Airline Pilot Verbal Reasoning Tips & Example Aptitude Tests
Practice and enhance your verbal reasoning and English language skills for your upcoming flight crew or flight school selection.
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Verbal Reasoning Practice Tests For Airline Pilots
A verbal reasoning test is designed to test your understanding and verbal comprehension skills. It is also, indirectly, a test of your English language skills as they can contain obscure words that many people whose first language is not English, would not be familiar with. Airlines frequently use verbal reasoning tests as part of their initial selection process. It is something you can practice in order to improve your performance.
A verbal reasoning test consists of a paragraph of text. You will be instructed to read the text followed by studying a series of statements. You must determine whether the statements are either true, false or you are unable to determine based on the information contained in the paragraph of text. The tests are typically completed under pressurised time constraints. It is common that you will not be able to answer the questions in the allotted time. Whilst the rules can vary from test to test, be careful when rushing through the paper in order to answer all the questions, as they are often negatively marked. You are probably better to work quickly but accurately, rather than too fast and making mistakes, even if this means you will not be able to answer all the questions.
You should not use any previous knowledge you have on any subject to answer the questions, you must only use the information contained in the text. For example, if in the paragraph of text is saying that “the sky is green”, and the preceding statement says “the sky is blue”, you should confirm that the “the sky is blue” statement is false as it disagrees with what is stated in the text.
We would suggest you tackle the examination by reading the statement before you read the text. This will allow you to understand what information you are looking for, and you can answer the question when you have ascertained the information. If you read the entire paragraph, you might spend unnecessary time reading all of the text, when you could have stopped after the first few sentences.
Verbal Reasoning Free Practice Test
The text in the paragraph below is fictional. You should read the paragraph and then look at statements 1 – 7 below. You must determine, using purely the information contained within the text, whether each statement is either:
A) Definitely true
B) Definitely untrue
C) Can’t Tell
Each answer should be marked with the answer A, B or C. You can find the answers, with an explanation to each one at the bottom of the page.
“Globe Airways, the world’s sixth largest carrier by fleet size, has recently announced that it will launch a service from London to Sydney in two months time. Its commercial department’s research has concluded that it will likely become profitable between in it’s second year of operation, when they anticipate carrying twice as many passengers than on its London to Singapore route. The London to Singapore route current currently carries 750,000 passengers a year. They anticipate a 64% load factor in year one, rising to 77% in year two. The route will be operated 6 days a week by a Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the possibility of transferring the service to the Airbus 380 should extra capacity be required.”
Globe Airways currently operates a London to Singapore route.
a – Definitely True. The text refers to the airline’s current London to Singapore route.
Globe Airways is the sixth biggest carrier in the world, based on the number of passengers it carries.
c – Can’t Tell. It says Globe Airways is the sixth biggest carrier in terms of fleet size which is not a reflection of passenger numbers.
Globe Airways anticipates carrying over one million passengers by year two on it’s London to Sydney route..
a – Definitely True. In year two, the airline says it will carry twice as many passengers as on it’s London to Singapore route, which currently carries 750,000 passengers. 2 x 750,000 equals 1.5 million, therefore it will carry more than 1 million passengers.
If Globe Air passengers wish to fly from London to Sydney at the moment, they must transfer at Singapore.
c – Can’t Tell. There is no reference to current arrangements for passengers wishing to travel to Singapore.
Globe Air will not operate the new London to Sydney route on Sundays and Tuesdays.
b – Definitely Untrue. It says the airline will fly the route six days a week. Therefore, saying it will not fly on two days of the week is incorrect.
Year three will see a load factor in excess of 80% on the London to Sydney route.
c – Can’t Tell. There is a reference to load factors in year one and two but not year three.
Globe Airways commercial department looked at the viability of the London to Sydney route before launching it.
a – Definitely True. The commercial department is stated to have researched the route beforehand. This implies they looked at the commercial viability.