Pilot Aptitude and Psychometric Test Preparation - Airline & Commercial Pilots

Pilot assessments, whether they be for PILAPT, FTOs, RAF, or airlines, typically include a series of psychometric, aptitude and psychomotor skills tests. These tests are used in many recruitment processes. They do not examine your knowledge, but rather assess your potential job skills.

Airlines like British AirwayseasyJet, Emirates and Jet2 all use assessments to ensure they are hiring the right candidates. You must secure a passing score on the pilot psychometric test to move forward in the pilot recruitment process. Ensure you are at the top of your game by preparing with JobTestPrep's pilot resources.


Which Pilot Aptitude Preparation Do You Need?

Each airline has their own hiring process and aptitude tests - check the table below to see if we have a dedicated PrepPack for the airline you are applying to:

Airline What You Need
Britsh Airways CEB-SHL verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning
EasyJet Cubiks Logiks general advanced test & Cut-e numerical and verbal tests
Emirates Cut-e numerical and verbal tests & Saville all-inclusive tests
Jet2 IBM Kenexa numerical and verbal reasoning tests 
Qantas Talent Q verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests
Ryanair Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PI-LI) test
American Airlines CEB-SHL verbal and numerical reasoning & Hogan personality test
Kenya Airways Talent Q Elements, verbal and logical reasoning tests
Singapore Airlines CEB-SHL verbal and numerical reasoning & Hogan personality test
Avianca CEB-SHL verbal and numerical reasoning
Other Airlines Select our Airline Pilot Aptitude Test PrepPack
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Bwia Canjet Cathay Dragon
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Comair Continental Airlines Delta Airlines
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Etihad Eva Airlines Fiji Airways
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Jet Airways JetBlue Jetstar Airways
KLM Royal Dutch Kuwait Airways Lacsa Costa Rica
Lan Chile Lufthansa Malaysian Airlines
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Qatar Airways Royal Air Maroc Royal Jordanian Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines Singapore Airlines South African Airlines
Southwest Airlines Swiss Intl Airlines Taca Airlines
Thai Airways Tiger Air Turkish Airlines
United Airlines Virgin Atlantic Virgin Australia
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Pilot aptitude tests examine candidates through a variety of challenging tests and question styles. This is a means to ensure you are the right fit for the position. The exact aptitude test you encounter may differ between airlines, but some of the most common tests you will come up against include the following:

Numerical Reasoning

Numerical reasoning tests assess your ability to work with numerical information and data. In your day-to-day job, you need to be able to read and understand numerical information and make calculations quickly and accurately.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning tests look at how well you can analyse and draw conclusions from written texts. In your job as a pilot, you need to be able to follow the instructions given to you in a written format and act on them accordingly. 

Spatial Reasoning and Orientation

Some of the key skills for a pilot are the ability to understand the relationship between forms and space. In spatial reasoning tests, you are asked to organise two- and three-dimensional shapes, mirror images and different perspectives. 

Abstract and Figural Reasoning

An abstract reasoning, or figural reasoning, test is used to assess the ability to understand and analyse visual information through pattern recognition, as well as the ability to generate hypotheses, change tracks and critically evaluate. By utilising shapes and images to depict specific logic patterns and/or processes, these tests are able to measure general intelligence, abstract thinking skills and how well you can problem solve.

Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning tests, or deductive and inductive reasoning tests, assess your ability to draw logical conclusions from non-verbal information and apply this information to solve a problem. Our range of non-verbal practice packs can help you prepare whatever assessment you may encounter. 

Pilot Assessment Tests

Most pilot recruitment processes also involve some other aptitude, psychometric, or ability tests. While these tests can vary, the following are the most common:

Pilot Personality Test

Airlines may ask you to take a personality test at some point during the recruitment process. The aim of this test is to assess your personality against the characteristics the airline is looking for in its pilots. Your task is to give as good an account of yourself as you can. One way to do this is to go into the test familiar with how it works, including the different types of questions you may come up against.

Group Exercise

Group exercises are designed to identify specific selection criteria (based off of the specific position's job description).

During the group exercise, candidates face challenging and complex tasks within the framework of a group of 8–16 people. Group members may be applying for the same position as you or for other positions.

There is a wide spectrum of behaviours demonstrated during a group exercise. Furthermore, the group dynamic reveals each participant's individual behaviour, thereby enabling recruiters to predict how each applicant is likely to behave and progress in the work environment, as well as how they may react in specific situations.

Role Play

A role-play exercise is used to assess your 'fit' to the job at hand. It does so by simulating real-life situations in which either the assessors at the assessment centre or hired actors take part in the simulation.

There are many different types of role-play exercises and some are even tailored to specific jobs. They can be used in a group setting, during a presentation, or, as is most common, one-on-one with an assessor, with the candidate taking on a specific role. By putting yourself in the shoes of an employee, you demonstrate your reactions to and completion of certain tasks.

Compass Test for Pilots

Pilots need to be able to work with a computerised information. This test, the Computerised Pilot Aptitude Screening System, is often taken at pilot assessment centres. The test is made up of several components, some of which assess similar skills to the tests you may have taken earlier in the process.

  • Math tests – These tests cover speed, distance, time questions and basic calculations. They are quick-moving and calculator-free.
  • Memory tests – These tests look at your short-term memory, namely how well you can remember pieces of information and reproduce them a short time later.
  • Spatial awareness tests – These tests assess how well you can read instruments and understand the relationship between information and space.
  • Tracking tests – These tests examine your hand-eye coordination.
  • Multitasking tests – These tests assess how well you can manage multiple pieces of information and input the relevant pieces of information in the right place on a form.
  • Aviation English – This evaluates how well you understand the technical terms you will use daily as a pilot.

Airline Pilot Interview and Interview Questions


One of the biggest challenges you face in the pilot recruitment process is the airline pilot interview. The focus of the interview is the non-technical aspects of the job, such as your attitude, teamwork skills, understanding of the aviation industry, brand awareness and communication skills. Remember that aside from your main duty of safely flying an airplane, as a pilot, you are also a representative of the airline’s brand.

For more information about the interviewing process and how to get properly ready for it, click here.

When airlines hire, they look for responsible, organised individuals who can be both team players and leaders, depending on the situation. Good problem-solving and decision-making skills are a must. The aviation industry has developed its own acronym for solving problems—DODAR.

  • D - Diagnosis
  • O - Options
  • D - Decide
  • A - Allocate
  • R - Review

Pilot Interview Sample Questions

  • Why have you chosen this career?
  • What would you do to motivate others and inspire them to work?
  • Give an example of a time where you had to meet a deadline.
  • Give an example of a time when you needed to be cost-efficient but still meet a specific goal.
  • Give an example of a time where you made a mistake whilst working and what you did to prevent it from happening again.

Pilot Aptitude Test Practice

Whether you're a cadet just starting out, or an experienced pilot joining an airline, JobTestPrep has everything you need to practise for your pilot aptitude test. We provide preparation packages containing over 100 practice tests. These practice tests are accompanied by detailed answer explanations, helpful score reports, study guides and video tutorials. All of our resources are aimed at helping you obtain the job you desire. Start practising with us today to ensure your success.

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