Aptitude Assessment

Who should attend this course?

We advise all potential ATCOs to undertake these tests before commencing any rated courses. Our aptitude assessments are designed to assess and appraise an entrant’s potential to successfully undertake and complete further training.

For more information about this or any other course please contact Andy Cameron (College & Course Manager).

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Introductory Courses


Aptitude Assessment

Under the control of a highly experienced and accomplished instructor, entrants will undertake a series of tests to assess theory, practical and communication skills. The tests will focus around:

  • Classroom tests
  • Simulator assessments
  • Interview with the instructor

A report will be provided which outlines the entrant’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to the key areas that are essential for a career as an Air Traffic Controller.

All entrants must hold:
  • a valid European class 3 medical certificate
  • minimum Language Level 4 (ICAO Language Proficiency rating – refer to EU ATCO Licensing Directive for more information).
  1. Abstract Reasoning
  2. Space Relations
  3. Clock Code
  4. Shortest Route
  5. Maths – Various Calculations using Speed, Distance and Time
  6. Match identical Alphanumerics
  7. Interview – General ATC background and knowledge
  8. Simulator – Practical Application and Spatial Awareness
Course Duration

1 Day

Generally a morning of written tests, followed by an afternoon of practical assessments and interviews.

Group Size


While there may be others taking tests on the same day, all practical work and interviews are conducted 1 on 1.

Course Dates

As Required

We schedule around 5 aptitude assessment days per year, but other dates can be arranged with suitable notice.