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CPL exam. When do I do it?

Old 22nd Jul 2013, 11:55
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CPL exam. When do I do it?

Hey guys. I'm just about to start my CPL theory and still deciding if I go to ground effect or Lionel Taylor. Heard very good things about Lionel's CPL course. Anyway, my question to the people who have done a 7 week course full time, is it best to do an exam at the end of each week or do a subject then have a week to study and then do the exam? So instead of 7 weeks it would turn into 14 weeks of study. I'm planning on taking time off work to just concentrate on the workload because at this pace I will be finished in a years time! Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 12:53
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My suggestion is to try and do at least a few of the exams as you go along.

Don't know anything about Ground Effect, but did my CPL theory with Lionel and thought he was great.

No matter where you do the theory it's a good idea to buy the texts from Bob Tait and read them as well for extra coverage.

Buy a heap of sample exams.
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Old 23rd Jul 2013, 08:25
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I went to Bob Tait for 7 or 8 weeks. I found it best to get it over with and I did the exam at the end of each subject while it was completely fresh in my mind. My marks were mid 80's to mid 90's.

Then again, I only had 6 weeks leave to get the full course done!
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Old 23rd Jul 2013, 09:17
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Thanks for the replies. Think I will go with Lionel as its longer hours during the week and also works in a day for the exam.
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Old 23rd Jul 2013, 10:01
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I was in a similar position in terms of who to go with. Ground Effect are a new player in the theory scene. Nice building. Have heard reports that they were OK. Nothing beyond alright. I must stress I cant account for this first hand but 3 few close friends have each done PPL, CPL and ATPL with GE.

Lionel has been in the game for years. His handwritten notes and practice exams are worth gold. You learn the content alongside known exam questions, usually followed up by one of Lionel's stories. Each night you are given a practice exam. He usually hands you a couple of final exams containing some pretty difficult questions that will get you sweating.

When you finally sit your exam you will cruise through it. His success rate is pretty high and you will actually enjoy yourself! He tells you when to book the exams and what time. Usually 5 days of class (sometimes half days) then you sit the exam. He's a hard one to track down though. His mobile spends most of the time on the ground in the classroom next door. Be persistent. He's worth it.
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Old 23rd Jul 2013, 21:11
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Another vote for Lionel here....did my CPL theory with him in the early 90's. It was a full week course, with a follow up session prior to the exam, which I sat 2 weeks after the course.
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Thanks for the replies. Will be starting with Lionel in the oncoming weeks.
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Wouldn't be surprised of the Wright brothers did their aviation theory with Lionel.

The key to passing CPL theory exams first time is doing heaps of practice exams!
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