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Pilot Aptitude Testing

Measuring pilot potential in potential pilots.

Symbiotics Ltd

Have confidence that you can prove you are undertaking a pilot aptitude test process that aligns to IATA third edition guidance material and best practice within aviation.

We help organisations to deliver PAT systems within their company that measure the 8 pilot competencies in a robust and effective way. We work to implement IATA, ICAO and EASA best practice assessment and selection processes into airlines and ATOs.

Read more about exactly how Symbiotics comply with IATA third edition guidance material and best practice for pilot aptitude testing.

Identifying suitable candidates – predict future success

In order to gain an understanding of a cadets potential success in the training pipeline, or a pilots likelihood to be successful in a specific role.

We have a range of online tests depending on what our clients need to assess, including: aviation knowledge, maths, physics, hand-eye co-ordination, dexterity, multi-tasking, English language, mental abilities, social-interpersonal abilities, situational awareness, memory, communication, team work, leadership, emotional intelligence, mental health risk. Find out more about our tests.

We can support you with all elements of your PAT process from providing online test licenses to running assessment centres or even candidate screening management portals embedded into your own system, taking the headache out of candidate selection and assessment.

What's more we can also customise the assessment process specifically for your airline or ATO so that your organizational culture and traits that are important to you are highlighted during the process to deliver candidates that are a good fit for both the role and you!

Competency based assessment for pilot selection

Who defines the PAT requirements?

Symbiotics will work closely with you to define your requirements and will make recommendations on the most appropriate ADAPT assessment battery. This can be supported by a job analysis or organisational profile where there is not an existing competency framework within the organisation, to ensure the assessment criteria are tailored to the specific requirements of the operator.

Who performs the testing?

Symbiotics' Online ADAPT tests are designed to be delivered and submitted anywhere in the world through our online system, so can be administered by the client organisation. While some tests require supervision or the presence of trained experts, others can be performed unsupervised from the candidate's home. Symbiotics provide training and documentation to support test administration and interpretation of results.

Who takes the hiring decision?

ADAPT does not pass or fail candidates; the ADAPT process will provide a detailed breakdown of candidate performance and a recommendation to the organisation, based on statistical scoring models, to support them in making the final hiring decision.

Is the decision solely based on the results of aptitude testing?

The organisation must decide on the scope of their selection process and how PAT fits into this. The bespoke nature of ADAPT means that organisations can use the various ADAPT assessments from the beginning to the end of the selection process, or as one stage of a wider selection protocol, as per their requirements. For example, aptitude testing with ADAPT can act as a screening process for the first stage of selection, enabling the strongest candidates to go forward to the next stage of the organisation's hiring process. Symbiotics can also integrate individual organisation's own selection tests into the ADAPT system, for example organisation-specific technical knowledge tests, so that the process can be delivered smoothly through a single interface.

How and by whom is the recruitment process, including the PAT system, maintained and evaluated?

Symbiotics is focused on continual improvement of our systems and as such, will conduct regular reviews of our assessments to identify any changes that may need to be made, as the industry and associated requirements evolve over time. We can also support our Clients in evaluating the effectiveness and predictive validity of their assessment process, through measuring the training outcomes and ongoing performance of candidates against the initial selection criteria.

Are you 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.