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What is Aptitude and Psychometric testing for Pilots?

CompassWe are often asked what to expect from the aptitude and psychometric testing conducted by airlines during the recruitment process. We’ll outline below in simple terms the differences between tests and what exactly you will be tested for:

Psychometric Testing
The psychometric testing component of a recruitment process requires a candidate to complete a comprehensive personality/ motivation assessment.

Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals’ mental capabilities and behavioural style. The tests are designed to measure candidates’ suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and cognitive abilities.

From this detailed assessment an employer gain insights into a candidates personal style and what motivates them in the workplace.

Aptitude Testing
And aptitude test is a structured systematic means of testing a pilot candidate’s aptitudes (capability/ability) to perform specific tasks and how that pilot reacts to a range of different situations given. An aptitude test usually consists of 9 different modules that evaluate the key traits and talents of a Professional Pilot.

They are:

  1. Control – A combination test assessment of basic hand/foot/visual motor skills coordination.
  2. Mathematics – A test of basic mathematical understanding and speed.
  3. Memory – A test of short-term memory, rehearsal, and the ability to absorb information.
  4. Simultaneous – A test to assess a candidate’s ability to handle multiple tasks accurately and under pressure.
  5. Slalom – A tracking test for judging visual / motor skills / coordination
  6. Spatial Perception/Orientation – Assesses the candidate’s ability to read instruments and form spatial orientation.
  7. Technical Test – Assessment of technical understanding and basic knowledge of physics.
  8. Aviation English – A test to assess a candidate’s ability to speak and understand English air radio communication.
  9. Verbal Comprehension – Assessment of a candidate’s ability to understand and analyse regulatory information.

Preparation for tests is key
There are practice test available online but these are often quite general rather than aviation specific. Many airlines perform a combination of both tests and that means you are often required to sit the testing on site in order to use the joy stick based console. If you do not have access to a proper aptitude testing system, please contact Pinstripe Solutions to book in an aptitude practice test using leading global aviation aptitude technology.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

One Response to What is Aptitude and Psychometric testing for Pilots?

  1. Elena August 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    I think you are right Kirsty, curvy does sound polite as does sedelnr. I was bullied at school (and at home) for being ‘skinny’ so have an aversion to the word. It annoys me that people feel free to say to me “aren’t you skinny” or “you could do with some meat on you” but there would be outrage if I were to call someone fat! I am still ‘slender’ but with lumpy bits (curves) in the wrong places! Maybe you could work wonders with me one day! But then I have to add youthfully impaired or mature or life experienced to my list – take your pick, they all sound better than old!!!Whatever, just keep taking your wonderful photos of girls of all shapes and sizes…and ages!!!Love Judi xx

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