What can you do when the weather is bad? Of course, the best choice is to study! Feeling confident about my knowledge, I decided to take a written test for my FAA IR certification. The exam itself wasn’t too difficult. The program interface looked exactly like Gleim’s software, and the pictures were the same as the ones available in all popular question banks (such as Gleim, Jeppesen, Sportys, and Aviationexam).
The questions weren’t exactly the same as those in the preparation books, but nothing out of the ordinary. Take your time, read the questions very carefully, don’t rush, and you’ll be done. The key is knowledge.
One more piece of advice for those preparing for the FAA IR tests: besides reading the books (which is essential), use question banks to get an idea of your knowledge. I’ve heard a lot about Sheppard, but less expensive alternatives also work well. For example, I used Gleim and Aviationexam (both are good, with the latter also offering monthly subscriptions – very convenient if you only want to refresh your knowledge) and scored 87%. It wasn’t an outstanding result, but it wasn’t bad either.