Practical test mentality

March, 27, 2022 by

Have you ever tried the IFATC practical tests, radar or local? What did you feel during the test? How did you perform with the pressure you may have felt?

Before going to the topic I’d like to talk about, I would like to tell you a short story that happened to me during my radar test. I was trained well and prepared to take the test, everything went well during training, I was so stressed out though for the test and during. Someone was on base and I was ready to give him the ILS intercept and clearance, instead of clearing him i just gave him a heading and alt, i realized that late, and I didn’t do it to just one person but almost all of them. What is that thing that made me make a mistake on something I should do unconsciously?

Back to our topic, how do you overcome that pressure you may feel so you don’t fail the test?
First of all prepare well, by taking IFATC training, those trainers will get you to 100% test readiness?. With good preparation you now did a huge step into the IFATC.

Second, when you believe that you are being judged by those people flying, now your mind won’t be focusing on the things you did learn while training, worst you may forget to do many things that you used to unconsciously do during training. That’s your enemy now, beat that feeling, imagine this is as a training session and those people are flying to help you in your last training session. Or pretend that you are now on the expert server controlling and there are six people who want to land in your airport, you are the controller here, they should listen to what you say. You are their leader now.

By beating the “I’m being judged” feeling, you’re one step closer to passing. Your mind will be focusing on doing the thing you are used to do in your training sessions, you won’t be busy with that annoying feeling.

If you felt overwhelmed during the test, breath, zoom out and take a deep breath, and remember you have been trained well.

And no one is perfect, when you get tested they don’t aim for a perfect test. I wasn’t perfect during my test and I passed, then worked on my weakness after that.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More