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Self-Gloss: I'm Doing The AT-SAT Test!  
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2232 times:

So I applied for an ATC job a while back in June and never heard back from the FAA, until now. I got the email from the FAA today saying they want me to get my butt out to CA to do the Air Traffic Selection and Training Exam. I have to pick a date sometime between mid oct to mid nov. While it's certainly not a guaranteed job offer, it's definitely a good sign, and my credentials are much better than many of the average joes coming off the street that are applying for this.

Anyways, has anybody here taken this test? From what I've read in other forums it's relatively easy. Some say to not even bother buying test-prep material. I'm thinking I'm buying it regardless since, rumor has it, people with the top scores are the first ones to get the job.

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2217 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
ome say to not even bother buying test-prep material.

 redflag  I would buy it if I were you. It will more than likely help. Get the ones from Dale Crane, if available. I have found his A&P test guides to be extremely helpful.



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2161 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
Anyways, has anybody here taken this test? From what I've read in other forums it's relatively easy. Some say to not even bother buying test-prep material. I'm thinking I'm buying it regardless since, rumor has it, people with the top scores are the first ones to get the job.

I've taken it and it wasn't traumatic and I didn't want to strangle small, cute puppies afterward. I went into it cold, not having bothered with the test prep stuff. I wish I had used it, especially for the Letter Factory portion. That section gave me a headache. The rest is fairly simple, especially for someone with flight experience.

Good luck and while you'll get your score within a couple of days, be prepared to wait a really looooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggg time to progress through the rest of the process.


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2151 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):

Anyways, has anybody here taken this test? From what I've read in other forums it's relatively easy. Some say to not even bother buying test-prep material.

"Don't study" is the lamest excuse for advice ever. Always review the material, even if you're sure you know it!

Good luck!



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2130 times:

I didn't study and missed well qualified by 2 points, that was last year. I was contacted twice to pick my 2 locations and that's about as far as I got.

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

So far I've joined the stuckmic forums and they have lots of good stuff there. They built a great study guide too. The math part is a serious headache for me though, even though it's simple arithmetic and basic flight calculations. I've always had a severe math handicap though all my life. Time to practice practice practice!

User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2088 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
I applied for an ATC job

You? ATC? I can see that now....all the hot female pilots will get priority clearance if they give you your phone number or come see you afterwards. Male pilots will be asked to go around and put into the back of the stack!


Jokes aside, good luck. I don't know what kind of exam it is...multiple choice or short answers...but one thing that I've seen in my students is that even if they know all the stuff...they are not used to the timings of the exam. What ends up happening is that they either don't finish or fill up BS on their multiple choice answers. Thats why even if you know all the stuff inside out, you should practice the exams just to get an idea of the timing. Do the practice exams as if it was real exam and you'd get a pretty good idea of where you stand.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2084 times:



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 6):

You? ATC? I can see that now....all the hot female pilots will get priority clearance if they give you your phone number or come see you afterwards.

Oh man, I've been practicing. "Cleared to BEDDD direct. Climb and maintain on top of me. No delay." Big grin

Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 6):
Do the practice exams as if it was real exam and you'd get a pretty good idea of where you stand.

I'm working on it. The test is all on computer and self paced, you have 8hrs to do it which should be more than enough  Smile


User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2074 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 7):
Cleared to BEDDD direct. Climb and maintain on top of me. No delay.

As long as there are no premature landings, it should work well Big grin



Life only makes sense when you look at it backwards.
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3524 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2057 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
So I applied for an ATC job a while back in June and never heard back from the FAA, until now.

Which position did you apply for? Was it the open off-the-street bid or just one of the regular postings?



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2048 times:



Quoting Planespotting (Reply 9):
Which position did you apply for?

Air Traffic Control Specialist Trainee. This was off the street, posted on usajobs.com


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