South Asia and Far East WannabesA forum for those applying to Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or any other Hong Kong-based airline or operator. Use this area for both Direct Entry Pilot and Cadet-scheme queries.
Haha, I guess she get a lot of fun reading the threads here, where many applicants are very nervous and concern about the tests she in charge ! And also she knows she's cute ! (whom I think she make the ambiance of the test less tense)
I will be attending the initial test on wednesday 24th and I'm sure I will meet some of you on the same day. (Gd Luck to you all!)
I want to kindly ask the ppl who have sat the initial test about the maths test. I have read through the previous posts but I want to know what kind of level the test is. Is it all about interpretation of tables using %, ratios etc. As we are not given a calculator, do we have to work with long multipl./divisions and decimals? How hard do you ppl find it? ( I did engineering )
Interpretation of tables using percentages and ratios is only a part of the test. Other sorts of questions include finding the shortest route (out of a number of routes), fuel-time-distance calculations regarding a boat, finding the best deal out of two supermarkets, etc.
The gist is to work quickly, and make sensible guesses as is appropriate. The mathematics required is just basic arithmetic, but there is a lot of it, and there will be time pressure. You will need to calculate the numbers manually, but the numbers won't be overly large or inconvenient. Just keep your cool and do/guess as much as you can. I think it is impossible to finish the test without making guesses at times. If you have an engineering background, more likely than not you will do just fine.
Last edited by holdmetight; 23rd Feb 2010 at 04:03.
The test is slightly different for the international batch, i assume quite a few people got caught out on the difference. The maths test should be completable, but the stress will cause one to forget some simple shortcuts which will extend the time required considerably. The person next to me was only half way through the test when we timed up.
It was in HK, i don't think there is any tests overseas. Did your Dragonair in house listening test allow you to read the questions first? We weren't allowed at all, although quite a few individuals cheatingly did so anyway. The HR caught quite a few, but didn't disqualify them as they suggested initially. Kind of unfair if you ask me, the questions would be very easy if we were allowed to see them first.
Yvonne, I dun think there are different test for locals and overseas. I did mine initial today and we were not allowed to read q's first. Im overseas btw but there were like 50-60 ppl and Im sure many of them are locals.
How did ur maths go? I find it difficult as I completed abt half. I wanted to see if I have any chance cos u did the AT didnt u?
Any locals mind sharing their thoughts on the first listening test? Honestly even from an English background, a few of them were near impossible to distinguish for me, and it seemed awfully fast for the locals. (by locals i mean those who grew up in HK, i'm aware we all have a HKID )