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How many attempts are allowed for pilot exam?

Theoretical examination

In order to take the theoretical examinations provided by the Swedish Transport Agency for LAPL, PPL, IR, BIR, CPL and ATPL you have to go through a flight school who will then register you for the examination.

The theoretical examinations provided by the Swedish Transport Agency are all in english except for LAPL/PPL examinations which can also be taken in Swedish.

Examination booking

To write a theoretical examination you will have to book an appointment with a invigilator, you or your flight school can do this.

ATPL and CPL examinations can only be written at an ATO who conduct theoretical training for these licences.

Your flight school will have to register you for examination in order for you take the examination.

The fee for the invigilator is included in the fee that you pay when you register for the theoretical examination to the Swedish Transport Agency.

The theoretical examination fees are found on the link below (Swedish page).

Pass standards

  • You will have to pass all the subjects in the examination within a period of 18 months. The 18 month period is counted from the last day of the month of when you make your first attempt in the examination.
  • To pass an examination you need to score at least 75 percent on the tests.
  • You have 4 attempts per subject. Except for the BIR examination with an unlimited number of attempts.
  • The tests has to be passed within 6 sittings, each 14 calendar days for ATPL, CPL, IR and CBIR exams.
  • Retests can not be taken during the same sitting.

If any of the limits above are exceeded your examination will be considered failed and you will have to get additional theoretical training and complete a new examination.

Permitted equipment

No equipment except the items below are permitted during theoretical examinations.

Compasses and dividersCompasses and dividers
Flight computerFlight computer
Non-programmable, non alphanumeric calculator(Ex Casio fx 82 or similar)Non-programmable, non alphanumeric calculator(Ex Casio fx 82 or similar)
Map 2152ABCAP 696,CAP 697, CAP 698, CAP 758
L1P performance appendixes(not the full L1P)Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual
English — Swedish/Norwegian/Danish translation lexicon

Forbidden equipment

It is not allowed to record any content from the theoretical examinations in any way. The tests are classified in the Public access to Information and Secrecy act(2009:400). With regards to this act and to examination procedures ARA.FCL.300 we regulate what is allowed to bring during theoretical examinations.

What speed should I troll at?

The following list contains examples of what is not allowed to bring into the examination room:

  • All kinds of communication equipment
    • Such as cell phone/tablet
    • Analog
    • Digital
    • Smartwatch

    Examination rules

    • It is not allowed to communicate with anyone except the invigilator during the tests.
    • Only the PEXO online examination web page is allowed to use.
    • It is permitted to mark text in the permitted equipment but it is not permitted to add information in any way.
    • It is not allowed to record any content from the theoretical examinations in any way.


    If any of the rules above are violated or attempt of, the whole examination may be considered as failed and you will be banned to take any theoretical examination in any EASA member state for at least 12 months.

    The examination content is classified in the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act(2009:400) and it may be illegal to share information from the tests.

    Comments on the tests

    In our examination system we have a feature where you can comment specific questions. This function may be used if you believe some of the content of the test is incorrect or if there is a technical malfunction.

    The comment feature should be used if you are going to appeal a question.

    PEXO demo

    We provide a test environment for our examination system PEXO where you can familiarize yourself with the examination environment prior to your test.

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    Scheduling your FAA written exam

    So you’ve completed your Sporty’s home study course or received an endorsement from your CFI to take your FAA written test – now what?

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) utilizes a third-party testing provider, PSI Services, to administer all FAA written exams. PSI exams are available at a number of testing locations throughout the US and abroad and can be scheduled online. Many local flight schools or FBOs host testing centers so you may not have to travel very far. Locating a written testing center is accomplished as part of the test registration process.

    The first step to scheduling your FAA written exam is to visit First time users will be required to create an account. You may also review exam eligibility requirements from the link on the homepage.

    After signing in, you’ll be asked to verify your eligibility which includes entering your unique FAA Tracking number (FTN). If you’ve not already obtained an FTN, you may choose the IACRA link, register for an online account via IACRA, and receive your FTN.

    After verifying eligibility, you’ll be asked to select the written exam you wish to take. If you are a Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course user, likely you’ll be choosing the Private Pilot Airplane (PAR) exam.

    Once you’ve selected the appropriate exam, you’ll be asked to verify the number of times you’ve attempted the test. If this is your first time signing in, the exam attempts should default to 1 or you may correct the number of attempts in the editable field. You’ll then be asked to select your authorization category.

    Please note, if you are a Sporty’s online course user, your “school or experience” selection will be “other” and your authorization category from the drop-down menu will be “other statement or endorsement of eligibility” if you intend to utilize your certificate of completion from the Sporty’s course.

    Next you’ll be asked to select the testing center you intend to utilize. You may search by country, postal code, and distance from your location. You’ll also be asked to choose a date range for completing the exam to display a list of available testing locations.

    You’ll be able to select a testing location and time for your exam from the search results.

    After selecting your location, date and time for the exam, you’ll be taken to the payment page to complete the final transaction. If you later cancel or postpone your exam, you’ll have up to 12 months to complete.

    A final confirmation of your transaction will be provided and a receipt emailed.

    It’s advisable to bring a copy (or have digital access) to your test confirmation when you arrive at the testing center. Be sure to have your certificate of completion in the case of completing the Sporty’s online course or your logbook endorsement from your instructor. A government-issued photo ID will also be required.

    Congratulations on this important milestone and best wishes on your exam!

    It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. «While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice.» He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now serves as Chief Instructor at Sporty’s Academy and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in a Cincinnati-based corporate flight department.

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    What to Expect from ATPL Exams

    Bristol Groundschool students studying for their ATPL exams

    After completing your PPL, your next step to becoming a commercial airline pilot is to study and complete your ATPL exams.

    ATPL exams are created to check you have the correct level of theoretical knowledge that you’ll need to become a pilot and handle any situation that may occur whilst flying.

    While some of our students may find the prospect of studying for their ATPL daunting, with the right study materials and support, many of our students pass their exams first time and go on to be hired within the aviation industry.

    We’ve created this guide to help you understand what you can expect from ATPL Exams.

    What do I need before starting my ATPL theory course?

    Maths and Physics

    Before you start the ATPL study, there is a module on Maths and Physics. This serves two purposes; first it is a refresher for you if you have not studied these subjects for a while.

    Secondly, it satisfies the regulatory requirement that we ensure your level of knowledge is sufficient for the remainder of the course. The Maths and Physics module is conducted in our computer-based training software (ATPdigital) only and there are no EASA or UK CAA exams associated with it.

    Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA)

    During the first module, there are a series of lessons addressing the ‘Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes’ (KSA) requirements. This subject area addresses non-technical requirements known as pilot competencies such as communication skills, workload management, leadership, and situational awareness.

    Private Pilots Licence (Modular Training Route)

    If you choose to complete your ATPL along the modular route, you must have a PPL(A) issued to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be asked when you register for your course for your licence number, so please ensure that you have this to hand when signing up.

    Class 1 Medical and Eyesight

    We recommend before embarking on the time and expense of commercial flight training you should satisfy yourself that you will be able to obtain a class 1 medical . If you are looking to achieve a UK CAA licence you will need a medical certificate issued by the UK CAA; for EASA licences by the EASA state you wish to issue your licence.

    If you have a prescription from the opticians we would recommend you complete the UK CAA visual system form or your EASA state’s equivalent when you start your training.

    What subjects do ATPL exams cover?

    There are 13 exams contained within the ATPL syllabus that you are required to pass prior to commencing your practical training. Subjects are broken down into three modules, and within them are the subjects you’ll need to revise before your exams. Below is the breakdown of modules for ATPL(A) qualification. ATPL(H)IR modules differ slightly to the list below.

    ATPL(A) Module 1:

    • 022 – Instrumentation
    • 061 – General Navigation
    • 050 – Meteorology
    • 040 – Human Performance and Limitations

    ATPL(A) Module 2:

    • 062 – Radio Navigation
    • 021 – Aircraft General Knowledge: Airframe and Systems, Electrics, Power Plant and Emergency Equipment
    • 010 – Air Law
    • 033 – Flight Planning and Flight Monitoring
    • 090 – Communications

    ATPL(A) Module 3:

    • 070 – Operational Procedures
    • 081 – Principles of Flight
    • 032 – Performance
    • 031 – Mass and Balance

    What do ATPL Exams consist of?

    The exams consist of multiple-choice questions (4 options) and calculations. The UK CAA use a quadrant system that consists of multiple-choice questions, type in questions and select from the following options. The exact number of questions per exam changes and depends on the syllabus you’re taking, but a typical exam paper would consist of around 60 to 70 questions.

    For a further look into ATPL exams, check out the video below with our MD Alex Whittingham being interviewed by Ian Seager from Flyer magazine about the ATPL exams.

    How long are ATPL exams?

    Exams range from 30 minutes up to two hours depending on the subject for both EASA and UK CAA.

    If I complete them via the modular route, how long will it take to complete all of the ATPL exams?

    This depends on how much time you can dedicate each week to your learning. Most of our students complete their ATPL course in around twelve to sixteen months of studying part-time, however, if you choose to study full-time, the course can take as little as six months.

    How many attempts am I allowed to pass?

    You have a total of 6 sittings to pass all the exams and no more than 4 attempts at any one subject within those 6 sittings. From your first exam sitting you have 18 months to complete all of your ATPL theory exams.

    What is the pass mark for ATPL exams?

    The pass mark for each of the ATPL exams is 75%.

    Where can I sit my ATPL exams?

    If you choose to study with us, you have the option to sit either UK CAA exams or Austro Control exams at Bristol Groundschool or at an EASA exam venue anywhere in Europe.

    How much do the exams cost?

    Keeping in mind that the cost of your exams is not included in your course fee, UK CAA exams are £74 per exam, these can be booked via the CAA website . The Austro Control exams are £80 per exam if sat at Bristol Groundschool and can be booked on our website.

    Ready to take your next step?

    Bristol Groundschool is a world leader in modular tuition for fixed-wing and helicopter pilots. Our extensive and innovative suite of learning materials contains all the knowledge you need for success, allowing you to learn at your own pace and track your progress with ease.

    With the option for online-only tuition, you can choose to fit your studies around existing commitments too – no matter where you are in the world.

    We turn today’s students into tomorrow’s pilots. And we can do the same for you.

    Find out more about our modular ATPL and CPL training courses by clicking the buttons below.

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