The timing was good: I had recently partialled on my PPL written exam, and so had to prepare to re-write one section. As such, I was able to look at this guide as a “true resource”, rather than just an arbitrary review.
Although the overall look of the resource screams “self published”, the actual contents are extremely useful, and very professionally put together by a pilot and flight instructor who clearly takes pride in his work.
A short but very practical introduction to both the PPAER and the concept of multiple choice tests is followed by 9 exams -- roughly two for each of the four areas (Met, Nav, Air Law and General Knowledge), and then two fully blended Simulated PPAERS, consisting of 105 questions each.
The fact that the booklet gives the option of focussing in on one of the four areas is extremely helpful for those in my situation, who have partialled, and now find themselves having to study for and re-write just one section of the exam. This format is also useful for those just embarking on their exam prep, as it breaks the considerable body of knowledge down into manageable chunks.
Appendices with actual weight and balance graphs, Nav charts, etc. are included at the back of the booklet, as are the answers for each exam. The fact that the book is spiral bound helps manage the often unwieldy material we cart around to study from, and makes it easy to rip out the material needed to complete a specific test and have it right at hand while working out of the booklet.
Given that the document actually consists of nine practice exams and supplementary material, at $70.00, Steve Pomroy’s “Private Pilot License Written Exam Preparation” is a reasonably priced, beneficial resource for students embarking on their exam studies. It can be purchased through Steve’s website at www.skywriters.aero, or ordered by request from your flight school.