First of all, Arsenio's original comment "WAY TO GO FAA" is incredibly insensitive as well as a clear indication of that poster's ignorance.
I've been flying for over 15 years, and finally decided to get my CFI; my story is identical to wesherring in that I was incredibly frustrated as well as I honestly felt misled when I failed my FOI written with a 62% after getting high 80's to mid-90's on my practice tests. I obviously studied the wrong material, but there was NO guidance, and NO preparation for the complete difference in material BEING tested in the "New" FOI test bank. Did I learn anything? NO. Was my knowledge on the subject accurately depicted by my test result? That answer is subjective: WHAT SUBJECT? If I had been actually tested on the subject material that I had studied, a completely different depiction of my knowledge would have resulted.
Shame on the FAA for their clearly un-ethical standards without working with the industry. Forget mine and all the other students $150 dollars thrown away on a completely different test; what bothers me the most is they violate THEIR OWN Publication AIH (Aviation Instructor's Handbook, which incidentally is the book from which their NEW test questions are taken, and make sure it is edition FAA-H-8083-9A) which discusses how damaging and de-motivating it is to students when an instructor does the VERY thing they've done with the FOI test.
I'd also like to know the hard statistics on the "Quadrupled failure rate", especially since I am now a member of that auspicious pool of fine people. :)
I appeared in the FOI test in feb 2011 and failed with flying colors .scored of 68%.
On the Gliems test prep i was scoring in mid and high 90s.And i had studied from the AIH book too.But frankly i depended on Gliems test prep more than the handbook ,as i was told by my fellow cfii students and the instructor himself to study important topics from AIH .
so the first 25 questions of the test were those that i had not seen in test prep at school.
if it helps anyone,there were questions from topics like skill acquisition ,fatigue and test preparation material.so study the AIH in details is the only way to score good on the new test.
Most of the questions were opinion based.For example ,according to the AIH book ( sec 8-3) ,the minimum acceptable standards for passing the checkride should not be introduced until the 3 hours of preparation for the checkride.And there is a question from this topic which i obviously got wrong.
This is like keeping a student in dark and none of my instructors right from my student pilot days followed this. I was told right from the indtoduction what the min acceptable standards are.
I'm going to retake the test and spend $ 150.00 again. It hurts when your money goes wasted,specially when you are working two jobs to support your dream.So this time i will answer the questions based on the AIH.Wish me luck.