Last Updated on: May 2022

Pilot Skills Test (PST)

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Overview

The Pilot Skills Test, also known as the ‘PST’, is a type of computerised pilot aptitude test utilised by the American Airlines Group of companies (Envoy Air Inc., Piedmont Airlines, Inc., and PSA Airlines Inc) to assess pilot candidates as part of their selection processes.

Unlike other types of computerised pilot aptitude test typically employed by airlines and flying schools (PILAPT, COMPASS, ADAPT et cetera), the Pilot Skills Test (PST) is used only by American Airlines Group and therefore, information surrounding this particular test battery is considerably more limited.

Additional information, which mirrors the information found in this article, can be found in our Knowledgebase Articles on PSA Airlines (American Eagle) and American Airlines.

Preparation Advice

All pilot aptitude tests aim to assess the same key core skills required to pilot training successfully and/or operate an aircraft competently, and whilst information on the Pilot Skills Test is limited, the skills (or aptitudes) it aims to assess are no different to many other types of computerised pilot aptitude test.

In particular, from feedback provided by past clients, we have identified that the Pilot Skills Test (PST) seeks to assess hand-to-eye coordination, memory recall, logic/information processing, pattern recognition, visual reasoning and mathematics/mental arithmetic. Furthermore, we have identified that the Pilot Skills Test (PST) is comprised of 6 individual tests which seek to identify the above skills.

We have constructed a list of appropriate activities below which you may use within our online preparation software to help you prepare for this particular assessment type:

Hand-to-Eye Coordination
Use our ‘Align’, ‘Guidance’, ‘Control’, ‘Tracking’, ‘Flight Director’ and ‘Spin’ activities to improve your hand-to-eye co-ordination. Specifically, use our ‘Align’ activity in vertical mode to mimic a slalom.
Memory Recall:
Use our ‘Memory’ and ‘Switch’ activities to improve your memory recall abilities.
Logic/Information Processing:
Use our ‘Grid’ and ‘Stroop’ activities to improve your information processing skills.
Visual Reasoning:
Use our collection of Visual Reasoning activities to improve your visual reasoning skills.
Pattern Recognition:
You can also use our collection of Visual Reasoning activities to improve your pattern recognition skills.
Mathematics/Mental Arithmetic:
Use our collection of Maths and Numerical Reasoning activities to improve both your mathematics and mental arithmetic skills.


Activities suitable for Pilot Skills Test (PST) Preparation

The Pilot Skills Test (PST) that you are likely to face at assessment with American Airlines (or Envoy Air Inc., Piedmont Airlines, Inc., and PSA Airlines Inc) will assess your abilities in hand-to-eye coordination, memory recall, logic/information processing, pattern recognition, visual reasoning and mathematics/mental arithmetic.

We recommend using the content shown below to tailor your preparation specifically for the Pilot Skills Test (PST).

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.
Control
Control assesses and enhances candidate ability in hand-to-eye coordination and selective attention using multiple control axes and visual cues.
Switch
Switch establishes an understanding of memory capacity and selective attention skills, tasking the candidate with efficiently acknowledging change.
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.
Grid
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.
Flight Director
This highly accurate test simultaneously assesses and enhances multi-tasking, hand-to-eye coordination and memory capacity skills.
Stroop
The Stroop test requires individuals to view a list of words that are printed in a different color than the meaning of the word.
Memory
Memory assesses selective attention and memory capacity skills, tasking the candidate with efficiently memorising and inputting four sets of data repeatedly.
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.
Visual Reasoning 2
One of many visual reasoning puzzles provided to candidates, Visual Reasoning 2 establishes the understanding of spatial awareness using 2D objects.
Visual Reasoning 3
One of many visual reasoning puzzles provided to candidates, Visual Reasoning 3 establishes the understanding of spatial awareness using 3D objects.
Visual Reasoning 4
Visual Reasoning 4 presents four images each containing numerous scrambled lines and tasks the candidate with identifying which image hides a shape within.

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