Last Updated on: July 2020

COMPASS

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Overview

Produced by EPST (European Pilot Selection & Training), COMPASS consists of six tests which have been developed to test the key aptitude areas for the pilot profession. Over 17,000 candidates worldwide have participated in a COMPASS (Computerized Pilot Aptitude Screening System) since its inception in the 1990s.

EPST recommend, and it has typically been utilised in this fashion, that the COMPASS test battery be combined with a simulator assessment prior to training of pilot candidates. Such is the accuracy of the COMPASS test battery, there have been no known flight training failures since its introduction.

Like PILAPT and ADAPT, COMPASS is a highly popular method of assessment of both ab-initio and experienced pilot candidates.

Advanced COMPASS is a test battery for the assessment of experienced pilot candidates, and further information on this can be found here.

Preparation Advice

All pilot aptitude tests aim to assess the same key core skills required to complete pilot training successfully and/or operate an aircraft competently and the COMPASS test is no different.

The assessment of skills such as multi-tasking, spatial awareness, memory capacity, hand-to-eye coordination and mental arithmetic cannot necessarily be assessed within one test and therefore a pilot aptitude test is commonly separated in to a collection of tests, organised in to a battery and completed by the candidate in one sitting.

In particular, the COMPASS test battery utilised by the organisation assessing you may incorporate the testing of hand-to-eye coordination, mental arithmetic, memory recall, multi-tasking, spatial awareness and orientation in space, verbal reasoning and understanding of physics (science).

Specifically, your COMPASS test battery may be comprised of up to 9 individual tests, described in detail below with recommendations:

Control: a compensation task looking at basic hand/foot/eye co-ordination.
Use our ‘Control’ activity, which is modelled on the COMPASS ‘Control’ test, to improve your hand-to-eye coordination.
Slalom: a tracking task looking at hand/eye co-ordination.
Use our ‘Align’, ‘Guidance’, ‘Control’, ‘Tracking’ and ‘Spin’ activities to improve your hand-to-eye coorrdination. Specifically, use our ‘Align’ activity in vertical mode to mimic a slalom.
Mathematics: a test of basic applied mathematical understanding and speed.
Use our Maths database, which contains a large collection of questions and answers organised in to easy, medium and hard difficulties. These questions are modelled on the style used in the COMPASS test battery. Feedback is provided.
Memory: accuracy of short-term memory recall and ability to ‘chunk’ information.
Use our ‘Memory’ activity, modelled on the COMPASS ‘Memory’ test, to improve your memory recall abilities.
Task Manager: a test of the candidate’s ability to scan the screen and manage two concurrent tasks accurately and quickly.
Use our ‘Flight Director’, ‘MultiTasker’ and ‘Adjust’ activities to improve your scan and practice multi-tasking. Specifically, use our ‘Flight Director’ activity, which is modelled on the COMPASS ‘Task Manager’ test.
Orientation: instrument interpretation, comprehension and spatial orientation.
Use our ‘Bearings’ activity, modelled on the COMPASS ‘Orientation’ test, to improve your understanding of instrument interpretation and spatial awareness/orientation.
Tech-Test: technical comprehension test (physics test).
Use our Science database, which contains a large collection of relevant questions and answers organised in to easy, medium and hard difficulties. These questions are modelled on the style used in the COMPASS test battery. Feedback is provided.
Aviation-English: test English language ability, including recognizing ATC sound messages.
Purchase Aircom: English Language R/T for Airline Pilots to improve your English language to ICAO Levels 4 and 5.
Verbal Reasoning: the ability of the candidate to understand, analyze and logically interpret written information.
Use our Verbal Reasoning databases, containing a variety of different passages to practice in a style similar to that presented in the COMPASS test battery. Three levels of difficulty, answers and feedback are provided.


Activities suitable for COMPASS Test Preparation

The COMPASS test battery that you are likely to face at assessment with an airline or flying school may assess your abilities in hand-to-eye coordination, mental arithmetic, memory recall, multi-tasking, spatial awareness and orientation in space, verbal reasoning and understanding of physics (science).

We recommend using the content shown below to tailor your preparation specifically for the COMPASS computerised pilot aptitude test.

A Super Plus Subscription can be purchased instantly online and will provide access to the content shown below:

Num Reasoning (Type 1)
Numerical Reasoning 1 analyses your ability to interpret information, using figures, tables, graphs and statistics and come to conclusions on the data, just like CEB.
Num Reasoning (Type 2)
Numerical Reasoning 2 analyses your ability to interpret information, using figures, tables, graphs and statistics and come to conclusions on the data, just like CEB.
Verbal Reasoning 1
Our verbal reasoning content, organised by excerpt, accurately mimics the questions posed in a large majority of pilot aptitude and psychometric tests, including CEB/SHL, Talent Q, COMPASS and Cut-E.
Verbal Reasoning (Type 2)
Our verbal reasoning content, with multiple passages per test, accurately mimics the questions posed in a large majority of pilot aptitude and psychometric tests, including CEB/SHL, Talent Q and Cut-E.
Control
Control assesses and enhances candidate ability in hand-to-eye coordination and selective attention using multiple control axes and visual cues.
MultiTasker
Encompassing multiple tasks in to one activity, MultiTasker assesses and enhances candidate ability in multi-tasking, hand-to-eye coordination and selective attention
Guidance
Tasking the candidate with controlling multiple intermittently changing datums, Guidance assesses and enhances selective attention and hand-to-eye coordination skills.
Mental Mathematics
Our mathematics database, organised in to easy, medium and hard difficulties, accurately mimics the questions posed in a large majority of pilot aptitude tests.
Bearings
Bearings assesses user understanding of their position in physical space, known as spatial awareness, using common flight instruments.
Flight Director
This highly accurate test simultaneously assesses and enhances multi-tasking, hand-to-eye coordination and memory capacity skills.
Adjust
A challenging activity, Adjust assesses multi-tasking, spatial awareness, hand-to-eye coordination, selective attention and mental mathematic skills.
Memory
Memory assesses selective attention and memory capacity skills, tasking the candidate with efficiently memorising and inputting four sets of data repeatedly.
Orientation
Orientation assesses spatial awareness and selective attention skills, by tasking candidates with identifying friend or foe aircraft.
Bearings
Bearings assesses user understanding of their position in physical space, known as spatial awareness, using common flight instruments.
Align
Multi-tasking activity with three different activities which must be monitored and successfully completed simultaneously. Horizontal and vertical control mode are provided for practice.
Spin
Rotating tube containing a variety of different two-dimensional shapes, which must be correctly navigated (or flown through) to ensure continued progression through the tube.
Tracking
Tracking assesses and enhances candidate multi-tasking and hand-to-eye coordination skills with the use of two control axes controlled by opposing inputs.
Science
Our science database, organised in to easy, medium and hard difficulties, mimics the questions posed in a large majority of pilot aptitude tests. Feedback provided on answers.

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