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Journalist looking for info about the ATC exam

Old 10th Dec 2015, 05:44
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Journalist looking for info about the ATC exam

Hello, I'm researching the ATC exam for an article I am writing about the world's most difficult exams for an Australian-based, internationally read magazine.

I'm not looking for information on the current testing that happens, which I understand in highly confidential. But I am looking for any information people who have sat it can provide as to what applicants are expected to be able to do while sitting it.

Can anyone provide me with an outline, and info about what makes it so difficult? Also, if anyone could provide any example questions from OLD tests (not the current ones I don't want to cause any trouble), that would be extremely helpful.

If you would prefer to answer anonymously, I'm happy to do this via email. Otherwise, any answers on this thread would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance,

Chris Harrigan
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Old 10th Dec 2015, 14:22
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There isn't any single exam. There is a selection process. Your best option is to contact the recruitment section at head office in Canberra and see how training is managed from application through to field training and rating.

You could also go on line and try some of the sample tests.
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Old 10th Dec 2015, 15:23
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There are three parts to most ATC exams - Practical, Written and Oral. If a candidate has been trained properly and has worked hard he should pass.
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Think we are being a bit harsh here. The "exam" in question could be the validation board. Now I remember a very difficult "exam" on Heathrow which was done on Runway 23. So let's climb down from our high horses and consider any difficult exam scenarios and questions shall we!!!
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Old 10th Dec 2015, 22:19
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During my initial training - which was "old school" and lasted about three years, I would have sat probably 20 exams/tests, both written and oral.

It's an ongoing learning process throughout - and after* - the training.

The final test is made up of a practical, actually doing the job while an examiner watches, and a lengthy and comprehensive oral test.

By the time a candidate is put forward for the final "test", the trainers and management at the unit hosting the candidate should have a very good idea that the candidate will pass.

*every time there is a significant change in procedure, or operating system or similar, there is usually a training course with a test at the culmination. Sometimes this takes the form of computer based training (or, death by powerpoint), and sometimes a proper course that may include simulator training and instruction. Every year there is a cyclical training session lasting two days designed to cover rarely used procedures or upcoming or past changes to tech, law, procedures etc.
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Old 10th Dec 2015, 22:44
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The guy has asked a question.

Let's be charitable.

Does the OP mean the process to get the job in the first place? Or does he mean the validation process? Or does he mean the continuing competency process?

Try again ChrisHarrigan .

2Sheds At least he has ASKED and on a (largely) professional forum. He could have gone all "10 Things you never knew you never knew" bolleaux like certain red top types in UK .
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 06:46
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Hi Chris

Forgive some of the narky responses you have received to a seemingly genuine question. The fourth post in this thread gives an excellent description of the test used in Australia in the mid 2000's for off the street applicants.


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Old 11th Dec 2015, 10:14
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"RAF Chef's" exam ... no one has passed ... ever!!

... hat, coat ..........
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 14:40
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My point was that I consider it totally over the top to class ATC assessments as among "the world's most difficult exams" - no disrespect to the OP or anything that he might write when viewed in isolation. Sorry for expressing an opinion!

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