Took AT-SA today, felt like I bombed the first part of the collisions test, do I still have a chance of getting in this bid?

artur19922

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I spent a couple of months prepping for the exam and most of my work paid off, on most of the sections I felt like I got a 90+. However the collisions section set up was, what I felt like, significantly different than ATC-prep in terms of speed and difficulty. The first portion, the one without any math, caught me so heavily off guard that I had to have had at least 5-9 collisions. I managed to recover during the second part that included collisions with math but I am really disheartened and not sure of my chances of getting a bid.
 

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I spent a couple of months prepping for the exam and most of my work paid off, on most of the sections I felt like I got a 90+. However the collisions section set up was, what I felt like, significantly different than ATC-prep in terms of speed and difficulty. The first portion, the one without any math, caught me so heavily off guard that I had to have had at least 5-9 collisions. I managed to recover during the second part that included collisions with math but I am really disheartened and not sure of my chances of getting a bid.
You shouldn't be relying on ATC prep so much. For your original question, check the hiring bid thread. Tons of discussion about this there.
 

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I thought I did awful on it and here I am 13 months later at my facility. I thought I did much better the first time I took it but evidently not. You should definitely check the other thread but the main summary is it’s impossible to know, so don’t spend much time worrying about it. If it happens it happens, if not I highly doubt it was because of 1/2 of one section
 
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Sulytrrs89

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Yes you do have a chance. That’s the one part of the test most people think they failed but ended passin the atsa
 

Cotopaxi

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If you don't make it, just do better next time. You won't be the first person who took a few tries.
 

dms22590

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I spent a couple of months prepping for the exam and most of my work paid off, on most of the sections I felt like I got a 90+. However the collisions section set up was, what I felt like, significantly different than ATC-prep in terms of speed and difficulty. The first portion, the one without any math, caught me so heavily off guard that I had to have had at least 5-9 collisions. I managed to recover during the second part that included collisions with math but I am really disheartened and not sure of my chances of getting a bid.
I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t run a few of those targets together. Don’t sweat it!
 

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Nobody knows what the tests are weighed, the collision test might not be as important to the FAA as a biological assessment. Weird, I know, but welcome to the FAA!
 

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I spent a couple of months prepping for the exam and most of my work paid off, on most of the sections I felt like I got a 90+. However the collisions section set up was, what I felt like, significantly different than ATC-prep in terms of speed and difficulty. The first portion, the one without any math, caught me so heavily off guard that I had to have had at least 5-9 collisions. I managed to recover during the second part that included collisions with math but I am really disheartened and not sure of my chances of getting a bid.
I thought I bombed the ATSA as well just like JNEV I’m at facility now.
 

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I spent a couple of months prepping for the exam and most of my work paid off, on most of the sections I felt like I got a 90+. However the collisions section set up was, what I felt like, significantly different than ATC-prep in terms of speed and difficulty. The first portion, the one without any math, caught me so heavily off guard that I had to have had at least 5-9 collisions. I managed to recover during the second part that included collisions with math but I am really disheartened and not sure of my chances of getting a bid.
Don't worry about the portion of the test where you aren't allowed to let targets touch. I'm not really even sure how they think that would apply to ATC but hey, I'm sure you'll be fine.
 

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When I took the test I was looking into other career options because I felt like I bombed. But got a 94 so it all worked out. A few guys in my class felt the same way. Also don’t get discouraged if you don’t get picked up right away, unless your right at the 31 age deadline there is no need to stress if you don’t get picked up right away. It took me 3 years to get picked up, took some at my facility 5+ years and some got picked up the first panel it’s all random.
 

artur19922

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When I took the test I was looking into other career options because I felt like I bombed. But got a 94 so it all worked out. A few guys in my class felt the same way. Also don’t get discouraged if you don’t get picked up right away, unless your right at the 31 age deadline there is no need to stress if you don’t get picked up right away. It took me 3 years to get picked up, took some at my facility 5+ years and some got picked up the first panel it’s all random.
Out of curiosity, how did you know you got a 94?
 

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On the first ATSA, HR told some of the people that asked their scores since it was a new process. Didn't last very long before HR was told to never give out the scores. For all I know, most of HR might not even have access to the scores anymore.
 
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