Sunday 19 May 2013 12:24 UTC
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All (serious) professional qualifications involve written exams before progressing to any practical part of the course.
Many restrict the number of attempts at the preliminary writtens on the basis that the candidate is unable to pass the exams after that number of attempts.
This allows the candidate to re-consider their options: they may not be suited to that particular qualification and reflection at this stage would avoid further expense/later failure
I would view the PPL as just as important as any professional examination and I can live with restricting the number of attempts.There may not be much of relevance to further PPL training in these exams but there must be some way of screening out the no-hopers and an exam is pretty good at this.
At last the Government has realised this with GCSE exams which will no longer allow the candidate to sit them ad infinitum till a pass is obtained/scraped.
Primum non nocere..
Most of us get nervous before exams, written, oral or indeed skill tests. Quite often that little bit of extra adrenalin focuses the mind and body, can cause the occasional brain fart, but otherwise does exactly what it is meant to do - focus the mind and body.
Two things, first, by the time you are sitting a PPL exam for the fourth time you will have seen all the necessary questions required to pass the exam enough times that its almost a memory item and little actual thought it required. A bit like downwind checks, and numerous other things we do in the air. I still believe that if you cannot pass a multiple choice exam of 25-30 questions, concerning things you should be learning as you know a lot will have some relevance to you in the future, after 4 attempts, it is a sign.
Second, if its a bit of pressure causing all sense of reason to go out of the window, I am not sure that failing is conducive to flying about in the air over schools and puppy farms?
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