After you apply for a position, you may need to take a pre-employment test called Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT). Some applicants must take this eight-hour, computer-based exam that will tell us your aptitude to become a successful air traffic controller.
No. Only general public applicants and students enrolled in the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program are required to take the pre-employment test. Applicants with prior air traffic control experience do not need to take the test. The FAA will test as many applicants as possible to meet its hiring goals.
Our goal is to test eligible applicants as quickly as possible. AT-CTI students are normally tested six months prior to their expected graduation date. General public applicants are usually tested about 4-8 weeks after a vacancy announcement closes.
Our Aviation Careers Division will tell you that your name has been referred for testing. An FAA contractor will contact you to provide specific test scheduling information, including the date, time and location of your test. Once you have confirmed and accepted the terms of your appointment, you are expected to show up for the test.
We recognize you may have a valid reason for rescheduling the test. Our contractor will work with you to reschedule if the situation is warranted.
In most cases, you will be able to choose one of the pre-established test locations that is convenient to you. Test sites are typically located in major U.S. cities or near AT-CTI schools.
No. You must pay all expenses associated with your testing appointment.
No. You must pay all your travel expenses to and from the pre-employment test site.
To pass, you must score 70 or above on the pre-employment test. Your passing score will be ranked in one of two categories: qualified (70.0 - 84.9) or well qualified (85.0 and above).
Your test score will be posted on your account in AVIATOR, the FAA's online job application and referral system, usually within two weeks from your test date.
Yes. General public candidates and AT-CTI students have the option to retake the test one year from their initial test date if they do not receive a passing score. The second test score replaces the first score.
Only general public candidates have the option to retake the test one year from their initial test date to improve their passing score. The second test score replaces the first score. (See the Special Note below for AT-CTI students.)
General public applicant test scores are valid for three years. (See the Special Note below for AT-CTI students.)
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