Just to add a note of interest in addition to what Jetguy mentioned here. In the sim we can practice lots of things which could not safely be conducted in a real aircraft (amoungst other advantages, that's the basic point of the sim).
For the type rating check on the 757 the items to be completed in the aircraft were:
Normal takeoff and climbout to circuit configuration.
Visual circuit and approach without visual or radio glideslope guidance and fullstop landing using reverse thrust and wheel-brakes.
Accelerate-stop with simulated failure of one engine before V1 (failure initiated at a speed which will not hazard the safety of the aircraft).
In clean configuration, approach to stall (to onset of heavy buffet) and recovery.
In landing configuration, a stall (to nose down pitch after stick shake) and recovery.
High Mach run (at or above 30,000ft) to M 0.86 and recovery with use of speed-brakes.
Emergency descent starting above 30,000ft AGL, through at least 15,000ft with recovery at pre-determined altitude not below 10,000ft AGL.
Take-off with simulated failure of one engine between V1 and V2 and climb to circuit configuration.
With one engine simulated failed, approach and go-around.
With one engine simulated failed, approach and fullstop landing.
With both engines operating an ILS approach solely by reference to instruments and without use of autopilot to 500ft AAL, followed by a visual landing without visual or radio glideslope guidance.
Then to be completed in the sim:
In flapless configuration but with slats sealed, approach from 10 miles and landing.
On standby power and with reference to standby instruments, both engines operating, ILS approach to 500ft AAL followed by a visual landing.
Hope this was of interest.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...