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GroundSchool Audio

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The brain tends to remember what it hears at least as well as what it reads. Put your time to good use with our GroundSchool Audio series, a set of audio presentations, available in downloadable mp3 format that, will help you prepare for your next FAA knowledge (written) test. They are a perfect complement to our GroundSchool FAA written test preparation software and apps. Our audio presentations are continuously updated just as our GroundSchool software and apps' question banks are. So, you can be assured of getting up to date, actual FAA content to study from.

Actual, up-to-date FAA questions, continuously updated
Listen on your iPod or personal digital music player, or burn it to a CD and listen to it in your car
Audio presentations are customized for each particular test. So, for example, if you want to study for a helicopter test, you will not be asked those airplane questions that will not be asked on your test.
The number of FAA questions included, and, hence, the length of the audio presentation varies from test to test, but most tests feature hundreds of questions. The audio portion is generally equivalent to several (often 4 or more) CDs.
DRM-Free .mp3 format for maximum compatibility and ease of listening
Unbeatable price! $34.99 for audio presentation for one FAA test group, or $24.99 if you are an existing GroundSchool FAA written test preparation PC software user for that test.[Buy Now]
No waiting! Download the audio presentation from our website and be listening in just moments from now.
A perfect companion to our GroundSchool FAA written test preparation software/apps for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I don't understand - will I get a CD mailed to me?

AnswerNo. There will be no CD or anything physical mailed to your postal address. Rather, GroundSchool Audio is a series of mp3 files that you can download from our website.

Can you make me a CD?

AnswerUnfortunately, we are not in a position to do this. However, almost all PCs have CD-burners (CD-writers) built-in these days. So, if you want to make CDs so that you can, for example, listen to in the car, it should be a relatively simple matter of buying some blank CD-Rs and burning the mp3s to CD. Most CD-writing software will gladly turn mp3s into audio tracks so that you can make an audio CD. This do-it-yourself way is faster and cheaper for you.

Does GroundSchool Audio include ALL of the questions for a given test?

AnswerNo, and for good reason. While for most tests, most of the questions are covered, certain types of questions are not included. Specifically, questions that have a large visual or calculative element are not included. For example, questions that refer to charts and figures (that can not be easily described in the audio), weight and balance questions that require significant calculation are not included. However, GroundSchool Audio is incredibly helpful when it comes to, for example, learning questions that pertain to Federal Aviation Regulations, Aerodynamic Theory, Weather Theory, and so forth. Because GroundSchool Audio does not contain all of the questions, we suggest that you use it as a companion to our GroundSchool software, which does contains all of the questions, features charts and figures, and has more detailed explanations.

How does GroundSchool Audio filter just the questions for my test?

AnswerOne of the really cool things about GroundSchool Audio is that you get an audio presentation that is specifically for the test you are interested in. For example, if you want to prepare for the Private Pilot Helicopter Test, the audio that you download will not have any of the airplane questions that do not apply to your test. How do we accomplish this? It's simple - we record each question in a given test group separately. After you make your purchase and log in to download the audio, however, the exact questions that apply to you are dynamically joined into chapter-length mp3 files for you to download. This also means that since your audio is in essence built for you at the time that you download it, you are also getting the latest available audio and question content at any given point. It's a really nice system.

Note: While there have been a few audio-CD prep programs for others before, those have all been for airplane. While of course GroundSchool audio covers airplane questions for airplane pilots, the fact that we can dynamically filter and create your mp3s means that we are proud to be the first company to offer audio preparation for non-airplane written tests. Additionally, because our audio presentations are created for you at the time that you download them from our live, editor-maintained question database, this means that you will always have access to the latest and greatest content we have available, unlike CDs which go out of date as they sit on store shelves.


Why does the demo play every question twice?

AnswerThis is one of the really, really cool features of GroundSchool Audio. When you go to download your mp3s, you can customize the output to best suit your learning style. For example, you can choose to have each question repeat 0, 1, or 2 times (some people like this because repetition helps the brain remember better), and you can also adjust the interval between questions (some people like longer intervals to give the material a few moments to 'sink in' - others prefer shorter ones to get to the next question quickly.) For the demo, we chose to play each question twice and leave a 1 second gap in between each question. Registered users are, of course, able to change their settings and experiment until they find one that works for them.

I saw your audio being "shared" on a Peer-to-Peer service / My friend offered to give me an illicit copy of your audio presentation

AnswerUnfortunately, the temptation to pirate copyrighted audio materials is very strong. The reality is that piracy hurts small, honest companies like ours. In order to prevent this and to maintain value for our honest customers, we have taken some precautionary measures. You may have read in the previous questions how each audio presentation is dynamically created for each user. As part of this process, we also embed hundreds of very subtle "fingerprints" into the audio that you download. If you're a normal, honest user, you will be completely unaware of this tagging. However, if we find that our audio is being illegally "shared" or pirated, our system will be able to very quickly use these fingerprints to identify the source of the pirated copy, which can lead to very serious repercussions for the original owner. The fingerprinting that we have implemented will remain in place regardless of any attempts to change file formats, copy to audio CD, and so forth. Look, we offer a great product quite inexpensively (competing audio CDs generally start at at least twice our price) and do so under a generous license: the download is in DRM-free mp3 format and we allow you within reason to space shift it to CD, your personal digital audio device (such as iPod) and so forth. Please respect our work by not pirating it, even casually "among friends." Understand that while our honest customers have absolutely nothing whatsoever to fear, we will take a zero tolerance approach with copyright infringers. If you have a friend or colleague who could benefit from our products, please direct them to our website where they may purchase their own copies. Thank you for your understanding.

Is the content up-to-date?

AnswerAs written above, the audio content is dynamically created for you at the time you download it. This means that yes, the content is generally very up to date with the latest FAA changes, and almost certainly more up to date than DVD and CD programs from competitors.

What is the purchase process?

  1. Click on this [buy now] link.
  2. Select the test group of your choice, read and agree to the terms and conditions as provided, and enter information about your ownership of the GroundSchool software (if applicable).
  3. Proceed to the secure purchase pages, where you can purchase via a large number of ways, including credit card, PayPal, and so forth. Note that ecommerce is handled for us via our SWreg merchant partner.
  4. In most cases, after the purchase is complete, you will get a receipt e-mailed to you within moments. This receipt will contain your 'keycode', which is a sort of passcode that you need to get access to the audio. (If you can't locate your keycode after purchase, please visit our helpdesk).
  5. With your keycode in hand, return to this page. Click on the "existing user login" above. This will direct you to the files for you to download.

What happens after I log in?

AnswerYou log in (above) using your email address and keycode that you will receive after making a purchase. After entering this successfully, you will see a screen like this

where you can select the test group of your choice (the example user above has purchased two test groups.) Then, after you click on, for example, Recreational and Private Pilot, this screen appears:

On this screen, you select the particular test that you want to download audio for. In this case, for example, let's assume "Private Pilot Airplane." After a screen where you are reminded of the terms and conditions of purchase, you are then taken to a screen like this

where you can download the MP3 files for your test. Also on this last screen there is an options pane like this

where you can customize the mp3 files that you will download to best suit your study and listening preferences. That's it! The whole process is fast and simple.


How do I transfer this to my iPod or other personal digital device?

AnswerMost if not all personal audio devices, including iPods, certain mobile phones, and so forth have means to play mp3 files, as this is the MOST standard way of encoding digital audio out there. However, the exact procedure for getting the mp3s onto your device varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Unfortunately, we aren't really experts at all the different players out there, so it's probably best if you contact your manufacturer or read the directions that came with your device for this. However, your first step in almost all cases is to have downloaded the mp3 files to your local hard drive first.

How much does it cost?

AnswerGroundSchool Audio is priced at $34.99 per test group. However, there is a discount if you have already purchased and unlocked the equivalent GroundSchool PC software for the test group for which you'd like GroundSchool Audio. A "test group" is a series of tests that are related in the FAA's eyes. For example, Private Pilot Airplane, Private Pilot Helicopter, and others are all in the "Private and Recreational Pilot" test group. To see exactly which tests are included in which groups, please visit our GroundSchool page and browse the various pages there to get a sense for this. Alternately, you might want to try the first step of the GroundSchool Audio purchase process, as this makes it rather explicitly clear what tests are in which group. Most people generally take only one test in any given group during their pilot career. One notable exception to this is in the Flight Instructor Group, which includes the Fundamentals of Instruction test in addition to category-specific tests such as Flight Instructor Airplane. Once you purchase a given group, you get access to the audio for ALL tests in that group.

To re-iterate. The price is:

So, if you have only unlocked our GroundSchool software - Private and Recreational pilot group, getting access to GroundSchool Audio for Private and Recreational Pilot tests will cost you $24.99. However, if you want to get the audio for the Instrument Rating group but haven't purchased GroundSchool software - Instrument Rating, that will cost you $34.99.

You need to prove your existing customer status by providing your unlock code and other verification details from your PC software upon purchase.

Please keep in mind that GroundSchool Audio generally has the equivalent of 3-8 audio CDs of content per test group. Similar CD-based tutorials from other providers generally range from $60 to $200.


What is the price in my local currency?

AnswerThe prices above are listed in US dollars. As you go through the order process, you will see in a later screen the price displayed in your local currency. Orders are handled for us by SWreg, our e-commerce partner who have been absolutely great at providing a reliable and secure e-commerce gateway for us.

Can I order by Phone, Cheque, PayPal, shiny glass beads, etc?

AnswerExcept maybe for the beads, the answer is generally yes. The SWreg order system allows for a large number of ways to order. To order, for example, by phone, just start the order process online. Then, when you get to the payment stage, it will ask you about payment method - here you will see the full list of choices.


If you have any further questions we are happy to help you via our online helpdesk.

Thank you for trying GroundSchool Audio!



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