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Last-minute tips for Instrument Knowledge Exam?

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I'm taking the Instrument written exam in a few hours.  Does anyone out there remember a particular question that tripped you up?  Anything that made you slap your forehead when you saw your results, and say "How did I blow THAT one?  Everybody knows that!"  Anything you forgot to study for and wish you had remembered?

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  1. John D. Collins on Jan 17, 2012

    When determining the 6 month instrument currency, it is best to write down the months by name or it is easy to get it wrong.  For example, assume you passed an IPC on Jan 1, 2011 and have not accomplished any of the 6 approaches, holds, or the course tracking since that date.  If you want to take an IFR flight on July 31, can you act as PIC?  The six calendar months are the ones prior to the month of the intended month of the flight.  They are June, May, Apr, Mar, Feb, and Jan.  So, even though it has been a full 7 months since your IPC, the 31st of July is the last day you are legally current.

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  2. John Parsons on Jan 17, 2012

    That’s a good one, John!  I’ll remember that.  Even thought the reg is written pretty plainly, it’s still confusing sometimes to figure if the month at each end is in the count.
    Well, the test is over and I passed.  Not with flying colors perhaps, but with some room to spare.  After I look up the numbers to see what I missed, I’ll probably do a little of that forehead slapping I mentioned.  Now to get those flight hours in before 24 months bleed away!

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  3. John D. Collins on Jan 18, 2012

    Congratulations on passing.  What were the subject area codes of the questions you missed.  If you have any questions on them, feel free to continue the discussion.

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  4. John Parsons on Jan 18, 2012

    John, thanks for the offer; I’ll probably take you up on it off-line.  I’m at the office now and don’t have my test prep book with me, but there were a couple of test questions I have identified as ones I answered incorrectly, and I would like to follow up on those with you.
    It’s frustrating that the test report only tells the general areas I missed questions in, but not the specific questions.  Some of those areas are pretty broad and I feel I know them well, yet I missed something in there and wish I could see exactly what it was.

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