My experience in Norway: - ground school test you first to see if you are ready to take the exams. They in effect screen students. - minumum 20 hours ground school classroom is required. You get an email from the equivalent of the FAA explaining where the exam is held in your area (in my case Oslo, Norway, in Asker at Scandic hotel conference room) and the rules. You are allowed to take with you: - a simple non memory calculator, with only numeric keys and simple as well as square root function - protractor, ruler, e6B or equivalent with no instruction booklet, compass (for radius, was not needed) pencil, eraser. - no telephone, had to remove wristwatch, no backpacks, etc. Then: - you sit alone and get a packet with your name in it, with nine subjects quizzes, one answer sheet, a scratch sheet of paper that will be turned in at completion, and a complaint sheet if you want to spend time contesting a question. - you have, I think it was, five hours to complete. Each quiz is twenty questions. - here it is kind of murky. The regs say, you can take exams up to six times but can fail only four. If you fail any one subject four times you have to start over. Go through ground school again. In reality when failing more than one, they require you take all failed subjects again next exam so no way to spread them out. - you wait three full weeks of hell before you get the results. I passed six of nine with good grades, but terrible (60's) with the three I didn't pass. Even worse, I had to pay full price again to retake the three. If I had only failed to subjects I would have only paid half price to retake them. Oh well. I got great grades on the three remaining second time around. Very tricky questions, all students complain that it seems designed to trick you instead of measure your understanding. I felt this too, but also...I can see the value in making students be very aware of what exactly is being asked or answered, in a pressure situation, some of the questions were cheap though, and mixed in with the very tricky were ridiculously easy questions. Not just for my bias, but I mean so easy that if you couldn't answer correct you should have been weeded out already. While other ones, had usually two correct answers, both were true, but there was one "best" correct. Sometimes you had to try to anticipate their mindset. How does this differ from the US?