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Introduced to the aviation industry in 1997 by People Technologies Ltd, PILAPT® is a computerised pilot aptitude test that serves to assess pilot candidates for a multitude of roles in the commercial and military aviation sectors.
The PILAPT® computerised pilot aptitude test is used worldwide, with over 70,000 candidates having participated in assessment in twenty countries and 11 different languages.
Like COMPASS and ADAPT, PILAPT® is a highly popular method of assessment of both ab-initio and experienced pilot candidates.
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 PILAPT® 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 PILAPT® 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.
Specifically, your PILAPT® test battery may be comprised of up to 8 individual tests, described in detail below with recommendations:
Deviation Indicator: a compensatory tracking task in two dimensions, requiring the use of a joystick.
Use our ‘Tracking’ activity, which is modelled on the PILAPT® ‘Deviation Indicator’ test, to improve your hand-to-eye coordination. Note that our ‘Tracking’ activity will be more difficult in nature than that faced by candidates undertaking the ‘Deviation Indicator’ test due to the inclusion of two simultaneous tracking tasks rather than the one task found in ‘Deviation Indicator’. Also use our ‘Guiance’ and ‘Control’ activities to further improve hand-to-eye coordination.
Concentration: a tracking task looking at hand/eye co-ordination.
Use our ‘Align’, ‘Guidance’, ‘Control’, ‘Tracking’ and ‘Spin’ activities to improve your hand-to-eye coordination and ace this tracking task!
Hands: auditory and spatial test of components within working memory.
Use our ‘Aspects’ activity, which is modelled on the PILAPT® ‘Hands’ test to improve your spatial awareness, and auditory reception skills. Also, use our ‘Perspectives’ and ‘Switch’ activities to improve spatial awareness. Use ‘Memory’ to improve your auditory reception skills.
Patterns: ability to recognise and interpret critical information masked by other information (or background noise) under time pressure.
Use our ‘Visual Reasoning 4′ activity, modelled on the PILAPT® ‘Patterns’ test, to improve your ability to recognise/interpret information under time pressure.
Trax: measures pursuit tracking which can be defined as the ability to accurately track a moving object in three-dimensional space. (Also known as ‘Flying through Boxes’)
Use our ‘Command’ activity, modelled on the PILAPT® ‘Trax’ test. Use our ‘Spin’ activity to improve your ability to track an object in three-dimensional space. Also use our ‘Tracking’, ‘Guidance’ and ‘Control’ activities to improve hand-to-eye coordination.
Sequences: ability to correctly follow a rule or set of rules and ability to compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, quickly and accurately.
Use our ‘Grid’ activity, modelled on the same mechanism implemented in the PILAPT® ‘Sequences’ test, to improve your ability to compare letters, numbers and objects quickly and accurately and to improve your ability to follow sets of rules. Also use our ‘Flight Director’ and ‘Adjust’ activities to further improve comparative, rule-following and rule-learning abilities.
Views: ability to imagine how something will look when it is moved around or its parts are moved or rearranged.
Use our ‘Perspectives’, ‘Switch’ and ‘Aspects’ to specifically target and improve your ability to imagine how objects will look when moved or parts are rearranged.
Capacity: a flying or psychomotor (primary) task to be executed alongside a visual recognition task and a sequential auditory task.
Use our ‘Adjust’, ‘MuliTasker’ and ‘Flight Director activities to improve your multi-tasking abilities. All three activities have been modelled on the exact mechanisms employed by the PILAPT® Capacity test and therefore will test the exact same skills as the real assessment.
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 PILAPT® test battery. Feedback is provided.
Activities suitable for PILAPT® Test Preparation
The PILAPT® 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.
We recommend using the content shown below to tailor your preparation specifically for the PILAPT® computerised pilot aptitude test.
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Tracking assesses and enhances candidate multi-tasking and hand-to-eye coordination skills with the use of two control axes controlled by opposing inputs.
Visual Reasoning 4
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.
Mimicking tasks within a jet aircraft, Aspects assesses and enhances candidate ability in spatial awareness by incorporating aural statements and visual imagery.
Incorporating control and acknowledgment of cues, Command assesses and enhances multi-tasking, selective attention and hand-to-eye coordination skills.
Control assesses and enhances candidate ability in hand-to-eye coordination and selective attention using multiple control axes and visual cues.
Encompassing multiple tasks in to one activity, MultiTasker assesses and enhances candidate ability in multi-tasking, hand-to-eye coordination and selective attention.
Switch establishes an understanding of memory capacity and selective attention skills, tasking the candidate with efficiently acknowledging change.
Perspectives assesses and enhances spatial awareness, tasking the candidate with matching sets of multicoloured cylinders orientated in to different perspectives.
Tasking the candidate with controlling multiple intermittently changing datums, Guidance assesses and enhances selective attention and hand-to-eye coordination skills.
Our mathematics database, organised in to easy, medium and hard difficulties, accurately mimics the questions posed in a large majority of pilot aptitude tests.
Rectangular grid containing a variety of different coloured shapes. The candidate must examine the grid and determine which shape does not represent the provided values.
This highly accurate test simultaneously assesses and enhances multi-tasking, hand-to-eye coordination and memory capacity skills.
A challenging activity, Adjust assesses multi-tasking, spatial awareness, hand-to-eye coordination, selective attention and mental mathematic skills.
Memory assesses selective attention and memory capacity skills, tasking the candidate with efficiently memorising and inputting four sets of data repeatedly.
Multi-tasking activity with three different activities which must be monitored and successfully completed simultaneously. Horizontal and vertical control mode are provided for practice.
Rotating tube containing a variety of different two-dimensional shapes in 3D space, which must be correctly navigated (or flown through) to ensure continued progression through the tube.
Orientation assesses spatial awareness and selective attention skills, by tasking candidates with identifying friend or foe aircraft.
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