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Air Traffic Control FAQ
 
 

Table of Contents

  1. What is the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Score?
  2. How do I get an ATC score?
  3. How long does it take to get an ATST and ATC score?
  4. How much is each portion worth?
  5. What is the Air Traffic Scenarios Test (ATST)?
  6. Where can I take the ATST?
  7. Can I improve my ATC score?
  8. ATST Test/Retest Policy.

1. What is the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Score?

The overall Air Traffic Control (ATC) composite score is used to predict the ability of a prospective Air Traffic Control candidate to successfully complete Air Traffic Control training and certification. The composite score is on a scale of 1-99, with 99 being the best. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) composite score is based on three tests: (i) the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), (ii) the Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS), and (iii) the Air Traffic Scenarios Test (ATST).

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2. How do I get an ATC score?

You must have taken all three required tests (ASVAB, TAPAS, and ATST) for the ATC composite score to be calculated. If any one of the three tests has not been taken, you will not have an Air Traffic Control Composite score. Once all three tests are completed and the scores are received by the PCSM Program Office, an ATC composite score can be calculated. ATC composite scores are available via this web site: ATC Scores.

Note: Scores are not available on the website if (a) your most recent ASVAB or TAPAS test date is January 2016 or earlier, and/or (b) you did not take the TAPAS at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) location. If either of these conditions applies, you will need to contact the PCSM helpdesk (AFPC.PCSM@us.af.mil or 877-977-8995) for score retrieval.

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3. How long does it take to get an ATST and overall ATC composite score?

This depends somewhat on the person who administered your ATST. Once the results are received in the PCSM Program Office, a score should be available within 2 business days. Note: that your overall ATC composite score will not be available until you have completed all three required tests: ATST, ASVAB, and TAPAS.

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4. How much is each portion worth?

This information is considered to be "test-sensitive"; therefore, we are prohibited from releasing the details of the algorithm used to compute ATC scores.

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5. What is the Air Traffic Scenarios Test (ATST)?

The Air Traffic Scenarios Test (ATST) is a computer-based work sample that requires ATC candidates to control air traffic in an interactive environment using the abilities and skills intended to match those needed by ATCs.

The ATST is only one component of your ATC Score. If you have not yet taken the ASVAB and TAPAS, you can still check your ATST subscore (1-99, with 99 being the best) on this website; however, it is your overall ATC composite score (based on ASVAB, TAPAS, and the ATST) that determines whether you qualify for the Air Traffic Control career field.

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6. Where can I take the ATST?

The ATST may be taken at Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) and over 100 other TBAS locations worldwide. Contact your recruiter for a location near you. You can find locations and phone numbers at Testing Locations.

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7. Can I improve my ATC score?

If you retake the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), the Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS), or the Air Traffic Scenarios Test (ATST), your scores will normally be automatically forwarded to the PCSM office. However, if you feel there is a problem, you should contact the Program Office via email.

Your overall ATC composite score is calculated using the latest ASVAB, TAPAS, and ATST scores on file, not necessarily the best. In other words, if you retake any or all of the three tests and your scores drop, your overall ATC composite score will be adjusted accordingly. For reference, the test dates of the ASVAB, TAPAS, and ATST scores used in the ATC score calculation are displayed when you check your score on this website: ATC Scores.

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8. ATST Test/Retest Policy.

Candidates are allowed 2 attempts at the ATST. ATST tests must have a minimum of 150 days between attempts.


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