is there to make sure you pass the test so lean on them if you are unsure...write the questions down if you have to and then answer.
As a former DE
, allow me to state that the DE
is there to assess whether or not the applicant possesses the requisite knowledge for the certificate. We are -not- there to "make sure you pass the test" (That's the -applicant's- job..) If you're unsure of a question, or need a clarification, by all means, ask the examiner.
Personally, I always did everything I could to put the applicant at ease and counter their "test anxiety" as best I could, but I also had no reluctance in failing someone if they failed to meet the criteria of the PTS (Practical Test Standards). Over 5-6 years, I only ended up failing about 10% of those that took the oral/practical with me, and that's about what other DEs I know had. With proper preparation, chances are that you'll pass, just don't expect it to be a given. Like I said, it's up to you.
In addition to the material others have mentioned, I'd also recommend reviewing Part 65 (the appendix) where they list the subjects covered. Likewise, the PTS for the dispatcher exam will also provide information on what's expected. You can find both of those on FAA's site.
One potential gotcha, not so much on the exam, but regarding the interview process. The FAA testing process uses (or did) only NOS/NACO approach and enroute charts for testing. Most airlines use Jeppesen. After getting your license, and -prior- to any interviewing, get familar with the Jepps as best you can. Many airlines ask you to read a Jepp plate/chart as a part of the interview process, and a "Well, my school didn't cover that" can hurt you. It may well be true, as courses are trying to cram alot into their 200-hour courses, but to an interviewer, it may be perceived as an excuse. If you can read NOS/NACO stuff, Jepps are not much of a transition.
On FARs, get initimately familar with: FAR
1.1 Definitions ("operational control") as well as 121.533, 121.557(a)(b), and 121.627(a). Know how they interact.
Know the difference betwee VFR, VMC, IFR, and IMC...
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