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PREFLIGHT YOU CAN FLY

My Friend
in the Sky

BY CRAIG BROWN

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY

NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW YOUR SCORE,
BUT THEY'LL KNOW HOW WELL YOU FLY
Q: When I took my private pilot knowledge
test, I scored a 70 percent, the absolute
minimum passing score. I would like to try
again for a higher score. Is that possible?

"

I'm realizing my

dream of flight with the

assistance of AOPA Pilot Protection
services for the purchase
of my aircraft, AOPA truly is

my friend in the sky

"

as I begin my aviation adventure!

- Tom,
AOPA member with PPS since 2019

Are you getting the most from your membership?

aopa.org/tom

A: Yes, but I would urge you to think twice
before making that decision. When you
retake the test, you must again pay the fee
to the testing center for the retake. Upon
arrival, you are required to surrender your
current test report, the one that shows
your passing score of 70 percent. Whatever
score you get on the retest will become your
official score. If you score higher, congratulations! If you fail the retest, you cannot revert
to your previous passing score. A failure
would mean that at least a third attempt is in
your future, which means yet another payment to the testing center. This could turn
out to be an expensive proposition-money
better used for flight training.
There are two schools of thought on
this: 1. Any score above 70 percent is wasted
effort, as they are all passing scores, and 2.
Get the highest score possible so that your
examiner will grill you on fewer areas of
deficiency, as required during the oral test.
There is merit in both. We all like to
score high on any test. It challenges us to
better ourselves, and it's human nature.
With 7,800 hours of instruction under my
belt in 33 years, my advice is to be happy
with your score. Review the subject areas
missed with your instructor and there will
be no reason to fear additional questioning
from the examiner, as you will be a confident and properly trained student pilot.
Questions? Contact AOPA's Pilot
Information Center at 800-872-2672 or
pilotassist@aopa.org.
CRAIG BROWN is a senior aviation technical spe-

cialist in the AOPA Pilot Information Center.

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