The DLR test for ReadyEntry-Pilots (ATPL- or frozen ATPL-Holder) consists of 2 parts; the basic skills assessment (GU) and the company assessment (FU). The test is conducted at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Hamburg.
As part of the FU, the main focus of the assessment is on the applicant's psychological aspects.
In specifically chosen assessment group role plays and conflict resolution interviews, applicants have to demonstrate their ability to implement specified targets within a team.
In the "loading exercise", known as DCT in DLR terminology, the psychologists in Hamburg assess an applicant's team focus in an artificially created stress situation.
Last but not least, each applicant has to pass a concluding interview by the aptitude assessment panel, in which any open questions arising from the aptitude data gathered to that point will be clarified.
Training at ATTC
As for the preparation for the GU test, there is also a tried and tested 3-step plan to prepare for the FU test:
Step 1: Software training prior to the start of the course.
The FU software contains a DCT training module which is modelled on the original test environment. The modern web-compatible DCT training module allows ATTC students to engage in purposeful practice for this test with fellow participants via the internet outside of the training course. The simulator training module makes it possible to practice the anticipated tasks at the FU even prior to the start of the course in a realistic setting.
Same as the GU software, the FU software also contains a powerful analytical unit with diagrammed evaluation for the psychological questions. Applicants who only start preparation for the DLR test with ATTC from the FU part onwards can also use this software. In line with the "work flow" for the DLR test, the profile data from the psychological questions are also taken into consideration for the personal ATTC training plan for applicants preparing for the FU test.
Step 2: Course introduction as part of a beginners' training week
The FU seminar training starts with an introduction to the test requirements at DLR as well as the up-to-date expected content at the FU. This is followed by a first round of training units moderated by ATTC trainers, comprising group role plays, conflict-resolution interviews and DCT. All contents are closely modelled on original tasks set by DLR. The "script" for the Interview Training, as in the real test, also incorporates individual insights gained over the course of the seminar in addition to profile data from the psychological questions (in general, the psychological questions, taken by themselves, are hardly selective, but they contribute significantly to the overall diagnosis of an applicant's aptitude).
In order to gain a better understanding of the role of the examining psychologists, the participants also take on the role of the AC observer and - as in the real test - complete the observation forms with the standard assessment criteria.
Step 3: Follow-up revision at home and repeater week(s)
Outside of the course, participants have the option of practising for the DCT test via the internet.
The training plan during the Repeater week(s) focuses on individual weaknesses of applicants. The repeater training can also be used selectively, i.e. on a daily basis according to the time table.
Same as for GU preparation, Repeater training is free of charge as part of the booking for ATTC trainees and can be repeated as often as desired.
The FU company assessment at DLR takes place over 2 days and concludes with the final interview by the aptitude assessment panel made up of representatives of DLR and Lufthansa. Applicants are told the result of their test immediately.
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