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FAA Knowledge Retake. How many times?

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FAA Regulations, Instrument Rating

How many times can someone re-take a knowledge test?  Is there a penalty after a certain number of times?

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  1. DC on Jan 19, 2012

    61.35 does not list any prerequisite for a delay between retakes, etc. So I would think there’s no penalty, other than perhaps a bruised ego.

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  2. Jay on Jan 19, 2012

    There is no penalty under the FARs for retaking a knowledge test multiple times. The only penalty would be having to pay the exam fee every time you retake the test. 

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  3. Thomas Vaillencourt on Jan 30, 2012

    I doubt this applies to the test taker in this situation… But there is a required time lapse between re-examination, if the need to retest is the result of having been caught cheating on a knowledge test. In this instance the student would not be allowed to retest for one year.

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