View Full Version : JAR ATPL vs. UK ATPL exams

Snot Box
1st Feb 2003, 00:33
I'm from the other end of the world but like to know what are the differences between the JAR ATPL and the UK ATPL examinations.


1st Feb 2003, 01:19
There are no UK ATPL exams any more, only JAA exams.


Mister Geezer
1st Feb 2003, 09:47
The UK CAA exams were exams that were under the control of the UK CAA. They were multiple choice with a pass mark of 70%, however there was negative marking. So for many people if you were unsure of an answer some people left it blank instead of risking loosing marks and guessing the wrong answer!

The JAA exams are slightly different. Individual countries are responsible for creating a question bank for a specific subject. Switzerland for example, is responsible for making up the Met paper. Each JAA country will extract questions from this question bank to make up an exam paper for each month of exams. Each JAA state has the right to include a limited number of their own questions in their papers so that they may reflect national standards or procedures. If you do the exams here in the UK then the papers are made up and marked by the CAA at Gatwick. The pass mark is 75% and there is no negative marking (hence the higher pass mark!).

The UK CAA exams still exist for those wishing to obtain a CPL for Balloons or Airships. Otherwise for any other type of exam you will sit a JAA Paper. (To the best of my knowledge!)

Holer Moler
1st Feb 2003, 11:11
The UK ATPL(A) papers were a lot harder!

1st Feb 2003, 13:29
I studied for the UK CAA ATPL's in 1998/99. The pass mark was 75% and there was no negative marking. I don't know if this system was different a few years before hand though.

1st Feb 2003, 14:11
With the UK system you had to deal with the only the CAA's archaic & restrictive practices. With JAR you have to deal with everyone's.

Send Clowns
1st Feb 2003, 17:16
I believe BA proved the opposite, Dr White. I understand that to prove to the CAA that JAA was at fault for the zero first-time pass rate they put their cadets who had failed the early JAA exams through a set of old CAA papers. They scored similar average to that of their previous courses of cadets. The system still is not sorted 3 years later :rolleyes: