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Instrument Rating (IFR)  Instrument Rating (IFR) FAA Written Test Preparation

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IFR is hard. The knowledge test doesn't have to be ...

With a minimum of time and cost, YOU can ACE your FAA Instrument Rating (IFR) knowledge (written) test using our GroundSchool Software. (Free Trial! Download Below.)

Pursuing an instrument rating is a good idea. It will make you a safer, more capable pilot even if you never fly in actual instrument conditions. Congratulations on your choice of considering the training that, more than any other single differentiator, sets a safe pilot apart.

  • GroundSchool features ACTUAL FAA QUESTIONS. Answers and Explanations have been written by highly experienced flight instructors and professional pilots. All required charts and figures are included.
  • By this point, you're familiar with the format of FAA Knowledge tests and probably appreciate the benefit of getting them done sooner rather than later. Our software helps you do this is a no-nonsense fashion.
  • Remember, you only need a minimum 15 hours dual instruction with a CFI-I to fulfill the requirements for an instrument rating. Yet, many people require 50, 60, or more hours of dual for the rating. While 15 hours is perhaps an unreasonably small number, 60+ is usually a wastefully large number caused by unprepared students trying to do the bookwork in the air. Learn the material first - our software helps you do this. Remember, IFR flying is all about information--why else would all "accelerated" IFR programs ask you to have completed your written tests before showing up on day one? [read more IFR training philosophy]
  • This software costs about the same books do, but is significantly more time efficient. Sure, DVD/Video sets may look pretty, but most find them inefficient, timewise. Our software works on YOUR pace at significantly lesser cost.
  • This software can be used to prepare for the Instrument Flight Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor tests as well as for all initial instrument rating tests (airplane and helicopter).
  • Don't fear the examiner! A high score on the written test will help you impress the examiner during your checkride (flight test), but doing well on the oral exam portion of your checkride will impress him/her more. Study for your written exam with our GroundSchool software (below), but also prepare for your Oral Exam with our RideReady software. Starting early with RideReady is a plus, since it really goes a long way towards teaching you more complex scenario, judgment, and systems type questions that you will likely experience during your training and oral exam compared to the relatively straightforward written exam questions.
This single download will help you prepare for any or all of the following tests:
IRA - Instrument Rating Airplane   IFP - Instrument Rating Foreign Pilot
IGI - Ground Instructor Instrument   IRH - Instrument Rating Helicopter
FII - Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane   FIH - Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter
AIF - Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane (added rating)   HIF - Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter (added rating)
Canadian Instrument Rating to USA FAA Conversion [about]      

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  • The links below are for the 2014 - 2015 versions of our award-winning FAA test prep software and apps. They're updated regularly throughout the year to be as fresh as possible. If you're not ready to take your test just yet, we've got you covered; all of our GroundSchool apps feature free lifetime updates for both the question banks and the apps themselves.
  • Why are are downloads so large? - A slightly longer download yes, but a much better product. Click here to find out why.

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GroundSchool - All FAA Written Test Titles
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This single large download includes all of our FAA knowledge test prep titles - Private through FE/ATP + Mechanic [More Info].

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IFR
The best way to prepare for your FAA written test is to download the GroundSchool software from above. Topics covered in the FAA Instrument Rating test bank include:


FAA Learning Center Codes

Meet some of our Editorial Team 

"T" Cirincione
"T" Cirincione is a captain for a Fortune 50 company flying Citation X and Learjet 60’s. He has 23+ years of aviation experience and holds the following ratings: ATP, Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI, FE – Turbojet, and A&P. He has a Master of Science in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, and an Associate of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. His has taught A&P students for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Learjet 60 initial and recurrent classes for FlightSafety International. Prior to that, T was a Flight Examiner in the US Air Force, and an instructor at the USAF Fighter Weapons School flying the mighty F-4 Phantom. He has over 4000 hours in fighters and corporate aircraft. When not immersed in aviation, T enjoys fly-fishing, bow hunting, and 4-wheelin’ his Jeep.

Greg Reverdiau
Greg is an FAA certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII) and Commercial Single and Multi Engine, Instrument pilot. He is currently located in Melbourne, FL but originally grew up in Dijon, France. He gradued from Florida Tech with a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Science and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Aviation Human Factors. He's a Flight Operations Administration Supervisor and also loves to take pictures and develop websites.

Danny Aslinger
Danny grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska where, after watching thousands of seaplanes take-off and land, grew interested in aviation. With the encouragement of his parents, sisters, and most recently his wife Jessica, Danny began pursuing his dream of flying in 1998 while attending college at the University of Idaho. He is a commercially rated pilot and also a certified flight instructor with instrument instruction privileges. In addition to his flight experience, Danny has an extensive teaching background from guiding and teaching sea kayaking in Alaska and Idaho, a job which he began when he was 15 years old.

Denis Khripkov
Denis is a corporate captain with significant experience Cessna, Dassault Falcon, and now, elite Gulfstream IV/V aircraft. Previously, Denis has flown a Yak 42 regional jet for Aeroflot. Denis also has several thousands of hours of small plane experience as a CFI/I and aerial inspection pilot. When not flying, Denis spends his time overwatering his garden and playing with his young children.

Bill Hughes
Bill is now one of the most prominent and experienced Hot Air Balloon pilots in the USA. However, his aviation experience is far deeper: Bill is a former US Navy pilot who has over 9,000 hours of flight experience in everything from jets to helicopters. He has served as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Safety Counselor. He was a crewmember for Malcolm Forbes’ balloon flight across America in 1973. Each year he acts as Balloonmeister* for several balloon events and last year celebrated his 22nd year as Balloonmeister for the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, NY.


 

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GroundSchool is designed to help you learn the material and score highly on your test in the most efficient manner possible. Our software represents years of listening to and understanding the needs of pilots and mechanics. The program is designed with the singular goal of helping you learn the material so you can pass your FAA written test with a minimum of time and effort. Sure, there are some study methods that are cheaper (and many far more expensive!).. but only if your time is worth nothing.. Our software is fast, efficient, and proven.

Here are a few screenshots from the software:

GroundSchool IFR (Instrument Rating) Main Menu

GroundSchool IFR (Instrument Rating) Test Selection Screen

GroundSchool IFR (Instrument Rating) Chapter Selection

GroundSchool IFR (Instrument Rating) Test and Study Options

GroundSchool IFR (Instrument Rating) Test Screen Screenshot

With our FAA Written Test Prep software, you don't have to worry about having an out of date version. Our authors work to update the data as FAA question pools change. Groundschool has a built-in self-update feature that connects to our servers and makes sure that you have the latest and greatest versions of the software and data soon after they becomes available.

Additionally, the self-update can be used to install new test data (such as Instrument Rating on top of Private Pilot) so you can have it when and where you need it.

"I wanted to express my gratitude for the FAA Ground School Test Prep Software. The features are outstanding with regard to knowledge reinforcement, cross referencing, concentrating on weak points, and ease of use. Even if you have one of the other home study courses you still need this program."
- DM - GroundSchool User.

 

A "test bank" contains one or more tests. For example, the "Private and Recreational Pilot" test bank will contain the Private Pilot Airplane, Private Pilot Helicopter, and other tests. You'll be able to see the exact tests in each of the test banks in the screens to follow. Here are the available GroundSchool test banks:

Private and Recreational Pilot Airline Transport Pilot Aviation Mechanic (General)
Instrument Rating (IFR) Flight Engineer Aviation Mechanic (Airframe)
Commercial Pilot Sport Pilot (General) Aviation Mechanic (Powerplant)
Flight and Ground Instructor Sport Pilot (Instructor & Examiner) Parachute Rigger
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  • Get GroundSchool for MS-Windows PCs (via instant email delivery of an activation keycode) by clicking one of the 'Buy Now' buttons at below right.
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  • For other platforms, such as iPhone/iPad, Android, or Mac, click on one of the buttons above.
The titles below are for MS-Windows (8/7/Vista/XP) PCs - Instant Activation Keycode Delivery via E-Mail
Any Individual Test Bank
  Unlimited use of the program to help you prepare for for tests in one of the above test banks.  
$44.99 / $39.99
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'Pick 3' Bundle
 

Unlock any three pilot or mechanic test banks. You can choose ANY combination of 3 of the test banks shown above, including:
   IFR/Commercial/CFI
Mechanic General/Airframe/Powerplant
CFI/FE/ATP
etc.

$99.99
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Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
FOI
Sport Pilot Bundle
 

For those looking to really make the most of the world of light sport piloting! Includes the following two test banks + FOI:
   Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
Fundamentals of Instruction

$69.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Takeoff Bundle
 

For the serious and committed pilot! Includes all of the following test banks:
   Private and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (including Instrument Flight Instructor - CFII)
Commercial Pilot
Flight Instructor (including Ground Instructor and Fundamentals of Instruction)

$114.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
Takeoff Bundle + Sport Pilot Bundle
 

For the serious and committed pilot who may also want to operate in the Light Sport Pilot realm. Includes all of the following test banks:
   Private and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (including Instrument Flight Instructor - CFII)
Commercial Pilot
Flight Instructor (including Ground Instructor and Fundamentals of Instruction)
Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner

$149.99
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Airline Transport Pilot
Flight Engineer
FlightLevel Bundle
 

For already experienced, but soon to be professional pilots! Includes the following two test banks:
   Flight Engineer (Reciprocating, Turbojet, and Turboprop)
Airline Transport Pilot (Parts 121 and 135, both add-on and initial), plus Aircraft Dispatcher

$49.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Airline Transport Pilot
Flight Engineer
Pro Pilot Bundle
  For the Professional Pilot of the future! One of our best Value FAA written test prep packages. This is for those really focused on a career in aviation. This package includes both the Takeoff and FlightLevel Bundles combined.
$139.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
Airline Transport Pilot
Flight Engineer
Pro Pilot Bundle + Sport Pilot Bundle
  For the Professional Pilot of the future who also wants to operate in the dynamic Sport Pilot world! Our Best Value FAA written test prep package. This is for those really focused on a career in aviation but who also love it enough and want the 'future proofing' security of also getting a Sport Pilot license(s). This package everything from the Takeoff, Sport Pilot, and FlightLevel Bundles combined.
$174.99
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A&P General
A&P Airframe
A&P Powerplant
Aviation Mechanic A&P Bundle
 

Complete preparation for the three written / knowledge tests (General, Airframe, and Powerplant) that you'll need to take and pass to get get an FAA A&P certificate. Includes access to all three A&P test banks. Please note: choosing this is the same as choosing a "pick 3" bundle above and then selecting the mechanic tests from there.

$99.99
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Military Competence (only)
  This is for purchasing the Military Competence test banks (Military Competence Airplane and Helicopter - MCA and MCH and/or Military Competence Instructor (MCI)) only. Purchase this option if you are a military pilot wishing to obtain your FAA civilian commercial pilot and/or flight instructor certificate(s) on the basis of your military experience. See the Military Competence page for full details.
$29.99
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Fundamentals of Instruction
Fundamentals of Instruction (only)
  This is for purchasing the prep for the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) test only. This is for people who are sure that they need ONLY the FOI prep. Most flight and ground instructor candidates should NOT get this, but rather the complete CFI test bank that includes all the flight/ground instructor tests plus the FOI. To be clear: any purchase that includes CFI automatically includes FOI at no extra charge, so that if you selected CFI as a title either as a 'single test bank' or part of the pick 3 bundle, you'd get both CFI and FOI and it would only count as one test bank. This "FOI only" option here is at a lower price for those who know that they will only ever need FOI.
$24.99
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"I took my written and was determined to be happy if I received a high-80's to low 90's. When I saw my final score, I was upset. I scored a 98 and was naturally upset that I missed that one question. (note: the previous statement that he was upset was sarcasm, of course!) The FAA Check Airman was impressed, though, so that's good!! Took the checkride yesterday, and passed with flying colors. So I am now officially in the "Instrument Rated" club!!" - SF (IFR)

"I registered your software to study for my FAA Instrument Written Test. I knew I would do well, but was pleasantly surprised when I scored 97%! Thanks for the great study tool, I know it helped tremendously." - RM (IFR)

"Overall, this is an excellent product and is a pleasure to use" - Review by FlightSim.com

"... your advice of getting the [IFR] written out of the way early was good. [Using the GroundSchool software] I scored 100% on the written and passed my checkride with only 26.3 hours dual [with a CFII]." - AM (IFR)

"I love your program. It's a very effective way to study... Passing my knowledge test for my Private was a breeze after using your software. So easy that I didn't even hesitate before buying your Instrument-series questions after starting work on that rating. And I like the fact that I can download updates as the questions and our best estimate of the answers evolve." - JE (Private/IFR)

"I found [FAATest.com GroundSchool] software to be much more time effective for actually preparing for the test than [competitor's] DVD set. The DVDs had colorful animations, but of mostly simple things. With your software, I was able to really go through the material quickly and efficiently. " - SS (Private / IFR)

"I am very satisfied with the results (and cost) of your product." - JP (Private / IFR / Comm)

"Superb software! The explanations make it very useful" - JG (IFR)

"I've been pleased with the software. It's easy to use and has all the study options you could need. I work with a lot of pilots and I'll be recommending your software to anyone who asks" - PC (IFR)

"Hey Guys, I just wanted to let you know that I took my Flight Instructor Instrument (FII) written today and got a 96%. I am a 95' Embry Riddle Grad and got my single multi engine Private Instrument back in the early 90's and decided to complete my CFI, CFII and MEI ratings. Your software really helped me break some of the rust off and get back in the pilot seat as far as the knowledge tests. Money well spent!!" - Sincerely, CM, CEO ***** Aeronautics, Inc.

"I have been telling the students that come to me for instrument training that the written must be completed before we start training, and I always suggest your stuff." - Bill Zaleski, gold seal flight instructor with 10,000+ hours and holder of four ATP and three commercial ratings. Formerly of Professional Instrument Courses, inc. (11 years), Bill now takes on students for individualized concentrated IFR training. See instrumentratings.com for more details.

"let me quickly review all the small things I had forgotten since my initial instrument rating... 100% ... the checkride was a breeze " - VZ (Instrument Flight Instructor Airplane)

The feedback keeps rolling in. Our users routinely score very highly on their knowledge tests. We invite you to be next. It's hard to say for sure, but we're confident within reasonable doubt that we have helped "hundreds get hundreds" with our software by this point.

Features include*:

  • Explanations written by professional pilots and flight instructors
  • Most tests (Airplane, Helicopter, Balloon, etc.) are covered
  • Plenty of study and testing options allowing you to personalize the software for your own most efficient study.
  • You can get an instructor signoff to take the actual written test through use of this software and our Online Endorsement Service.
  • The ability to explicitly flag questions which you find to be difficult
  • Lookup individual or groups of questions using a wide range of search criteria
  • Integrated Library of Aviation offering everything from PTS documents to FAA training publications to aircraft checklists and much, much more
  • LaserGrade™, CATS™, and AvTest 2000™ Emulation modes allow you to practice on the software as you will see it at the actual testing center.
  • Ability to load and save training / testing sessions
  • Printouts galore! Print out score reports to show your instructor, a "book" of questions for yourself to study on the road or elsewhere.
  • Something that is not really quantifiable or visible: fast, efficient study. The software has been designed to be quick so your time is spent preparing and learning, not flipping pages or clicking about needlessly.
* This list refers to features found in the MS-Windows™ PC versions of GroundSchool.

FAA Instrument Rating Airplane (IRA) Knowledge Test Score Results
12/22/2014
Instrument Rating Airplane (IRA)
12/31/2016

Thanks for checking out the software! Good luck on your test, and blue skies!

The FAATest.com Team

 

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