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Old 12th Jan 2010, 20:51
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Stage 1

Hi all,

Currently trying to go through this again, tried last year but had to postpone due to injury.

I was just after a quick bit of info really about the first stage..

I have just done the online test, found the checking fairly ok, and the maths was rather different.. I got a fair number of themI think, but there were some that I couldn't do in the time..

Now the stage one pass/fail is based on the results of this and then the actual day down at Fareham?

Or do I find outthe results of the online testing before?
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 02:06
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Don't quote me on this, but I've heard rumour that the online tests aren't actually factored in at all... apparently NATS just get you to do them as part of a deal with SHL, but they never actually collect the marks.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 13:00
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Fair enough, the reason I ask is I was doing them in my head, and also I was clicking the quite comfortable button, but it was actually the uncomforatble one I was pressing. My eyes failed me..

But we will see I guess.
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Old 14th Jan 2010, 16:07
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Fair enough, the reason I ask is I was doing them in my head, and also I was clicking the quite comfortable button, but it was actually the uncomforatble one I was pressing. My eyes failed me..
Aha - I remember having the same problem. First one I put very uncomfortable - meaning to put very comfortable. I was focusing more on the task rather than how comfortable I was.
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Old 14th Jan 2010, 18:54
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Menthol - Congrats! There's a facebook group NATS 224 for people joining August Area and a few people from Aerodrome and other courses are there too. You're more than welcome to come join.

Same applies to anyone else who's August Area/Aerodrome or going to the college around that time or whatever. It's open to all xx
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Old 15th Jan 2010, 10:14
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Hey guys.

After all these months, 3 stages, a lot of worrying and praying - I finally passed my medical at the CAA yesterday and had an email waiting for me to tell me I had been allocated onto the august area course! I think I may have to take a look at the facebook group now! :P

Cheers to everyone who gave me advice along the way I would be in this position without you all now!

Mark
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Old 15th Jan 2010, 12:30
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Congrats on the good news Mark. I'm still waiting on my medical stuff ( GP's took a month and a half to send in my notes) but hopefully will hear very soon....
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Old 15th Jan 2010, 12:43
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I've just received an email to say I've been allocated to the Area course starting in May!! Getting a lot more excited now that I have a start date to think about!!

I was a little surprised though, bearing in mind everyone else who has posted their start date on here recently has been getting the August course, I was expecting the same.
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Old 15th Jan 2010, 12:48
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Congratulations! Maybe they had a cancellation..
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 16:38
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Hi

Hey Guys, im new to the site and recently sat my tests in the scottish centre for stage 1 yesterday. Got to wait up to 15 days for reply. Just a quick question does anybody know how well you have got to do on the tests, like is there a set pass mark?? Also do u have to do extremely well on every single test, as im not too sure how i did on the numerical one at the end, so a bit worried. Any feedback would be great. Thanks
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 19:38
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Oh, and if anyway one has there selection tests in Prestwick, Beachhouse is an amazing B&B to stay in, we payed Ģ45 for the night for me, my friend and my dog. Yes thy allow pets. But it is so modern and extremely well looked after and only 5 mins away from the control centre. PM if u want phone number or address.
If someone who knws more about stage one could reply to my previous post, i would be really grateful as im sat here worrying

Loz x
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 23:58
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Have just spent the last 4 hours reading almost every page of this thread in prep for S3. Oh my eyes

Although on the bright side I now have a database of questions I may face!

What was interesting to see was how people who failed S1,2 or 3 actually returned for another bash ten or twenty pages on, very resilient. Also how the thread went through a bit of a bitchy patch!

I cant help but feel even more nervous when I read peoples posts about not passing stage 3 however I will try and retain a good PMA!

Also must congratulate Pat for your input. If I pass I will have to buy you a drink sometime in the future.

S88
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 17:50
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stage 3 pat 42

I did stage 3 last friday and I donīt know what to think about.The first part,the group task was difficult for me because and I wasnīt able to participate much,there were two people who talked a lot and my feeling was that I should have participated much more.I almost didnīt say anything however I paid much attention and I demostrated I am a good listener.
On the other side,the second part,the interview was pretty well.I wasnīt nevous at all.I answered all the questions I think my answers were correct and the examples I gave were accurate.Even in one examples the interviewers and me laughted,good atmosphere.When I finished it I felt I did a good job.
Could anybody who has already done stage 3 tell me what is your perception about the whole?

Does anybody know what is more important for them? the group task or the interview?
thanks in advance
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 22:17
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Hi Loz,

NATS generally keep quite quiet about how the whole thing is marked so it's hard to know for sure. What is known for definite is that you are not competing - at every stage there is a set standard and every applicant who reaches that standard will be accepted on to the next stage.

If I were to speculate (and it is largely speculation more than anything else) then I would say that I think that at stage 1 there is a pass mark for each individual test and you have to pass all four tests to get through. I think the pass mark varies significantly for each test, for instance I've heard of people who claim to have got as little as 50% in the cubes still getting through, where as I believe the pass mark for the other papers is a fair bit higher than this. What the exact pass mark is for each paper I couldn't say.

The waiting is the worst bit, I know I spent ages after each stage analysing how well I did and worrying myself silly over every potential mistake, but there's nothing you can do. Just don't worry about it and try not to get too caught up in checking your emails several hundred times a day. 15 days seems like a long time, but it'll pass. If you think its bad enough after stage 1 wait until after stage 3....
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 23:09
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Hi Pat,

Thanks very much for your reply. and you are very right. i have been refreshing my emails about 5 times a day lol. i cant imagine what the waiting is like at stage 3.. awful. i found the cubes, the diagrammic reasoning and the ATC paper fine, however it was the numerical test i feel didnt go so well. i was not expecting anything like that. i felt i was very short of time. i could do the questions just the time limit. i suppose if the worse happens, i can apply again next year as after readin this forum a lot of people tend to do. i will not be giving up either way . Many thanks, i will keep you informed whether i have made it through.

Loz x
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 23:12
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Loz, I walked out of stage 1 disheartened, thinking how much I didn't want to have to wait a whole year before I could apply again.

I didn't set myself up for bad news because to me, I had certainly failed.

I surprised myself though. And I hope you surprise yourself too.

Good luck, S88
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 23:16
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hey S88,

Its good to hear other people felt the same way as i do now. But yeh i suppose there could be a chance, i just feel so certain i have messed up. But theres always next year, if it comes to the worse.
Good Luck with your journey with becoming an ATC.

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Old 18th Jan 2010, 09:09
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I think everyone finds the time limit on that one pretty tough. I wouldn't worry about too much if you didn't manage to finish it, as long as you worked reasonably accurately on the bits you did manage to do you should be ok.
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 16:17
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Noroll - think I was there with you mate, just got my e-mail confirming I passed Stage 3. How did you get on?

Quick thanks to all for this site, found very useful info here that helped me from Stage I through III
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 19:24
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Marco - how many people were at your S1 today? My friend was there too but I'm yet to hear from him. Fingers crossed for the both of you!
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