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Put your knowledge to the test.

You’re required to take a written knowledge test as part of the FAA certification process. Testing is conducted at Parkland College’s Assessment Center (on the main campus). More info about FAA knowledge testing can be found at lasergrade.com or the Federal Aviation Administration.

SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM

  • Register, pay & schedule
    Call PSI at 800/211-2754 or 800/733-9267 and choose the Parkland College Assessment Center (LAS61801)
     • You’ll receive a locator number by phone or email
     • You MUST bring the number to the Assessment Center in order to take the exam
  • Cost
    $165
    (EAA and AOPA members get a $10 discount. Tell the PSI rep that you’re a member and give your member number.)
  • Make your appointment
    Once you register, contact Parkland College’s Assessment Center (217/351-2426 or assessmentcenter@parkland.edu) to schedule an appointment. Schedules are made 24 hours in advance and up to 2 weeks out.

Fall & Spring semester hours:  Monday–Wednesday, 8am–5pm
Summer semester hours:  Monday–Wednesday, 7:30am–5pm

TAKE THE EXAM
Arrive at the Assessment Center 30 minutes before your appointment to allow for check-in and completion of on-site required forms.

Find the Assessment Center
We’re located in Room U203, on the 2nd floor or the Student Services Center on Parkland’s main campus. Here’s how to find us…

  • From the B parking lot: Enter the 1st floor of the U wing. Take the stairs in the hallway to the 2nd floor and head to the north end of the Atrium. (Elevators are located near the bookstore in the U wing to assist you in reaching the 2nd floor of the A wing.)
  • From the L wing 2nd floor: Enter the U building via the 2nd-story walkway accessed through the double doors at the end of the L wing hallway right outside L212. This corridor leads directly to the Assessment Center entrance.
  • From the B wing 2nd floor: Enter the U building via the 2nd-story walkway accessed through the double doors outside B223. Turn left and travel the length of the 2nd floor, as far north as possible, to get to the Assessment Center.
     

Required documentation
Applicants without proper ID or required endorsements will be turned away. No exceptions.

  • You must present one form of current, valid ID—at minimum—that contains photo, date of birth, signature, and physical or residential address
  • Non-US citizens will need a passport AND another government-issued ID
  • Some exams require authorization or endorsement from a flight or ground instructor certifying that you’re prepared to take the written exam
  • More info about documentation requirements: lasergrade.com or the Federal Aviation Administration.
     

Items prohibited from Assessment Center during exam

  • Cell phones (must be left at the front desk with your ID)
  • Jackets, hoodies, coats, hats, baseball caps, scarves, etc.
  • Portable music players (MP3 players, iPods, headphones, etc.)
  • Any electronic device (other than what’s allowed in the list below)
  • Calculators (depending on your type of exam)
  • Backpacks, tote bags, purses, etc.
  • Weapons, including pocket knives and Leatherman-type tools
  • Keys, sunglasses, watches
  • Food and drink (including bottled water)
  • Personal tissues and cough drops (unless unwrapped)
  • Personal scratch paper, pens, pencils

Items allowed in Assessment Center during exam

  • Mechanical E6B computer
  • Electronic E6B calculator (must be cycled on and off before and after exam)
  • Aviation plotter


Retaking the exam

  • If you failed
    You may retake an exam if you fail, but you’ll need to re-register, pay the full exam fee, and reschedule with the Assessment Center. Some exams require a waiting period before you can re-take them, and most exams require that you present your failed score report—signed by a flight or ground instructor—when you re-take them. For more details about retaking your specific exam, visit lasergrade.com.
     
  • If you passed
    You may retake an exam if you passed but want to try for a higher score. However, if you score lower on your retake, that will be recorded as your final score. Most of the same rules pertaining to retaking after failing an exam apply to retaking for a higher score. You’ll need to re-register, pay the full exam fee, and reschedule with the Assessment Center. For more details about retaking your specific exam, visit lasergrade.com.
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