The Air Traffic Skills Assessment (AT-SA) Exam, formerly known as the Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) Exam, measures your ability to perform the role of an air traffic controller (ATC). By 2024, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to hire over 10,000 new air traffic controllers. The field of applicants is competitive, so it is vital that you separate yourself from the pack by scoring high on the exam.
The AT-SA Exam consists of seven subtests given over 2 hours and 50 minutes.
This subtest begins with a number (1-9) appearing onscreen for two seconds. Another number quickly follows. Using the number pad, type in the difference between these two numbers. After you type in your answer, a third number will appear. Now, determine the difference between your original answer and this new number that has popped up on the screen.
This subtest consists of three progressively harder sections, each containing 10 questions. The first section flashes multiple letters that each equal a different number (i.e. A=1). The next thing you will see on the screen are the same letters, albeit this time randomized. Your task is to fill in the number to match the letter. The second section consists of equations, such as A=B+2, B=1, and therefore A=3. This section uses only addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In the third section, you are presented with two variable equations.
This subtest measures your ability to recognize spatial relationships. It contains two sections. In the first section, a map containing both a large and a small airplane appears. At the bottom of the screen, you will see instructions RIGHT or LEFT. With the viewpoint of the large airplane, you must determine if the small airplane is to the right or left by answering YES or NO. An EYE, which changes your viewpoint, is added to the screen in the second section. However, it is not necessarily present in all questions.
This subtest contains two parts. During the first part, the screen displays a map, with balls flying in from off the screen. You must eliminate balls before they are about to collide by typing in the number of one of them.
This subtest contains approximately 15 questions that must be answered in around 20 minutes. You will be penalized for not answering all the questions.
This subtest has 108 questions. You are given a list of three statements, and you must determine of the three which is most like you and which is least like you.
This subtest contains 18 questions that must be answered in 15 minutes. You are presented with six paragraphs, each followed by three questions. Questions may ask you to determine the main point of the paragraph or which statement is true.
The preparation pack also includes practice materials for the following sections: memory game, memory/variables, spatial relationship, word problems (logical reasoning), personality test & reading comprehension.
When applying for an air traffic control position, there are two applicant pools.
Pool 1 consists of all U.S. citizens who meet 1, 2, OR 3 of the following eligibility criteria:
Pool 2 consists of all other U.S. citizens who do not meet the requirements for Pool 1. Such applicants will be required to complete and pass the biographical assessment at the time of application to receive further consideration.
If you are considered Pool 1, you may voluntarily elect to be considered in Pool 2.
The biographical assessment is taken during the first phase of the application process.
The biographical assessment may seem like an innocent background questionnaire, but, in fact, it is the most significant screening phase in the process to become an air traffic controller. It consists of experience-related questions that measure the direct fit of a candidate's education and prior experience to the job of air traffic control specialist. However, some of its questions are actually a personality test that aims to assess whether the candidate's profile fits with that of an air traffic controller. JobTestPrep can help you reveal the secrets behind the test and improve your chances of passing the biographical assessment.
Below are samples of the types of questions that can be found on the biographical assessment. Within our practice pack, you will find many more questions like these, along with a breakdown of the answers and how they might affect the evaluated fit of your profile.
What do you like LEAST about technology?
My previous supervisor (or teacher, if not previously employed) would most likely describe the amount of time I needed to complete assignments as:
In your current or previous job(s) (or school, if not previously employed) how did you feel about making difficult decisions?
Choose the statement that BEST describes you.