This can be a loaded question, however, it's much needed information because I remember when I first started flying and had no clue what to expect or what to do. To achieve any certificate or rating there are three separate exams that you'll have to take.
1. Written (online test)
2. Oral (verbal confirmation of your knowledge)
3. Practical (flight portion of the exam)
We'll be covering #1 today, the written.
There are MANY different ways of going about preparing for your written, but I'm going to give you what worked for me.
For my Private Pilot, I needed a very structured program if I had any shot of accomplishing the certificate. Self study wasn't my strong suit at that point in time. The university I attended utilized Gleim Aviation, which happened to be just what I needed. We would meet 3 times a week, cover the different lessons and go over additional information in the FAR/AIM and PHAK, and this was the recipe that helped me knock my written out of the park, 89% if I remember correctly.
Now, after that, I wish I could tell you that it got easier and that passing my other writtens were no big deal. WRONG. The FAA is constantly changing the question bank of what might be on the test.
If you are getting ready for your instrument, commercial, flight instructor, flight instructor instrument, or ATP, we HIGHLY recommend the software, Sheppard Air.
Folks, this software is a game changer and will absolutely help you pass your written exam with flying colors. I can't recommend it enough. Check out their website, follow their study steps, and pass your exam to continue moving forward.
Notice I did not say Private Pilot. Sheppard Air does not have Private available, however, each of the other certificates and ratings are available and you should be using it now.
There are many ground schools you can choose from. We recommend King Schools, the OG online ground school that has helped thousands of pilots achieve their dreams. Reach out to us to learn more, we carry all King School products.
A combination of your online ground school, the tabbed FAR/AIM, the tabbed PHAK, and Sheppard Air will have you prepared and ready for not only your written, but also your oral and practical exam.
So a quick recap.
I utilized Gleim Aviation for my Private Pilot to pass the written.
You need Sheppard Air for your training. It is highly recommended and will help you pass your exam.
Study hard, your dreams aren't as far away as you think.
Blue skies and safe flying my friends!
-Jeff Lively Jr