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Old 13th Jan 2009, 12:06
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Hey roar00

I got my stage 1 on 16th feb too. If its more tests your after there are some really good books to help, pschyometric tests will help. Ive bought one from amazon, but I also found a few at my local library, its worth a look. Good Luck!
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Old 13th Jan 2009, 12:32
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Hi guys, just a quick thanks for all the responses, seems like Im on the right track, just hope I have the personality to go with it now.

Good luck jack.raven, sure youll be alright. Im the same with trying to learn all the plane info from S1, plus then matching this up to their picture.

Nickhopkinsjnr, Im not going to go as far as MATS, think my time could be better used at the moment, I would probably end up making a right a**e of myself if I try to impress with too much info when I dont really understand

Have visited Prestwick, and two towers arranged, hoping the info from those visits will give me plenty ammo for the interview.

Gogz87 looking back I found the comp tests the most difficult, but there is nothing you can do to prepare for that bit other than try and be alert I think. For the interview think about good examples from you past that makes you look good (quick thinking, decisive). Its quick fire questions, sometimes just yes or no, and I found it was over before you knew it. And finally as everyone says, brush up on D/S/T. the ones in motivational paper are harder that S1 ones.

Good luck folks, especially those at Glasgow on the 11th for their S3.

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Old 13th Jan 2009, 16:15
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Stage 2

shugs,

Thanks for the advice. I am fairly confident with the info. What did you do to prepare for the D/S/T questions as I can't really find anything suitable. Any links or questions you used would be fantastic.
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Old 13th Jan 2009, 18:03
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If i am 100% honest, i didn't revise DST despite my earlier recommendation.

although a good website for general DST stuff is here, (again i have never used it, but looks useful)

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Old 13th Jan 2009, 19:26
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hey spiller. Good luck for the 16th Feb by the way.

I had a little search online for some tests. I want to try and get hold of some really hard tests, so far i've not found any of the practice stuff i've tried to challenging...but i want to def prepare for the worst, especially after reading some of the posts on here regarding the cube tests.

Also a general question. With regards to the stage one motivational paper and the aircraft lists....the seating information is confusing me. Some show max and standard, not all series for aircraft are listed.
Its making it harder to learn as it seems a little random. Is learning thne exact seat numbers as they are in the paper needed for the test? or should i just be using the seating as a guide to judge the size of the aircrafts, without the need to be able to give a precise number in the test?
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 09:55
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hi nick
congrats! i have my s1 on feb 25th. i have been reading all the posts here and is really very very helpful.. i need to know about this.. how many questions they would ask us during the tests and questionnaires session.?? and especially with the maths aptitude tests.. is there any book for preparing spatial reasoning?? and whats the time limit to answer these questions..
thanks mate
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 10:22
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ive just read the whole thread, 98 pages! was only 97 when i started. anyway theres loads of useful information on it even if its been repeated over and over. found alot of useful webpages in this thread.

thanks to everyone who's contributed.

ive got my stage 1 tests in manc in feb. so been reading over the test document aswell as a few other websites. hoping to get work experience at manc airport, if not at least a visit. the cubes they provided are fairly easy, is there any websites with more difficult cubes?

plus, i have a police caution will this effect the selection process? should i give up now. or could i explain the situation given the chance.

thanks again
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 11:08
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Hi Hardik,

Check out Nokio's post on p22 of this thread - it covers most of your questions about Stage 1 including time limits and number of questions. It also has links to some more examples of cube questions, etc on the Psychometric Success website. You can buy books to cover these things on the same website but I don't know what they're like - I just made do with what I was sent by NATS and what I could find on the internet.

There isn't a separate maths paper - there's just a few maths questions (3-5 if I remember rightly) in the motivation paper in amongst the other NATS questions.

Any other questions, post back or PM me.

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Old 14th Jan 2009, 13:06
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Firstly, i'd like to offer thanks to everyone who has contributed valuable information on this topic which i'm sure will be of great use when I under-go my stage 1 next month. I must have read every page of this thread and have now decided to post so once again thanks to all.

I don't want to count my chickens or anything as i've not even had my stage one but reading through the full details of the NATS medical on the website I have a slight concern and if anyone has any info i'd be most grateful. I'm somewhat ashamed and embarrassed (sp?) by it now but here goes:
Around four five years ago I was overcome with some personal problems and did resort to self harming this has left me with some slight scarring on my left forearm and top of my left thigh it is very slight and not very visable ie no one has asked how I got that scar for instance, but I'm concerned that sitting just in boxer shorts and having to "drop and cough," that these scars will raise questions in a doctor's mind.

I have had no issues since then and haven't had any iclination to do any thing similar. I have never been on anti- depressants or saw a doctor or clinical pyschatrist(sp) for depression or other related clinical disorders so there will be no records on my medical files.

Without wishing to sound cliched I feel I have moved on and consider myself to be "compos mentis" and really hope that small tough period I went through won't hinder me in hopefully becoming a damn good ATCO as it is something I have always wanted to do and an area I have always had a great interest and enthusiasm for.

Apologies for length of post

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Old 14th Jan 2009, 15:52
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has anyone here been through the EUROCONTROL selection process?
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 16:12
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Hi 69.74.92,

It's a situation that you should try not to worry about. You are right in thinking that it's something the doctor may notice when examining you - the class 1 initial medical is very thorough, as is the two-yearly renewal. One of the things that the doctor will make note of at these examinations is any distinguishing scars or features you may have - indeed, he or she will probably ask you if you have any that they haven't noticed, so it's probably going to come up.

My advice is to be open about your scars, including how you got them (if asked). There's nothing to be embarrassed about at all, everyone has a past. Just be prepared to explain, in the same way you have here, what happened. I'm pretty sure that this sort of thing is more common than most people might think, and something that the doctor will be familiar with.

You might like to ask a question in the PPRuNe Medical & Health forum, or do a search to see if anyone's asked before. Good luck with your application!
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 20:59
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any foreign ATC or trainee around??
Does NATs (actually) hires or has hired foreign ATC trainees??

i mean, from non english-speaking countries. NATs web doesnt mention anything specifically.


cheers!!
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 21:48
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Aphelio,

Any applicant must be eligible to work in the UK (i.e. should be a UK or EU resident or have a long-term visa/permission to work) - there's definitely different kinds of 'foreign'!

I assume there's also a requirement to have a certain level of spoken english but I don't know for sure... As for whether or not they actually recruit them, perhaps someone like Gonzo can answer that one.

Jen
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 21:58
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aphelio,

They do recruit foreigners. I have passed the selection process and I am from Spain (and I do know of a few other Spaniards either in college or doing training at a unit just now).
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Old 15th Jan 2009, 01:15
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thanks guys!!!...a path of hope lights my ....stages..
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Old 15th Jan 2009, 10:40
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Hi Rodan

Thank you for the advice it's much appreciated, will try not unduly worry and distract myself before I've even had stage 1 and will cross that bridge if/when (hopefully when!!) I come to it. I will raise the question on the medical forum in good time as well

Thanks and best wishes again

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Old 15th Jan 2009, 14:31
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Any of the guys that attended stage 2 on the 8th Jan had any results yet??
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Old 15th Jan 2009, 15:53
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Yes, yesterday.
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Old 15th Jan 2009, 16:41
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oh maybe they forgot me!! easily done!!
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Old 15th Jan 2009, 20:46
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Just got myself a visit to Swanwick, and am incredibly excited about it! I have allways prefered the idea of working at a busy airport but haven't seen a en route control centre before, have lots and lots of questions ready haha
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