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Ask Drone Girl: Studying for Part 107 for less than $20

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about cheap ways to study for the Part 107 test. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.

Dear Drone Girl,

Which do you feel is the best under $20 option used to study for Part107 certification?


Hey Everett!

Great question. The Part 107 test already costs $150 to take, so I can certainly see why you wouldn’t want to pay more than that to study for it.

As far as a great intro to the part 107 study test, I recommend listening to the CommercialDrones.FM podcast episode that discusses the free online test for current Part 61 test holder. While it doesn’t cover all the information you need to know (weather/reading a miter report, etc.), it will cover the drone-specific information. Ian is highly engaging and this is great to listen to for free while on the subway or cooking dinner.

Another great free option is the Remote Pilot 101 webinar from my friend Jason Schappert. This goes over a few of the most commonly missed questions — I’m talking weather and miter reporters right here! This is a great, free way to see what some of the hardest questions on the test are and assess what you need to learn.

There are also some awesome free study guides on the Internet. Jonathan Rupprecht and Sarah Nilsson, both lawyers and pilots, have put together study guides that some of the most diligent readers will be able to read and get everything they need for the test, for free.

Of course, I won’t ignore the paid options, though there isn’t a lot for under $20. Check out my guide to some of the paid Part 107 study courses. And don’t miss my own Part 107 study guide.

I have exclusive coupon codes for two of them to help just a little bit with the cost.

  • Drone Pilot Ground School offers an online course (which I used — and passed the Part 107 test with). It’s typically $249, but use coupon code DRONEGIRL50 to save $50.
  • UAV Ground School is Gold Seal’s online Part 107 course. Sign up for free and take the first three lessons without charge. The course offers unlimited quizzes from a database of 400 practice questions and includes Flash Cards for additional practice. It’s normally $199, but use promo code DRONEGIRL to save $25 and take that price down to just $174.

Happy studying!


  • dave says:

    This is great news! I’m looking to get the commercial license in case I ever want to make a few bucks on the side. I’m not a professional photographer at all and so I have no desire to operate a business with my drone. I’ve just been approached by a few people here and there asking if I’d do some stuff for them and that they’d offer me a few bucks for my time. I hated turning them down over the concern of getting one of those lovely fines from the FAA.

  • scott says:

    I used the UAS study guide on the FAA website. And watched a few you tubes on the ifr sectional charts and airspace classification (especially E air space).

    Watched then a few times.

    Just took the test today and got an 87… passing is 70…or 75.

    make sure you know airport frequencies for towered and untowered airports

    also know vfr chart symbols as outlined in the study guide.

    just use you tube to get to understand any topic that is not clear to you in the study guide on the faa website.

    find it _started/

    look there for part 107 knowledge test prep

    that’s all i needed. hope that helps


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