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AliTheAce

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Well, I'm finally back guys. After literal months of waiting and practicing, I'm finally booked to go to ACS! I'm scheduled for the 16th-17th of January and I'll be arriving there approximately 7:30 pm the evening before the test.


Hopefully it's enough time to de-stress and recover.


I've gotten lightning fast at basic arithmetic, using Alarmy with math problems to wake me up and consistently get 8-10/10 correct within 10-20 seconds on speeddistancetime.info. Done flying in flight sims, and earned my glider pilot license.

Any tips for relaxing and actually getting enough sleep the night before the test? I'm one of those people who if I'm excited, I wont be able to fall asleep. So what can I do to make sure I'm well rested and in tip-top shape mentally?


Hopefully I can pass for Pilot and put this behind me once and for all. It has haunted me for way too long :)


 

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yolotuber said:
I passed for pilot!
Firstly, congrats!!! That is so amazing! I would love to be in your shoes right now :)

I passed my CFAT and scored for my chosen RCAF trades. I have ACS coming up and I've been working on my speed (using, for ex. http://www.speeddistancetime.info/test, youtube videos, my old ground school workbooks, Khan Academy, etc...) but I still don't feel confident/prepared that my mental math will be fast and accurate enough to score well. In my day-to-day, I've relied so heavily on calculators and working things out on paper that I am not as fast as I would like to be to feel "ready". Should I request to reschedule for ACS? What would be the consequence of cancelling my ACS attendance?
 

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AliTheAce said:
Any tips for relaxing and actually getting enough sleep the night before the test? I'm one of those people who if I'm excited, I wont be able to fall asleep. So what can I do to make sure I'm well rested and in tip-top shape mentally?

Good job on getting ready! It may sound stupid and excessive, but I brought everything along with me that I knew would let me relax: laptop with movies (there's no wifi), my Switch, some comfort snacks and beverages, yoga mat, bubbles to take a bath, gym clothes to go run it off. Whatever works for you, bring it/ do it. And most importantly, figure out how to "relax and reset" in between tests... like meditate, go for a walk etc. Work on those strategies.

Good luck!
 

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After I passed ACS they called me the same week I returned from Trenton to book my interview. The interview itself was a couple weeks later. Interview is really straight forward, you can handle it during busy periods.

Thanks! Good to know - I've been getting super nervous - but equally excited - about everything started to move so quickly.
 

AliTheAce

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m9322 said:
Thanks! Good to know - I've been getting super nervous - but equally excited - about everything started to move so quickly.

Same scenario as you! I was given 5 dates to choose from, and picked 3. 30 minutes later I got an email saying I was selected for the 16-17th of January.

Hope to see you there!
 

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AliTheAce said:
Same scenario as you! I was given 5 dates to choose from, and picked 3. 30 minutes later I got an email saying I was selected for the 16-17th of January.

Hope to see you there!

I got the e-mail, picked the dates, was sent an e-mail saying I needed to pick alternate dates, and was then sent an e-mail about my interview (which led to my medical) - the logic being that it would make no sense to send me for ACS if (as did eventually occur) i was not eligible for medical reasons. As much as I understand why things panned out this way, I'm a sufficiently curious person that my only real regret is that I'll likely never know how I would've done on ACS.
 

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I have passed ACS for pilot this summer and i came back from Toronto medical part II  early december. I have been told that everything looked fine there.  I know there is only one spot left for DEO until april,  i really wish i'll make it.

I really hope this is going to work. Im guessing it could go really fast from now on.

Good luck to all of you.

 

yolotuber

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I wish to you all the best! Give us news!

I'm heading to toronto medical for pilot the 31 january, how it is going there ?I m rotp applicant
 

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yolotuber said:
I wish to you all the best! Give us news!

I'm heading to toronto medical for pilot the 31 january, how it is going there ?I m rotp applicant

From my experience it was pretty quick. There were 3 of us and we were done my lunch time. They are doing some medical testing and at the end you have a meeting with a flight surgeon and you go over your medical history. They can’t give you your air factor because some specialist have to check your file afterwards.

Good Luck with your process.

 

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Hi everyone,

I'm scheduled to go to ACS and I really want to prepare to nail those tests. I had a good look at the test screenshots displayed on the Candidate Guide webpage and it seems like practice for those sort of tests could include :

- Mental math;
- Mental math applied to speed / distance / time / fuel calculation;
- Angles, Degrees and Bearing calculation;
- Problem solving;
- Instrument comprehension test;

I can find ways to work on this by myself but what would be the best exercices to practice on spatial integration, tracking, short-term memory test and any other tests you can find on the webpage? Mostly it says : "you don't have to prepare for this test" but I feel confident I'll perform better if I find the right exercices!

Any idea of good exercices? Or ideally interactive websites designed to help aircrew or math student practice?
Thanks!
 

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The best first thing to study would be this thread, into which your question was merged, if you've not already begun.

There is a buttload of info here on this fine Site, ripe for your picking. Start reading through older pertinent threads. You'll likely find answers to questions that have not even occurred to you yet.
 

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I just completed aircrew selection, and I passed for pilot, AEC, and ACSO. They also told me that in 6/7 categories, I was above average for pilot.
The best things to review beforehand would just be mental math, really. Nobody is kidding or trying to fool you when they say it really isn’t something you can prep for.
 

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Currently applying for pilot DEO, just got told that my medical was approved. Btw I was sent to Toronto late november. Haven’t been told i was on the competition list yet but they told me an offer would be coming my way as soon as a position open.

Wish me luck.
 

AliTheAce

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Came back from ACS on the 17th of January.

Failed for Pilot unfortunately by the smallest margin possible, on the symbolic reasoning category, specifically the Airborne Numerical Test. Was so incredibly close to passing it.

And that category I failed was the same for ACSO so I didn't get it. Only passed for AEC.

I was told to come back next year and redo it so I will definitely be doing that after I work on my weak points.

The test is incredibly demanding and my preparation for mental math is the only thing that helped, besides maybe some flight sims for the hand eye coordination.

Hope I can pass it in January 2020!
 

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In response to the original poster (and you above @AliTheAce), I wanted to provide some info that helped me on the numerical tests, which I always found hard, especially the speed aspect of the tests.

I also used JobTestPrep for practice and it was useful. The problem was that it was fairly expensive and at the time I couldn't really afford additional expenses like this.

If you look around, there are a bunch of free tests online that you can use to practice and are as good as JTP. For me, the best one was PRT (PracticeReasoningTests). Their free numerical practice test is here: https://practicereasoningtests.com/practice-numerical-test.

Anyway good luck to anyone taking these tests. They're tough, but you can practice and improve, it's possible!
 

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Hi all,

I applied in august during glider licence with cadet and now I have officialy finished the process as I'm back frome CFEME toronto. I'm 17 and applying ROTP in aerospace ingeneering ,I will give you updates. I'm kind of worried because they take only 26 pilot for ROTP... I wish luck and the best to all of you.
 
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