Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Test Questions Added to Practice Tests

About a year or so ago, the FAA changed their policy regarding the publishing of the FAA Knowledge Test questions. In an effort to promote a deeper understanding of the knowledge required to safely operate aircraft, the FAA was concerned that too many applicants were passing their knowledge tests by memorizing the test questions and answers. Their answer to this dilemma? Stop publishing the test questions and answers and thereby forcing applicants to pass the Knowledge Test by really studying and having a cognitive understanding of concepts, rather than just memorizing the test questions and answers.

At SunState Aviation, we have always believed in making sure our students are well trained in both the theory and practical skills of aviating. Laying a strong foundation of knowledge is essential to the safe operation of an aircraft, and that goes far beyond merely memorizing test questions and answers.

We also believe that some additional help is usually necessary to help the student pass the Knowledge Test.

To help our students become well grounded in their aeronautical knowledge, we utilize a customized version of Cessna’s Sport/Private Pilot online training program for our Sport and Private Pilot courses, and the Cessna Instrument Rating online training program for our IFR training course. These programs are web-based, so they can be accessed from anywhere in the world and on any computer that has a high-speed connection to the internet.

The main course syllabus is designed to help students build their knowledge and lay a firm foundation to build on during the flight training course. There is also an FAA Question Review application, linking from the main application, where students can complete multiple practice tests. Cessna recently announced to all of their Cessna Pilot Centers (CPCs) that new test questions have been added to the practice tests in the Sport/Private pilot program. In a letter from the CPC advocate at King Schools (the company that produces the online programs), Pamela Olsen stated: “As you probably are aware, the FAA does not release the question bank they use for the actual knowledge tests. They do occasionally release sample questions to the public domain they (the FAA) consider representative of those in the test bank, but those specific questions may not be seen on an actual test.” “We typically learn of new questions from our customers after they take their test.”

We look forward to connecting with you about YOUR flight training course and becoming a SAFE, andKNOWLEDGEABLE pilot. Please feel free to contact us by email at fly@sunstateaviation.com . We’d love to hear from you.