Leading Edge Aviation Skills Assessment: The Complete Guide [2024]

Leading Edge Aviation is a flight training organization providing commercial pilot training services based at London Oxford Airport. The graduates of Leading Edge Aviation go on to work at leading airline companies, such as British Airways, WizzAir, Ryanair, and Easyjet.

To determine if you possess the competencies required of airline pilots, you must pass the Leading Edge Aviation skills assessment, a cut-e assessment that's one of the most challenging pilot aptitude tests out there.

In the following guide, you will find everything you need about the Leading Edge Aviation skills assessment, including an overview of all the tasks you will need to pass the pilot aptitude test.

Leading Edge Aviation Skills Assessment Practise

Cut-e Pilot Assessment Test:

  • Numeracy
    1 Applied Numeracy (Scales tmt)
    11 Extra Numeracy Practice
  • Logical
    2 Inductive Thinking Tests (Scales cls)
    4 Deductive Thinking Tests (Scales last)
  • Special Skills
    1 Reaction Speed Test (Scales rt)
    2 Spatial Orientation Test (Scales ndb)
  • Verbal Reasoning
    4 practice Tests
    2 Verbal Guides
  • Work-Related Behavior
    1 Integrity Test + Theory
    1 Personality Test + Theory
  • Interview Preparation
    Video tutorials & study guides
  • Working Memory
    1 algorithm-based GridChallange test + study guide



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What Is the Leading Edge Aviation Skills Assessment?

The Leading Edge Aviation Skills Assessment is an evaluation process designed to estimate if you have the necessary skills for successfully completing pilot training and operating an aircraft.

The process comprises four steps –

  1. Psychometric and pilot aptitude test
  2. Group exercise
  3. Competency interview
  4. Debrief and feedback

Leading Edge Aviation Psychometric and Pilot Aptitude Assessment

The Psychometric and pilot aptitude test is the first and most challenging hurdle to pass to become a pilot. Provided by Aon/Cut-E, the assessment comprises a series of 9 mini-tests, each measuring a different set of skills required for working as a pilot.

Let’s go over them!

With JobTestPrep's Leading Edge Aviation PrePack, you will receive all the tools needed to ace the Aon/Cut-E test and become a pilot, with the practice of the pilot’s mini-tests, detailed solutions, and study guides.

Complex Control (Cut-E Scales xw)

The cut-e Pilot Complex Control test, also known as Missile or Tube flight, assesses your hand-eye coordination.

You will be presented with a flying simulation in which you need to navigate your way through a rotating cylindrical tube while avoiding obstacles that come your way.

You will have 3 minutes to complete the test.

Tip: You will be able to adjust your position and speed as you like. As such, you can begin the test at a medium speed, and once you get it, gradually increase your speed.

Working Memory (Smartpredict GridChallenge)

The Cut-e pilot working memory is a gamified test that assesses your short-term memory, executive attention, and spatial orientation.

The test comprises several tasks. First, you will be presented with a grid of dots, and one of them will be highlighted. You will need to remember the location of the highlighted dot.

Then, you will be presented with a simple diagram and need to answer quickly if the diagram is symmetric.

Afterward, you will be presented with the grid with another highlighted dot.

Next, you will be presented with a new symmetric diagram, and so on.

You will need to address all the questions while remembering the location of the dots and the order of their appearance.

You will have 9 minutes to complete the test.

See a demonstration of the test from our gamified grid challenge practice test –

Tip: Try to put the place of the highlighted dots into words to memorize their position better. For example, say, “the dot on the left of the 4-dots group.”

Deductive Logical Reasoning Cut-E Scales lst)

The Cut-E pilot deductive logical reasoning test assesses your ability to learn, conclude, and apply new information.

You will be presented with a 4x4 or 5x5 grid containing a sequence of symbols and one missing cell indicated with a question mark. You will need to identify the symbol replacing the question mark so there won’t be two identical symbols in the same row or column.

You will have 6 minutes to complete as many tasks as you can.

Let’s try one –

What symbol should appear in place of the question mark?


aon scales lst example

The shape missing from the fourth column is the X.

Having added the X to the bottom row, the shape missing from the bottom row is a circle.

Therefore, the correct answer is :

Tip: This test is adaptive, which means that the difficulty of the tasks will increase as you answer them correctly and decrease as you answer incorrectly. Your score is calculated by the number of questions you answered correctly and their difficulty.

Learn more about the Aon/Cut-e Pilot Tests

Monitoring Ability (Cut-E Scales cmo)

The Cut-E pilot monitoring ability test assesses your speed of perception.

You will be presented with a screen consisting of moving balls. You will need to determine the number of balls as fast as possible.

You will have 2 minutes to complete as many tasks as you can.

Here is how it looks –

Tip: As it mostly relies on estimation, you can group the balls into pairs of four, count the groups and multiply them by four.

Reaction Speed (Cut-E Scales rt)

The Cut-E pilot reaction speed test assesses the time it takes you to process and react to information. 

You will be presented with pairs of symbols. You will need to quickly determine if the symbols are identical.

You will have 3 minutes to complete the test.

Here what it looks like –

Tip: Your score is calculated by three factors – the pairs you identified correctly, the pairs you identified incorrectly, and the pairs you missed and didn’t identify as identical.

Sense of Direction (Cut-E Scales ndb)

The Cut-E pilot sense of direction test assesses your spatial orientation.

You will be presented with a control panel with a radio compass (RBI) which indicates the location of a non-directional beacon, and a gyrocompass (GYRO), which shows your flight direction.

You will need to determine your flight direction and rotate the RBI to determine the location of the non-directional beacon.

You will have 3 minutes to complete the test.

Try to answer one –

Select the aircraft’s flying direction, indicated by the GYRO, and the zone indicated by the RBI.

scales nbd

According to the GYRO, the plane is flying west- its nose is facing left. 

To find the zone, we have to perform three steps. 

1. Calculate the angle of deviation. To do this, measure the clockwise angle between the plane's nose and the RBI's arrow point.


According to the RBI, the angle of deviation is 225°.

2. Find the relative bearing. To do this, draw the plane (facing the direction the GYRO indicates) and the RBI's arrow, such that the arrow is pointing 225° clockwise from the plane- that's the angle of deviation we just found.


3. Find the zone. On the compass we've drawn, the unpainted arrow's end marks the plane's position relative to the ground station. So, we can see it is in zone 8.


The airplane is facing left and is in zone 8- which leaves us with answer A.

Tip: To reach the correct answer, assume that the RBI is turning in the same way as your aircraft.

Multi-Task Capability (Cut-E Scales mt avi)

The Cut-E pilot multi-task capability test assesses your ability to quickly perform several tasks simultaneously.

You will be presented with three tasks that you will need to complete at the same time –

Task #1 – You will be presented with an aircraft that flies from left to right. You will need to move the runway vertically to land the aircraft.

Task #2 – You will be presented with numerical equations in the top right corner of your screen. You will need to indicate if the equations are correct.

Task #3 – You will be presented with a seven letters sequence on the bottom right corner of your screen. You will need to check if any of the letters appear more than once.

You will have 5 minutes to complete the test.

Tip: Use the time the aircraft takes to cross the screen to address the other two tasks.

Language Skills (Cut-E Scales Verbal)

The Cut-E pilot language skills test assesses your ability to comprehend, interpret, analyze, and interpret textual data.

You will be presented with a text arranged in six tabs according to topics, followed by a statement. You will need to conclude if the statement is true, false, or 'cannot say' according to the information that lies in the tabs.

You will have 12 minutes to answer 49 questions.

Try one yourself –

Language Skills Sample Question

Below are six tabs containing information about a business, followed by a statement. Read the statement, then look for the relevant information inside the tabs to help you label the statement as true, false, or indeterminate.

Assess the following statement: Flying Colours’ Women’s Wear and Menswear product divisions focus solely on clothing for adults.




View Explanation

Although none of the words or phrases in the statement seem to suggest a specific tab, by reviewing the statement as a whole we can gather that it addresses products offered within a division. Therefore, the most relevant tab would be 'Products and Services'.

Since the statement discusses menswear and womenswear, we should review the 'Women's and Menswear' section of the tab. According to this section, "the Menswear and Womenswear Division's primary focus is adults, but increasingly, also teens".

The correct answer is 'False'

Tip: Go through all six tabs before reaching conclusions, and ensure you submit your answer while on the correct tab; otherwise, your points will be reduced even if your answer is correct.

Applied Numeracy (Cut-E Scales tmt)

The Cut-E pilot applied numeracy test assesses your numerical reasoning and calculating skills in four fields: Percentage Calculation, Rule of Three, Translation of Units, and Areas and Spaces.

You will be presented with a word problem containing numerical data, followed by a multiple-choice question. You will need to perform the required calculation to reach the solution.

You will have 16 minutes to answer 20 questions.

Here’s one for you to try –

Applied Numeracy Sample Question

 The total cost of an electric bill is $318.00. If 6% tax, which is added to the cost of the electricity, is included in the $318.00, how much did the electricity cost before tax?





View Explanation

The bill was for $318 including a 6% tax. Notice that a 6% is added to the net cost - that is, the tax is not 6% of 318, but 318 is 106% of the electricity cost, meaning 318 is (106/100)= 1.06 times the net electricity cost.
In order to isolate electricity, we will divide each side by 1.06.

That means that

The correct answer is D - $300

💡 Solving tip
Before trying to solve the question, it may be helpful to first look at the answer choices. Notice that according to answer A the price without tax ($337.08) is higher than the price with tax ($318). Since this cannot be, answer A can be eliminated.
According to answer B the price without tax ($19.02) is almost $300 less than the price with tax ($318). We know that 6% of 19.02 cannot be anywhere near 298.92 and we can therefore eliminate answer B.

The two remaining answer choices are very close together, $298.92 and $300. Instead of dividing 318/1.06, we can multiply one of these two answer choices by 1.06 and see if we get 318.
We will check 300, as it is a much more comfortable number to work with.
=3×100+ 3×6

300 is, therefore, the right answer. Notice that if we had first multiplied 298.92×1.06 we would have gotten 316.8552. We could have then eliminated answer D and concluded answer C was the answer without checking it.

Tip: The question can contain information irrelevant to your question. Before calculating, review all the data to identify the information you need to solve the problem.

To pass the Leading Edge Aviation Psychometric and pilot aptitude assessment, you must be familiar with each of the AON/Cut-e pilot tests, their unique challenges, and their difficulties. JobTestPrep offers tailored AON/Cut-e pilot PrepPack, with simulation tests, study guides, and extra practice, with an emphasis on the most complex tests – the gridChallange, spatial orientation, and reaction speed. You will also get an additional interview video guide.

Sharpen your skills to receive a high score, stand out throughout the recruitment process, and take the first step to becoming a pilot.

Leading Edge Aviation Group Exercise

Once you pass the psychometric and pilot aptitude assessment, you will be invited to the Leading Edge Aviation Group exercise. You will be assessed for various abilities and competencies, such as teamwork, communication skills, resilience, leadership, initiative, and decision-making.

You will receive your task a few hours before the exercise; thus, you will have enough time to prepare and make notes.

During the exercise, you and your fellow candidates will have to cooperate to complete the assignment you were given.

Leading Edge Aviation Interview

The final step of the evaluation process is a one-on-one interview with a professional pilot recruiter. In the interview, you will be assessed on your personality, attitude, competencies, motivation to fly and become a pilot, and your captain potential.

This is also your opportunity to ask questions about the program and your prospects after graduating.

Leading Edge pilot interview questions can be –

  • Why do you want to be a pilot?
  • What do you know about the Leading Edge program?
  • Why do you want to train with Leading Edge?
  • Give an example of when you have been part of a team?

When addressing the questions, use the STAR technique, which will help you reply with a well-crafted two-minute answer that showcases both your skills and potential.

Leading Edge Aviation Debrief and Feedback

After completing all the steps of the skills assessment, you will be summoned to a feedback session, in which you will walk through all the aspects of the evaluation to view your performance and see if there are areas needing development.

Afterwards, you will know if you’ve been accepted to the Leading Edge Aviation training program.