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Q19: What are the alternatives for taking an FAA written examination? A: Multiple commercial vendors offer computerized testing with results available immediately after you finish the test. Costs range from $40 to $85 for a test. To find out where your nearest testing center is and to schedule a test, contact one of Lasergrade Computer Testing <http://www.lasergrade.com> 1-800-211-2754 or 1-360-896-9111, Aviation Business Services (Computerized Aviation Testing Service) 1-800-947-4228 or 1-415-259-8550, or Sylvan/Prometric 1-800-359-3278, 1-800-967-1100, 1-612-896-7702 or 1-410-843-8000 x8890 You will need a written authorization before you can take most FAA tests. This may be obtained from an appropriately rated and FAA-Certificated Flight Instructor or Ground Instructor, or, if you completed a home-study course, with some difficulty you can get your local FSDO to sign you off.