Knowledge Test


14 CFR 61.103 (e) requires you pass a written test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in 14 CFR 61.105. 


You must be authorized to take most FAA knowledge tests.  14 CFR 61.103 (d)(1)(2) identifies the form of that authorization as a logbook endorsement from the authorized instructor who provided you with your knowledge training or reviewed your home study.


Study Materials

I recommend and use the products from Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc..   A.S.A.’s test preparation product Prepware Private Pilot is available in print, multiple software options (online, DVD, download) and as an app.


Study Method

The A.S.A. software helps you prepare for any of the Private Pilot knowledge tests.  There is a separate test for each aircraft category (airplane, rotorcraft, glider, etc.).   Select the Private Pilot – Glider test.


  1. The study material is broken down into Chapters (e.g. Basic Aerodynamics).  Select a chapter.  The chapters don’t need to be studied in any particular order.
  2. Review the Study Guide for your selected chapter (topic).
  3. Create a Study Session using all the questions available for the selected chapter.  Continue to review the complete set of questions for a chapter until you can correctly answer every question every time.  Don’t be shy about using the “explanation” feature to understand why your answer was right or wrong.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have mastered the content in each and every chapter.
  5. Begin taking the practice tests.  Just like the real thing, the practice tests comprise 60 questions and allow you 2.5 hours to complete the process.  When you can consistently and repeatedly pass each practice test with a score of 90 or greater, you are ready to take the actual F.A.A. Knowledge Test.

FAA Knowledge Test

Arrange to schedule your knowledge test by contacting an FAA Test Site near you.  Test site staff will inform you of the materials (e.g. calculator) you may, and may not, bring with you to your test.


14 CFR 61.35 requires you bring your knowledge test endorsement and identification documentation with you.  Your ID needs to include your picture, signature, and date of birth.  A driver’s license typically satisfies this requirement.