The Basic Attributes Test (BAT) is a computerized test battery. It is used as an aid in the selection of United States Air Force pilot candidates. BAT scores are combined with the candidate’s Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), pilot composite score and flying hours to produce a Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score. The PCSM score provides a measure of a candidate’s aptitude for pilot training. This PCSM score will be given to the pilot selection board along with other “whole-person concept” information to make decisions concerning pilot candidate selection.


Complete the attached Candidate Worksheet, and bring it with you on the day of the test. You should also bring a valid form of ID, your Social Security card, your current college trascript, and your logbook if you have any flying experience. The BAT test will be mentally challenging, and it is recommended that you get a good night’s sleep before the test. If you experience some condition that is genuinely stressful, or if you are too ill/tired to take the BAT, you will need to reschedule for another time. There is no penalty for rescheduling.

It is very important that you understand you will be allowed to take the test only once.

When you are ready to begin the test you will be seated at the BAT and asked to enter the data from your completed Candidate Worksheet into the BAT for use in processing and tracking your test scores. The test administrator will then read a standard instruction briefing to you. Detailed instructions for each of the five subtests will appear on the computer screen. Take all the time you need to make sure you understand these instructions. You will not be penalized for time spent on instructions. Speed and accuracy will be measured during some of the other subtests.

The BAT consists of five subtests that measure psychomotor skills, cognitive aptitude, and personality traits. The test takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Several of the tests are self-paced, which means actual test times will vary. A 1-minute break follows each subtest. After you have completed the test, the test administrator will send the raw data to a central scoring facility. Provided you have already taken the AFOQT, you should be able to check your PCSM score via the Internet within 1-2 days after we receive your BAT test. Please check with your Test Control Officer (TCO) as to when they will send the BAT test.

It is very important that you do not discuss the contents of the test with anyone other than the test administrator. If you do discuss the test with anyone else you will be held responsible for violating a legal regulation, Air Force Instruction 36-2605, Air Force Military Personnel Testing System. You will also be disqualified from consideration for Air Force pilot training.


The Two-Hand Coordination test measures eye-hand coordination. An airplane moves in a fixed, elliptical pattern at a varying rate. The examinee controls the horizontal and vertical movement of a “gunsight” using the right (horizontal) and left (vertical) control sticks. The examinee’s task is to keep the gunsight on the target. Approximate test time 11 minutes.bat1

This Complex Coordination test measures two psychomotor skills, eye-hand coordination and control precision. The dual-axis (right) control stick is used to control the horizontal and vertical movement of a cursor. The left control stick is used to control left-right movement of a rudder bar at the base of the screen. The examinee’s task is to maintain the cursor centered on a large cross fixed at the center of the screen while centering the rudder bar at the base of the screen. Approximate test time 11 minutes.bat2

The Item Recognition test measures short-term memory. A string of one to six digits is presented on the screen. The string is then removed and, after a brief delay, it is replaced by a single digit. The examinee’s task is to remember the digit string and determine whether the single digit was one of those presented in the digit string. Approximate test time 21 minutes.bat3

The Time Sharing test measures cursor control precision and reaction time. In the first five minutes of this test, the examinee is required to keep a randomly moving gunsight on an airplane (target) using the right-hand control stick. For the remainder of the test the examinee must repeat the tracking task and simultaneously cancel digits that appear at random intervals and locations on the screen. Approximate test time 31 minutes.bat4

The Activities Interest Inventory provides a measure of attitudes toward risk-taking. The examinee is presented with pairs of activities and asked to choose between the activities. The examinee is asked to assume he/she has the necessary ability to perform each activity. Approximate test time 11 minutesbat5

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