Pilot Candidate Selection Method
Test of Basic Aviation Skills (PCSM/TBAS)

Table of Contents

  1. What is PCSM?
  2. PCSM explained.
  3. How do I get a PCSM score?
  4. What makes up a PCSM score?
  5. How much is each portion worth?
  6. What is the average score of pilot training selectees?
  7. How do I update my flying hours?
  8. How do I update my AFOQT scores?
  9. How long does it take to get a PCSM score?
  10. Where can I take the TBAS?
  11. How do I get my TBAS score?
  12. TBAS Information.
  13. TBAS test/retest Policy.

What is PCSM ?

The Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) is a tool used to predict the ability of a prospective pilot candidate to complete the first portion of Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT). The score is on a scale of 1-99, with 99 being the best. The PCSM score is not an all-inclusive pilot selection tool; it is one part of the entire board selection process. The scale remains the same with the new TBAS test.

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How do I get a PCSM score ?

First, you must complete the Test of Basic Aviation Skills(TBAS), and the Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT). Enlisted members applying for the enlisted RPA pilot boards may take the Enlisted Pilot Qualifying Test (EPQT) instead of the AFOQT (see Enlisted Pilot information here: EPQT). Once these two steps are completed and the scores received by the PCSM Program Office, a PCSM score can be calculated. PCSM scores are available via this web site.

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What makes up a PCSM score ?

The PCSM score is comprised of three parts. These are the TBAS, the AFOQT Pilot (or EPQT) score, and any private flying hours a candidate may have. Private Pilots' Licenses are not considered in the PCSM score.

See AFOQT Prep Materials for additional information on the AFOQT Pilot score.

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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 PCSM scores.

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What is the average score of pilot training selectees ?

The PCSM office does not maintain information on UPT selectees.  For further information, please contact the respective boards (Active Duty, AFROTC, etc.).

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How do I update my flying hours ?

If you accumulate more flying hours after your initial PCSM score, you need to forward this information to the PCSM Program Office. Scan the left and right sides, including total, of the last page of your logbook. Email both the Commanders Letter and the log book pages to AFPC.PCSM@us.af.mil

Upon receipt of all correct documents, udates are entered into the system within 1 business day. See Update Flying Hours

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How do I update my AFOQT scores ?

If you retake the AFOQT, 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 PCSM score is calculated using the latest AFOQT Pilot or EPQT score on file, not necessarily the best. In other words, if you retake the AFOQT (or EPQT) and your Pilot score drops, your PCSM score will be adjusted accordingly.

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How long does it take to get a PCSM score?

This depends somewhat on the person who administered your TBAS.  Once the results are received in the PCSM Program Office along with the required documents and if the AFOQT scores are in the database, a score should be available within 2 business days.

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Where can I take the TBAS ?

The TBAS may be taken at over 100 locations worldwide.  Contact your MPF or recruiter for a location near you. You can find locations and phone numbers at Testing Locations.

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How do I get my TBAS score ?

There is no such thing as a "TBAS score", per se.  The TBAS actually produces a number of individual scores, all of which are combined with the AFOQT Pilot and flight hours values to yield the PCSM score.

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TBAS Test/Retest Policy.

Candidates are allowed 2 attempts at the TBAS test. TBAS tests must have a minumum of 180 days between attempts.

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