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Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep

Prepare for your Instrument Rating Checkride

Ace Your Instrument Oral Exam & Instrument Flight Test - Guaranteed!

This course shows you a real-world ACS Instrument Rating Practical Test including both the oral and flight exams. You'll learn on-screen exactly what the FAA wants you to demonstrate to earn your Instrument Rating.
  • FREE lifetime course access and automatic updates
  • Ace Your FAA Instrument Rating Oral & Instrument Rating Practical Test — Guaranteed!
  • Updated to the current FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) requirements
7.5 hours
Was: $199

What Your "Checkride" Will Be Like
Your Practical Test, commonly referred to as your checkride, consists of two parts:
  • An oral exam conducted before you go flying
  • An in-flight test in which you demonstrate your skills in the aircraft


Everything You Need to Know to Ace Your ACS Instrument Rating Checkride
You will be completely prepared to demonstrate both your aviation knowledge for the oral exam and demonstrate your proficiency at flying IFR for your checkride—everything you need to know to show your examiner that you are truly ready to be an Instrument Rated Pilot. This course will show you exactly how to demonstrate your knowledge and perform each aerial maneuver to the ACS (Airman Certification Standards). This course is mobile friendly and can go anywhere you need to study.
  • Go from handshake to handshake with an actual FAA examiner
  • Learn what your examiner wants to hear and how to say it
How to Prepare for the Instrument Rating Oral Test
You'll Learn how to demonstrate your aviation knowledge, including subjects like:
  • IFR Flight Planning
  • Holding Procedures
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Meteorology
  • IFR Regulations
How to Prepare for the Instrument Rating Flight Test
You'll learn how to perform basic attitude instrument flying & holding procedures with in-flight and air-to-air footage. You will be able to demonstrate good risk management—including situational awareness, collision avoidance, cockpit resource management and the appropriate use of checklists.
You’ll pass on your first attempt—or your money back
Accepted for FAA WINGS Credit
Learn what to expect
Martha King Takes the Practical Test with an Actual FAA Examiner
The earlier you know what's required for your FAA IFR Practical Test, the more prepared you'll be
Get This Course Now!
Don't wait until the last minute. Customers have told us that they wish they had started the Instrument Rating checkride prep course early in their training because it so clearly demonstrates every flying skill they had to master on their way to their certificate or rating.
The invaluable tips and in-flight footage will save you time and money as you'll be able to demonstrate your knowledge of instrument procedures to your Flight Instructor with ease!
Course Running Time:
Approximately 7.5 hours of video lessons

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  1. Is this course right for me?
    This course is designed to prepare you to take and pass the FAA Instrument Rating Practical Test (a.k.a. Instrument Rating Checkride).
  2. What are the system requirements for this course?
    Any device with an Internet browser and broadband Internet connection.
  3. Can I use my smartphone to view the course materials?
    Apple iPhone and iPad
    We recommend using the Safari browser.
    Free bonus! You can download your lessons and take them later on an iPad or iPhone—even when not connected to the Internet. The free King Schools Companion app allows you to view and complete lessons in your course when no Internet connection is available. The app will automatically sync progress between all of your devices when your iOS device returns online. The free app is available through the iTunes App Store by searching for "King Schools Companion."

    Follow the steps below to access your courses on your iOS device offline:
    • After you have created your iLearn account by following the instructions in the email you'll receive after you complete your order,
    • Download the King Schools Companion app through the iTunes App Store onto your iOS device while you are connected to the Internet.
    • Once your course(s) have finished loading, you can start studying offline!
    Your course is compatible with the Google Chrome browser on your Android device. The Chrome browser is available for free download from the Google Play Store by searching for "Chrome".
  4. Does this course cover the ACS checkride?
    Yes! This course has been updated to reflect the changes made by the move from the Practical Test Standards (PTS) to the Airmen Certification Standards (ACS).
  5. Is there a particular order to follow?
    Just follow the path from start to finish; it´s that easy. Of course you can skip around if you chose but we recommend staying on the lesson path.
  6. How much time will it take to complete the course?
    The Instrument Rating Practical Test Course contains approximately 7.5 hours of video.
    King Schools courses are self-paced so completion time will vary from person to person.
  7. What if I have a question? Is there a CFI available?
    If you still have a question about your course, you can call us during our normal business hours at 800-854-1001 or +1 858 541-2200. You can also email us at - We have a full staff of pilots and flight instructors available to answer you questions. Please be aware that it may take 24-48 hours to respond to an email so please call us if you need immediate attention.
    Of course, when you take a King Schools course, it is like having a flight instructor with your 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can review the material as often as you like at any time. Sometimes, you may want to review a video segment a couple of times.
  8. Can I still access the course material after I complete the course?
    You have lifetime access to your Online Instrument Rating Practical Test Course. Remember, with the online media, the course is also automatically updated and will always be current.
  9. When can I take my FAA checkride?
    You'll need to first pass your FAA Written Test and receive an endorsement from your flight instructor.
  10. How do I access my course completion certificate?
    Once you have completed all the lessons and answered all the questions in each lesson, you'll be able to print out your completion certificate. Click on the Course Complete icon when you are finished to print your certificate.
  11. How do I get my WINGS credit for taking the course?
    Just make sure the email address in your King Schools iLearn account matches your WINGS account. We will automatically grant WINGS credit when you complete the course. For more information, click here.
  12. Now that I finished the course, what´s next?
    Consider getting your commercial! Of course, King Schools will be there to help you achieve this goal with King Schools Commercial Pilot Courses.

Unedited Customer Reviews
Course Completion Review
This is a great course to show the expectations that will be placed upon you on checkride day! It makes me nervous, but excited to show off my skills of instrument flying.
Nolan B. 09/11/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Thorough & Confidence Booster
Old style  but very functional and easy to navigate
Talal S. 09/05/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
5 stars!!!
Great website, easy to navigate and plenty of valuable knowledge.
Tim M. 08/30/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Excellent deep dive
I have enjoyed the IFR Practical Test course very much. Deep dive into details simulating actual test. I am confident that it helped me to get prepared for my own exam.
Andrey T. 08/27/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Glad you made these videos
I took my written exam before my first ifr flying lesson.  Therefore I didn’t watch the practical videos until I got closer to my checkride.  I’m glad you made this series. I plan to watch them one more time prior to my checkride.  Communicating with atc with their jargon is somewhat challenging. So hearing Martha communicate with atc  is a nice review.  My lessons have been spaced out a bit so listening to Martha fly has helped me keep my head in the game.
Asa G. 08/22/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Course Completion Review
Oscar G. 08/20/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Great practical prep!
I was very happy with the Private Pilot practical prep course and the IFR course didn’t disappoint. I’ve been advised to use the autopilot very sparingly during the practical as it could lead to the DPE rendering it inop. Martha seemed to use it often.  It was helpful to see how the partial panel and comms failures scenarios played out.
Troy K. 08/18/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Course Completion Review
amazing causes very easy to understand
Jackson A. 08/15/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Course Completion Review
Scott M. 08/13/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
Working on my IPC.
After 20+ years of non-instrument flying I am going back to get IFR current. King Schools was the first place I looked for some training to get my mind on what I should be prepping for in the coming weeks. I'm already instrument rated, just need to get current and proficient again.
John W. 08/07/2023
Instrument Rating Practical Test (Checkride) Prep
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