Also, unlike during the private check ride, the commercial ride requires that special attention be paid to professionalism. After all, once you earn your commercial ticket, you can be paid to fly, and that carries with it a whole new level of responsibility. For me, professionalism meant acting, and even dressing, a certain way. I approached the test very much as I would a flight with a paying passenger. That included flying with a smoothness that wasn’t expected of me during my private or instrument check rides. And it paid off: At one point during the test, the examiner actually thanked me for using the rudder properly.