Pilot Aptitude Assessment assists individuals in deciding if becoming a pilot is the right career choice. Deciding to become a pilot is a major decision for individuals and their families, with many students undertaking significant loans to pay for training so it’s important to know if it’s the right choice.
Students receive positive feedback on areas that can be improved. Sound results build confidence and enhance motivation for choosing a career as a pilot. These tests are available to flight schools to assist in selection processes required prior to commencing a VET accredited course.
Using the COMPASS © computer-based pilot aptitude testing system and the Checklist Professional Profile © personality inventory system, results are printed in an easy to understand format, allowing immediate assessment of aptitude.
This course is delivered through Asia Pacific Aviation on behalf of Aviation Australia.
Domestic & International Students
Suitable for candidates without previous flying experience or for candidates who have some flying experience (less than approximately 100 hours) but do not hold a commercial licence.
The Ab-initio battery of tests comprises of seven test types and a personality inventory questionnaire, designed to screen inexperienced candidates for key pilot aptitudes and abilities. Full instructions and a practice are given before each test. The assessment process takes about 2.5 hours in total and comprises:
Pilot aptitude is the capacity of an individual, through innate or acquired ability, to be a pilot.
Aptitude testing gives information on strengths and weaknesses in terms of potential for being a pilot. Flight training is an expensive investment and is generally a lifetime career choice. So it is sensible to find out whether an individual is well suited to the profession before spending money on training.
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.