Maneuvers Special Topics
The knowledge test
Before you can take the practical test, sometimes called the flight test, for a pilot certificate you must pass an FAA knowledge test. Knowledge tests are also required for some advanced pilot ratings. The computer-based test for the private pilot certificate includes 60 questions, and you have two and a half hours to answer them; a score of 70 percent or better is passing. The FAA's test guide provides an overview of the process and offers some tips for taking the knowledge test.
FAA knowledge test questions
Airman Knowledge Test Question Bank — view sample questions from the private pilot knowledge test. Note that these are representative questions, and not actual test questions.
Knowledge test centers
- Download the FAA's Airman Knowledge Testing Center List (PDF version) to find an FAA-approved testing center near you
- Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS), 800/947-4228 or www.catstest.com; AOPA members save $10 with coupon
- LaserGrade Computer Testing 800/211-2754 or www.lasergrade.com
Already taken the knowledge test? The score sheet you received at the testing center will not tell you which answers you got wrong, but it will give you subject matter knowledge codes relating to any questions you answered incorrectly. This document will translate those codes into subject areas that you can review.