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.
The primary focus of the DLR-GU is on the applicant's capacity assessment, i.e. the ability to absorb audio and visual information, three-dimensional spatial sense and the ability to cope with multiple tasks and stresses. The tasks at the DLR have been developed based on typical demands in the working environment of a pilot.
In addition, knowledge in the areas of mathematics (mind calculations) English and ATPL is also tested.
In the English test, the DLR aptitude assessors increasingly focus on the ability to use the language idiomatically in addition to general grammatical skills. The demands in the DLR English test have risen significantly in recent years, reflecting the stiffer requirements for attaining the Commercial Pilot Licence in line with the JAR training guidelines.
The psychological part includes several complexes of questions on personality (CRM-Part incl.) as well as handwritten answers to what are know as the 10 questions.
Preparation at ATTC
In preparing for the GU test, the ATTC 3-step plan has proven particularly purposeful and effective:
Step 1: Software training prior to the course.
Thanks to innovative training modules, all applicants have access to comprehensive and powerful software even before (!) the start of the seminar. The training software is continuously updated and adapted to the particular requirements of the test. In addition to exercises on the capacity assessment part of the DLR test, the software also includes a powerful analysis module with diagrammed evaluation for the psychological questions.
Step 2: Course introduction as part of a beginners' training week
The run-through of the DLR admission test and the analysis of individual performance levels is followed by the well-founded introduction to the respective exercises of the current DLR admission procedure. A further focus in the beginners' training weeks is on subject lessons in: English and Psychology. Many original questions and problems are studied in detail in the lessons.
The contents will also be made available in an on-line training area (including lesson notes) for follow-up revision at home. Furthermore, up to the date of the DLR GU test, ATTC subject teachers, trainers and psychologists are also available on-line to provide individual help and support.
Step 3: Follow-up revision at home and repeater week(s)
Training with a personal training plan in a combination of seminar and software training. Based on an analysis of current performance levels, repeater training involves intensive and individual training until ATTC examination standards are reached. Repeater training takes place once the ATTC beginners' training week has been passed; it is free of charge as part of the booking for ATTC trainees and can be repeated as often as desired.
DLR tests are run each Thursday during the Repeater weeks. The purpose is to check in a simulated test situation whether all training content is "ready to test", or whether there are still gaps to be filled.
The date for the FU test will be 4 to 8 weeks after the successful completion of the GU test.
If the GU has been passed successfully, an invitation to the FU test will be issued about 4 to 8 weeks later. The FU test assesses the applicant's psychological profile. The DLR test typically includes the ability to work in a team, working under stress, conflict resolution and a psychological interview; in addition, a mini-screening is conducted in a simple simulator.
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