standards). Thing is, he is an older gentleman and he is..well.. a bit gruff. He is easily frustrated and makes me scared of not knowing the answer to what he asks. He talks poorly of other students and calls people out over the radio (in flight) if they do something that annoys him (usually improper pattern procedures). I don't want to change flight instructors so close to my checkride.. but it makes me not want to go fly due to the stress I feel when he is in the co-pilot seat. I felt confident in my abilities before I moved to this new flight school (moved at around 50 hours to a new school and city), but now I feel much less confident in my abilities. I guess there's nothing you guys can do for me on that front, but I guess if someone can suggest a good resource for preparing for the private pilot oral that would help. As I said before I've watched practice videos for checkrides, I've also looked at the little blue "oral exam prep" book. I've also tried reading over the ACS. I'm in a time crunch as well, so I can't really postpone the checkride for long as I need my commercial by December as I am moving to Alaska, and training in Alaska probably isn't the best way to learn. I guess this post is more of a rant, I'm not sure. Any tips are appreciated. Fly High and Squawk VFR. - Stephen Edit: Portions edited to be more to the point. How do I test myself prior to a practice oral to see if i am ready? Are there resources out there you can recommend for practice? Added original message back to avoid confusion with ongoing conversation.