Assessment and Selection for Aviation

With the right people you can achieve anything. Accurate assessment for selection is the cornerstone of people success.

Aviation is a unique market and requires a specialist approach to assessment – We have coupled in-house technical capability with psychology skills to create a perfect union to partner with our clients in achieving best in class selection programmes.

We have over 20 years experience within Aviation, using the results of our ADAPT testing and assessment programmes to predict training outcomes and future employment success.

We work with Airlines, Business Jet Operators, OEMs and Aviation Training Organisations to provide robust and reliable assessment programmes in a broad range of roles, to ensure our clients realise cost savings and optimise their success in terms of training and recruitment.

Our Aviation Psychologists work to understand what you are looking to achieve from your assessment and selection process, recommending the components and output to provide your unique solution.

You can involve us at any stage of your recruitment whether that is pre-selection, promotion or conducting the entire assessment process for you. We can guide you by presenting a range of options to suit your objectives, budget and timeframes. We are flexible, quick to respond and adapt to suit your requirements.

For Pilots, Cabin Crew, Instructors, Managers and Technicians
Aligns with IATA guidance and best practice.
Standardised and robust recruitment and selection processes driving informed decisions.
Reduced cost of recruitment saving Assessment Centre time, logistic costs and HR resources.
Increased training pass rates.
Multi-lingual assessments.

Pre-selection and Assessment

Our aim is to address your requirements in the most effective and efficient way, utilising computer-based tests delivered through our Adapt platform and/or services from our psychology team, ranging from specific tests to complement your existing process, through to fully outsourced screening and selection programmes.

Online Testing

An ideal mechanism to initially sift candidates, reducing the cost of running assessment days, allowing you to identify candidates with the right potential to take through to the next stage. We have a range of ready-to-go tests that are suitable for Pilots, Cabin Crew, Instructors, Managers and Technicians, and we can integrate your existing tests or develop new tests to cover specific needs. To see our range of online aviation knowledge and aptitude tests click here.

Psychology Services

We are more than just a test publisher, our team of Psychologists work with our clients to define the right process for assessing the aptitude and personality of candidates against the requirement of the role and your organisational culture. Once assessments are operating, our Psychologists are responsive and flexible to your needs, providing face to face interviews, assessment events, and accurate reporting within the selection process.

Hiring, training and promotion solutions

Q1 of 6 | Who are you looking to assess?

Q2 of 6 | What are you looking for?

Q3 of 6 | How do you envisage using our products and services?

Q4 of 6 | How would the outcomes be used?

Q5 of 6 | How involved in the process would you like to be?

Q6 of 6 | What method do you think might be most appropriate for your intended use?

Let us know what you need and see how we can help by answering a few questions.

Customisation for what matters to you

We are highly versatile in what we can offer and are able to support you through the process of creating a bespoke assessment programme to meet your requirements. Our existing tests can be tailored to the level of candidate you are assessing, your organisational culture, values and competencies. Candidates are benchmarked against industry standards or can be normed/stenned against your specific population to ensure results are tailored to your requirements. We can add your own corporate tests to our ADAPT portal to enhance your current processes and support a seamless candidate and admin experience.

We work the way you do

Worry-free set-up and training

Whether you have existing assessment facilities and IT equipment, or you are starting from scratch, we can help you get up and running. If you are purchasing a permanent on-site system deployment from us we can provide full facility design and installation, assistance with purchasing equipment, or installation services for existing assessment centre equipment. We are yet to meet an IT requirement that we cannot service including remote locations with poor internet connections.

Our simple Getting Started guides and comprehensive reference materials, ensure you are comfortable with how our solutions work and how to operate them. Additionally, remote or on-site training sessions can be delivered.

During the initial assessment sessions, we will monitor the programme and review results, ensuring the programme is operating effectively for your needs. Adjustments to assessment criteria can be made during this period and applied to existing candidate results. Regular reviews with you mean any concerns are addressed quickly and effectively.

Symbiotics' Worry-Free Workflow Diagram

Specialist support whenever you need it


Our software development teams strive to maintain our solutions to deliver best in class performance and availability. Should you need it, our technical team offers advice and assistance to resolve any operational issues regardless of your location.

Aviation Psychology

Ongoing research and development means we continuously ensure appropriateness of existing tests, seek improvement, and develop new tests and reports to meet new demands, through combined psychology and subject matter expertise.


Our customer support team is on hand to support you and your candidates; from day to day assistance, to managing the entire assessment process including organising and scheduling candidate interviews.

…They quickly respond to questions or concerns prior to, during or after each exam regardless of the remote location and time zone we operate from…

Highest Quality Guaranteed

We follow the guidelines set by EFPA, APA and ITC in our test construction and documentation. We are always thorough and place the highest value on constructing scientifically valid tools. Our systems provide full traceability and auditability of assessment results, from candidate and assessor responses all the way through to the assessment report.

Continuous Development

Our psychology and technical teams are integrated to ensure our solutions are ready at any time. They are also constantly refining and customising our tests along with creating new tests to support clients with selection for new roles.

Staying in control

You always have access to your assessment results and reports. Should you wish to migrate away from ADAPT by Symbiotics, you'll find the results are readily extractable and transferable.

Safe and Secure

We are committed to protecting client and candidate data and comply with the Data Protection Act and GDPR. We can provide you with valuable data to support your ROI on recruitment and training success.

Your trusted partner, unlike any other

Supporting clients in over 130 locations, in 80 countries across 5 continents
Over 5,500 aviation tests completed monthly, across 300 variations of assessment
ISO9001:2015 accredited and compliant with latest industry standards.
Two decades of relevant industry expertise and benchmark data.
Map of the World with pins depicting our Client locations

We love to hear from clients

OxfordSaudia has recently begun using Symbiotics' ADAPT process to screen pilots for its flight program that culminates in an A320 Type Rating. We wanted a screening program that would remove subjectivity from our selection process and give our managers confidence in the selection of our pilots. Working with the Symbiotics' team of professionals has been a smooth process and they continue to support our staff with a quality effort. They present the results in a clear and easy to understand way allowing us to make decisions quickly and efficiently. The comprehensive set of exams allow for a full understanding of the potential of each candidate. They quickly respond to questions or concerns prior to, during or after each exam regardless of the remote location and time zone we operate from. We would highly recommend their product or process for any school or airline looking to ensure the highest quality candidate for the airlines.

Captain Larry Wade, Chief Executive Officer, OxfordSaudia

Vinpearl Air selected ADAPT because we know many airlines in the world, as well as our training partner CAE, use this tool from Symbiotics for professional pilot screening. The ADAPT reports will help us to know more about our students and we use this to brief them and their parents about their capability to become professional pilots. ADAPT is used to recommend candidates most likely to graduate from training school before they commence pilot training.

Mr Pham Duy Long, Acting CEO of VinAviation School, Vinpearl Air

The results match what we established in our own testing and interview process. Thanks again for your time and great product support.

Jackie Day, Training and Development Manager, Nelson Aviation College

Ready to talk?

If you would like to find out how we can help you with your assessment needs, please contact us and one of our sales team will be in touch to understand your requirements. We can quickly and easily set up a trial account for you to have a look around the ADAPT system and experience some of our specific tests.