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Oxford (OAT) Skills Assessment

Old 13th Nov 2007, 22:28
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Hello all experienced veterans out there, My name is Tom and I have just filled out the OAT skills assesment form to get a place on one of the two day seminars. I have a rough Idea of what is going to happen and what I am required to know as regards maths, physics and hand eye co-ordination, but what I really want to know is what do I have to do to pass because it is more than just a case of proving that I am capable of preforming those tasks from what I'm lead to believe.
So I ask you, what do I need to do to pass? To aid with lerning the skills what I can I practice?
This is as for many people a life long dream, as is true for me. I already have some flying experience but for me it something more than a dream, I need to achieve and I need to get out of ruddy car sales.
So any help or advice is greatly recieved.
Thanks in advance
Tom

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Old 14th Nov 2007, 16:07
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You seem pretty clued up already tom. Basicly get your mental maths up to speed and swat up on the physics! The rest is up to you really m8, you will either have the aptitude or you won't. Sounds quite harsh but is just a fact of aviation training aswell as a prerequsite of OAT! If you look on the website m8 it give you alot of info about the assessment.
The best personal adive i can give is to enjoy it as there really aint nothing you can do about it! In the interview relax try to speak english, ( i decided to speak some sort of foreign languge, just comes out so easier said than done!). Definetly swat up on OAT and their mottos aswell as current happenings their!
Just enjoy it m8,
Keep it real!
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 22:22
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Sheesh, if Tommy's masterful use of the English language in that post is any sign of the education level required by OAT, I'd say anyone with a pulse can get in so long as they can make a good show in the compass tests. It will be interesting to see if this changes once the JAA implements mandatory English testing as rumoured they might do. As well as trying to speak English, may I suggest learning to write it well too. CV preparation time is only about seven months away for your first draft m8!
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 22:40
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Well thank you both and if anyone else has any input it would be greatly received! Tommy what does the G stand for? Also any specific areas and topics that need revision would be well noted by myself! But thank you and the keep the advice coming as you can never have too much.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 14:58
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OAT Assessment

Hi Tom, i'm looking to apply to OAT soon aswell and i feel exactly the same way as you, i think i'm mostly worried about the interview as i don't really know what made me want to become a pilot and i get really nervous in interviews. it sounds stupid but all i know is that i really want to do it and i really want to get in to college, so if you find out any more tips please let me know and if there is anyone else out there with any advice i would really appreciate it.
thanks
katie

ps. have you looked into buying a pack of aptitude tests to prepare?
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 18:58
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OAT selection, well it goes like this, have you got the money? are you willing to be lied to and mistreated for 18 months? if yes, you're in.

take a good look elsewhere
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 19:04
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Don't listen to that last post. He has no idea what he's on about.
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 19:07
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...oh you think so ! have you ever been there or are the Oxford Gestapo monitoring prune again
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 19:12
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Yes to the first, no to the second question. I just know enough people who have been there and they all had nothing but praise for the place, I'm sure the fact they all had jobs within a few months is just a coincidence
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Old 16th Nov 2007, 19:18
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I'm glad your collegues got jobs however that is just a reflection of the market at the time, not of any effort to "place" graduates by the school as very little effort is made (contrary to their claims)

sadly all those who were there with me and are now in employment would not recommend the place to anyone.

All flight schools contain an element of spin, they are after all businesses but OAT's tactics and characteristics are downright shamefull, anyway glad I'm out of it never to return... except to look down at them from FL370 and be glad I made it in-spite of them

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Old 17th Nov 2007, 14:14
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OK well its a bit late as i have already paid the skills test fee and have been there couple of times! from what I saw of the place and from what current and ex students i have met have said, Oxford seems to be a very well run and helpful environment for which to learn and to progress onto bigger and better things from. Im lucky i have most of the money but If anything you say holds true then could you please recommend another such establishment with an aim of helping students getting a placement at the end of their course?
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Old 17th Nov 2007, 16:06
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Tom - you could look at Cabair, CTC or FTE.
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Old 17th Nov 2007, 16:17
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Do IPAS test in EPST website.
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Old 17th Nov 2007, 16:45
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I wouldn't bother with cabair. If you can get into CTC then go for it, you won't have better prospects for a job afterwards with any other FTO. But as competition for CTC is really tough, the next best options are Oxford and FTE. If you can afford it, go to one of these schools and you should be alrite.
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Old 17th Nov 2007, 18:30
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I agree with Norton CTC is literally just down the road from me and i know that its bloody hard to get in as everyone wants in, also although you are almost guaranteed a job you have to start and stay as a cadet for a couple of years, however you do raise a good point in FTE I will make enquiries but will stick to oxford for now. Cheers
and keep the flow of advice coming people!
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Old 17th Nov 2007, 21:45
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Katie,

If you get nervous in interviews then do prepare for it beforehand. Feeling prepared will help you relax knowing you will give it your best shot. I recommend "Airline Pilot Interviews" by Irv Jasinski as a good book to read - take some of it with a pinch of salt as it is very American but there is some very good stuff in it. Get someone to perform a mock interview on you and try and anticipate the type of questions you are likely to be asked.

Remember you are being interviewed with a view to ultimately flying a jet with 150 people on it - hardly a nerve free experience the 1st time believe me!
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Old 19th Nov 2007, 15:55
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Where can you purchase this book as any edge I can get is welcomed?
Also if anyone else has some advice please pipe up!
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Old 20th Nov 2007, 18:27
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thanks propellerhead, every bit of advice is boosting my confidence at the moment. im just terrified of the whole thing. i really want to get into oxford and i just dont even know where to start with preperation. ive been practising on flight sim to help with hand - eye co-ordination and ive purchased some aptitude tests, apart from practising interview skills i dont know what else i can do. i think the one thing im stuck on is background knowledge and current events so anymore advice on how to help with that would be greatly appreciated! thanks again
katie
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Old 20th Nov 2007, 18:34
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Read flight international, that should do the trick.
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Old 20th Nov 2007, 19:27
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Yeh read flight international i have every issue from the last two years!
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