FAA EXAMS / CATS TESTNG
FAA Examination/CATS Registration
Call 1-800-947-4228 extension 3 to register and pay for your examination.
Have the following handy:
- Your credit card
- Your photo ID. Make sure that you use the name you used on your government issued photo ID. A Passport is better than a Drivers License. Do not use a nick name like Jerry for Gerald. If you have a P.O. Box. on your Driver License or you bring only a Passport you MUST bring another document with your PHYSICAL ADDRESS. See the bottom of this page for Acceptable Forms of Address Verification.
- Your AOPA membership card for a $10 discount
They will ask:
What examination you are going to take: Sport, Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, ATP.
What category of aircraft your exam will be for: Airplane, Rotorcraft Helicopter, powered lift, glider, lighter than air Airship or Balloon.
For you to verify that your endorsement has the category of aircraft.
What to Bring to the Exam
- ENDORSEMENT to take the exam: MAKE SURE your endorsement includes specification for what test you’re taking (ie private pilot, instrument) AS WELL as what type of aircraft you’re in (ie airplane, helicopter, etc.)
- Photo ID with Current, PERMANENT address (no P.O. Box addresses. If your ID has a PO box on it, please bring another document such as a FAA issued medical or airmen certificate, or a utility bill with your residential address)
- Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate or Passport) OR
- If you are NON us Citizen, you MUST have a passport as well as another form of photo ID
- E6B Flight Computer (analog or digital are ok- you may not have the instruction booklet) NOT AN APP ON YOUR SMART PHONE.
- Calculator (If your calculator of choice has a programmable memory, you MUST demonstrate erasing all programmed memory to your proctor prior to testing) NOT AN APP ON YOUR SMART PHONE.
- A well rested, not coffeed out, BRAIN.
Preparation for the Exam
- Make sure that you can do well on the exam by taking an ONLINE or COMPUTER based practice test like:
- There are many more free and for fee practice exams. Take them many times until you are reliably scoring ten to fifteen points higher than you want to pass with. 70% is the minimum passing score.
- If you have waited weeks or months or more after taking a ground school or computer based study course, you will not pass without refreshing your studies and taking several practice tests. We see people fail because they are stale.
- Do not cram all night until 3 am and expect to pass.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF APPLICANT ADDRESS VERIFICATION
The following forms must be signed by an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector or other designated personnel:
• FAA Form AC 8060-1, FAA Airman Certificate
• FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate
• FAA Form 8420-2, Medical Certificate – Class and Student Pilot Certificate
• FAA Form 8500-9, Medical Certificate __________ Class
• FAA Form 8610-1, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization
• FAA Form 8610-2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application
• FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application
• FAA Form 8710-2, Student Pilot Certificate
Other acceptable forms of applicant address verification:
• DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data
• DD Form 2058, State of Legal Residence Certificate
• Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status o (aka, Department of State / Department of Homeland Security “Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) eligibility printout”)
• Public utilities (i.e., water, electric, gas) statement o Statements from cable companies are NOT an acceptable form of applicant address verification.
• Mortgage statement
• Lease agreement (signed)
• Property deed
• Property tax bill or receipt
• Homeowners or renters insurance statement
• Motor vehicle title/registration documentation
• U.S. Military ‘Home of Record’ documentation
• Voter registration card
FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Applicant Identification, Information Verification, & Authorization Requirements Matrix: Revised August 29, 2016: Page 3