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Private and Recreational Pilot  Private and Recreational Pilot FAA Written Test Preparation
Actual
and Realistic FAA Questions
Regulary Updated
Actual and Realistic FAA Questions - Regularly Updated
Our question banks reflect FAA testing questions to help ensure that when you go to take your actual test, there will be a minimum of surprises. We provide the best explanations in the business (by far!) to help you learn the material and get you ready for any unpublished questions or question re-wordings, as the FAA increasingly uses these to discourage rote memorization. Our method works - our users overwhelmingly pass with high scores. We rebuild our question databases often so that you can study with our latest and greatest question banks quickly (our most recent or upcoming scheduled build: Saturday, August 15, 2020).
Polished User
Experience
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Polished User Experience
Our GroundSchool apps feature an intuitive and polished user experience that allows you to make the most of your study time. Over the course of your study, this save you many hours and much frustration. Each platform version of GroundSchool FAA features numerous study and learning modes so that you can study in a way that works best for you. For example, you can generate an unlimited number of sample practice tests to study from.
Free Lifetime
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Fully Integrated
Free Lifetime Updates
Our GroundSchool FAA apps feature free lifetime updates; built in and at your fingertips. Compare this to books or competing apps, which get out of date from the moment they are printed. Our update system is live connected to our master editorial cloud system - so as soon as a new question appears in our database, you can get it too.
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Use Anywhere!
No Internet Connection Needed!
Except for obvious things such as to initially download or later to update the app, you DO NOT NEED TO BE ONLINE to study using our apps. The entire question database and all reference charts and figures will be on your device. You can study whenever and wherever you are.
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Trusted System
Used By 1000s
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We've been providing FAA theory exam preparation materials since 1997. Since then, hundreds of flight schools and tens of hundreds of thousands of individual pilots have come to use our training materials. It's a proven system that works.
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Not a Subscription!
You pay one price and the app is yours on the platform of your choice forever. There are no further recurring subscription charges whatsoever. With our good-for-life purchase, even after you get your Licenses/Ratings, you can use our app as a brush-up for interviews and currency.

* GroundSchool is licensed on a per-platform basis. For full terms and conditions of products purchased via third-party stores such as Apple iOS or Mac App Store or Google Play, please refer to their websites.
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Least Expensive Test Prep
We regularly compare ourselves to our copetitors to ensure that we offer great value. We take pride in offering our apps at the lowest total price of any serious FAA exam prep.
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Click on one of the links below to get the app for the platform of your choice. You can download the app and be studying in just minutes, well on your way to passing those exams and fulfilling your aviation goals!


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You can be a pilot!

With a minimum of time and cost, YOU can ACE your FAA Private Pilot knowledge (written) test using our GroundSchool apps.

Regularly updated, actual and realistic FAA questions [Learn More]
Explanations for every question. Detailed, illustated, and intelligent. Written by professional pilots, instructors, and examiners and fully compatible with official FAA regulations and guidance and Airman Certification Standards. Our explanations and learning content are the best in the business for FAA knowledge tests, hands down.
All required charts and figures are included.
Polished user interface for fast and effective learning. Plenty of study and learning modes, including infinite practice tests.
Free lifetime updates means that you can use it to pass the test now and as a lifetime refresher later.
We filter our test banks so that you study only what you need to for the exact test you're taking. Our GroundSchool - Private Pilot app can prepare you for any or all of the following FAA knowledge tests:
PAR - Private Pilot Airplane   PRG - Private Pilot Rotorcraft Gyroplane
PAT - Private Pilot Airplane / Recreational Pilot - Transition   PRH - Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter
PBG - Private Pilot Balloon - Gas   RPA - Recreational Pilot Airplane
PBH - Private Pilot Balloon - Hot Air   RPG - Recreational Pilot Gyroplane
PGL - Private Pilot Glider   RPH - Recreational Pilot Helicopter
PGT - Private Pilot Gyroplane / Recreational Pilot - Transition   PPP - Private Pilot Powered Parachute
PHT - Private Pilot Helicopter / Rec. Pilot Transition   PWS - Private Pilot Weight Shift Control
PLA - Private Pilot Lighter-Than-Air (Airship)   Canadian Private Pilot to USA FAA Conversion [about]

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  • Our FAA Knowledge Test prep apps are updated regularly throughout the year. Updates are free for life!
  • The downloads are large because our apps include the best learning content in the business. Learn More

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GroundSchool - Private and Recreational Pilot
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(includes Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, Balloon, etc.)

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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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We believe (and scientific study validates) that the interactive activity of test preparation, when combined with the sort of detailed supplementary and explanatory material that we offer, is an excellent way to thoroughly learn and internalize key aviation information.

We are test prep specialists and the experience of thousands upon thousands of pilots proves that our method works. We do not use test prep as a "hook", as some of our advertising-based competitors do, to sell you expensive but ineffective passive video-based courses and similar products that do little besides waste your time and drain your wallet.

Use our material and study hard - not just the questions and answers, but the reasoning and explanations too, and be on your way, in a highly time and cost efficient way, to knowledge test and aviation success!

Private Pilot
The best way to prepare for your FAA Private and/or Recreational Pilot written test is to download the GroundSchool app from above. Topics covered in the FAA Recreational and Private Pilot test bank include:


Connect With your Instructor or School

This app has a really cool feature. After you complete a study session, you can, choose to report your progress to our TestPrepStatus.com system where you will be able to see charts of your study progress so that you can identity your weak points.

The really cool thing, however, is that you can also invite your instructor (CFI, flight school, mechanic school, mentor, parent, study partner, etc) to log in and monitor your progress. This is neat because now you can prove to your instructor in a concrete way now your study is progressing.

Access to the TestPrepStatus.com system is completely free for you and your instructor! Only GroundSchool has this innovative system.


 


GroundSchool is designed to help you learn the material and score highly on your test in the most efficient manner possible. Our app 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 app is fast, efficient, and proven.

Here are a few screenshots from the app:
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With our FAA Written Test Prep app, 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 app 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 Passed the IFR (Airplane) and Flight Instructor Instruments tests in the same afternoon after using your apps! I think your apps are very good. There was a guy next to me at the CATS testing center that failed after using She**** A**. ... I think the intuitiveness of your apps is superb. ... Thanks for the help, I'll be using this for my commercial as well! "
- JT - GroundSchool User.

"I wanted to express my gratitude for the FAA Ground School Test Prep app. 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.

"I took my test yesterday, and scored 97%. I hd K***'s DVD set and an A** book too. None of them hit the mark in terms of meeting my needs as much as your app did. I was able to load the app on my work laptop, and take practice tests everywhere: in airports, in-flight (in scheduled airlines), long meetings. It really helped that I could save my tests, and could review the questions I got wrong later. Being able to search for questions ... was very valuable in keeping me efficient and focused. You should all be proud of having created something so useful, so well thought out! "
- 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 (ATP) 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
Remote Drone (sUAS) Pilot
iPhone
& iPad
Android
Phones & Tablets
Mac MP3 Audio Windows
PC
Any Individual Test Bank
  Unlimited use of the program to help you prepare for for tests in any one of the above pilot, A&P, or drone test banks.  
$49.99 / $44.99
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for Windows PC
'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.

$104.99
buy now
for Windows PC
'Pick 2' Bundle
 

Unlock any two test banks. You can choose ANY combination of 2 of the test banks shown above, including:
   IFR/Commercial
CFI/FE
etc.

$84.99
buy now
for Windows PC
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

$74.99
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for Windows PC
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)

$119.99
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for Windows PC
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

$154.99
buy now
for Windows PC
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

$54.99
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for Windows PC
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.
$144.99
buy now
for Windows PC
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.
$179.99
buy now
for Windows PC
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.

$104.99
buy now
for Windows PC
Remote Drone (UAS) Pilot
  Unlimited use of the app to prepare for your drone remote pilot in command initial and/or recurrent tests  
$49.99 / $44.99
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for Windows PC
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.
$34.99
buy now
for Windows PC
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.
$29.99
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for Windows PC
 



"I just completed my FAA Private Pilot Airplane test at the US Air Force Academy Aero Club. I scored a 97%, thanks to your excellent test prep! I'll definitely be working through my Instrument Rating preparation with your GroundSchool." - JR (Private)

"I just wanted to take a moment and let you just how wonderful I feel your Ground School product is. After purchasing your app, for my Private Pilot Exam, I studied for about 5 days using your app, along with my training book that the flight school uses, and I am pleased to let you know that I passed my written exam with a score of 98%. I can't even begin to tell you how pleased I am with your product and how easy and effectively it was to use. I will definitely be buying other modules as my training progresses through Instrument and Commercial." - KH (Private)

"I am an Aviation Major at a top US university where I am consistently at the top of my class with the help of your app... Thanks for providing a great application at such a reasonable price!" - PZ

"Hi Dauntless, Just an update for you guys. I took my test today and passed with a 98%. Thank you. I found your app very helpful for test practice. I like the way you can focus on a specific FAA subject categories until you feel confident in that subject then move on." - MB (Private)

"I scored a 97%. I missed two of 62 questions. GroundSchool is an excellent tool to prepare for the written test. Thanks!" - MC (Private)

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

"Thanks to the GroundSchool app, I got 59 out of 60 on the written exam. It was very helpful to have the latest FAA questions" - BF (Private)

"Just wanted you to know that I passed the PAR today with a 95%. Virtually every question asked I had the opportunity to see prior to the actual test. This app is an excellent tool for preparation for the exam and when I am ready to continue my flight training for the instrument rating I will definitely being contacting you for the app. I would highly recommend GroundSchool to anyone who has the desire to prepare quickly, efficiently and effectively. Thanks again for your excellent product and I look forward to contacting you when I begin the instrument portion of my training." - LC (Private)

"Just to let you know that I passed my PAR test the other day, with a score in the 90's. I feel like your product did a lot to helping me achieve that. Additionally, when I had a question on the content your e-mail reply was fast, detailed and far better than I ever expected from a product ordered over the web! You guys do a great job, so keep it up, and I will be back to see you when I go for my next rating." - SV (Private)

"I'm very pleased to work with your program. You've done a very good job." - JCB (Private)

"I found your program to be very useful and have recommended it to many fellow students and will continue to do so. I am keeping your program loaded in my computer so that I may refresh my memory from time to time. Learning something new at my age (51), is not as easy as it used to be. I sincerely believe that your program was the single biggest factor in achieving my [high] test score. Many, many thanks." - JM (Private)

"Your GroundSchool app is the best! I used it to study for my Private Pilot written exam and I passed with a 90%. The emulation of the CATS app was a lifesaver, everything looked very familiar going into the test and it put me to ease right away. I just wanted to personally thank you for a great product and even better customer service! I have recommended you and this app to many people. Thank you for an awesome product! A very satisfied customer!" - JM (Private)

"I bought [GroundSchool Private Pilot]... It was wonderful, and I passed the private pilot written with the highest score my flight school has ever had." - LP (Private, now working on IFR)

"By the way, the program is EXCELLENT. Intend to use for future ratings when that day comes... Thanks!" - CC (Private (as yet!))

"Hi I just passed my written PAR. Thanks your app works great. It seems to be better than the actual test app from 'LaserGrade' for presentation and ease of use. My score is 95% with 3 wrong; 'LG' gave FAA subject codes of B08, H348 and I31. Using your SW I looked up those codes and found the questions I missed. 8553, 9014 and 8909. Now my instructor wont have to hunt and peck for the 3 questions, he's never happy. But I am. Thanks PS it took me about 3 weeks using the SW and reading, I went from middle 70s to the high 90s " - ML (Private)

"I found [FAATest.com GroundSchool] app 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 app, 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)

"100%!!! ... after studying for just two nights ... thanks!" - TP (Private)

"The explanations were very helpful... 98%." - LAF (Private)

"Thanks to your app [I] passed my private written with a 100%" - JH (Private)

'I only used GroundSchool for learning the material needed for my test taking. The questions and answers were literally identical, making the test extremely easy to pass. As for my results, I passed on the first attempt with a 97%" - RW

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 app by this point. Check out even more user feedback.

  Actual and realistic FAA questions. 100% Compatible with FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS).
  Detailed explanations for every question. The best in the business by a long way. Often illustrated.
  All reference charts and figures are included right in the app for quick access and study.
  A polished User Experience optimized to help you learn quickly and efficiently.
  Questions Filtered by Specific Test so that you study only exactly that which applies to your specific test.
  Customizable study and learning modes in=cluding the ability to take aninfinite number of simulated/practice tests!
  flaggable and searchable questions, an integrated aviation glossary, built-in quick updates, and much more!

FAA Private Pilot Airplane (PAR) Knowledge Test Score Results
8/15/2020
Private Pilot Airplane (PAR)
8/31/2022

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

The FAATest.com Team

 

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