Aptitude Testing Practice

Airline Pilot Aptitude Testing Preparation

​What they consist of and how to improve your natural aptitude

Looking to prepare for the aptitude tests in an upcoming airline or flight school assessment? We’ve got the package for you..

Aptitude testing (sometimes referred to as psychometric testing) is used to measure an individuals ability to complete a task at a given competency level. Aptitude is a natural attribute – it can not be learnt or acquired nor is it a measure of knowledge or skill. Although it is said that everyone has a natural aptitude which can not be surpassed, we believe you can only reach your natural limit through practice. Familiarising yourself with the testing involved at specific airline selections will improve your results compared to if you have not had any previous exposure to it. Many airlines ensure their pilots meet a minimum level of aptitude in a variety of areas to ensure quality and trainability.

Whilst we offer a number of free tests on this site, we have also teamed up with our partners at JobTestPrep in order to offer you a highly comprehensive set of aptitude tests for you to practice before your airline assessment to ensure you are able to maximise your results on the day. This airline pilot specific package consists of over 140 aptitude testswhich cover the following areas:

  • PILAPT Practice
  • Spatial Orientation/Awareness
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Mental Arithmetic
  • Hand to Eye Coordination
  • Capacity
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Memory / Recall Testing
  • Personality Test

You will find that these tests are very similar to those used by airlines, both at the preliminary online testing stage and at the actual assessment day testing. They are also suitable for those seeking to pass an integrated flight training assessment. They include tests provide ideal preparation to the PILAPT, COMPASS, WOMBAT and DLR aptitude assessments.

Airlines often assess candidates aptitude tests either online prior to being invited to an interview, or at an assessment day with the airline. Either way the 140+ practice assessments are specifically relevent to the following airlines and flight training organisations:

  • easyJet
  • Norwegian
  • Jet2.com
  • Emirates
  • Qatar Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Aer Lingus
  • Qantas
  • American Airlines
  • Air Southwest
  • Delta
  • United Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM
  • Air France
  • L3 Aviation Academy
  • CAE OAA
  • FTEJerez

Various aptitude testing is used at different airlines for differing experience levels. The vast majority of cadet programs and flight schools will use aptitude testing to measure a cadets raw ability to fly an aircraft. Excluding unsuitable candidates at this stage saves significant financial losses for both the airline and student at later dates – the airline and student must be confident that the cadet has the ability to successfully complete the flight training, type rating and line training.

When selecting experienced pilots the aptitude testing is often not as intensive as at cadet level and sometimes not used at all. Some employers take the view that if you have operated a commercial airliner for 2000 hours, then you clearly have a high enough aptitude to do the job.

Airlines use aptitude testing to measure a prospective pilots competency in a range of areas. These include:

  • Hand to eye co-ordination                       
  • Spatial awareness
  • Reaction time
  • Memory retention
  • Recall ability
  • Multi tasking
  • Pattern recognition
  • Data analysis
  • Estimation accuracy