Screenings are an extremely important first step in becoming an airline pilot. After all, it would be pretty frustrating if, after having invested precious time and money (with no advance screening), you’d be faced with the fact you wouldn’t be able to pass an actual airline screening procedure! And that’s why Skywings takes this initial screening step so seriously.
The screening procedure takes about 3 days in total
COMPASS test (day 1)
This test takes about 2.5 hours and offers a realistic view of some of the most important qualities a pilot should have. You need to pass this test before you can move on to the next day of the screening.
How to prepare? You can’t really prepare for this test, but it might help to train your memory and mental calculation skills using an app on your smartphone.
It contains the following elements:
hand-eye and foot-eye coordination
Written maths & physics test (day 1)
This written test (in English) contains 20 exercises, to be solved in 2 hours without the use of a calculator. You need a score of at least 15/20 on this part. This test examines whether you have sufficient basic knowledge to understand the theory courses. The contents are at a level comparable to the first four years of general secondary education.
How to prepare? Revise your maths and basic physics topics:
- Order of operations
- Calculation rules
- First-degree equations
- Rule of 3
- Arithmetic (long division, etc.)
- Basic geometry (area, perimeter, and volume of basic shapes, e.g. rectangles, triangles, cylinders, cubes, etc.)
- Triangle mathematics and goniometry: right triangles (sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, secant, cosecant), radians, Pythagoras
- Newton’s laws
- Velocity-related problems
- Acceleration and gravitational acceleration
- Converting volume to mass and vice versa
- Archimedes’ principle
- Energy and power
Sign up for one of our maths and physics refreshers to pass your entrance exam with flying colours!
Flight aptitude simulator test (day 2)
After you pass the COMPASS test, you get to enter the simulator. This test checks whether you’re capable of learning new techniques and shows us your coordination and agility. You’ll learn some new information which you’ll need to apply in a later phase. This test takes about 3-4 hours.
How to prepare? You can’t really prepare for this test. Make sure you get a good night’s rest, come to school with a positive attitude, and be open to constructive criticism.
Personality test (day 2)
Technical and motor skills aren’t the only important characteristics. Your personality also has a significant impact on your chances of success, both as a student and as a pilot after graduation. This personality test is made up of a questionnaire, which will take about 45 minutes to complete. We’ll compare the results with the first two steps of the screening. If you pass all three steps, you’ll be invited to take part in the next step.
How to prepare? You can’t do well or bad on this test, so you can’t prepare for it either. Just be honest when you answer the questions, and don’t overthink it.
English test (day 2)
This test was developed to examine candidates’ command of English, as this is the main language used for airline communications. Most of the training is in English, which is why this step is an important part of the screening.
How to prepare? Read an English book or watch your favourite Netflix show in English without subtitles. You could also listen to an audiobook in the car, on the bus, or on the train to expand your vocabulary.
Motivation interview (day 3)
The fifth step is a motivation interview with our selection team. We’ll discuss your screening as a whole and evaluate your personality and motivation, accompanied by our psychologist.
How to prepare? Think about why you want to become a pilot—what motivates you? Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses (ask people who know you well for help, if need be) and reflect on how your weaknesses could impact your career as a student and future professional pilot. Try to think about how you’d like to deal with your weaknesses too. Feel free to write down any questions you’d like to ask us as well, of course.
The COMPASS test (step 1 of the screening) costs 195 EUR, tax included. If you pass this test, Skywings will cover the costs for the remaining steps in the screening.
Successful candidates also undergo an EASA medical examination before the training starts. Any costs related to this medical examination are not included in the price for the selection tests. These should be paid directly to the medical centre. Depending on the centre, you should expect to pay around 400 to 500 EUR.