YES! GroundSchool features ACTUAL QUESTIONS (current for
and continuously updated) that you will see when you go to take your FAA written exam and is fully compatible with and will be regularly updated
for changes to the evolving FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS).
Learn more about how our GroundSchool programs and apps feature superior learning content that leads to better study, testing, and learning outcomes.
work continuously to ensure that the content is as up to date as
possible. Have questions about this software? Please Contact us via our
a minimum of time and cost, YOU can
ACE your FAA Private Pilot
knowledge (written) test using our GroundSchool software and apps.
up-to-date, actual FAA questions and FAA-emulating questions. Our answers and explanations are written by highly
experienced flight instructors and professional pilots. [Learn More]
The sooner you pass your knowledge test, the more prepared you will be for and the more you
can concentrate on flying. Our materials features the best, most illustrated explanations of any FAA test prep product,
period to really help you learn the material well.
All required charts and figures are included.
flown yet? Study using GroundSchool and become
able to pass the knowledge test on the first day you show up
for flight training. You will be sure to impress
your instructor with your enthusiasm and save money in the long
run. [Read more about
the knowledge test]
GroundSchool costs about the same as books do, but is significantly
more time efficient. Sure, DVD/Video sets may look pretty, but
many find them inefficient timewise. Our software and apps work on
YOUR pace at significantly lesser cost.
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 and apps (below), but also
prepare for your Oral Exam with our RideReady
checkride oral exam prep. 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.
is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to purchase a $200+ home video/DVD course
to prepare you for an FAA written test. GroundSchool does the
same thing in a more time efficient and less expensive way.
Spending more money won't make you smarter - only poorer! Our
GroundSchool is all that you need to learn the material and
pass your FAA written test.
Our GroundSchool - FAA Private Pilot apps will help you prepare for any or all of the following tests:
PAR - Private Pilot Airplane
PRG - Private Pilot Rotorcraft Gyroplane
PAT - Private Pilot Airplane / Recreational Pilot - Transition
PRH - Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter
- Private Pilot Balloon - Gas
- Recreational Pilot Airplane
- Private Pilot Balloon - Hot Air
- Recreational Pilot Gyroplane
- Private Pilot Glider
- Recreational Pilot Helicopter
- Private Pilot Gyroplane / Recreational Pilot
PPP - Private Pilot Powered Parachute
- Private Pilot Helicopter / Rec. Pilot Transition
PWS - Private Pilot Weight Shift Control
- Private Pilot Lighter-Than-Air (Airship)
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Download / Get the Apps!
The links below are for the 2018 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.
GroundSchool - All FAA Written Test Titles for Microsoft Windows™ PCsInstallation GuideUsage Walkthrough
This single large download includes all of our FAA knowledge test prep titles - Private through FE/ATP + Mechanic [More Info].
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!
This software 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.
Meet some of our Editorial Team
Cirincione is a captain for a Fortune 50 company flying Citation
X and Learjet 60s. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
Here are a few screenshots from the software:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
at no extra charge, so that if you selected 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.
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)
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)
am an Aviation Major at a top US university where I am consistently
at the top of my class with the help of your software... Thanks
for providing a great application at such a reasonable price!"
- PZ "
Dauntless, Just an update for you guys. I took my test today
04/09/2004 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)
scored a 97%. I missed two of 62 questions. GroundSchool is
an excellent tool to prepare for the written test. Thanks!"
- MC (Private)
this is an excellent product and is a pleasure to use"
- Review by FlightSim.com
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)
wanted you to know that I passed the PAR today (20 Jan 04) 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)
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)
very pleased to work with your program. You've done a very good
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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)
GroundSchool software 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 software 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
software to many people. Thank you for an awesome product! A
very satisfied customer!" - JM (Private)
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
the way, the program is EXCELLENT. Intend to use for future
ratings when that day comes... Thanks!" - CC (Private (as
I just passed my written PAR. Thanks your software works great.
It seems to be better than the actual test software 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)
[note regarding the above: LaserGrade
is one of (essentially) two companies that actually gives the
exam - they don't sell or make preparation / learning software).
The actual test center software of either LaserGrade or
CATS (the other company) are straightforward to use on
the day of the exam, but not terribly well suited to learning.
GroundSchool software features LaserGrade and CATS
emulation modes so that you can see what the testing center
software will look like before you get there!]
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)
am very satisfied with the results (and cost) of your product."
- JP (Private / IFR / Comm)
... after studying for just two nights ... thanks!" - TP
explanations were very helpful... 98%." - LAF (Private)
to your software [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
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. Check out even more user feedback.
written by professional pilots and flight instructors
(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
to explicitly flag questions which you find to be difficult
or groups of questions using a wide range of search criteria
Library of Aviation offering everything from PTS documents to FAA training
publications to aircraft checklists and much, much more
CATS, and AvTest 2000 Emulation modes allow you to practice on
the software as you will see it at the actual testing center.
load and save training / testing sessions
Print out score reports to show your instructor, a "book" of questions for
yourself to study on the road or elsewhere.
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.
Private Pilot Airplane (PAR)
for checking out the software! Good luck on your test, and blue
Thinking about learning to fly but not
sure what this software is for or how to proceed? Click
average score reported to us by users of
this software on their actual PAR (Private Pilot
Airplane) test during a recent 3 month
Note: Any score over than 70% "passes" -
any score higher than 90% is superb. 74 users
"I believe that your product is
ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT. I has been a joy to work
with. All the more so due to your very prompt
response to my questions.
I was about to order the
[competitor's product] when I noticed
your product. Because it was downloadable, I
could start practicing right away. And, the
price was right. I’m a 64 year old 1000 hour
private pilot (1963) with instrument rating
(1966) who suddenly decided to get my Commercial
and CFII as a retirement vocation. I don’t learn
as fast as I did 40 years ago. GroundSchool has
been a great learning and practicing tool." -
"I will tell you that I think your
software is a wonderful product and I have
personally recommended it to many students at
[FBO] ground school classes... in fact as a
result of using your program, my wife blew by
the other students in her class! This has been a
tremendous confidence builder for her as she was
somewhat intimidated by the other students (all
male) Kind of fun to watch their faces when she
completes a multiple chapter review in 1/4 of
the time they took. Now, they make comments
during the correction like..." well I had answer
A but [wife's name] has answer B and I'm sure
she has the right answer "
We're having a
great time with your software even I use it to
keep myself fresh... Thanks a bunch, best 30
bucks I ever spent!" -
We continually work to
upgrade both the content and functionality of
our software and apps.
Upgrades are always
available free of charge and with minimum hassle, usually through
straighforward, built-in self-update features.
Our products can help you not just pass your test now, but will also be there for you when you want to review and update your knowledge down the line.
CATS™ and LaserGrade™ Testing Center Emulation
No need to worry about what the
experience at the test center will be like.
GroundSchool can be set to emulate both the CATS
and LaserGrade test center software so that when
you go to take your actual test, there will be
This is one of many timesaving,
score-boosting, and stress-relieving features