When to Take the Examination
The knowledge test is more meaningful to the applicant and more likely to result in a satisfactory grade if it is taken after beginning the flight portion of the training. Therefore, the FAA recommends the knowledge test be taken after the student pilot has completed a solo cross-country flight.
The operational knowledge gained by this experience can be used to the student’s advantage in the knowledge test. The student pilot’s CFI is the best person to determine when the applicant is ready to take the knowledge exam.
Where to Take the Examination
The FAA has hundreds of designated computer testing centers worldwide that administer FAA knowledge tests. These testing centers offer the full range of airman knowledge tests. Applicants will be charged a fee for the administration of FAA knowledge tests. A complete list of test centers, their locations and phone numbers can be downloaded at “Airmen Certification Frequently Asked Questions” located at www.faa.gov/education_research/testing/airmen/test_questions/ or www.faa.gov/licenses_certiflcates/airmen_certiflcation/airmen_FAQ/.
An applicant can also contact the local FSDO to obtain this information. If the student pilot chooses a 14 CFR part 141 flight schools with test examining authority, the school will administer the knowledge test during the curriculum.