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As I was answering a member email this past week, I got the impression from the writer that she believed she could take the Private Pilot - Airplane knowledge test online. This is simply not true. While it is true that one can search for a test center, schedule a test, and pay for a test through the PSI company web site - https://faa.psiexams.com/faa/login - you must show up in person at a testing center to actually take the test.

Further, to register for a test, one must also have an FTN (FAA Tracking Number) which is issued when first registering to use the FAA's Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) web site. That, of course, is also an online event. It then became clearer how the email writer believed she could take a test online - lots of online stuff to do so it was a logical assumption, although incorrect, that the test could be taken online as well.

The AOPA Pilot Information Center stands by M-F 830-600 ET to assist with all of your aviation questions. 800-872-2672. pilotassist@aopa.org

 
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Yeah -- the FAA hasn't yet got to the point where they'll trust that some person on the internet is really the airman applying for the certificate.  A long time ago (back when DL's didn't have pictures, which includes my first couple back in the mid 20th century) you didn't need a photo ID to take an FAA practical test.  Then they caught some ringers taking the checkride for someone else...