Official Exams


This page provides useful information for those courses that prepare you for an OFFICIAL Theoretical Knowledge Exam.

It's useful to know what to expect of the official exams before you go anywhere near them, so we've put together the following guidelines for you to alleviate any concerns you may have, and to give you some guidance on best tips and exam practice.

Before you are allowed to sit an official exam, you will need to be in possession of an Exam Readiness Certificate. To find out more about this first, click here.

You will be required to sit our on-line exams in order to obtain your Exam Readiness Certificate. By doing these exams, you will stand absolutely every chance of passing the official exams for that subject.

Rule number one: Don't Panic.

At the moment, the Official Exams are in a written format (this is due to change in the last calendar quarter of 2020). You will have to provide your answers on the answer sheet as shown below:

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You indicate your answers against each question on the answer paper provided by placing an "X" in the correct box using a pen (not a pencil). If you change your mind over an answer, you must block out the box and place the "X" in the box associated with your new choice. See the sample answer paper by clicking the PDF image to the left.

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Number of Questions & Duration
R/T Practical
Top Tips

Number of Questions & Duration

The number of questions and the time you have available to answer them depends on the subject of the exam. Generally speaking, if you know your subject, you will not be time constrained. We've listed the information below for reference. The pass mark for each exam is 75%.

Subject No. of Questions Duration
Air Law & ATC Procedures 16 35 minutes
Operational Procedures 12 30 minutes
Aircraft General Knowledge 16 35 minutes
Principles of Flight 12 35 minutes
Meteorology 16 50 minutes
Human Performance & Limitations 12 25 minutes
Navigation 12 45 minutes
Communications (Radio Telephony) 12 20 minutes
Flight Performance & Planning 12 45 minutes
IMC-IR(R) Rating 25 120 minutes

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R/T Practical Exam

In addition, you will also need to pass the following practical (oral) exam:

Subject Duration
Communications (Radio Telephony) Approx. 30 minutes

This is an oral test with a Radiotelephony Examiner. You will need to have a separate revision/preparation session with us for this exam.

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Top Tips

You will do well to read these tips before undertaking any of the written exams. Please beware that at present, some exam questions test more of your ability to understand English grammar than the subject in question.

  • Read the question carefully. Note in particular what actually requires answering.
  • Make sure you read all the answers before selecting. Remember you need to select the most correct answer.
  • Make sure you place your "X" against the correct box on the answer paper. Do not get confused when the correct answer refers to a point on a graph marked as "A", and then the multiple choice answer which states that "A" is the correct point is actually allocated against multiple choice answer C !
  • If you have difficulty with a question, leave it, and come back to it at the end.
  • If unsure of the correct answer, try to definitely decide which of the choices are wrong. This then gives you better odds at guessing from what's left!
  • Remember that an exam with less questions means each question is worth more percentage mark, so you must answer more questions correctly to pass. In other words, you must know all of the subject material to be able to answer questions in any area.

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