2022's Qantas Pilots Psychometric Test Prep

What is the Qantas Pilot Test?

Qantas is an Australian airline on the lookout for qualified pilots. Its recruitment process includes the SHL aptitude test battery, as well as the Talent Q logical reasoning test.

Below you will find information regarding the topics you may find on your Qantas SHL test. The exact test structure and time limit may vary depending on the position you are applying for. 


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Numerical Reasoning Section
  • Types of questions: Based on interpreting graphs and tables
  • Test format: Multiple-choice


During the SHL numerical assessment, information is presented in tables, bar charts, pie charts, records, analysis tables, and more. You must show that you can perform basic numerical functions, understand graphs and other information, make inferences from numerical data and evaluate quantities as a means to arrive at the answer from a list of provided options.

Verbal Reasoning Section
  • Types of questions: Based on passages of text, True/False/Cannot Say
  • Test format: Multiple-choice


The purpose of the verbal reasoning test is to assess how quickly and accurately you can comprehend written information, interpret it logically, and analyse statements about written information and determine their credibility. In this section of the test, you will need to read several passages of text and answer questions based on the information provided.

Inductive Reasoning Section
  • Types of questions: Next in series, Odd one out, diagrammatic
  • Test format: multiple-choice


The purpose of an inductive reasoning test is to evaluate the way you think and react to new rules and situations. The questions often require you to identify patterns of rules in diagrams.

Deductive Reasoning Section
  • Types of questions: Syllogisms, arrangements, underlying assumptions
  • Test format: Multiple-choice


Deductive reasoning tests aim to measure your ability to take information from a set of given premises and draw conclusions from them. Because the tests are abstract, they don’t rely on any specific industry or cultural knowledge. The important thing about these questions is that there is always a logically correct answer.

Checking Section
  • Types of questions: Quickly finding pairs in items of information


Checking tests are designed to evaluate speed and accuracy skills. They are exhaustive and demand a high level of concentration. This is because they require discriminating and comparing multiple sets of data that contain a lot of numerical and letter-based information, most of which have no significant meaning in real life.


Qantas Pilot Tests SHL Sample Questions 

Numerical Reasoning Sample Question & Detailed Solution

Which group of graduates (Private university or State university) had the highest unemployment rate?
1990, Private
1990, State
2000, Private
2000, State
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is 2000, State.

The unemployment rate for each category is measured by calculating the proportion of unemployed students from the total number of students in each category. The greater the proportion, the higher the unemployment rate.

1990, Private 155(155+1,475)×100%=0.095×100%=9.5%

1990, State 125(125+1,610)×100%=0.072×100%=7.2%

2000, Private 125(125+1,350)×100%=0.085×100%=8.5%

2000, State 150(150+1,250)×100%=0.107×100%=10.7%

Therefore, the proportion of unemployed students from state universities in 2000 is the highest. 

Our Experts' Tips

You cannot go back to previous questions. Do not skip questions thinking you will get back to them if you have the time, because that is impossible in this test. If you think a question is taking you too long, take your best guess and move on.
Don’t approach each question in the set as if it were the first. Remember, the questions in the test come in sets of three, that is, three questions per table. The second and third questions in each set should be easier, or at least, take you less time than the first. Use your increasing familiarity with the table; read the question first, then go straight to where the information is in the table.

More About The Numerical Section

The numerical reasoning test is a graph and table interpretation test, examining the same skills as most other numerical reasoning tests you will come across.

The content of the tests is similar to many other numerical reasoning tests found in the assessment market today, however, there are also some significant differences in this assessment, which are set out below. Our tailored numerical practice pack includes most of these differences.

To read more about the numerical test click here.


 Verbal Reasoning Sample Question & Detailed Solution

Read the following text and answer the questions.

The Evolution of Education
Over the past decade, higher education has become increasingly international. More and more students choose to study abroad, enrol in foreign educational programmes and institutions in their home country, or simply use the Internet to take courses at colleges or universities in other countries.

Today, drawing in foreign students has become a major consideration for universities. More than £27m is to be invested over the next two years to attract more foreign students to UK universities. The internationalisation of higher education means that in university courses – especially but not exclusively post-graduate courses - you increasingly find someone whose mother-tongue is not English teaching a group of students, very few of whom have English as their first language. This undoubtedly affects the way people learn and how people teach. This also affects their professional skills later on - many students believe that studying with international students would help prepare them for working life. Not an insignificant amount of London University PhD students are multilingual and write in English, although French and Italian are also regular working languages.

The European University Institute (EUI) is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institute established by European Union member states to contribute to scientific development in the social sciences, an ideal place to debate the challenges ahead for other institutions. ‘There is a kind of denationalised way of looking at the disciplines that we teach; it’s not ignoring the national traditions but we’re not so constrained by them and we tend automatically to see things from a comparative and transnational perspective. We are therefore able to start thinking seriously about what it means to teach in this way and in these international environments’, explains the president of EUI.

1. Which one of the following trends is described in the passage?

A. The growing popularity of online university courses.
B. The globalization of higher education.
C. An increase in teachers who do not possess English as their mother tongue.
D. More multilingual students in London.
E. Greater challenges for educational institutes.
F. Over-enrollment in foreign educational programmes.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The answer is B.

The question deals with the main trend described in the passage. It is advisable to start reading from the beginning of the passage since usually the principal subject is presented there.

The passage begins by stating: ’Over the past decade, higher education has become increasingly international’. It continues by elaborating on ways in which higher education has become international and then repeats this idea in the following sentences: ’The internationalisation of higher education means that…’ We have enough information now to conclude that the trend described in the passage is the globalisation of higher education (statement B).

The remaining distracters describe only different aspects of the trend (statements A, C, E) or a more local trend instead of a global one (D). Statement F is not mentioned in the passage.


2. Which one of the following most effectively summarises the president of EUI's quote?

A. Teaching perspectives have changed recently.
B. The new environment affects the way people learn.
C. Teachers today are ignoring national traditions.
D. Educational institutions are facing future challenges.
E. The international environment promotes a more transnational perspective.
F. Educational institutions are learning to adapt to a new environment.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The answer is F.

The question asks us to summarise the president of EUI's quote. Notice that we are not asked to make inferences or draw conclusions, rather to find the main points in the president's words, as follows:
•The teaching perspective is transnational and comparative.
•It is time to rethink teaching methods in the (new) international environment.
Now let us examine the distractors:

A. The president does not explicitly mention that teaching perspectives have changed recently. Also, this distractor deals only with the first part of her quote.
B. The president does not deal with the way people learn, but with teaching methods and disciplines.
C. The president mentions this notion but it is neither the focus of the quote nor is it brought up in a negative way.
D. The president talks about future changes and changing perspective. It does not mentioned challanges, and this summery does not cover both parts of the quote.
E. This can be inferred from the president's words but does not serve as a summary of the entire quote.
F. Educational institutions are learning to adapt to a new environment - this is a summary of the president's quote, and it covers both the main points mentioned.


Inductive Reasoning Sample Question & Detailed Solution


Detailed Solution

The correct answer is alternative #9: ☺☺☺.

The pop-up: In each row, one of the cells contains three different symbols and the other cells consist of a tripling of its left/right symbol. Thus, the correct answer is alternative #9.

The complete logic: In each row, the symbols in one of the cells are a combination of the symbols from the other cells so that:

  1. The left symbol in the “combination cell” is identical to the three symbols in the left most cell (out of the cells containing two symbols).
  2. The right symbol in the “combination cell” is identical to the three symbols in the right most cell (out of the cells containing two symbols).
  3. The middle symbol in the “combination cell” is different from the other symbols in the row.

According to this logic, the symbols in the missing cell must be three ‘☺’, which is alternative #9.

Our Experts' Tips
  • Use your time. While this test does not allow you much time to answer each question, answering easy questions quickly will not give you more time to answer the next question. Therefore, you should use your entire 75 seconds to make sure you definitely have the correct answer.
  • Don’t forget to look at the answers: If you think you partially recognize a pattern, but it seems there are more than one possible answer, take a look at the answer choices. It is possible that only one option actually appears as an answer choice, which means you don’t have to refine the logic.
  • Arrows questions: In questions that include arrows, first examine their directions and quantity (how many total arrows in a row/column/cell, and to which direction is each of them pointing). In easier question, this might be enough to find the pattern. In more difficult questions, the order of the arrows may be significant too.
  • Sequence questions: some questions may appear as though their symbols are random, and there is no relation between the cells. In these cases, it is possible whether the pattern is actually a consecutive sequence of symbols that continues throughout the cells.
  • Construct questions: in some questions, the symbols in one of the columns/rows are constructed from the symbols in the other two columns/rows.
  • Order: If there is more than one symbol in a cell, their order inside the cell might matter, and it might not. Be sure to take both possibilities into account.
More About The Logical Test

This test is a non-verbal test. It assesses your analytical and logical skills using symbols rather than words or numbers.

What Is the Style Of the Test?
 You are given an incomplete matrix filled with shapes and asked to identify the pattern linking them together in order to choose the missing shape. The shapes are held together by a logic from both left to right and top to bottom.

To read more about the logical test click here



SHL Test Scoring Method 

The Talent Q and SHL psychometric assessments are not scored as a pass or fail. 

There is a possibility that Qantas requests a benchmark score that needs to be reached in order to be considered a worthy candidate.

It is important to keep in mind that you will be scored based on how well you analyse the given data and make accurate conclusions within the allotted period of time.



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