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Best ATPL question bank

Old 29th Sep 2021, 19:58
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The 2020 EASA syllabus is very different from the 2016 and the 2020 QB's simply dont have enough questions yet. Unless you know the subject matter,you are in for a surprise as I got recently.
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Old 30th Sep 2021, 06:01
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That's the whole point.....
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 11:33
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Most up to date ATPL question bank?

Afternoon,

what’s the most up to date ATPL question bank now the syllabus has changed?
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Old 20th Dec 2021, 19:42
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I'm just about to finish my first 5 subjects of home studying, and I will be investing in a question bank shortly. Anyone here passed a "2020" exam recently, that would have any new feedback on which bank to pick these days? Thanks!
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Old 21st Dec 2021, 11:13
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I think a few people on this thread (including people who should know better) are being rather unfair and unrealistic.
Of course it is important to actually study the materials and content, but that isn't the full story.

For one, the best way to ensure you are good to doing calculation type questions is... practice, practice, practice. No matter what you are doing. Whether it be with charts are formulae. The banks are a great way to do that. Ideally, students need to just instinctively be able to do calculations as a number of exams are pretty tight for timing. Repetition is good for memorising things in general too. This isn't a tip for ATPLs, but for any examination/ other situation.

How are students supposed to know what's relevant and what isn't? If you are distance learning as many of us are/ were, there is little way to know as no materials I have seen point out the most critical information you need (and there's a lot in the materials which I didn't see in any bank and didn't come up in my exams). With ground schools, it is highly dependent on who your instructor is. Some are incredibly knowledgeable and know the exam, and what comes up, inside out. Others less so. Banks are a way to ensure you are covering all of the core materials. This isn't ideal, but it is a cheap and accessible tool to do it.

Some of the questions (I sat old syllabus to be fair) are just incomprehensible. I had at least a couple of dozen questions where I just couldn't deduce any meaning from the question or answers as they didn't make sense to me. Many others have pretty dubious English. When you bank, you'll see lots of comments like 'goodest English' or 'ICAO Level 7 English' and those comments are fair. There are also a number of things put into exams which will trip you up and need to be avoided. One I had was that if you didn't know Amsterdam was UTC+1, you simply couldn't answer the question. My CAA doesn't allow appeals so that avenue wasn't open before anyone comments.

Doing bank/ past papers/ mock exams is just good exam technique. I am sure everyone in school sat practice GCSE/ A-Level exams (if in the UK) and teachers/ schools are continually criticised for 'teaching to the test'. The issue being that examination systems basically make people teach and learn to the test. This isn't just ATPL exams, it's basically every exam on the planet.

As for the best bank, I used two. BGS and ATPLQ. BGS had better explanations, but ATPLQ had comments which sometimes were very useful and was far more comparable to what actually came up in my exams.

For those who just memorise the bank, you'll eventually get caught out. Hopefully quite early such as at the start of the CPL/ IR which will then allow you/ force you to restudy a lot of the materials to ensure you are up to pace. If you're less lucky, it will be at interview.
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