By DebbieH 19 Feb 2021 5 min read

Pilot aptitude tests and how to tackle them


What is a pilot aptitude test? 

A pilot aptitude test is a form of psychometric testing that allows potential employers to assess a candidate’s ability to meet the key skills required to be a pilot. The testing focuses on identifying a high competency when completing specific tests.

Aptitude relates to natural abilities which cannot be learnt, but this does not mean there is no room for improvement through regular practice. As such, it is advised to practice by taking online tests in the lead up to an interview for your pilot jobs.


What do these pilot aptitude tests entail?

Pilot aptitude tests can differ depending on the airline, but they usually evaluate a set range of skills in the following areas:

  • Logical thinking / Reasoning
  • Literacy
  • Mental arithmetic
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Mechanical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • How you react under pressure
  • Spatial and situational awareness
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Long-term memory / Recall
  • Multi-tasking
  • Personality test
  • Reaction time
  • Pattern recognition
  • Data analysi
  • Estimation accuracy

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Why are pilot aptitude tests important?

A pilot aptitude test is just one of a number of steps a student is required to complete in order to become a qualified pilot, but they are also used within the interview process.

Because it is a competitive job market, the big airlines can choose the pick of the crop and employ the pilots who scored highest in the tests.


Can you prepare for a pilot aptitude test?

While aptitude relates to natural abilities, you can (and should) practice different aptitude tests before the interview. Your brain, just like your body, can be trained to work better, faster and stronger.
Little things such as getting a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy diet and exercising in the run up to the interview will also help your brain to be at peak performance.
Having an idea of what to expect during the test will make you feel more relaxed and confident. It is important to note though that each airline uses its own criteria, so while you can practice, you will never exactly know what questions you will be asked.


Where can I practice?

A variety of pilot aptitude testing packs are available online; some will be free of charge and some will be a paid for service. As each airline uses its own aptitude tests, you may also be able to find practice questions for the specific airline you are applying to.
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