These tests are suitable for candidates who possess significant previous flying experience as a qualified pilot. Enquiries are welcomed from airlines and other operators requiring assistance in their pilot selection processes.
The Advanced Compass© battery of tests comprises of mathematics, memory, instrument interpretation, task management, and personality inventory modules. There is also an ATPL level operational knowledge test. This comprises of 30 questions that have been set by airline training captains and are focused on practical operational knowledge. The questions are typical of those asked in airline interviews and although there is no time limit, most candidates complete the questions in about 20 minutes. The full test battery takes about 2.5 hours.
Advanced Pilot Aptitude Assessment is administered by Asia Pacific Aviation on behalf of Aviation Australia.
Domestic & International Students
Suitable for candidates who possess significant previous flying experience as a qualified pilot.
Candidates holding a Professional Pilot Licence or candidates with more than approximately 100 hours of flying experience should take the advanced tests.
Full instructions and a practice are given before each test. The assessment includes:
Pilot aptitude testing involves a series or “battery” of tests that measure an individual’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in regard to their competence to fly (or learn to fly) an aircraft. They generally fall into three broad areas:
Usually the tests are taken on a computer and typically last about 2 hours.
Yes. Pilot aptitude tests are used in the selection systems of most airlines and by the military to assess potential pilot candidates.
Some companies offer some on-line tests, although these are usually just a sample of the types of tests to expect. For accurate and credible results in the full range of tests, it is important that tests are conducted in a controlled environment, free of noise and distractions and using standardised and calibrated equipment. Professional testing should also require proof of candidates’ ID to ensure the integrity of the tests.
On arrival at the Aviation Australia Campus, you will be directed to the test room and given a short briefing. You will then be seated at a computer, which has a “joystick” style control column and rudder pedals, as well as a normal keyboard. You will take the tests by following the instructions on the screen. You can take a brief rest in between tests and there is a short practice run before each new test so you can “settle in”. Tests include visual and audible elements as well as physical inputs through the joystick and rudder pedals. At the end of the test your results will be analysed by the computer and given to your sponsoring airline or flight school in the form of a comprehensive, multiple page report.
In order to get a true measure of a candidate’s potential, it is much better to undertake pilot aptitude tests without specific practice. Certain skills are innate, but knowledge and certain acquired skills can be improved with practice. However, rather than practising for specific tests, it is much better to address underpinning areas.
You may like to bring a bottle of water but you do not need anything else other than a photo ID. Just arrive in plently of time, so you are not flustered or rushed.
The basic Compass test battery is designed for pilots with limited or no previous flying experience. The advanced tests are designed for more experienced or qualified professional pilots. It is recommended that pilots holding a Pilot’s Licence or pilots with more than approx 100 hours flying experience should take the advanced tests.