About the assessment

ADAPT™ is an assessment that New Zealand flight training schools use to assess your suitability for pilot training

ADAPT™ Pre-screening Assessment for Aspiring Pilots


The ADAPT™ online assessment tool was developed by UK-based company Symbiotics and is provided in New Zealand by ServiceIQ. ServiceIQ is the workplace training specialist for the aviation industry.

It is the standard pre-selection tool for anyone wanting to apply for government funded sub-degree pilot training in New Zealand.

The assessment tests whether you have the physical skills and personality to be successfully trained as a pilot.

It is important that you prepare for these assessments. Make sure you are wide awake and arrange to take the test in a quiet place where you won't be distracted.

It will take about 30 minutes to complete.

What to expect in the test

Part One
Computer set-up
The program will test that your keyboard and speakers/headset are working. You will get detailed instructions about what to do in your test, the keyboard commands, etc.
Part Two
Assessment - Attempt 1
The assessment prompts you to complete a series of tasks through different interfaces. This is to gather information about your physical coordination & dexterity, cognitive aptitude across psychometric tests, as well as situational awareness through visual and auditory triggers.  You will be presented with a screen that looks similar to a flight simulator, however you do not control the activity of the aircraft. Instead you will use your computers mouse and keyboard to respond to various visual and audio prompts. At the end of the test you will be asked questions to see how you reflect on what you have seen, heard and done.
Part Three
Assessment - Attempt 2
The test will then replay Attempt 1 of the assessment, giving you the exact same assessment. You will be given the ability to improve your performance based on knowing what to expect.
Part Four
Personality Questionnaire
A multiple choice style personality questionnaire. All questions must be answered. There is no specified time limit but suggested time to complete is approximately 15 minutes.

Can I get more detailed instructions?

The information provided on this page should prepare you for the assessment. You will get more details once you start the assessment, but how quickly you interpret that information is part of the assessment so we cannot publish further details.

Why do I need to do this test?

This pre-screening assessment is a requirement for all trainees enrolling in a New Zealand Diploma of Aviation (Aeroplane or Helicopter) or the Massey University Bachelor of Aviation programme. When you apply to enrol at a flight training school that teaches these qualifications, you will be asked to submit a copy of your ADAPT™ results report.

This test is an internationally-recognised tool for assessing if people have the abilities required to become pilots. Working as a pilot is not for everyone – training is difficult and expensive, and a career as a pilot can be stressful and demanding. This test will help you and your flight training school identify your chance of success before you begin training.

Does this test guarantee me a place at the flight school?

This assessment does not guarantee that you will be accepted into a pilot training course. It is only an initial assessment of your ability to complete training and become a pilot. It will help the flight training school identify whether you are a suitable trainee, but you will also have to meet other requirements. Every flight training school has its own selection criteria. You may be required to sit further aptitude tests or have an interview with someone at the training school.

What does it cost?

It costs $115 to sit the online assessment. You will be asked to pay online by credit card before you can access the test.  Your access to the Adapt assessment will expire 60 days after the date of purchase.

How does the test work?

Once your payment has been accepted, you will be provided with a unique link to access the test environment. This will also be emailed to you. When you are ready to sit the test, you can use this link to log in. Please note you can stop and start the test at any time, but your license link will expire once you have completed the test.

Full instructions for the assessment will be provided once you have logged in. You will be briefed on all stages of the assessment as you progress.

What do I need to have to sit the test?

You will need to use a computer with broadband internet access and sound. We recommend Google Chrome to access the assessment.

Click here to read the System Requirements

What results will I get?

When you have completed the test you will need to download a copy of your report (within six months of completion) that gives the results of your personality assessment and physical assessment. It will give an overall result that tells you whether or not you are well-suited to becoming a pilot. You will be able to download your result once your assessments are complete.  The report will be available for six months after you complete the assessment. In accordance with EU Privacy requirements, your results will no longer be retained after six months.

You can choose to send a copy of this report directly to one of the flight training schools listed on this website. Please note that a copy of this report can also be obtained by ServiceIQ (within six months of completion) and may be released to flight training schools on request. Check all the Terms and Conditions.

What if I fail the test?

This is not a pass/fail test, but your overall result may indicate that you are not well-suited for a career as a pilot. You can still choose to apply to a flight training school. It will be their decision as to whether or not they select you for training, based on this test and their own selection processes.

However, if your result isn’t up to the required standard, you may want to consider other career pathways in the aviation sector. There are a huge range of exciting career options on offer, from air traffic controllers to aeronautical engineers and ground operations staff.

If you believe the test was inaccurate because you were distracted or for any other reason, you can choose to re-sit it. You will be charged the full cost each time you sit the test. For this reason, please make sure you take the test in a place that is quiet and free from distractions.

What preparation do I need to do?

There is no preparation required for the test. It is a test of your natural ability to learn and process information. All of the information you need will be provided when you do the test.

Call us: 0800 863 693 or email adapt@ServiceIQ.org.nz ADAPT™ is a licensed product, administered in New Zealand by ServiceIQ.