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Best ATPL question bank

Old 16th Apr 2021, 12:28
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Best ATPL question bank

Hello! This is my first post here although I have been reading the forums here for quite some time. I am getting close to doing my ATPL official exams (modular, distance learning) and I am wondering what the best question bank is or if you have any other tips to pass the exams. I am with the new "2020 syllabus" and Ive heard they changed a lot of the questions. I have some friends that recently did their officials and didnt get the expected results after using the CATS and Bristol question banks. Is aviationexam any good? I feel that studying and understanding the subjects is one thing, and learning how to pass the exam is a completely different thing. How did you guys do it? Feel free to delete this post if it is superfluous.
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Old 16th Apr 2021, 15:31
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All of the question banks will let you have a free trial of some sort to help you get a feel for their site. I'd recommend choosing one that writes thorough explanations of the answers and has a system that allows you to query questions that you don't understand or appear to be incorrect (No question bank is perfect!). Take a look at ATPLOnTrack, ATPLQuestions, Aviation Exam and BGS for starters........other question banks are available ; -)
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Old 16th Apr 2021, 23:26
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If you want questions with short and concise answers - BGS

If you want questions with thorough explanations - Aviationexam

Aviationexam is excellent in that you can literally cast aside your books and use it alone, the explanations are very detailed. BGS too is very handy in that you get the questions you need to see with short and sweet answers, no headache.

I would recommend both of these personally
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 15:28
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".....if you have any other tips to pass the exams ...?"

How about learning, and I mean really learning, the subject matter. You never know, you might have to rely on it some day.
Learning the answers to questions is not the same thing.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 09:19
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You’ve evidently not done the exams this century have you...
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 09:50
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LOL

As previously mentioned, I don't think you have done the exams this century either with that attitude. ATPL exams do not reward studying the material they are far too specific and in areas most of the time not relevant to a pilot.

You are still learning the theory with the question bank but the important thing is you are being exposed to the question style and how to asnwer specific questions that if you had not seen that type before it's very easy to slip up due to wording or traps the question writers have set.

Banking is the only way.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 11:59
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That doesn't work for the current state of ATPL exams. One has to hit the question banks.

I enjoyed studying almost all of the ATPL subjects, but believe me, preparing for the actual EASA exams was the most miserable period of my flight training. There is no other way to pass them than practicing on the question bank and memorise the most stupid questions written by people that I doubt have ever boarded an aircraft, let alone fly or work on one. I was able to get rid of the exams in 3 months. But I did not learn anything from preparing for the exams. They add nothing relevant to someone's education.

Probably EASA could learn a thing or two from the FAA system.

Now I have a full time flying job, and I do review my ATPL notes from time to time just because I like the content.

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Old 18th Apr 2021, 16:43
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Thank you for all the replies! I love studying the ATPL subjects (except airlaw maybe) and I want to learn and understand as much as possible. I absolutely agree that it is very important to know the subjects. Unfortunately I will have to do quite a lot of "banking" in order to pass the exams. I will try different banks to get the best results as you guys say.
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 10:50
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I passed my ATPL exams 4 years ago and back then the general consensus was that Bristol GS was the best option for exams in the UK and Aviation Exams for the rest of Europe. I only used Aviation Exams and it served me well.
Good luck with the new syllabus. Hopefully it has less irrelevant stuff and questions are now written according to a certain standard by competent aviation professionals.
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 16:12
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Correct.
Apologies ... if that's what it takes in today's industry, then fill yer boots.
(It seems Air Law doesn't change. Uninteresting then, as now, and was the one of the few exams where not being able to use a calculator made little difference.)
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 16:21
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Don't hate the player, hate the game.
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Old 20th Apr 2021, 06:05
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Operations is the one most directly relevant for when you join a company. The reason you need to know the material as well is because you will have check rides and tech interviews during which you will not be asked multi-guess questions - you will have to know your stuff.
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Old 20th Apr 2021, 09:23
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I just came back from ATPL/H IR Ops Procedure exam, and I use Aviation Exam easa 2020 QB. Only 50% similar question from the database.
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Old 20th Apr 2021, 15:14
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Yes Op Procedures seems to be coming from a completely different angle in 2020
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Old 20th Apr 2021, 16:38
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The database have been effected with Covid 19 Sir... We need Sputnik!
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Old 21st Apr 2021, 10:37
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I've used AvEx, BGS and ATPLQ, for me the most useful for preparing EASA was ATPLQ , can't tell for the new QB.
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Old 22nd Apr 2021, 13:46
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Yes ATPLQ is the best now but sadly it's only for aeroplane.
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Old 23rd Apr 2021, 00:50
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So do the (A) exams and bridge across. I don't know why more Heli pilots don't just get a PPL (A) - you get the money back with the credit you get against a CPL (H) so it's a free rating.
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Old 23rd Apr 2021, 00:57
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It's very important to know SOME of the subjects, just be aware that 75% of it is nonsense. Since you don't yet know which are the important things to know, your best bet is to stick to the QBs and just get through it, you've got the rest of your career to read and understand. That's a damning indictment of the state of things, but there you go.
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Old 29th Apr 2021, 14:28
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Hi all,

Is there significant difference between 2016 vs 2020 syllabus? I am self-studying by the old syllabus since I have been told there is not much difference, but would like to know which subjects are the ones changing the most?

Thanks a lot
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