What is TBAS?

OVERVIEW The Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) is a computerized psychomotor test battery. It is used as a tool for the selection of United States Air Force pilot candidates. TBAS scores are combined with the candidate’s Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), 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 is provided to pilot selection board along with other “whole-person concept” information to make decisions concerning pilot candidate selection. TBAS can only be taken twice with 180-day break.


The test itself will run roughly about an hour long and there are no breaks throughout the test.


ADMINISTRATION Complete the TBAS 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 transcript, and your logbook if you have any flying experience. The TBAS 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 to take the TBAS, you will need to reschedule for another time.

When you are ready to begin the test you will be seated at the TBAS station and asked to enter the data from your completed Candidate Worksheet into the TBAS 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 nine 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. The TBAS consists of ten subtests that measure psychomotor skills and cognitive aptitude. The test takes approximately 1 hour. 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 TBAS test.


Once you’ve completed the 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.



Directional Orientation Test Measures spatial orientation abilities: The participant must determine a UAV’s position relative to a target.

3-Digit and 5-Digit Listening Test Participants are presented with auditory letters and numbers. They must squeeze the trigger when they hear any of the three or five specified numbers.

Horizontal Tracking Test Participants use rudder pedals to keep a box over an airplane as it moves horizontally along the bottom of the screen. The airplane moves at a constant speed and changes direction when it “hits” the side of the screen or if a participant successfully targets it for multiple seconds.

Airplane Tracking Test Participants use the joystick to keep the gun sight on the airplane as it moves at a constant rate. The airplane randomly changes direction when it hits the side of the screen or if a participant successfully targets it for multiple seconds.

Airplane and Horizontal Tracking Test This test requires you to perform two previously tested tasks simultaneously.

Airplane Tracking, Horizontal Tracking, and 3 Digit and 5-Digit Listening Test This test requires you to perform three previously tested tasks simultaneously. First, you will track an airplane moving along a horizontal axis as you did in the Horizontal Tracking Test. Second, you will track an airplane moving in two dimensions as you did in the Airplane Tracking Test. Third, you will respond when you hear any of the three or five specified target numbers.

 Emergency Scenario

Participants simultaneously perform the horizontal tracking task and the airplane tracking task, they are presented with three emergency scenarios (one at a time) which they must cancel out by typing a code with the keyboard.


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Once the test is scored, it will count towards your overall PCSM score.  Info and score here:




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