Ground 13 - Practical Test Prep


The purpose of this lesson is to prepare pilot-in-training for the practical test through a review the eligibility requirements and the Airmen Certification Standards.


There is no scenario for this lesson.

  • Study the Private Pilot Airplane Airmen Certification Standards
    • The more time you put into studying the standards, the better prepared you will be for the exam.
    • Be sure to study each appendix as they discuss how the exam is conducted.
  • View these recording of the oral portion of the Private Pilot Practical Test.
  • Study these tasks in the Jeppesen Private Pilot FAA Practical Test Study Guide
    • Area of Operation 1 Preflight Preparation
      • Task A: Pilot Qualifications
      • Task B: Airworthiness Requirements
    • Area of Operation 2: Preflight Procedures
    • Area of Operation 3: Airport Operations
  • Ensure that your logbook is complete and up-to-date.  All columns should be sub-total and carried over to the next page.  Double check all sums.
  • Look up the ACS task for each ACS code listed on your knowledge test results.  
  • Ensure that all aeronautical experience requirements are documented in your logbook.  Use sticky tabs to flag each entry to make it easier to recall.
  • Ensure that your FAR/AIM is tabbed for all sections listed in the Private/Recreational Suggested Study List found at the beginning of the FAR/AIM.
  • Bring with you to this lesson:
    • Logbook
    • IACRA login, password and FTN
    • Knowledge Test Results with ACS tasks annotated
    • Private Pilot Airplane ACS
Learning Objectives
Practical Test Preparation
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Logbook Review
Perform Knowledge Test Deficiency Review
Perform Practical Test Eligibility
Perform IACRA Application
Private Pilot Airmen Certification Standards
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Explain Organization and content of the practical test
Explain Outcomes of the practical test
Explain Checklist of materials and equipment to bring to the test
Oral Test Preparation
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Pilot Qualifications
Perform Airworthiness Requirements
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • meet the desired outcomes in the learning objectives table.