5 Tips for Transport Canada Exams
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5 Tips for Transport Canada Exams

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Transport Canada’s written exams are known to be difficult and sometimes filled with oddly worded questions. For newer pilots, taking a Transport Canada exam may seem like a daunting task, so all of us here at the Coastal Drone office pooled our know-how to give you 5 TC exam tips. Between all of us, we have taken at least 12 Transport Canada Written Exams across drones, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft. We hope this guide can prove helpful for pilots preparing for any Transport Canada Exam 

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1. Read the Question & Answers Carefully

 

One of the most important tips for taking an exam is to read the questions carefully and more than once. There’s even a mnemonic for it; RTFQ2. 

Read 

The 

*Ahem* 

Question 

Twice 

Sometimes these questions may look like they are asking for one thing, when at a second glance they may be asking for something else. Also, always take note if there are units in the question. 

Sometimes, Transport Canada exams have more than one correct answer. Of these multiple answers, one will be the most right answer. This could look like an option D that says all of the above, or a kind of right answer and a clearly correct answer. Don’t select the first correct answer you see, as there may be another correct answer hiding in plain sight, right below!

2. Make sure all units match

If the question includes numbers make sure to make sure the units in the answers are the same as the units in the questions. Sometimes answers may include both altitudes AGL and ASL, or distances in nautical miles vs statue miles, which can trip people up.

Furthermore, questions that rely on older Fixed-wing or Helicopter Pilot Operating Handbooks or Operations manuals may have all units in imperial. 

In case of different units, make sure you know how to convert between different unit types!

3. Eliminate wrong answers

Have a piece of paper handy, and for tough questions, write down A, B, C, and D. Then, start eliminating answers from the options until you’ve arrived at the correct one. Even if you don’t know the answer, you can often narrow it down to 2 options, which may give you an easier time when you come back around at the end. 

 

How this looks; Take this questions from one of Coastal’s Practice exams;

 

 

B

C

___________________________________________

A

B

C

D X → We do not use meters for measuring position 

___________________________________________

A X → Degrees Latitude Mearuses North South 

B

C

D X → We do not use meters for measuring position 

___________________________________________

Even at this position, this has narrowed down the answer to the point where we can make a good attempt. But let’s take it to it’s conclusion 

___________________________________________

 

A X → Degrees Latitude Mearuses North South 

B

C X → The UTM grid is a map projection system 

D X → We do not use meters for measuring position 

 

A X → Degrees Latitude Measures North-South 

B → Degrees longitude are for measuring east-west, this is the correct answer 

C X → The UTM grid is a map projection system 

D X → We do not use meters for measuring position 

 

Let’s see how we did;

 

4. Skip Tricky Questions and come back to it at the end

The Advanced Exam is 50 questions and you have 60 minutes. That means you have around a minute and ten seconds per question. Some questions are tricky and may require looking carefully at notes, written material, or a map. Time should not be wasted, so if you’re looking at a question, and find that it may take more than 20-30 seconds to answer, skip it and come back. The Advanced exam interface will show you which questions are still unanswered, so you can come back and figure it out at the end. 

5. Use all available resources

In the case of open-book drone exams, that means using the AIM the CARS and all of your notes. For closed-book exams, a flight computer like the ASA CX3 can save tons of time, and eliminate the errors introduced when using an E6B. It’s also a good idea to have a pencil and paper hand to draw diagrams, particularly for questions about circuits and Navigation

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