Step by Step guide to studying for the private pilot written exam.

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Obtaining aeronautical knowledge and knowledge test endorsement.

Typically students that look for a private pilot study guide are PART 61 student pilots and need a manual for self-studying.

From my experience, I found aeronautical information challenging to grasp in the beginning. Absorbing all kinds of information from various subjects is overwhelming.

Though I followed a physically structured ground school, I had difficulty consuming all information quickly. I can only understand what might a PART 61 student pilot go through self-studying at home.

My first recommendation is to purchase an online private pilot ground school. There are many options, and you shall choose the most suitable course.

There are two reasons why you must enroll in an online ground school course:

  1. To learn about aeronautical subjects;
  2. Obtain an endorsement for the FAA private pilot knowledge test.

I listed the best online PPL ground school courses in a different article. However, I recommend the ground school course by Rod Machado. In his classes, you’ll find hours of lessons in great detail.

Within Rod Machado’s course, if you pass the quizzes and exams, you’ll receive an endorsement for FAA private pilot knowledge test through email.

  1. You’ll get your PPL knowledge test endorsement once you complete Rod Machado’s PPL ground school course and pass the tests.
  2. Rod Machado is an excellent instructor with 40 years of experience. Thus, learning from him is a privilege.
  3. His explanation techniques are understandable, and you will remember topics concisely.

Most of the time, enrolling in a detailed online ground school course is adequate to prepare and pass the private pilot knowledge test.

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However, if you are hungry for more information on aeronautics and flying, get yourself a handbook.

I suggest the private pilot handbook by Rod Machado. You can thoroughly read the entire book to acquire knowledge. Nevertheless, it’s difficult for anyone to learn everything from a book.

Thus, you can use this FREE ground training syllabus to figure out the vital lessons from the handbook.

PART 61 student pilots are often on a budget and look for cheaper alternatives.

You can find alternative books, but most online ground schools have competitive prices. To enroll in a ground school that delivers the most value.

What are the alternative PPL handbooks?

The Jeppesen private pilot manual is the best alternative to Rod Machado’s private pilot handbook.

There are multiple books available online. But you must choose the one with the best reputation and detailed with numerous illustrations and images.

Having an online course is adequate to pass your private pilot knowledge test. Your priority should be to study using the online private pilot course. Re-watch the videos within the course if you miss a topic.

Having a private pilot handbook is optional, and most student pilots don’t read books these days.

That also depends on the kind of learner. Some students learn by watching, and others by reading books.

Enrolling in a ground school is a must to get an endorsement for PART 61 student pilots.

RELATED: 13 Student pilot essentials.

Preparing for the FAA private pilot knowledge test.

Test PrepsPrice (USD)
1. Rod Machado’s eWorkbook.19.95
2. Gleim’s PPL test prep.25.99
3. FLY8MA written test Bootcamp.149
4. Dauntless PPL test prep.49.99

In this study guide section, allow me to explain how you can prepare and pass your FAA private pilot knowledge test.

Assuming you completed online ground classes and have a knowledge test endorsement. You’re sufficiently knowledgeable to pass your FAA PPL knowledge test.

However, student pilots often fail the private pilot knowledge test because they can’t finish answering the multiple-choice questions on time.

While hurrying to complete the test, student pilots select the wrong option to question.

To practice answering multiple choice questions similar to the FAA question bank and to familiarize yourself with the questions you would see during the exam, you need Gleims private pilot test prep.

In the day, student pilots memorized the questions and answers using test prep books to pass the FAA knowledge tests. This technique is followed by many student pilots globally today.

However, I discourage FAA student pilots from memorizing questions and answers because the FAA changes its questionnaire every year to dissuade students from learning.

FAA encourages student pilots to understand the fundamentals of any topic. If you comprehend the underlying concept of every topic, you can answer any question without hesitation.

Yet I recommend practicing using Gleim’s test prep to familiarize yourself and practice answering questions within a period.

The FAA private pilot knowledge test has 60 questions and a time limit. Without practice beforehand, answering questions is challenging, especially for PART 61 pilots that didn’t take any exams for years.

RELATED: How difficult is the private pilot knowledge test?

You can also see the definition of why an answer is correct and other options are wrong in Gelim’s test prep book. Understanding the reason behind a proper solution is another way to solidify your knowledge of aeronautics.

What are other alternatives to practice for the FAA knowledge test?

There are two types of test preps available:

  1. Traditional books with multiple choice questions and answers;
  2. Digital tools to practice answering questions similar to actual knowledge tests.

You can use either one of the systems to study for your Private pilot knowledge test.

I usually recommend using online tools for practice answering questions because the online tools are very similar to the actual FAA knowledge/written tests.

One online tool is the FLY8MA written test BootCamp. This product is a bit pricey at 149 USD.

If you’re a traditional reader and want a textbook, then the best alternative is Rod Machado’s eWorkbook. However, this book is only available in PDF but is a very inexpensive solution to prepare for the knowledge test.

Rod Machado’s eWorkbook primarily refers to Rod Machado’s private pilot handbook. The chapter and book’s page numbers are mentioned next to each question in the workbook.

Thus, the Private pilot handbook is essential to solidify your knowledge with the eWorkbook.

RELATED: Best private pilot test preps.

The most important is to set a deadline. Select a date you will take your FAA private pilot knowledge test. The best practice is to develop a date for three months from now.

The steps described in this article are to pass your exams and achieve a 90%+ score.

Step 1: Buy only the books necessary.

Don’t go on a buying spree. While at a pilot shop, you’ll be urged to buy any book with fancy colors. Don’t do that because most books will collect dirt on your shelf later.

Buy the books I mentioned in Section 1 of this guide.

RELATED: The only books you need as a student pilot.

Step 2: Make a routine.

The two-step routine is pretty straightforward for anyone. You can follow this routine even with a full-time job.

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