SSTjumbo
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FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:45 am

Yes, if you're thinking I'm stupid, I probably am.

Anyways, I'm drawing close to my FAA checkride for pvt. My school stopped offering the exam for some reason, so how can I figure out where I can take it? BTW, I'm in the Chicago area if anyone knows anything. Also, I believe I have to bring proof that I passed an FAA certified ground school. Is that correct. Thanks anyone for taking time to answer my dumb question. BTW, I ran a search in this forum and found nothing specific to this question for some reason. Maybe I am that dumb Embarrassment.
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sushka
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:51 am

First you have to get a sign off from your instructor or ground instructor. Then you can take it at any FBO for around $80.
If you are an AOPA member you get $10 off.

You also need two IDs
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:55 am

SSTjumbo, API (Aviation professionals) at MDW is a testing center. That's where I take all my writtens. Email me a flyer5816w_2003@yahoo.com and I'll give your their phone number.

[Edited 2004-01-19 01:19:55]
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:54 am

There used to be three companies that did the electronic testing for the FAA writtens, and I think there may be only two now. I'll list all three, and I'm sure a google.com serach will turn up websites for outfits still doing them, and where they may have an authorized location near you.

CAATS

Lasergrade

Sylvan Learning Centers


Cheers...

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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:19 am

You do not need proof that you passed a ground school. You need proof that you have received the necessary ground training in the form of a sign-off, other than that, you don't even need to take a ground school if you are doing the training part 61.
 
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:22 am

"There used to be three companies that did the electronic testing for the FAA writtens, and I think there may be only two now." - OPNLguy

Not true. Almost all testing centers are now giving the computerized testing instead of the pen, paper and wait a month for results method. However SSTjumbo, if you do happen to come across a place giving actual written exams avoid it like the plague. The computerized tests give you instant results and IMO are a little less nerve wracking than sitting down with a pencil and paper. Again, Email me (see my post above) and I'll give you the # of the place I take written (read as computerized) exams.
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:07 am

>>>Not true. Almost all testing centers are now giving the computerized testing instead of the pen, paper and wait a month for results method.

We may be talking about the same thing. When I referred to "electronic" testing I meant that in the same way as "computerized" testing, i.e. no more pen and paper and wait a month for the results. If I'm not mistaken, computerized testing is the only way FAA has done it for a few years now.

There may also be some confusion in our terms. Computerized testing (unless it's changed) was accomplished using the software of one of three (maybe two now) outfits, namely CATS, LaserGrade, or Sylvan. I think Sylvan is the one out of the biz. The remaining two outfits (CATS and LaserGrade) offered various software/hardware packages to flight schools, FBOs, etc. so they could offer the exams locally..

My previous suggestion that someone could check the CATS and LaserGrade sites was in the context of them finding a local school/FBO who was using their software.

http://www.catstest.com/

http://www.lasergrade.com
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:27 am

OPNLguy,
AHHH. Now I follow you. I apologize, your entirely correct. Also, I think your thoughts about sylvan being the one no longer distributing it may be correct. I haven't heard of any school with the sylvan software.
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 12:14 pm

No prob.. I was a FAA designated examiner (for the dispatcher/ADX ticket) between 1994-1999, and even though I'd been out of it for awhile, I didn't think things had changed much.
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Wed Jan 21, 2004 8:32 am

Thanks for the responses. BTW, I took a sample online quiz, 60 questions, and went through it in ten minutes, including the shunning off of two telemarketing calls, and got 90% on it even without diagrams available for some reason. I'm confident I'll do a good job on it.
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:12 am

SSTJumbo

Where were yo uable to take a sample online quiz? I am interested in taking the online quiz as well.


Thanks
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RE: FAA Pvt Written, Where Can I Take It?

Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:33 am

http://www.exams4pilots.org/


I think that was the one, not sure though.
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