Examiner failed my vacuum instruments and started giving me rapid-fire vectors for a GPS approach at another nearby airport. Being a short leg, I didn't have a lot of time to set up, and between that, the partial panel and the constant new headings, I got overwhelmed. I was still setting up at what must've been less than a mile away from the IAF when he threw a final heading at me and "cleared" me for the approach. I misheard the heading, turned the wrong way initially, finished pulling up the approach and went to activate it, got clarification on the heading and then started working my way back to course. By the time I noticed that the approach didn't actually activate, it was too late. I leveled off, told him we can't continue the approach and that we'd have to go missed and ask to re-shoot, but he failed me there.>There's likely something you're doing wrong and there's also a fair chance you're not receiving instruction that's up to par.
Oh, definitely. Every checkride prior to this last one has felt like I was just skating by. This time I felt actually, fully prepared for once, and I still fucking blew it.>Take a little while away from flying (not too long just a week or two) and take stock of the whole process.
There was plenty of time for that between the two failures.>be happy you're not an incompetent IFR pilot
It's sure starting to feel that way. I'm at the end of my rope. I don't see how I can prepare myself any better. I've got one more checkride scheduled, this time with a different examiner, and if that goes sideways too I'm fucking done with this instrument shit.