Sun May 19, 2019 2:31 pm #1694647
Balliol wrote:carlmeek wrote:I’m starting my FI course this week and on the fence about the CPL TKs. I just chatted to the school and they recommend you do them.
They said that you have to use a proper ground school course and then book exams with the CAA. This appears to add £1500+ bill on top of CAA exam fees. Is this really mandatory? If not, I would have just self studied and made heavy use of question banks.
Carl - yes you have to do an approved groundschool course with some mandatory attendance
IMHO, there is significant urban myth about ‘you can just smash the question banks and get through’ - in my experience there is no way anyone can pass without a degree of guided study, actual understanding of the topics and some reinforcement in a face to face environment. More recent people like @jaycee58 might have a view?
Some people do indeed try to pass just by "smashing the question banks". I have come across it while at ground school but Balliol is correct, you need the study, and I find this attitude quite appalling especially when the person involved want to be an airline pilot. Maybe it's taken me longer than expected because of my attitude (I started studying last October) but I think diligent study and understanding is definitely the only way to go. There are so many questions (I think around 16,000 in the bank) that to try and memorise them would be a task that Einstein might find intimidating. In addition, a lot of questions, especially those involving calculation, are no longer multiple choice. You do the sums then type your answer into the computer.