Part 107 Remote Pilot Test Taking Tips:
If you have done well on our practice tests, relax. You know enough to ace this thing, and can certainly score a 70. If at anytime, you have a question about a concept or specific test question, reach out to us - info@CarolinaDroneAcademy.com.
Breathe and be confident. Two hours is a lot of time. It is 2 minutes a question. And many of the questions will take much shorter than a minute. Most of our students report finishing well under 1.5 hours.
Check your time after 15 questions; longer than a half hour, just be aware. Don’t spend time on answers you really have no idea. Mark them and go on, so that later you can go back. You may have an 'aha' moment and remember the material or another question may reveal the answer.
USE THE LEGEND IN THE BOOKLET THAT THEY GIVE YOU AT THE TEST CENTER. It is the same booklet we go over in class and that we used in class.
You will be given scratch paper. Use it. If you made a last-minute review in the parking lot, jot those points down before you forget. Put anything & everything on to the paper before you forget. Be mindful that they will collect it afterwards.
Draw out concepts such as the Airport patterns, the runway patterns, and anything that helps to visualize.
Don’t overthink. We covered the material. As with most tests, your gut and first answer tends to be correct. Identify the concept the FAA is emphasizing and the purpose of the question. Focus on the knowledge concept the FAA wants you to demonstrate by answering this question. Try and answer the question BEFORE you read the answers so you don’t get confused. Many times the FAA questions will have two similar answers and one is slightly off. When we overthink, it usually causes us to change answers.
Read the test question AND answers carefully. I cannot over emphasize this. Sometimes if we rush thru, we think we read the right answer, because we had seen that same concept in class or a similar question on the practice test. Be sure you pay attention to MSL/AGL, Celsius/Fahrenheit, and any other possible terms that can be accidentally swapped or mistaken. Don’t jump at a number or answer simply because it looks familiar. Make sure it fits the concept and question. Double check that you read it correctly.
If you are unclear of a question or an answer, make a note of it. As you noticed in our practice exams, some of the questions provide answers or clues to the other questions. If you are unsure of a question, mark it and move on. When the light bulb goes off in your mind about a question you marked, you can easily jump back to that question.
If more than one answer seems correct, use the process of elimination. Go thru the answers and eliminate the ones that do not make sense or that you know are wrong. If you cannot eliminate it to one single answer, then think about what concept the question is designed to reinforce. Go with the answer that better supports what the FAA is trying to emphasize with the question.
Remember the standardized test-taking tips from our childhood school days. Get a good night of rest and a nourishing meal. Experts say that protein fuels the brain best, and prevents the carb crash. Schedule the test at a convenient time, and so you don’t have to rush or fight traffic. Give yourself extra time for traffic and even more time if you are uncertain where the test is located. Many of the test centers are on college campuses. When you register, they should email you a map of the testing location and room along with a local contact number for any issues that may arise. Be early and do a last-minute review of your most challenging topics.
Pick a time slot that suits your energy level and gives you the best performance.
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