Pilot Aptitude Test - What is it and why do you need one?

Stein Mjåtveit

We are often asked about the Pilot Aptitude Test that is a requirement before applying to our integrated programs. The most common questions about the tests are:

  • What is a Pilot Aptitude Test?
  • Why do I need one?
  • Will passing the test guarantee me a job?
  • What will I be tested in?
  • Can I prepare for the tests?

What is a Pilot Aptitude Test?

Passing a Pilot Aptitude Test is a requirement before applying to OSM Aviation Academy. The test measures your skills within several areas that cannot be determined by your grades. It is important to assess these skills in order to determine if you are fit to work as a Pilot.

In addition to finding out if you have what it takes to apply and succeed in one of the training programs at OSMAA, the Pilot Aptitude Tests are also used by airlines during the hiring process.

Why do I need one?

The first question is fairly easy to answer: You need it for yourself!

It might seem like the Pilot Aptitude Test is an extra hurdle that the flight schools has placed between the prospective student and their dream of becoming a Pilot. Although it is true that it enables us to determine if you have what it takes to complete the training, it also serves a much more important function:

Ensuring that you have what it takes to land your first job!

Once you have graduated from flight school and you start applying for jobs, it is almost guaranteed that your future employer will put you through similar tests. They will most likely not be identical to the ones we have, but they will definitely test you in the same areas, to determine that you have the skills required to be successful in your job as a Professional Pilot.

Will passing the test guarantee me a job?

The job interview will include many other elements such as a technical interview, an HR interview, a simulator assessment and possibly even a group exercise. Passing the aptitude tests will in no way guarantee you a job, but it is clear indication that you have the capabilities required to become a commercial pilot. In addition, you could also encounter aptitude tests during job interview at some airlines. So doesn't it sound like a good idea to pass one before you invest a lot of time, money and effort into a flight training program? We think so...

What will I be tested in?

The specific details of various Pilot Aptitude Tests is not something that we can disclose. However, it is no secret what areas are being tested and some of these areas will evaluate skills that can be improved by practicing. 

Pilot Aptitude Tests normally contain elements that will evaluate the following areas: 

  1. Logical thinking
  2. Perceptual capacity
  3. Spatial orientation
  4. Memory
  5. Eye-hand coordination
  6. Multitasking ability
  7. Stress tolerance
  8. Resilience
  9. Mental Arithmetics

Want to learn more about how you can improve the areas above? Download our guide: "Pilot Aptitude Test - How to prepare"

Can I prepare for the tests?

The short answer is yes. In the same manner that you can train your body, you can also "take your brain to the gym" and make it better, stronger and faster. One of the most important things to think about however, is to get a good nights sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before the tests. 

If you want to learn some tips and tricks that can help you train your brain, we suggest that you check out our guide by clicking the link below.

Ready to learn more? Download the guide:

Pilot Aptitude Test guide 2020

Listen to Pilot Talk's episode when Michael Keating, former fighter pilot in the Danish Air Force and now Director of Flight Crew Recruitment at OSM Aviation, talks about selection and psychometric testing for pilots.


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