Prepare for the British Airways Future Pilots Programme Application and Psychometric Tests

Are you looking to begin a career as a pilot and have applied to the British Airways Future Pilots Programme? This is an excellent way to get your start but you cannot do so without making it through the application and testing process first. Learn more about the application requirements and questions as well as the different assessments tests with JobTestPrep.
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The British Airways Future Pilots Programme is your gateway to a career in the skies. Even if you have no flying experience, you are encouraged to apply. The training programme itself is done through one of three training schools and each of these schools has a different recruitment process. However, the basic stages for all three schools are very similar and outlined below.

The BA FPP Recruitment Process

Online Application

The application begins with a series of screening questions to ensure that you are eligible to apply. Note that candidates with prior flying experience will not be accepted into the BA FPP. You are then given 18 multiple choice questions relating to a variety of fields. These include your personal motivations for applying to BA Future Pilots Programme, challenges you expect to face, workplace situations and behaviors, technical questions and brand knowledge. There are further multiple choice questions detailing your flight experience, if any, and your visa qualifications.

In the Additional Questions section, you must provide a cover letter, a particularly important element to the BA FPP application. You have a maximum of 600 words to answer the following questions: Why do you want to be a pilot? What have you done to make this dream a reality? Why do you want to join BA?

Your CV should detail your work experience and academic achievements to date along with any skills or hobbies you want BA to know.

Within your application, you need to choose one of the three flight training organisations participating in the BA Future Pilots Programme: Oxford Aviation Academy, CTC Aviation or Flight Training Europe. Please note that you can only choose one organisation and each one has a slightly different testing stage which we detail below.

British Airways FPP Psychometric Tests

The following table provides an outline to the tests you will face according to the flight training organisation you choose.

Oxford Aviation Academy Flight Training Europe CTC Aviation
Spatial AwarenessNumerical reasoningPsychomotor testing
Numerical reasoning Verbal reasoningMechanical reasoning
Technical reasoning Cognitive test- information processing and attention Hand/eye coordination
Mathematical and Technical Capacity MathematicsSpatial awareness
Hand/eye coordination PhysicsNumerical reasoning
Motor skills Hand/eye coordinationNumerical capacity

For both the Oxford Aviation Academy and CTC Aviation you need to sit the PILAPT, a pilot aptitude test which tests you on the following skills:

  • Information processing- both auditory and visual
  • Complex coordination
  • Spatial ability
  • Workload capacity
  • Decision making
  • Working under pressure

You can practice your skills for the PILAPT by preparing with spatial awareness, numerical reasoning and calculation, mechanical and technical reasoning and hand/eye coordination.

What you can expect from the tests

Spatial Reasoning - Spatial reasoning tests or spatial awareness tests examine orientation skills in two dimensional and three dimensional spaces. Questions can include organizing two dimensional shapes, using a spatial reasoning cube, mirror images and perspectives. Learn the ins and outs of this test with our practice spatial reasoning tests.

Mechanical Reasoning - Mechanical reasoning and electrical reasoning tests introduce basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics and static and dynamic electricity, the same concepts that are covered in a GCSE level curriculum. Brush up on your skills with our mechanical reasoning practice tests.

Technical Reasoning - Technical reasoning tests look at how familiar you are with technical concepts such as mechanics and machine operators. Explore our technical test battery to find out more about these tests.

Numerical Reasoning and Calculation - Numerical reasoning and calculation test your abilities to work correctly with numerical information both with basic and more advanced math functions. Get everything you need to prepare with our basic numeracy and calculation tests.

Verbal Reasoning - Verbal reasoning tests examine how well you are able to work with complex texts, understanding and retrieving information in order to answer questions. Find practice verbal reasoning tests with JobTestPrep.

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