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How to prepare Before any assessment event ensure that you are clear on what to expect from the day. Read your invitation email carefully so that you know where you need to be and what time you are expected to arrive. Prepare all the administration that you are required to bring with you on the day, including copies as necessary. It is important that you consider the activities that you will be required to complete during your assessment event and think through how to best prepare. For the non-technical elements seek feedback from those that you interact with about how effective you are within a team setting. Try to anticipate what it is you bring to a group environment and what areas you could look to develop. Prepare for your maths test by practicing and improving your speed and accuracy of mental calculations. This can easily be achieved by using a revision guide and using a stop watch to apply time pressure.

Finally, people find is useful to prepare for their interview by considering different experiences or situations they have been in, which demonstrates their skills across the areas outlined in the interview section of this booklet. Please do not fall in to the trap of preparing “model” responses as this can often backfire because applicants may not answer the questions being asked. Make sure that you listen to the questions and respond with recent and relevant examples.

Assessment Day Preparation Information

It is fair to say that CTC’s selection process will challenge you but our experienced assessment team will make you feel at ease and create an environment that allows you to relax and be yourself. It is important that we get to see the real you on these events and our team are here to support you through the process and facilitate the day.

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Whilst the aptitude test looks to grade your natural aptitude, many of the tests will require use of a joystick. Some applicants find it useful to practice using a joystick before they come to their assessment event and maybe use a flight simulator game. Others have been known to undertake trial flights to help them understand the demands on your capacity when flying.

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There are a series of phases to the CTC assessment process as outlined below.

The CTC assessment process for aspiring pilots is designed to give you, the applicant, an opportunity to showcase the breadth of technical and non-technical skills you possess. Through a series of tried and tested exercises, CTC’s selection process will provide the selection team with a clear, all-round picture of your abilities and potential to become an airline pilot.

CTC’s selection process is non-competitive in most cases. This means that you will be assessed against a required CTC Aviation or airline standard and not directly against others who are participating in the assessment event. CTC sets a high standard in order to ensure we provide the best possible cadets to our partner and client airlines. If you are well prepared for the assessment day and clear on what to expect, we advise that you simply relax, be yourself and do your best.

Applications are made on-line through our website – or sometimes directly through an airlines website if you are applying for a specific airline cadet programme. The selection team will review and screen your application against agreed criteria for the programme you are applying for. The criteria will be freely available on the CTC Wings website.


Please ensure you meet the programme’s minimum entry criteria before starting your application. Take your time completing your application and remember it is important all information is correctly inputted and please ensure all your academic achievements are listed correctly, as they appear on your certificates. You will be required to present these certificates on your assessment day. Please bear in mind that some of our airline programmes have a closing date so ensure you leave sufficient time to complete your application. Once your application has been screened by the selection team you will receive an email informing you of the result.

Assessment Day CTC conduct assessment events in the UK (Crew Training Centre Dibden) as well as internationally, as required by client airlines. The assessment event is split in to a morning assessment centre and afternoon interview. You are normally required to meet the standard across all areas of the morning assessment in order to be progressed to the afternoon interview. On the morning of your assessment, you will receive a presentation on the appropriate CTC/ airline cadet training programme. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions that you may still have before starting the assessment.

Technical Assessment You will be required to complete a numeracy test on your assessment day. This is a mental arithmetic test, under timed conditions. The test is normally completed on a computer without the use of calculators or other such aids. You will have 15 minutes to answer 15 questions. A pen and paper will be provided for any rough calculations. You will be expected to undergo a pilot aptitude test known as “PILAPT”. This aptitude testing system has been specifically designed to assess the core skills required for a commercial airline pilot. There are a series of 6 modules, which should take you approximately 1 hour to complete.

The areas being assessed during PILAPT are: • • • • • •

Hand/eye coordination Psychomotor tracking Mechanical reasoning Spatial orientation/awareness Numeracy Skills Capacity

Non-Technical Assessment You will be invited to complete 2 group activities that will allow you the opportunity to demonstrate your interpersonal skills and qualities such as: • Communication • Team Working • Leadership • Situation Awareness Both exercises are designed to encourage discussion and debate from all team members so remember to get involved as we can’t assess what we don’t see. Once all elements of the morning assessment centre are completed you will be able to take a lunch break. The assessor team will agree a time to meet you for the morning results delivery. The group will be split into smaller groups as necessary and the results will be delivered face to face. If you have successfully met the standard across all areas of the morning assessment, you will then be invited to an interview in the afternoon. If you do not meet the standard in the morning, this will be the end of your assessment day and you will be advised by email the following day if you are eligible to reapply. Candidates who are eligible to reapply will be offered feedback prior to any reassessment. This communication could come for CTC or directly from the client airline.

Interview The interview is conducted on a one-to-one basis and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. During the interview we are looking to get to know you better and to understand some of your past experiences. This is a competency or evidence based interview and you will be required to provide, recent and relevant responses. The key areas of assessment are: • • • • • • • •

Motivation Sense of responsibility Co-operation (Interpersonal/Team Skills) Leadership and Managerial Skill (potential) High Standards Flexibility Communication skills Business/Customer Focus

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