Selection Tests

There are four phases to the selection process that you will normally have to pass to be selected as a student for ATC/ATS. At the centre of these tests is a European test called FEAST.

Selection Phase 1 & 2: FEAST

When you have applied for a position as air traffic controller student, you are invited to participate in selection tests. The first two phases in this testing process consists of a test package called the First European Air Traffic Controller Selection Test (FEAST). We would like to give you an overview of what FEAST is about and what you need to know before you attend the testing.

Selecting the most suitable candidates

The FEAST package is a professional state-of-the-art web-based testing system that is used in many European countries for the selection of student air traffic controllers. FEAST is a service provided by EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.

The FEAST tests and the accompanying administrative procedures have been designed with a great deal of professional care. They are meant to give your prospective employer information about your abilities and potential. This will be relevant and predictive of your ability to successfully pass the rigorous training and your ability to carry out the responsible job of air traffic controller. Identifying the most suitable candidates helps to increase success in the training, which is in the interest of the trainee as well as in the interest of the organisation.

The design of FEAST

FEAST includes a number of assessment tools specially developed for air traffic controller selection. They test if you possess the right combination of special skills, motivation and interest in the job's tasks that will help to attain successful training and professional success in this job. FEAST consists of two parts: a web-based part with five tests. (Selection Phase 1) followed by two more complex multi-tasking test (Selection Phase 2).

Selection Phase 3 & 4: Interview & Medical and Security Control

The test scores in Selection Phase 1 & 2 are computed by using a weighted formula. Qualified candidates are ranked top-down based on their composite score and are registered in a candidate bank. A number of candidates from the bank will be invited to take part in Selection Phase 3 & 4 based on the amount of training slots the Air Navigation Service Provider requests.

Selection Phase 3 consists of a competence-based interview that aims to assess the candidate’s motivation, cooperation skills, flexibility, social adaptability, conscientiousness, emotional stability, determination, communication and knowledge of his or hers strengths and limitations.

Selection Phase 4 consists of a medical examination and security approval in accordance with national regulations.
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