FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2250 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.
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2179 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.
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2127 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!
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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