Would you agree that for the last couple of months the words online, e-learning, e-training, distance support, etc., have become the cornerstone of living in quarantine? The basic outdoor activities have been limited up to several clicks and meetings via platforms enabling virtual communication.
But what about aviation? What about pilot training? What about pilots’ assessment? Is it over? Has the process been halted until aircraft are lifted from the ground?
Aviation is going through the unprecedented times, indeed. However, the industry is quickly adapting to new reality and new standards, where possible. For example, did you know that the planemaker Airbus has launched aircraft e-delivery process? Amazing transformations!
Meanwhile aviation education at a number of training centres, including BAA Training, has not been halted, especially in terms of theoretical preparation and assessment processes which are carried out online.
Online Pilot Assessment: What? How? Where?
For some training centres which adopted online assessment approaches prior to the crisis, it has already become a standard procedure.
The quarantine and global travel restrictions only contributed to online assessments’ quicker becoming an effective and feasible service on the market. Not to omit the fact that it is also approved by regulatory bodies.
Our specialists, therefore, have been holding candidates’ assessment online since 2019. Now, in accordance with all the regulations and relevant approved processes, we are further meeting new candidates and interacting with potential students in the virtual environment.
Thus, the background and the experience collected are considerable enough to secure you with some important insights and tips. For the clear beginning, some of the most common questions & answers:
How many stages form the online assessment and how long does it take to complete the one?
The structure and duration of the online assessment is identical to the regular one carried out at a training centre. The whole assessment takes 4.5 hours and consists of the four following parts:
- cut-e cognitive abilities
- cut-e English
- cut-e personal traits, competencies
- interview with an assessment specialist.
What do you need to have for the online assessment?
As the word ‘online’ suggests itself, first of all, you need a very good Internet connection and a computer to be able to connect, complete tests and contact with an assessment team representative. Also you need a camera, which should be active throughout the assessment (if your computer has an integrated camera – it would be perfectly enough).
Further keeping the topic of the key devices, you will also need a working computer mouse and headphones. Before the assessment, though, you will be provided with the full list of essential items.
How to prepare for the online assessment?
The way of preparation for the online assessment is absolutely the same as for the regular assessment at the training centre. It is advisable to revise basics of maths, physics and English.
Also, you can prepare by doing sample tests aimed at preparation for the assessment which are available on the Internet. A good preparation tool could be considered, for example, games simulating flights. These could help shape complex control or spacial orientation skills. Moreover, there are various applications which can help develop such abilities as logical thinking, etc.
Advantages of Online Assessment. What Are They?
Although the whole procedure is the same, tests are the same and methods are the same, there is one important aspect making online assessment a bit different from the one carried out at a training centre – you can do this at any preferable location.
This difference, in particular, provides you with some substantial benefits. Benefits that could contribute to successful pass.
Favourable environment. One of the advantages is a well-known environment that could help maintain a lower stress level and help concentrate better. Wouldn’t you agree that a couple of strangers and unfamiliar room make you more nervous?
Nevertheless, with an online assessment you can stay at home, choose a quiet place, make sure that none disturbs you for the upcoming five hours, make yourself comfortable and possibly make a great start into the professional pilots’ world.
Decreased mental exhaustion of traveling. When you are travelling to do an assessment and your journey to a training centre takes at least two or three days, you become tired, at any case. Especially when the time zones are quite different and your internal clock gets lost for a while.
This feeling of tiredness could negatively impact your readiness and tests’ results. Especially when there is no or very little rest between your journey and assessment time.
When you undergo the assessment while staying at your place, you can avoid this. Although you have to pick from available assessment times and adjust to it, this will affect you less than travelling exhaustion.
Less expenses. Online assessment is also a possibility to save on travelling and accommodation.
Most Challenging Aspects. What Are They?
Of course, in line with huge advantages, you can be faced with some challenges. Technical challenges. The most important thing that both sides should have – very strong Internet connection.
Due to the fact that a lot of businesses have been currently transferred into the virtual world and a large part of the population is working remotely, our global connectivity can sometimes spring an unpleasant surprise.
Even though your connection is usually good, there is no guarantee that it will not become a bit poorer for a while. Especially considering the fact that during the whole process you must have your camera active. The same applies to the other side – the assessment team.
But we can assure you that it is not a big deal. Challenges make us stronger while you can even derive an additional benefit by demonstrating your ability to appropriately react to such an issue. Quick yet calm and emotionless reaction is a very important skill every pilot should possess.
If a person conducting an assessment asks you to repeat your answer or question because of connection problems, it does not mean that you said something wrong. It is a valuable ability to not get lost and stay confident with your answers.
Why Is It Worth Doing Online Assessment Now?
Many of you may wonder why it is worth doing it now, when the crisis is halfway and the situation has little certainty.
First of all, now you can dedicate more time for preparation and increase your chances to successfully pass the selection. Usually candidates are busy with their works, education and personal plans so it is difficult to find enough time to sufficiently prepare and go through the assessment. Now, when the whole world has stopped for a while, you can effectively use this waiting time.
Finally, every crisis ends and this one will end, too. Aviation will set itself on the recovery path and begin getting back to normal, to ‘new normal’. The industry would be different after the crisis is weathered.
Therefore, after you complete your pilot training in approximately two years, it is highly possible that you will get professionally ready to enter a wholly new aviation already soaring to its new heights. Keep your patience and have your wings ready to spread.