How to Pass the Part 107 Test in 7 Days – Even if You Have Zero Knowledge
TLDR: This Article lays out how I studied and passed my Part 107 Test in 7 days…normally I would put high level notes here, but in order to get any value from the article, you’re just going to have to at least skim it.
The first step in every soon-to-be paid drone pilots journey is to pass the dreaded Part 107 exam (in the US). But if you don’t study the right material or understand exactly the FAA is asking you on the test, well, you’re probably going to fail and waste the $150 you spent to take the test in the first place. In this article, I’m going to breakdown the study method I used to go from Part 107 ZERO to passing THE FIRST TIME, in 7 Days.
**I DO NOT SUGGEST YOU PROCRASTINATE LIKE I DID…TAKE THE TIME NECESSARY TIME YOU NEED TO STUDY AND LEARN THE INFORMATION**
Optional Story (feel free to skip this paragraph if you want to get the juicy stuff below): It was September 2016 and I decided that I was going to FINALLY take my Part 107 test. I scheduled my test for 3 weeks ahead of time and figured that’s plenty of time to study. Well somehow 2 weeks went by and I hadn’t even looked at a sectional chart, let along studied one. So through my idiotic procrastination, the 7 days to a 107 method was born. Enjoy!
Bought the remote pilot 101 course and went through all the lessons that covered the topics below:
- Part 107 Eligibility and Definition & Remote PIC Responsibility
- Required Documentation
- Maximum Speed and Altitude
- Visibility and Cloud Clearance Requirements
- Operations over Non-Participants
- Operations from a moving vehicle
- Night Operations
- Right of Way Rules
- Certificate of Waiver
- Preflight Checklist
- Scheduled and Unscheduled Maintenance
- Maintenance Documentation
- Lost Link/Flyaway’s
- UAS Fire
- Accident Reporting
I figured that if I’m going to do this in 7 days, that I needed someone to hold my hand and walk me through everything. Plus, I learn quite well from online courses and for less than $150, it was worth it. Now, if online courses aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other study materials like apps and books you can choose from. YouTube also has a lot videos about airspaces, sectional charts, METARS, part 107 review materials, etc.
Went through all the lessons that covered the following:
- Flying a payload
- Weight and Balance
- Performance Factors
- Load Factor
- Stalls & Aerodynamics
- Basic CG Performance
- Hazardous Attitudes
- Crew Roles
- Contingency Procedures
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Crew Fatigue
- Hyperventilation & Stress Management
This is when everything started to get slightly more difficult and watching the lessons wasn’t enough for me to remember all the information. I started creating flashcards using Quizlet – a free desktop and mobile app that let’s you create flashcards.
Watched all the lessons that covered how to recognize the airspaces listed below on sectional charts:
- Class B Airspace
- Class C Airspace
- Class D Airspace
- Class E Airspace
- Class G
- Other Airspace – military operating area, restricted, prohibited, warning, alert areas, controlled firing areas.
- AGL & MSL
Learned all the topics below.
- Airport Traffic Patterns
- FCC Frequencies
- NTIA Privacy
- VFR Sectional Chart Symbols
- Mission Based Charting
- Advanced Chart Symbols
Finished the lessons that are covered on the test in the remote pilot 101 course.
- HEMS Tool
- Weather Briefs
- Stable vs Unstable Air
- Surface Friction
- Cloud Formations & Types
- More Weather
- Chart Supplements (AFD)
- Section Chart Frequencies
Days 6 & 7
Now this is where the real studying began. I went back to the remote pilot 101 course and took their practice test until I got a 100%. Any question that I didn’t know the answer to off the top of my head immediately went onto a flashcard.
What is interesting, looking back on this now, is that a few of the questions from the remote pilot 101 practice tests were the EXACT same as what I got on my Part 107 test. The chances of this happening to you varies, since everyone gets a different test.
Throughout days 6 and 7, I went through every practice test I could find online, and repeated the process I outlined above with the flashcards. Then I studied the flashcards as much as I could.
One thing I WISH I WOULD’VE done during days 6 and 7 (or really anytime before I took the test) is familiarize myself with the FAA’s Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement. It is the book of charts and a whole bunch of information that can help you check your answers on the test. If there’s one thing I would advise any taking this test to do, it is SKIM THE BOOK BEFORE YOUR TEST.
Another optional paragraph that you’re more than welcome to skip: I remember my test day like it was a few months ago. It was a Friday morning and I drove out to a little airport in the middle of nowheresville, NJ. I arrived at the testing center 30 min early to make sure I got a “good” seat. Little did I know there were only 2 seats to begin with in the testing room…and the computers were older than me.
Test Taking Tips
- TAKE YOUR TIME. You have 2 hours to take the test which will be between 60 – 65 questions. However, only 60 of those questions are graded and you don’t know which are and which aren’t, so try your best with ALL of them.
- WRITE THE QUESTIONS YOU’RE NOT SURE OF ON THE PROVIDED PIECE OF PAPER WITH THE PROVIDED PENCIL. That way you can look them up in your Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement or try to guess.
- ANSWER EVERY SINGLE QUESTION. There’s no extra penalty like the SAT’s for answering questions incorrectly.
- THE QUANTITY OF SPECIFIC TOPICS COVERED ON YOUR TEST WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN HARRY’S TEST. Everyone who takes the Part 107 test gets different questions. The FAA has a big ‘ol bank of questions they pull from to generate each test for each individual. Don’t neglect studying METAR’s because you heard that Harry’s test only had 2 METAR questions.
- IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG DURING THE TEST, GO GET HELP. During my test, in the little airport with the computers that are probably older than I am, my screen froze and the computer had to be restarted, TWICE. Talk about getting nervous. Luckily, if there is some sort of computer issue (power goes out, spontaneous flood, etc.) the timer for the test stops and will you not use lose out on the amount of time it takes to bring everything back up.
And with that, I am concluding my post on the 7 days to a 107 testing method. Like I said at the beginning, it is much better to take your time when studying and not rush things. But if you do find yourself in a time crunch (or you’re a procrastinator like me) see the post above.
If you haven’t taken your Part 107 test yet, post your test date and what topics you need help with or are nervous about in the comments below.
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