Preparing for the Part 107 Exam
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To legally fly a drone for non-recreational purposes, FAA regulations require you to get a Remote Pilot License with a sUAS Rating, also known as a Part 107 License. The primary requirement for getting your Part 107 license is passing a written test. Doing well on the exam does require preparation, but it is not difficult to find study resources.
Basic Info About the Exam
The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions, with three options (A, B, and C) per question.
Each question is independent of other questions; therefore, a correct response to one does not depend upon, or influence, correct responses on other questions.
Some questions may require visual references, like airspace maps or charts. A booklet with all the required charts and tables will be provided (see Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement below).
The minimum passing score is 70% (42 correct answers).
You’re allowed two hours to complete the exam (plenty of time).
Online Study Resources
Summary of the Part 107 Rules
FAA Study Materials from 3DR
3DR Webinar on Part 107
FAA’s 'Becoming a Pilot'
FAA’s 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) FAQs
Free Part 107 Test Study Guide from Rupprecht Law
Study Guide with Companion Videos
Mastering the Aeronautical Chart Video Series (by America View)
Study Prep Podcast with Test Questions
Study Guides and Books
Remote Pilot Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide (FAA-G-8082-22). FAA, 2016
Official study guide from the FAA. Summarizes important facts of the regulations with links to more in-depth documents. 87 pages.
FAA Advisory Circular 107-2
Easiest to read summary of new regulations. 53 pages.
Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot (FAA-CT-8080-2G)
This FAA test supplement contains the actual charts and tables you’ll be given at the testing center to answer exam questions.
Also available in hard copy from online sellers.
Remote Pilot Test Prep - UAS. ASA Test Prep Board
Study guide from ASA, ~$15
Practice test from 3DR
5 Most-Missed Questions
UC Merced Extension, Introduction to Drone/UAS/UAV Safety
Drone Pilot Ground School (online course)
$300, access to materials for 5 years
Taking the Exam
- Identify the testing center where you want to take the test:
- If your preferred testing center ID starts with “LAS”, call PSI / LaserGrade Computer Testing service (1-800-211-2753) to schedule the exam. Otherwise call CATS (Computer Assisted Testing Service, 1-800-947-4228) to schedule your exam. They will ask for a credit card number for the $150 fee. It may take up to 3+ days for them to process your request. Confirming your appointment with the testing center is optional.
- After the exam, apply for your Remote Pilot License by creating an account on IACRA (https://iacra.faa.gov). IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application. Write down your registration number, because retrieving it later is a hassle.
Navigation / Sectional Charts
Sectional Charts – useful for flight planning
Sectional Charts – better quality map images
METAR Automatic Decoder