Prepare for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher License Test
After completing you flight dispatcher program at an aeronautics school, now comes the time to take your FAA aircraft dispatcher license test or ADX test. If you attend a well-established dispatcher school like Sheffield School of Aeronautics, then you will learn this information, but you will still want to study for the FAA license exam.
At our aircraft dispatcher school, we want our students to succeed and get their dispatcher license, so we have put together some tips on how to prepare for the FAA aircraft dispatcher license test.
How to Study for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher License Test
The first step to prepare for the FAA aircraft dispatcher license test is to know what to expect. The ADX is made up of a written and practical exam. The written test is 80 questions long. You have 3 hours to complete it and must get a score of 70% or higher to pass. For the practical exam, you will need to complete a detailed flight planning exercise. You will attend an FAA approved knowledge testing center like Sheffield School of Aeronautics to take the exam.
Review your notes, especially what you do not already know. While It may seem overwhelming, focus on the subjects or topics that you do not remember or you had the most trouble with. Do not waste too much time studying information that you know you already know. You need to make sure you learn what you don’t know.
Spread it out. There is so much information you need to know that trying to squeeze it all into an overnight study session the day before is a bad idea. Our dispatcher program instructors suggest studying a section each night up until the exam. It is best to study in shorter increments and take breaks often.
Along with not procrastinating when it comes to studying comes the idea of getting a good night’s sleep the night before exam day. Make sure you do not stay up late studying the night before the test. You need sleep before a big exam. In fact, trying to pull an all-nighter will actually hurt you. Besides, all of the negative physical side effects of not getting enough sleep, cramming the night before relies on your brain’s short-term memory which is quickly forgotten, but you need long-term memory to recall and retain facts.1 You will simply have just wasted your time.
Talk to your instructors and anyone you know who has taken the FAA aircraft dispatcher certification test. They probably have good insight including what sections may be the most heavily quizzed on and what you should prioritize in terms of studying.
Finally, the best way to prepare for the FAA aircraft dispatcher license test is to take practice exams. Below, our flight dispatcher school has provided some resources that we think will help you pass the test with flying colors.
Recommended Study Sources & Additional Readings
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