Pilot Career -
Written by Capt Lim
Thursday, 24 July 2008 09:19
Hi Captain Lim,
I have recently applied for the Etihad Cadet Pilot Program and have been invited to the first stage which includes Logic, Maths, English and the General Knowledge tests.
For the Maths tests, I have mainly been practicing quick subtractions, multiplications, etc. I know you are familiar with many of the Asian carriers aptitude test profile, so will the tests likely to be quick simple Maths or more complicated ones such as "A leaves at time X, B leaves at time Y, when will they meet" kind of question? Or, could it be similar to the QANTAS test in which there is a large amount of data interpretation?
Sorry if it's a silly question, it's just that I am not really sure what else to prepare for this test.
Thanks for your time,
Aptitude tests for pilots are basically the same for most airlines. Many major airlines use such tests to select pilots. Yes, it may be a nightmare to some, but the good news is that, you can prepare for the pilot aptitude tests. Your capacity and accuracy can be improved with practice.
To be fair to the airlines, the aptitude test is one way of sifting the good applicants from the marginal ones as they may not have the time or money to spend on training lower aptitude candidates.
You are lucky to be called up for the Etihad Cadet Pilot Program test as they are one of the very few airlines that have accepted global candidates. As I have mentioned in an earlier FAQ, the competition gets even tougher when there are so many wannabes in this world who want to take up flying as a profession.
So questions are no longer going to be very simple. The tests will cover a wide spectrum - from the very basic to the fairly specific ones. Typical airlines that currently adopt this strategy include Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. Yes, the QANTAS Pilot Psychometric Test Practice Leaflet is very useful to give you an idea of the test profile. Please, also read some past FAQ on aptitude tests in my site.
As I have recommended to some other candidates who can afford to spend some money on the aptitude test preparation, if you happen to be in Singapore, PATS is conducting a one-day course on 26th and 27th of July at the Elizabeth Hotel (Windsor Room) from 7:45 am until 4:00 pm or you can visit their site here for more information.
I wish you all the best in your pilot aptitude tests.
P.S. My apologies to all the visitors to this site as it has been down for a few days. It was unfortunately hacked by someone. Some links and images are still out.