I have finally passed my drone exam with an 85% and received my drone license. This video breaks down the process I used to pass the exam in less than a week of studying. I am licensed to fly baby!!
I thought this would be much harder than it was honestly. The first time I took this test I feel like I was very ill-prepared or I was much less smart. Whichever one is true, I am thrilled to be finished with this thing!! I walked out of the testing center with an 85% and a large smile on my face.
So here’s how I did it:
I studied starting about half a week before the exam. I watched the Tony Northrup Video first (at 1.5x speed) to really get myself re-acquainted with the material. Yes, even years later, this material is HEAVILY RELEVANT. Honestly, you could probably just watch this video a few times and pass, but that is not all I did. His study guide is helpful too. I didn’t feel all the way confident about the CONCEPTS so I decided to do some more research.
I studied about 2-3 days total, no more than 4-5 hours in one day. I ended up watching Tony’s video twice, but I also watched these which really helped me understand the concepts of TAF, METAR, AIRSPACE AND SECTIONAL CHARTS.
Better B Roll made this fantastic video going through a full practice exam. This was great for having a full grasp on what the questions will be worded like and it even further breaks down the concepts.
After watching those two videos, I felt pretty confident, but I still wanted some more content to make sure I understood 100%. The two videos below cleared up any confusion so after watch them, I just went back to Tony’s video to fully grasp the numbers.
In general, you will need to fully understand the numbers Tony mentions at the beginning of his video, TAF/METAR, sectional charts, air space, and risk management.
You do NOT need to pay for a course or practice questions (especially if you are tight on money). I repeat: IF YOU UNDER THE CONCEPTS, YOU WILL PASS. Focus on comprehending and the answers will come. Think through questions logically and understand what the FAA wants you to understand.
You got this! If I can do it, so can you. And you will be off to the races with your new drone career. Also, fun fact: if you are looking to get your license ASAP after the test, it takes 7-10 days to get your temp license. Just make sure you prep for that time frame!