The FAA Tracking Number, or FTN, should be familiar to those who have undergone a practical test in the last few years, as it has been used within the application process for a new rating or certificate. That process utilizes a form known as IACRA (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application). A prospective pilot previously first created a profile in IACRA, which delivers an FTN, when applying for an initial student pilot certificate. Because some students take the knowledge exam prior to beginning any flight training, inconsistencies could develop between the profile entered for the knowledge test—including the user’s name—and that used on the application for the initial certificate. By creating an IACRA profile and using the FTN on the subsequent knowledge exam (such as that for private pilot), the user eliminates the chance that different names will need alignment between the knowledge exam results and the application for the pilot certificate.