study material for the written

Discussion in 'Cleared for the Approach' started by Jon Gunther, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Jon Gunther

    Jon Gunther Pre-Flight

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    Hello all. Im currently deployed with the Air Force and would like to take my instrument written when I get back. I have the King online ground school which I will be using for practice tests. However wifi is a little spotty so im looking for an off line solution. Currently I have been reading the "instrument flying handbook" and will also read the "instrument procedures handbook". Will these two book be sufficient as study material?
     
  2. JScarry

    JScarry Pre-takeoff checklist

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    No. These are great books for learning, but not for taking the written test. If you don’t have access to the online practice tests, you need to pick up a paper copy of the test guide. I prefer Gleim and have successfully used ASA. Lots of threads here on the pros and cons of the various guides.
     
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    murphey Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    a far too simplistic answer. If you have the FAA books (free, pdf from the FAA website) then you have all the material that the questions draw from. You can also download the Figures and Charts book used on the exams. The practiceexams will give you the details on how the FAA creates exams, but there’s nothing new in the exams that isn’t in the books.

    You also need the weather books, again from the FAA website.
     
  4. Jon Gunther

    Jon Gunther Pre-Flight

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    Thank you for the info. I will be using the practice tests in the king ground School program I have. I just don't have the ability to read everything online so having the books is going to be my only option.

    I will also grab the weather books thanks for the heads up on that one.

    I have already talked to my instructor and he will sign my test authorization once I get consistent 90's on the practice tests
     
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    lancie00 Line Up and Wait

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    Since you're on here I assume you have some access to the internet. The King course allows you to download the video sections and view them offline. I'm pretty sure you can download the questions/figures as well. Is there any way you can do that?
     
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    wwww.asa2fly.com Instrument Rating Test Prep. Questions, answers, and explanations.
     
  7. Jon Gunther

    Jon Gunther Pre-Flight

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    I tried to download the app assosiated with the king school and it would not open the course
     
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    I did solely the king practice tests on iPad. Helped to really hammer down doing a lot of questions. It allows you to evaluate your weak spots and retest over and over what you suck at. Keep retaking until you get one or two wrong and you will be ready. While there will be some new questions on the written you haven’t seen- it won’t be that many.
     
  9. flyingron

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    If your goal is to actually learn the stuff you need for IFR flight rather than just cram for the exam, then get these FREE pubs downloaded from the FAA.

    The AIM: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/media/AIM_Basic_dtd_10-12-17.pdf
    The Instrument Flying Handbook: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/FAA-H-8083-15B.pdf
    The Instrument Procedures Handbook: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_pol..._procedures_handbook/media/faa-h-8083-16b.pdf

    Get those down THEN do the cram course from your favorite source.
     
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    I used a combination of things for the commercial written including the ASA app. It is self contained on your device and you don’t need an internet connection. It came in handy.
     
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    I am using the Sporty's course and it is good so far. Went through the videos, now I am going to start in on the Instrument Flying Handbook, Instrument procedures Handbook and the FAA weather pub. Then really start hammering on the practice questions then the practice exams in the sportys course. That's basically what I did for private and ended up with a 98.
     
  12. Jon Gunther

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    This is the plan.

    thank you guys for the info
     
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    Two weeks ago I took the airplane instrument written where I used the King Schools class. That said for the FAA instrument written only thirty percent of the test was similar to the King test bank where numbers, places, etc were changed but the questions were more or less similar. On the other hand seventy percent of the FAA test was totally different questions...clearly new. Notable is that King teaches knowledge in their videos with quizzes at the end of each video session to validate understanding of the material in the lecture.

    I reviewed the whole FAA test prior to submission but did not change any of my answers though I was uncertain of two responses. In the end I got three wrong. The two I was uncertain of and one that clearly was scored incorrectly (e.g. bad question in the FAA test question bank). On this latter question the CFII's at my school agreed with my assessment on the bad question. Overall I decided that the King video material paid off given I was able to answer the vast majority of the questions that made me think about the answers.

    The take away should be that using a study method that teaches memorizing questions and answers, is unlikely to result in a good score on the current FAA test. On the other hand if you learn the knowledge and how to apply it to the new FAA questions you should do ok.

    After the fact I spoke to a person who is familiar with the FAA test changes, where I was told that while the FAA threatened to change the written tests a year ago, the last update mid-year represented a much larger change. My sense is that the online ground schools are struggling to adapt. It might be the case that Sporty's and King with their larger focus on teaching more than memorization are now the goto solutions if a lecture works better as one's personal learning method.

    For the starter of this thread, I started the King material while I was OCONUS. When I got back home to be honest I went through it again from the beginning and the second pass through really helped solidify the material, especially doing it just prior to taking the written. It took me 1.5 weeks on-and-off to review it the second time around. I think you will do well on the written with the King material.
     
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    BrianM Filing Flight Plan

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    I just had excellent results using Sheppard Air for my Instrument written (only missed 3 and only took me 20 mins to take). It downloads completely to your device so no need for internet connection. There were no surprise questions on the test. I had seen them all with Sheppard Air.
     
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    Been reading Rod machos book. Did the Sporty's DVDs as well, though I find them a bit spotty.
     
  17. Sundancer

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    Gleim will do if you can't connect to King - the test doesn't bear much relation to reality; it's a FAA hoop to jump through, but only marginally meaningful. Cram for the test, pass it, forget it. Use King when you can get access (or whoever) to get the foundation for IFR. The IFH and IPH are better as references and reminders after you do King or Sporty's or whoever.