PPL Knowledge test questions

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  1. lewy15

    lewy15 Pre-Flight

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    I'm going to be taking my FAA knowledge test for my private pilot in about a week or so. The books and CD's I've been studying with are from Gleim. When I take the mock test on the computer, it asks what "emulation type" I'll be taking, CATS or lasergrade. I will be taking the test through a Sylvian learning center. What is the diffrence between CATS and lasergrade, and what does Sylvian learning centers use, CATS or lasergrade. Any resonses are appreciated.
    Thanks, lewy15
     
  2. EdFred

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    It doesn't really matter. I've used both CATS and LaserGrade. Don't worry about it.
     
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    I don't know, and I wouldn't worry about it, either. I doubt knowing this would give you any better idea of what to expect on the test. Forget it- you have enough to think about! :D
     
  4. lewy15

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm not too worried about which style the test is, just curious about the two. Thanks again.
     
  5. AdamZ

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    The questions are the same but I don't know if the tests appear differently between the two. I have only take Lasergrade so I don't know. Just call Sylvan and ask what they use. Best of luck with the test and welcome to POA!!
     
  6. Areeda

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    The Gleim software let's you switch back and forth between the two, and does a pretty good job of emulating them.

    Try em both.
     
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    Joe don't you think he should just ask the test center what they use and get comfortable with that format?
     
  8. Areeda

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    Adam,

    I think the differences are inconsequential and a bit of playing around will demonstrate that.

    Joe
     
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    The protocols are not so entirely different as to make one or the other more or less challenging. WTS, it will make you less apprehensive if you know which protocol is being used and take your practice tests under the appropriate one. There is also AvTest and Sylvan although these were not predominant in my geographic testing area. :smile:
     
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    I like to use Kip's to brush up on questions ahead of time. You can tailor the questions. For some reason I cannot get the images to pop up so I like to avoid them.

    http://www.exams4pilots.org/
     
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  11. John Baker

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    Whatever you discover it is, practice it every day. Even after you take the test, always do ten questions a day. Until you take your check ride, every question on that test will be part of your road to it. Ten questions only take a few minutes, and will pay off big time.

    It's a ***** when you are in your advanced training, trying to locate yourself using nav-aids, and your instructor asks you a simple question from those tests. If you know the answer, without giving it much thought, then no big deal. If you have to rack your brains, you will probably start screwing everything up. Always be prepared to answer off the wall questions when you are flying with an instructor.

    Your flying a little trainer, and he wants to know your true airspeed, expect it.

    John
     
  12. lewy15

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    I have been doing the mock test (60 questions) about every day for the past two weeks after i finished reading the book. I've noticed while taking the test it seems that the questions are the same 150ish questions or so. I've also taken the practice test online at exam4pilots.com when not at home and noticed they are the same questions as my Gliem course work. Are these questions some of the actual questions from the test or just very similiar? Just wondering how diffrent the questions will be from the ones I'm doing now comparied the real deal.
     
  13. Areeda

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    The FAA publishes some of the question. Gliem, ASA and the other publishers used to ask people to remember questions they've never seen before. I'm not sure if they still do this.

    The FAA also adds new questions on a regular basis.

    Bottom line is most of the questions on the actual test are in the Gleim and exams for pilots but you might see a few new ones.

    Joe
     
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    What Joe Areeda sez.

    The FAA publishes the test bank. If you were really industrious, you could memorize all the answers to the questions in the test bank.

    Instead, do as you've been doing. Just keep doing practice tests (I did maybe 2xnite for a week). If you get passing scores there, you'll do fine. Just remember to check back and review the ones you got wrong, or the ones you weren't sure about. Otherwise you're wasting your time.

    Good luck.
     
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    I set out to make a 100% on the test knowing that it would be very difficult to do. But once I started scoring in the 90s over and over again in practice tests of different flavors and protocols, I forgot about scoring and used those answers I missed or guessed at and got right as the ones that I would pursue to the nth degree in understanding.

    I can now proudly say that I know more than Boeing.

    Maybe not Lockheed but certainly Boeing. Lockheed is in my sights.
     
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    Can anyone help me on figuring out what the ground roll would be under given conditions with and w/o a 50ft. obstacle? I'm having a hell of a time figuring it out... and when I do figure one out it seems like the next one is completly diffrent. Here is a link to the chart I've been using. How to you follow the lines to each refrence point. I think I get lost towards the end. lol.:mad2:

    http://www.coryat.com/faa-pp-written/41.jpg

    The conditions are 90*F, 4,000 ft., 2,800 lbs., 10kt. head wind over a 50 ft. obstacle.

    Thanks!
     
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    Follow the example. Start with your temperature in Celsius, move up the chart to the pressure altitude of your airport, then move straight to the right to the take off weight of your plane. (There is a slopping line that you will follow down to your weight). Continue to the right from your weight to your headwind, tailwind component. Stay parallel up or down to the headwind / tailwind lines until you reach the correct number. Continue to the right, and parallel your line with the obstacle line, then read your take off distance.

    You need to know your pressure altitude, (29.92) your take off weight, your wind direction and velocity, and the hight of your obstacle, if any.

    John
     
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    Are you consistently getting the wrong answer on this one? It seems like I had trouble with this exact question when I was studying, but my memory could be playing tricks on me.
     
  20. lewy15

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    Thanks for the reply John, I figured out that I was getting messed up in when following the curved line all the way to the next refrence line instead of just to the weight and over.

    I just got back from the knowledge test, passed with a 92. Now time to schedule the checkride...
     
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    Congratulations! Let us know how you do on the checkride! (And don't forget to follow [thread=15706]Ron Levy's guide to checkrides[/thread]. Hint: RELAX!)
     
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