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TUI Airways MPL Pilot Cadet Programme (January 8th 2024)

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8th January 2024 Update for the Re-Opening of Applications: Additional guidance is now provided within this article, to view this update click here.


The world’s fourth largest charter airline, TUI Airways (formerly known as Thomson Airways) operates a fleet of 60+ aircraft, flying to nearly 100 destinations. The airline recruits both qualified and unqualified (ab-initio) pilots, and in December 2022, launched a Pilot Cadet Programme which continued in to 2023.

As of January 8th 2024, TUI have re-opened this Pilot Cadet Programme.

For more information, and to apply, please visit

Note: Those experienced pilots being invited to undertake assessment with TUI Fly Netherlands, should get in touch to learn about the specifics and differences of that assessment.

Preparation Advice

General Information: The ‘Basics’ of Computerised Pilot Aptitude Testing

All pilot aptitude tests aim to assess the same key core skills required to complete pilot training successfully and/or operate an aircraft competently. They’re designed to assess both inexperienced and experienced (qualified) pilots and are often undertaken on a computer web browser, and nowadays it is not uncommon for this testing to be completed remotely.

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. The candidate is commonly provided with two attempts in which to complete this battery, enabling assessors to analyse improvement shown by the candidate.

In some instances, airlines or flying schools may elect to use more broadly-applicable assessments, such as those which assess numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, visual reasoning or IQ. These assessments are not necessarily designed to exclusively assess the competencies that are required of pilot candidates, however, they can provide a good basis for understanding candidate ability.

If the above competencies are assessed, the candidate is not provided with multiple attempts to complete the testing, rather, they are permitted to change their inputted answers to examinations prior to submitting them.

8th January Update for the Re-Opening of Applications

As of January 8th 2024, TUI Airways have re-opened applications for their MPL Pilot Cadet Programme.

The information below explains the competencies which are assessed, why they may be assessed and how you can use our software to help prepare for this assessment.


We’re aware that some websites that have launched as recently as 2022/3 are providing what appear to be ‘exacting’ preparation for this scheme.

Information provided within these websites may not be entirely correct, and we encourage candidates to ensure that their preparation encompasses all possible styles of testing, to ensure greater chances of success.

If you’re in doubt about how to prepare or whether our software is right for you, we’d encourage you to speak with us via WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook Chat or Email.

TUI MPL Computerised Assessment: What is being assessed, and Why?

First launching in December 2022, the TUI MPL Pilot Cadet Programme has relaunched for a third time in 2024.

The airline utilises an extensive selection process which incorporates the assessment of Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. This part of assessment occurs in the second stage of the selection process and is undertaken online and remotely by the candidate.

Whilst there may be some confusion as to why TUI Airways have chosen to use a broadly-applicable assessment to assess candidates for their TUI MPL Cadet Programme, rather than assessing competencies more typically associated with commercial operation of an aircraft, this style of assessment for Cadet Pilot Schemes is commonplace.

Airlines, such as TUI Airways typically elect to use this style of assessment within a Cadet Programme given that most pilot candidates will have little to no real-world flying experience and thus cannot prove their flying ability. Additionally, pilot candidates that understand these more basic concepts (i.e. extrapolation of data from graphs and tables, and identification of information from statements) are more likely to be able to apply and understand reasoning to more complex areas, such as the Groundschool phase of flight training, and therefore successfully fulfil the required role of a pilot.

TUI MPL Computerised Assessment: How can I prepare for Assessment?

Candidates that are applying to this scheme may utilise the activities provided by to familiarise themselves with the mechanisms and methods of assessment, to improve their understanding of the function of the tested skills (Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning) and to improve their chances of success within assessment itself.

A break-down of the areas of the TUI Airways Pilot Cadet Programme assessment for 2024, and our recommended preparation strategy, is provided below:

Numerical Reasoning: the ability to examine and make decisions based on numerical data, often provided in tables, graphs and charts.
Use our Numerical Reasoning databases, separated in to two styles of examination and containing a variety of different question types to familiarise yourself with this common examination type. Randomised sets of questions are provided in environments which emulate real-world assessment. Answers and feedback are provided.

Recommendation: We’d also recommend utilising our Maths database to help familiarise yourself with common mathematical questions and equations. Improving your knowledge of mathematics will aid in easier comprehension of questions posed in your Numerical Reasoning assessment, enabling you to answer questions more quickly and to thus improve your chances of successfully completing this part of assessment.

Verbal Reasoning: the ability to understand, analyze and logically interpret written information.
Use our Verbal Reasoning databases, containing a collection of different passages to practice in a style similar to that presented in verbal reasoning examinations conducted online. Like our Numerical Reasoning, randomised sets of questions are provided in environments which emulate real-world assessment, and answers and feedback are provided.
Logical Reasoning: the ability to observe facts (often presented visually as patterns or images), identify the rules that govern these facts and apply these rules.
Use Visual Reasoning 1 to 4, to familiarise yourself with the various style of logical reasoning examinations.

Recommendation: We’d also recommend utilising our Grid activity, which will help to further your abilities in identifying rules within visual image, a key skill in completing Logical Reasoning assessments.

Note, to avoid confusion, we refer to our activities which improve Logical Reasoning as Visual Reasoning.

To those applying for this scheme, we wish you the best of luck – applications close on the 31st Jan!

Do you need additional support? Get in touch!

Due to the anticipated interest in this scheme, we anticipate that the selection process will seek to select the highest performing individuals only – we therefore highly recommend ensuring a suitable preparation strategy is used by any candidates undergoing assessment.

Should you be unsure as to how to proceed with your preparation, please get in touch.

Additionally, we would encourage candidates to speak with us via WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook Chat or Email so that we may be able to answer any queries you may have.

Activities suitable for TUI Airways Pilot Cadet Programme (MPL, 2024) Preparation

We recommend using the content shown below in coordination with our Online Preparation Planners in preparation for assessment for the TUI Airways Pilot Cadet Programme in 2024.

Use of the below content will enable familiarisation with the styles, methods and mechanisms of assessment employed.

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 Cut-E.
Verbal Reasoning (Type 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.
Visual (Logical) Reasoning 1
Visual Reasoning 1 requires the candidate to utilise problem-solving skills to observe, identify and replicate rules within visual data.
Visual (Logical) Reasoning 2
Visual Reasoning 2 requires the candidate to identify a pattern and route from a collection of images by selecting from four available options.
Visual (Logical) Reasoning 3
Visual Reasoning 3 presents cube nets with each panel containing a symbol. Candidate must identify which cube net relates to the three-dimensional cube.
Visual (Logical) 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.
Maths (Mental Arithmetic)
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.

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