As the final step in formal Aircraft Mechanic training, an excellent way to prepare for any of the FAA certification tests, such as the Airframe license, Powerplant license, or Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) License, is to utilize your desktop PC or laptop, Apple Mac, iPhone or Android smartphone, with an application from Dauntless called “Ground School FAA Knowledge Test Prep.”
You can install a free trial version and if you like it, you can purchase an individual learning module for $39.99 or a ‘Pick-3’ bundle for $89.99. The nice feature of the “Ground School” test preparation software is the feeling you obtain for the kinds of questions you will see on the FAA test. It immediately gives you feedback on the areas you are weak in, and it allows you to proceed at your own speed.
This is a good value, in terms of getting you ready for any of the FAA tests. After working through a section of related questions, Ground School summarizes your answers, and rolls up the results into a meaningful summary. A section summary is available for your review. Lastly, Ground School will suggest where you need to focus your FAA test preparation in order to pass the particular FAA test you are interested in. All in all, this is a valuable bit of software for helping you pass the FAA tests for Aircraft Mechanic. It is a way of solidifying and bringing to closure your training at an aircraft mechanic school.
With a typical FAA test fee of $72 each for the General test, Airframe test, and Powerplant test, or around $215 for all three tests, it pays to be prepared for each of these tests. A ‘Pick-3’ bundled fee of $89.99 may be a good investment to solidify your knowledge base before taking any of these FAA tests. Although the FAA lists the examination requirements for its battery of three tests in its document “FAA-G-8082-3A” (Aviation Maintenance Technician – General, Airframe, and Powerplant Knowledge Test Guide”, this quide is only 15 pages long and merely states the steps necessary to take any of the FAA tests, the requirement of a passing score of 70 or above, and the need to retake the test only after the passage of 30 days.
The FAA provides additional test study guides at http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/airmen/test_questions/. If a review of these documents leaves you a bit uncertain, then perhaps it may be time to spring for one of these test prep software modules from “Ground School.” You can view the Ground School FAA Knowledge Test Prep software package at http://dauntless-soft.com/PRODUCTS/GroundSchool/mechanic.asp.
by Steve Adams