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Don't tell me its the same as the IFR book? If it is I think thats stupid because why would they make you take the same test twice?
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Dude, we're talking about the federal government here--the same folks who brought you the IRS, free cheese and TSA screeners, and whose motto is "well it sounded good at the time...." Never underestimate the lengths of stupidity politicians and the bureaucrats who work for them will go, simply to curry favor with one group of people or another.
Having your CFI endorse you for all three tests and then taking them all in short succession is a good time investment, even though you're dropping three times the coin.