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FAQ > GroundSchool EASA ATPL / CPL / IR
Are explanations provided?

Our GroundSchool EASA (ATPL, CPL, and IR) products are relatively low-priced test bank products providing you with thousands and thousands of actual and realistic EASA questions for you to study in a highly efficient way. Our user experience is quite polished, allowing you to go through the questions and material quickly.

While a few isolated questions have explanations, for the most part, we do not include explanations in the app.

To understand why, consider that there are approximately 15,000 questions in the EASA test banks - all quite technical and subject to periodic revision. A typical explanation ranges anywhere from a few sentences for a regulatory question to several pages for questions involving complex calculations or analysis. Let's call it half a page of writing per question. That's 7,500 pages total, or approximately 6 times the length of the first edition of Tolystoy's "War and Peace."

A typical EASA textbook set costs as of this writing around 1000 Euro and includes maybe 1500 pages, maximum. You see where we're going with this - our product is very inexpensive.

But I saw another EASA prep claiming to have explanations.

One of our competitors claims this, but a close explanation shows that there's a lot less there than they claim. Mostly, they have provided a few "obvious" explanations to some simple regulatory questions. They provide very little value. The idea that anybody would provide serious explanations for the entire EASA test bank is just not credible.

Where do I learn the material from, then?

So, there are a few ways to do this. If you are enrolled in a classroom / formal training programme, you will often be given textbooks / lectures / seminars. Between those resources, you can learn more about the actual questions - that's why such schools cost typically several thousand Euro at minimum. If you're studying on your own (either because you don't need a classroom component to whatever pathway you are on or because you are "pre-studying" before a course), then it is possible to get electronic versions of various EASA textbooks on the web. Add to this general google searches and internet forums, and this is how most people manage.

But what if my ground school classroom course provides test prep?

The test prep provided by many actual formal ground school programs is quite poor. Many of our users take advantage of the superior usability of our app to save a lot of time compared to whatever tools your local school may otherwise provide you with.

Do I really need test prep if I am in a classroom course anyway?

Again, let's go back to the number of questions. Let's say there are roughly 1000 questions per individual exam. Even if you discussed each question for only three minutes - an unrealistically short amount of time - this would still take over 40 hours of classroom time - per test or about four months of classroom time for all the tests just going through the very basics of the questions. You can see why this would be a crazy use of classroom time. The best solution is to:

  • Study with textbooks and listen to your classroom lectures to understand the general concepts
  • Dig deeper into textbooks to get specifics that your lectures may not cover.
  • Use our GroundSchool EASA exam prep app intensively to prepare for exam questions and to generate questions in your mind that you might take back to the school.
  • Use seminars and question and answer time in your school plus internet discussions and resources to clear things up that you may have trouble with or questions about.
This is the best course of action.