The FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test (AKT) is administered on a rolling basis at roughly 700 testing facilities all over the U.S.
You’ll want to select, “Unmanned Aircraft General – Small” if you’re getting your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate for the first time.
If you’re needing to schedule your recurrent exam, you’ll select, “Unmanned General – Recurrent.”
These are the official names of the two multiple-choice tests. Make sure to book the right one!
Interestingly enough, these testing centers administer a full range of airman knowledge tests including: Aircraft Dispatcher, Airline Transport Pilot, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Commercial Pilot, Flight Engineer, Flight Instructor, Flight Navigator, Ground Instructor, Inspection Authorization, Instrument Rating, Parachute Rigger, Private Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Sport Pilot and Military Competence.
While the test centers work with CATS to administer FAA exams, they administer other exams as well and are independently run businesses.
I’d recommend booking your test appointment at least 1-2 weeks ahead of when you want to take it. Most of the testing centers are relatively small, and while demand isn’t overwhelming, it’s the kind of thing you need to schedule ahead of time.
When you’re ready to take your test, search for your specific test center and book your appointment here: http://candidate.catstest.com/sitesearch.php
The cost of the test should be (close to) $150. Some students have reported paying as much as $165 depending on the testing center, but it seems the majority of the time, the test fee is $150.
This money goes to the testing facility, not to the FAA. You’ll pay this amount when you register to take the test, either online or over the phone.
Speaking of costs, the FAA doesn’t charge for their application fee, TSA background check, or certificate issuance. If you haven’t yet registered your sUAS with the FAA, that costs a nominal $5 per aircraft and is good for three years.