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Pilot Skills Test (PST)
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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.
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.
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 Pilot Skills Test is no different to any other type of computerised pilot aptitude test that you may undertake with an airline or flight training organisation.
From feedback provided by past clients, we have identified that the Pilot Skills Test (PST) incorporates a variety of tests which assess a large number of competencies. The tests used as part of the Pilot Skills Test may be named differently to those tests you may have encountered in the past (e.g. ‘Complex Control’ and ‘Monitoring Ability’).
We have therefore taken this information and have decoded the jargon to help candidates to understand how they will be assessed, and to provide direction on the best activities to use within our preparation platform:
Deductive Logical Thinking
This is the asssessment of candidate ability to identify Rules and Patterns. Activities suitable for this are: ‘Visual Reasoning’ 1 to 4 and ‘Grid’
This is the assessment of Long-Term Concentration and Information Processing. Activities suitable for this are: ‘Adjust’ and ‘Grid’.
This is the assessment of Reaction Speed. Activities suitable for this are those that incorporate the assessment of reaction speed: ‘Memory’, ‘Flight Director’ and ‘MultiTasker’
This is the assessment of Spatial Awareness, in particular the assessment of candidate skill in recalling an object’s position in 2D or 3D space.Activities suitable for this are: ‘Switch’ and ‘Aspects’.
This is the assessment of Spatial Awareness, in particular the assessment of candidate skill in understanding an object’s position in 2D or 3D space. Activities suitable for this are: ‘Orientation’, ‘Perspectives’ and ‘Aspects’.
This is the assessment of Multi-Tasking, in particular the assessment of candidate skill in identifying items in compliance with a defined rule, avoiding obstacles and undertaking calculations or similar cognitive tasks.
Activities suitable for this are: ‘MultiTasker’, ‘Adjust’ and ‘Align’.
This is the assessment of Mathematical Arithmetic, in particular – Translation of Units, Rule of Three, Percentage Calculation and Area & Spaces. Activities suitable for this are: ‘Maths’ (Easy, Medium and Hard) and ‘Numerical Reasoning’ 1 to 8.
This is the assessment of candidate ability to interrogate information, and to draw conclusions. Activities suitable for this are: ‘Visual Reasoning’ 1 to 4 and ‘Grid’.
This is the assessment of Hand-to-Eye Coordination. Activities suitable for this are: ‘Spin’,'Tracking’, ‘Control’ and ‘Guidance’.
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).
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A challenging activity, Adjust assesses multi-tasking, spatial awareness, hand-to-eye coordination, selective attention and mental mathematic skills.
Visual Reasoning 1 to 4
Our Visual Reasoning activities enable candidates to work on understanding rules, patterns and interrogating information.
Orientation assesses spatial awareness and selective attention skills, by tasking candidates with identifying friend or foe aircraft.
Perspectives assesses and enhances spatial awareness, tasking the candidate with matching sets of multicoloured cylinders orientated in to different perspectives.
Mimicking tasks within a jet aircraft, Aspects assesses and enhances candidate ability in spatial awareness by incorporating aural statements and visual imagery.
Encompassing multiple tasks in to one activity, MultiTasker assesses and enhances candidate ability in multi-tasking, hand-to-eye coordination and selective attention.
Num. Reasoning 1 to 8
Numerical Reasoning 1 to 8 analyse your ability to interpret information, using figures, tables, graphs and statistics and come to conclusions on the data.
Memory assesses selective attention and memory capacity skills, tasking the candidate with efficiently memorising and inputting four sets of data repeatedly.
Control assesses and enhances candidate ability in hand-to-eye coordination and selective attention using multiple control axes and visual cues.
Switch establishes an understanding of memory capacity and selective attention skills, tasking the candidate with efficiently acknowledging change.
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.
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, which must be correctly navigated (or flown through) to ensure continued progression through the tube.
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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