I will be flying with working VOR receivers, database updated GPS, and foreflight on yoke mount ipad. For my dual and solo cross countries, the GPS was used, confirmed with IPAD, straight line travel paths thus utilized. I noticed some of my waypoints/checkpoints were tough to identify (some railroads) and major interstates were easier. When I fly on my own as a licensed pilot, I will likely continue to use GPS based navigation for mostly straight line travel. My CFI has told me to plan for my checkride cross country using easy to navigate to points in a non linear flight path. For example, go westerly to nearby airport, then head north to point X, then West again. I hope this comes across well as I type. I think that this complicates the checkride and does not mimic how I will actually be flying. I can find a first checkpoint early in a straight line path wherein I cross a rail track and small highway about 10 miles to the west of an airport, if this were missed it would all happen on a known radial from a VOR. Are there well defined cross country checkride standards I should be aware of? I have a capable plane, think it is best I fly as intended, bearing in mind that I might need to be able to handle whatever comes my way on test day (and in later flying).