Instrument Pilot Test Prep 4+

Study Buddy by Sporty's

Sporty's Pilot Shop

Designed for iPad

    • 2.9 • 15 Ratings
    • $14.99



Sporty's Study Buddy will prepare you for the FAA Instrument Pilot written test like no other study tool available with three modes of operation. Test material is expertly organized into categories based on subject matter and includes, questions, answers, correct answers, and detailed explanations.


Learning Mode allows you to create custom review sessions by selecting exactly which categories you want to review. Each session randomly generates the question order, and provides instant feedback based on your answer selection. Each question also provides a detailed description as to why each answer is right or wrong. These explanations were developed by Sporty’s team of Master CFI’s, based on their experience preparing students for the Instrument Rating.


Flashcard mode tests your knowledge by allowing you to only see the question without the answer choices. After answering the question mentally, you can then select to show the correct answer, and self-grade your progress along the way. This is a great feature that keeps you from being distracted by incorrect answers!


Test mode randomly generates a 60-question session from the entire database of published FAA test questions, simulating the real Instrument Pilot test. After answering all the questions, you’ll be given instant results, and have the option to review either all the questions, or just missed questions. Included in the review session are the same detailed explanations for why each answer is right or wrong.


After completing each test your results are saved in the app's Progress Report section, where you can review previous scores and and a detailed history of each question and answer selection. You can also pause a partially-completed session, and resume it at a later time here.

Also includes the new upgraded test prep supplement (figures and legends) from the FAA, with new high-resolution images.

What’s New

Version 3.6.5

Updated FAA test prep question and answer database

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Markydpat ,

Overall an okay app

I failed my written exam after getting a 90% on Sporty’s instrument test prep. The private pilot course worked great for me, however the instrument one did not cover a lot of the questions that were on the exam. I failed my first try with a 68%. I know that other people that used shepherd air instead of sportys had better luck for the written exam for the instrument rating. However, the private pilot one worked great for me.

GregActon ,

Nice idea, poor execution

Not clear if Sporty’s is serious about this app. [Downgraded from two to one star because test supplement figures are poorly scanned and critical data often illegible.]

The basics are here to review a question bank, but there’s no real integration in tracking progress across various modules, reviewing flagged questions, etc. Reviews written five years ago easily still apply in Dec 2017. You get a free iPad cleaning cloth from Sporty’s, but would have to pay $7 shipping to receive.

It’s a decent enough way to answer a bunch of questions and see what subject areas are weakest, including taking a practice exam. Perhaps sporty’s doesn’t want to undercut its more expensive ground training apps, or stopped investing in improvements once the FAA stopped publishing the knowledge test bank.

I’m a CFII circling back to take my AGI and IGI written ten years later (for gold seal), so it will serve my purpose of identifying if/where I need to bone up prior to dropping $140 on CATS. But this app probably isn’t too useful for any other purpose.

rambowarbird ,

Mostly there

The interface is sufficient and the question database is complete, however my only complaint is that some of the questions are missing figures. This can be frustrating as some questions are impossible to complete, especially the ETE "box 10" type questions (missing STARs for one question in particular plus several others I've encountered). If I didn't already have a hard copy of the exam figures, this app would not have helped me to learn how to do the ETE problems.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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