YES! GroundSchool features ACTUAL QUESTIONS (current for
2017 - 2018
and continuously updated) that you will see when you go to take your FAA written exam and is fully compatible with and will be regularly updated
for changes to the evolving FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS).
Learn more about how our GroundSchool programs and apps feature superior learning content that leads to better study, testing, and learning outcomes.
work continuously to ensure that the content is as up to date as
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a minimum of time and cost, YOU
can ACE your FAA Fundamentals of Instruction knowledge (written)
test using our GroundSchool Software.
(Free Trial! Download
"Thank you for providing such comprehensive and up to date software to prepare me for my FOI written test ... If I would have relied on any other providers' software alone, I would have been unprepared for the test. I did use the [royally-named, royally-expensive competitor's] (outdated) software, and a [amateur-hour] horrible FOI test prep app for the iPad along with Dauntless software in preparing for the test. I credit my success to Dauntless alone. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE FANTASTIC PREPARATION SOFTWARE!"
- WH, Berkeley CA
"I studied for just a couple hours a day just under a week and was able to ace my FOI test in 10 min with 100%. Very good descriptions and explainations of answers and why the FAA wants each specific answer. Much better android app than the competition since you can save, and have question stacks. I even understand some of the material better. Thanks a lot Dauntless! Next up is the FIA and AGI, I will let you know the outcome for those as well."
The FAA Fundamentals of Instruction knowledge test must be taken by most Flight and Ground Instructor applicants. However, it is only peripherally aviation related. The real focus of this test is the theory and practice of teaching and learning. By making you think about the teaching and learning process, the FAA undoubtedly hopes that you will become a better instructor yourself.
Our GroundSchool software will help you prepare for the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction test in a highly effective way. It is 100% what you need to prepare for your FoI written test and features actual FAA questions.
We offer two ways to purchase the FoI written test:
Most People Should Get the Combined Flight Instructor and FoI Prep from here. The FoI prep can be purchased as part of GroundSchool Flight and Ground Instructor. For one price, you get both the Fundamentals of Instruction test prep plus a complete prep for your actual flight and ground instructor written test. This is the best solution for most potential flight and ground instructors. Please visit the GroundSchool - Flight and Ground Instructor page if you think this might apply to you.
A few others might truly need just the FoI prep. The FoI prep can also be purchased individually, separate from the complete Flight and Ground Instructor test bank as well. This is for people who need to prepare only for the Fundamentals of Instruction written test but not for any other test in the FAA Flight/Ground Instructor test bank. This may include:
Instrument Flight Instructor Candidate? Somebody who intends to get an INSTRUMENT flight/ground instructor certificate as their INITIAL and ONLY (ever!) flight/ground instructor certificate. The CFI-Instrument (Airplane and Helicopter) test can be studied for using our GroundSchool - Instrument Rating software as the CFI-I questions are part of the FAA IFR, NOT Flight Instructor banks. If you plan on getting your CFI-I as your initial flight instructor certificate, you will likely need to take the FoI written. However, if your instrument will be your first flight/ground instructor certificate but you plan at some point to get your regular "VFR" instructor certificate (CFI/BGI/AGI), then you should look into the combined Flight Instructor / FoI package as you will at some point need to take a "VFR" flight/ground instructor written test as well. Remember, upgrades are always free, so if you buy the software now it will be waiting for you when you're ready to study.
Corporate FoI Taker? As it turns out the FoI is a pretty good test and studying for it is generally a worthwhile experience for many, even outside the flight instruction world. Some companies and departments have made it mandatory for a wide variety of people. If you are such a person, maybe our FoI only prep is for you.
Exempt from the FoI?
A small percentage of people, such as those with certain formal degrees in education, are in theory exempted from taking the Fundamentals of Instruction written test. In our experience, however, most people who are in theory exempted end up taking it anyway. Why? First of all, it's often easier to just prepare for and pass the FoI written test than to jump through the paperwork hoops that may be associated with proving your exempt status. More than that, however, is that the FoI is actually quite a good test and a good review of basic teaching/learning theory. And, if you still don't buy that, consider this: even if you are theoretically exempt from the written test, you will not be exempt from knowing FAA Fundamentals of Instruction material during your flight instructor checkride. Remember: initial CFI checkrides are almost always given by an FAA Pilot Examiner. The oral portion of your initial CFI checkride will in all likelihood be quite intense and you will have to know the FoI stuff quite well - you will not be able to bluff your way through it based on your general background in education - the FAA Pilot Examiner will want to hear evidence that you know the FAA FoI take on things. The CFI checkride is among the most often failed and lack of preparedness for the FoI portion of the oral exam undoubtedly makes up a substantial portion of those failures. Your best chance of success is to prepare for and take the Fundamentals of Instruction written test - even if you are theoretically exempt.
books and other materials, our software updates itself
using the built-in LiveUpdate feature. You always have
the latest and greatest available study material from
us at no extra charge.
software costs about the same as what a book does, but
is significantly more time efficient. Sure, DVD/Video
sets may look pretty, but many find them frustrating,
timewise. Our software works on YOUR pace at significantly
you study here using up-to-date, ACTUAL
FAA QUESTIONS. Answers and Explanations written
by highly experienced flight instructors and professional
pilots. All required charts and figures included.
best way to get a feel for the software is to download it from below
it and try it out! The demo is free (and if you
decide to purchase it, the price is very reasonable.)
- Flight Instructor
Instructor Airplane/Helicopter/Gyroplane and Fundamentals
GroundSchool - Fundamentals of Instruction Only Version
This smaller download includes only FoI. For the most part, you're better off downloading the Flight/Ground Instructor version above, since it includes not only the FoI, but the other Flight Instructor tests as well. However, we provide the FoI-only version here as an option.
This software has a really cool feature. After you complete a study session, you can, choose to report your progress to our TestPrepStatus.com system where you will be able to see charts of your study progress so that you can identity your weak points.
The really cool thing, however, is that you can also invite your instructor (CFI, flight school, mechanic school, mentor, parent, study partner, etc) to log in and monitor your progress. This is neat because now you can prove to your instructor in a concrete way now your study is progressing.
Access to the TestPrepStatus.com system is completely free for you and your instructor! Only GroundSchool has this innovative system.
Meet some of our Editorial Team
Cirincione is a captain for a Fortune 50 company flying Citation
X and Learjet 60s. He has 23+ years of aviation experience
and holds the following ratings: ATP, Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI,
FE Turbojet, and A&P. He has a Master of Science in Aeronautical
Science, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, and an Associate
of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. His has taught A&P
students for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Learjet 60
initial and recurrent classes for FlightSafety International. Prior
to that, T was a Flight Examiner in the US Air Force, and an instructor
at the USAF Fighter Weapons School flying the mighty F-4 Phantom.
He has over 4000 hours in fighters and corporate aircraft. When
not immersed in aviation, T enjoys fly-fishing, bow hunting, and
4-wheelin his Jeep.
is an FAA certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII) and Commercial
Single and Multi Engine, Instrument pilot. He is currently located
in Melbourne, FL but originally grew up in Dijon, France. He gradued
from Florida Tech with a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Science
and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Aviation Human Factors.
He's a Flight Operations Administration Supervisor and also loves
to take pictures and develop websites.
grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska where, after watching thousands of
seaplanes take-off and land, grew interested in aviation. With the
encouragement of his parents, sisters, and most recently his wife
Jessica, Danny began pursuing his dream of flying in 1998 while
attending college at the University of Idaho. He is a commercially
rated pilot and also a certified flight instructor with instrument
instruction privileges. In addition to his flight experience, Danny
has an extensive teaching background from guiding and teaching sea
kayaking in Alaska and Idaho, a job which he began when he was 15
is a corporate captain with significant experience Cessna, Dassault Falcon, and now,
elite Gulfstream IV/V aircraft.
Previously, Denis has flown a Yak 42 regional
jet for Aeroflot. Denis also has several thousands of hours of small
plane experience as a CFI/I and aerial inspection pilot. When not
flying, Denis spends his time overwatering his garden and playing
with his young children.
is now one of the most prominent and experienced Hot Air Balloon
pilots in the USA. However, his aviation experience is far deeper:
Bill is a former US Navy pilot who has over 9,000 hours of flight
experience in everything from jets to helicopters. He has served
as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Safety Counselor. He was
a crewmember for Malcolm Forbes’ balloon flight across America
in 1973. Each year he acts as Balloonmeister* for several balloon
events and last year celebrated his 22nd year as Balloonmeister
for the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, NY.
GroundSchool is designed to help you learn the material and score highly on your
test in the most efficient manner possible. Our software represents years of listening to and understanding the needs of pilots
and mechanics. The program is designed with the singular goal of helping you learn
the material so you can pass your FAA written test with a minimum of time and
effort. Sure, there are some study methods that are cheaper (and many far more
expensive!).. but only if your time is worth nothing.. Our software is fast, efficient,
Here are a few screenshots from the software:
With our FAA Written Test Prep software, you don't have to worry about having
an out of date version. Our authors work to update the data as FAA question
pools change. Groundschool has a built-in self-update feature that connects
to our servers and makes sure that you have the latest and greatest versions
of the software and data soon after they becomes available.
Additionally, the self-update can be used to install new test
data (such as Instrument Rating on top of Private Pilot) so you can have it
when and where you need it.
Passed the IFR (Airplane) and Flight Instructor Instruments tests in the same afternoon after using your apps!
I think your apps are very good. There was a guy next to me at the CATS testing center that failed after using She**** A**. ... I think the intuitiveness
of your apps is superb. ... Thanks for the help, I'll be using this for my commercial as well!
- JT - GroundSchool User.
wanted to express my gratitude for the FAA Ground School Test Prep
Software. The features are outstanding with regard to knowledge
reinforcement, cross referencing, concentrating on weak points,
and ease of use. Even if you have one of the other home study courses
you still need this program."
- DM - GroundSchool User.
took my test yesterday, and scored 97%. I hd K***'s DVD set and an A** book too. None of them hit the mark in terms of meeting my needs as much as your app did.
I was able to load the app on my work laptop, and take practice tests everywhere: in airports, in-flight (in scheduled airlines), long meetings. It really helped that I could save my tests, and could
review the questions I got wrong later. Being able to search for questions ... was very valuable in keeping me efficient and focused.
You should all be proud of having created something so useful, so well thought out!
- DM - GroundSchool User.
A "test bank" contains
one or more tests. For example, the "Private and Recreational Pilot" test bank will contain the Private
Pilot Airplane, Private Pilot Helicopter, and other tests. You'll be able to see the exact tests in each
of the test banks in the screens to follow. Here
are the available GroundSchool test banks:
For the Professional Pilot of the future! One of our best Value
FAA written test prep packages. This is for those really focused on a career in aviation. This package includes
both the Takeoff and FlightLevel Bundles combined.
For the Professional Pilot of the future who also wants to operate in the dynamic Sport Pilot world! Our Best Value
FAA written test prep package. This is for those really focused on a career in aviation but who also love it enough and want the 'future proofing' security of also getting a
Sport Pilot license(s). This package everything from the Takeoff, Sport Pilot, and FlightLevel Bundles combined.
Complete preparation for the three written / knowledge tests (General, Airframe, and Powerplant) that you'll need to take and pass to get
get an FAA A&P certificate. Includes access to all three A&P test banks. Please note: choosing this is the same as choosing a "pick 3"
bundle above and then selecting the mechanic tests from there.
This is for purchasing the Military Competence test banks (Military Competence Airplane and Helicopter - MCA and MCH and/or Military Competence Instructor (MCI)) only. Purchase this option if you are a military pilot wishing to obtain your FAA civilian commercial pilot and/or flight instructor certificate(s) on the basis of your military experience. See the Military Competence page for full details.
This is for purchasing the prep for the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) test only. This is for people who are sure that they need
ONLY the FOI prep. Most flight and ground instructor candidates should NOT get this, but rather the complete CFI test bank that includes all the flight/ground instructor tests plus the FOI.
To be clear: any purchase that includes
at no extra charge, so that if you selected as a title either as a 'single test bank' or part of the pick 3 bundle, you'd get both CFI and FOI and it would
only count as one test bank. This "FOI only" option here is at a lower price for those who know that they will only ever need FOI.
took the test after working with your software and the K***
Schools CFI/FOI course. Your course was the most economical
to use for the practice tests versus K*** Schools. I studied
at a slow pace for 3 months then accelerated the practice and
review one month prior to the written. Your course was great
for getting familiar with the computerized testing scheme that
CATS employs. I scored 99% on my FI/A and 100% on my FOI written
tests. I believe I spent about and hour and a half on the FI/A
test and only 35 minutes on the FOI. I plan on using your software
for any future ratings or certificates. Thank you." - FM
- PM (Comm/CFI)
... Fundamentals of Instruction ... only one question wrong
... only 2.5 hours of study" - AA (CFI/FOI)
score was 97%. Software was highly helpful." - JW (CFI)
missed one on the FOI (my fault!) The software was a big help!"
- DH (CFI/FOI)
will recommend your software to my students .." - DF (PVT/IFR/Comm/CFI)
new explanations are a great help... I ended up getting a 100%."
- LR (IFR/Comm/CFI)
"I'm using the Groundschool FOI-Only version of your software, and this is just a great product. Flexible, clear, easy-to-use, and most of all effective." - DW
"The software did an excellent job from start to finish. It walked me through the material in a logical manner, became progressively more challenging, and allowed me to master the EXACT FAA questions. In addition, simulating the Laser Grade testing format was perfect training for the real thing! FOI score = 100% Thanks guys!" - SH, GroundSchool User
feedback keeps rolling in. Our users routinely score very highly
on their knowledge tests. We invite you to be next. It's hard
to say for sure, but we're confident within reasonable doubt
that we have helped "hundreds get hundreds" with our
software by this point.
5. Powerful and
written by professional pilots and flight instructors
(Airplane, Helicopter, Balloon, etc.) are covered
Plenty of study
and testing options allowing you to personalize the software for your own
most efficient study.
You can get
an instructor signoff to take the actual written test through use of this
software and our Online
to explicitly flag questions which you find to be difficult
or groups of questions using a wide range of search criteria
Library of Aviation offering everything from PTS documents to FAA training
publications to aircraft checklists and much, much more
CATS, and AvTest 2000 Emulation modes allow you to practice on
the software as you will see it at the actual testing center.
load and save training / testing sessions
Print out score reports to show your instructor, a "book" of questions for
yourself to study on the road or elsewhere.
is not really quantifiable or visible: fast, efficient study. The software
has been designed to be quick so your time is spent preparing and learning,
not flipping pages or clicking about needlessly.
* This list refers to features found in the MS-Windows™ PC versions of GroundSchool.
Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI)
for checking out the software! Good luck on your test, and blue
your flight school like this? The Wright Brothers testing
the balancing skills of potential flight students. Actually,
while the photo is genuine, the Wrights were engaging in
some lighthearted fun (1904).
"I believe that your product is
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with. All the more so due to your very prompt
response to my questions.
I was about to order the
[competitor's product] when I noticed
your product. Because it was downloadable, I
could start practicing right away. And, the
price was right. I’m a 64 year old 1000 hour
private pilot (1963) with instrument rating
(1966) who suddenly decided to get my Commercial
and CFII as a retirement vocation. I don’t learn
as fast as I did 40 years ago. GroundSchool has
been a great learning and practicing tool." -
"I will tell you that I think your
software is a wonderful product and I have
personally recommended it to many students at
[FBO] ground school classes... in fact as a
result of using your program, my wife blew by
the other students in her class! This has been a
tremendous confidence builder for her as she was
somewhat intimidated by the other students (all
male) Kind of fun to watch their faces when she
completes a multiple chapter review in 1/4 of
the time they took. Now, they make comments
during the correction like..." well I had answer
A but [wife's name] has answer B and I'm sure
she has the right answer "
We're having a
great time with your software even I use it to
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We continually work to
upgrade both the content and functionality of
our software and apps.
Upgrades are always
available free of charge and with minimum hassle, usually through
straighforward, built-in self-update features.
Our products can help you not just pass your test now, but will also be there for you when you want to review and update your knowledge down the line.
CATS™ and LaserGrade™ Testing Center Emulation
No need to worry about what the
experience at the test center will be like.
GroundSchool can be set to emulate both the CATS
and LaserGrade test center software so that when
you go to take your actual test, there will be
This is one of many timesaving,
score-boosting, and stress-relieving features
Advice about the Instructor Written tests I wish
somebody would have given me:
Advanced and Basic Ground Instructor tests use (essentially)
the same questions as the FIA Flight Instructor
if you're studying for the FIA (or Flight Instructor
Instrument Airplane), it's not a bad idea to take
the AGI or BGI (or IGI) test immediately (as in
5 minutes) after taking your FIA (or IFI) tests.
this will cost you an additional testing center
fee, but you'll get the ground instructor ratings
with zero extra study time.
the ground instructor ratings may be
needless for most
flight instructors in terms of instructing, they
do look good on an aviation CV plus they are required
if you ever get the opportunity to upgrade your
flight instructor certificate to Gold Seal status.