Checkrides, or Practical Tests in FAA speak, are the final tests of aviation. All pilots have to go through them to get their rating and Sport Pilots are no exception. A checkride consists of:
The oral test always precedes the flight test and must be passed before continuing on to the flight test. The oral is an open book test (and you are encouraged to bring and use your resources). The intent of the oral is to explore what you really know about topics such as airspace, principals of flight, aeromedical factors, navigation, weather, safety, etc.
The flight test is just that -- the examiner needs to see how you fly. You'll be given a series of standard maneuvers or tasks to complete. They aren't hard but they do require practice to do successful. Just remember, the "practice" is flying and that's what you want to do anyway -- that's the fun part.
The keys to a successful checkride are:
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