Zero time, working on PAR and IRA

Hi all. I have a start date of Feb 28 @ LVK, From Zero Time, Fast Track .
It’s been recommended by Pilot Mentors, ATP Grads, and Verified Students that getting the knowledge exams completed ahead of time is a definite plus in order to “stay ahead” of the course, as it were.

I’ve gone through most of the introductory & onboarding material on the Extranet, and started the King School PAR Ground School & Test Prep. Over the last week or so, I’ve been getting ~90% on the Practice Test results with consistency.

My next step is to schedule my PAR exam at the local PSI Testing Center. I feel ready.

Here’s my question for the room:
For a zero time pilot, what have you seen/experienced as time commitments to study for, and be test-ready, for the IRA and CAX knowledge exams? I understand everyone has varying degrees of comprehension, but I would imagine there’s some kind of established baseline.

Any feedback is appreciated!

-Chris

Chris,
Congrats! That start date will be here before you know it. You should also receive your box of materials soon. That’s when it gets real! Sounds like you’re set up well for the PAR. As for the IRA and CAX, you know to use Sheppard air right? It’s a test prep app with the FAA question bank and a specific study protocol to follow. The IRA will be the most time intensive. It’s about a 1,000 question bank…plus most of the material will be strictly rote memory since you don’t have the background knowledge yet. That takes more time to memorize. I’d plan at least a month for the IRA. The CAX will feel very similar to the PAR, just a slightly higher difficulty but very similar questions. It’s about 600 questions and could be knocked out in 2 weeks or maybe even a little less.
-Hannah

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Hey Chris,

We’re on the same timeline for everything, starting fast track program on Feb 28th in MMU, booked my PAR exam for tomorrow then had to change it cuz I got a little sick, but hopefully will be game for Saturday.

I also wanna knock IRA and CAX before I start, will definitely do my best at it. Best of luck man.

Marwan

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Chris,

As you said, everyone learns and comprehends differently. Years ago when you could just take the ATP written exam (with no ATP-CTP), ATP had a one day self study prep course. I proctored many of those preps and there were people who were ready in 2hrs, others took 12 and most were somewhere in the middle.

That said I agree with Hannah and I think 2 weeks of pretty consistent study should do the trip (your results may vary :wink: ).

Adam

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Agree with what’s been already said. It sounds like you want to go from IRA right to CAX. I’d recommend (along with ATP) to get your FII, which is required for your CFII, done as soon as possible after your IRA. The FII does not require an endorsement and uses basically the same question bank as the IRA so you don’t need to purchase a separate module from Sheppard. Get those two knocked out then hit the CAX.

As for study time, two weeks were budgeted studying for each exam (except IRA and FII as those were taken the same day) as I wanted a 95 or higher on all my practice exams before taking the test. FOI only requires a couple days max. I also took the exams during the program so well done trying to knock these out beforehand. Strive for as high a score as possible because any questions you miss on the written are required to be covered in your checkride. Good luck!

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Gotcha, thanks for the insight.
That all makes sense.

Best of luck to you too, Marwan!

Cool, thanks for the insight, @Hannah

Thanks Adam.

Chris,

I found that I took about 2-3 weeks of studying per exam to feel ready for the tests, but your results may vary.

Chris

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I’m plugging away at the Sheppard Air Test Prep for the IRA written exam in advance of my start date. However, it just occurred to me that I probably need to furnish an endorsement before taking the exam, right?

How is this coordinated since I haven’t worked with a CFI yet?
It’s worth noting that the Extranet indicates that I have been assigned a CFI…worth reaching out?

Thoughts?

Thanks.

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Chris,

You can contact Sheppard and they’ll provide an endorsement with proof of multiple practice tests (I believe 3?) with scores above 90. ATP will do the same with the same proof.

Adam

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Chris,

Call ATP Training Support and they can guide you through the sign off process. I am glad you are going to get the IRA finished, it is a big one.

Chris

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Chris,

Here’s a link to the endorsement process that Chris and Adam are referring to: Get Ahead By Taking FAA Knowledge Tests Before Starting ATP / ATP Flight School

Tory

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Chris,
Nice work getting through the IRA. Seems like you’re right on pace. At this rate you should have more than half of your writtens done before you start! Remember you can take the FII the same time you take the IRA. They share a question bank. Then CAX would be the last major written to complete before you start. You’d be in a great position.
-Hannah

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Chris,

Love seeing the ambition to getting at least a written completed, but you said WRITTENS and that makes me happy to hear. Getting these done will pay off so much when you start training and you’re going to focus much more on the material at hand.

Once you complete the PAR, IRA and CAX prior to your start date, if you contact Training Support you should be able to get the year-subscription for ForeFlight. It’s listed on the website how to get that reward.

Brady

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