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COMPASS Pilot Selection FAQ

The COMPASS pilot aptitude testing system is acomputer based aptitude test for both Ab-Initio and advanced pilots. COMPASS is used by FTO’s and Airlines around the world to screen and select pilots based on their aptitudes.

Below a set of Frequently Asked Questions about COMPASS.

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Is COMPASS a stand-alone software product?

Yes, the COMPASS pilot aptitude test is a software suite that is installed and runs on a normal standalone windows PC.
All COMPASS software installations include:

  • COMPASS – Aptitude test for Ab Initio pilots

  • Advanced COMPASS – Aptitude test for Advanced Pilots

  • CPP – Checklist Professional Profile – psychometric test for aviation pilots

  • Verbal Reasoning – Comprehension, Reasoning and analysis of written data test for commercial aviation pilots.

  • Aviation English – A test which assesses the ability of a candidate pilot to reach LPE level 4 upon completion of flight training, this is an ICAO requirement.


Does the COMPASS Pilot Aptitude test require a full time internet connection?

No, as COMPASS runs directly on a windows PC, a full time internet connection is not required. An internet connection is only required to check the scores of the COMPASS test with the COMPASS servers. The internet connection can be made after each aptitude test or after several tests, for example after a day of testing.


How many test modules does the COMPASS pilot aptitude and Advanced COMPASS test consist of.

There are 6 modules that need to be completed in order to complete the entire COMPASS test or Advanced COMPASS test. The total time for completion should be around 90 minutes with a maximum of two hours.


Are FTO’s and Airlines using the COMPASS pilot aptitude test successfully?

Yes, Many Airlines and FTO’s around the world use the COMPASS battery of tests very successfully. COMPASS has become an integral part of the screening and selection procedure for both beginner and advanced pilots for many Airlines and FTO’s.
The COMPASS aptitude test is successful because it contains a variety of different tests that measure all the skills required to become an commercial aviation pilot. COMPASS instantly gives a very clear picture of a candidates aptitude for becoming a commercial aviation pilot.
The main benefit for the Airlines and FTO’s using COMPASS is that all candidates are subjected to the exact same standardised test. This means that test scores for the different skills can be compared objectively eliminating human interpretation.
Many globally operating Airlines, FTO’s and aviation recruitment agencies see a big advantage in using the COMPASS aptitude test because COMPASS tests pilot candidates from around the world with the same testing baseline which allows for objective comparison of the required aptitude of candidate pilots.


How long after the completion of a COMPASS test do the results become available?

The results of a COMPASS test are instantly available or as soon as the testing computer is connected to the internet and a connection is made with the COMPASS testing server, the results of a COMPASS test can be checked after each test or after a set of tests have been completed.


In what languages is the COMPASS pilot aptitude test available?

The use of English in the questions is an integral part of the test; if the candidate pilot taking the COMPASS test does not know sufficient English to understand the question, he or she is surely not qualified to become an commercial aviation pilot.

The COMPASS pilot Aptitude test is available in:

  • English

How long does a compass session take?

A typical COMPASS testing session takes about 2 hours which can be roughly divided into 30 minutes of instruction and briefing of the candidate and 90 minutes to conduct the actual COMPASS test.
As all the questions have a time limit, the maximum time for the COMPASS test is 2 hours.

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