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Old 30th Oct 2017, 12:24
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If I am right, that is pretty much the case. Feedback is good, though, and the question banks usually have a handle on the new exams within a fortnight or so. It also has to be said that in many subjects new questions are non-contentious, well validated, and within the syllabus. Not all, however.

There is another aspect. The syllabus EASA are currently using has been around since 2008/2009 and acknowledged by all as being less than perfect. There is a working group and an NPA for revised syllabi in all subjects, due to arrive maybe 2018/2019. One of the 'less than perfect' aspects of the old syllabi is that there are some really quite badly chosen and phrased objectives, these have been quietly ignored by those asking the questions for some time, and rightly so. I am told there is a newish EASA directive, however, that all the objectives in the old (and defective) syllabus must now be tested, hence the arrival of some really silly questions such as 'State which chapter of ICAO doc *** subject *** is referred to..." etc.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 12:33
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Thanks for the info Alex. Any idea how long this cylces are? Because if they choose around 200 questions for each subject, then for the 14 should be around 1 year, am I right?
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 12:57
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Sorry, this is pure guesswork. Its unlikely they would use all new questions in their sample, and new questions are being generated at quite a rate in some subjects. If I am right (and I may not be) and you then put yourself in the UK CAA's shoes they would not want to do this too frequently in any one subject because it represents quite a lot of work. Far easier to just draw questions from the entire database - but then there has to be some method for printing out all the different exam annexes and making sure the candidates get the correct pile for the exam they are about to sit. Also the Authority have to rely on all the questions in the database being suitably validated, by their standards as well as by EASA's. I'd be interested to hear how the Authorities deal with Annexes in other EASA States.
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 16:16
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Originally Posted by Alex Whittingham View Post

It also has to be said that in many subjects new questions are non-contentious, well validated, and within the syllabus. Not all, however.
Which are the good, the bad and the ugly ones?
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 17:10
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I would tend to agree with Alex from my limited experience of sitting exams.

The students I talked to who sat the same exams as me had similar exam questions appear and were not too different over all

Just make sure you are well prepared for an exam and if you are regularly scoring 90% in question banks with a decent understanding it should be enough to get a pass
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