Another F.A.T question...

Hi all,
I'm applying as an AC and have Flight app tests coming up. As far as i'm aware, I'm going to sit 3 tests(or 3 groups of tests) - 1 for pilot, 1 for observor and 1 for ATC.

Just wondering what the ATC test actually involves?
I'm not entirely sure as I'm in the same position as yourself, but i have done some research and found these quite helpful:

The last one on the list you have to pay for, but it's a small price to pay if you're serious about joining the FAA.
Any thing that is not included in the above links, but is included in the test itself is an assessment of your natural ability - you've either got it or you haven't (or so i have been told!).

Hope this helps!


It's not 3 separate sets of test, it's one large battery of tests all following on from each other. (About 5 hours worth in total)

Everyone sits the same tests and are marked on them all but different tests count for more for the different application options.

Those links above are all useful and the FATPass is worth the money as it gives you loads of examples. There's also a topic lurking somewhere on here that deals with all the FATs questions.

Hope this helps, I did mine in Feb (and passed) so if I can be of any help to you just PM me. :)
I can confirm what C2O has already stated. I took my FATs August 2009.

You sit a continuous set of small tests (ranging from 5 to 30 mins approx) which last for a few hours. Each test has a weighting towards the various jobs.

I would recommend trying the free FATs style games and SDT questions. I wouldn't think you need to pay for any guides though. The tests are checking your raw aptitude so you can't really revise much.

Good look in the AC applications process. Hopefully see you in the branch.
I'm afraid not. It's pretty much all mental arithmetic, you are expected to do the s/d/t in your head and are only allowed pencil and paper for a few of the hardest ones. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.


Lantern Swinger
that is correct - they come and give you the paper and pen when you reach the particular part of the test, then come and take it away when you finish the section.
One thing to remember about alot of the free s/d/t questions available online is that they're mostly in mph.

I did my FATs in February, and found that most of the questions asked for miles per minute which rather threw me. Saying that, I passed, so just keep hammering away at

The most important part is to forget about a section that goes badly, and do the next one to the best of your ability.

Best of luck with it all.

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