The question often asked of our counsellors is: ”can one train for the DLR-Test at all?”; which first of all must be answered with a clear “Yes”
The question which then often follows is: "That means, everyone can pass the DLR-test?"; which must certainly be answered with "No".
The test can be passed by only those who are suitable for it. This, on the other hand will be conducted and determined on behalf of the staff positions (Personalstellen) of e.g. Lufthansa and DFS and within the framework of a test. Simply said, those who fulfil the given parameters of the test are considered as suitable. The contents of the examinations extend among others over certification of general as well as subject-specific knowledge in the subjects of mathematics, physics and English, senso-motor capabilities, learning and concentration abilities, group dynamic behaviour etc. Those who fulfil the expectations of the psychologists in these disciplines in Hamburg can look forward to positive test results and the accompanying education, or rather employment at Lufthansa, DFS etc..
Are we coming to the DLR-test on our own wish and thereby begin with the science subjects? Knowledge in mathematics and physics of the applicants will be checked in the test, i.e. in the current test procedure. One can prove the expected knowledge or one cannot simply do it. If one is able to prove it, that means one has gained this knowledge from somewhere, perhaps already from school or maybe through intensive private tuition, or perhaps also in the framework of a targeted test as examination based training brings about very good results. Looking at the English test, this system is equally applied there too. Thereby we come to the conclusion: one has got it or hasn't got it; and if one has got it, one has got it from somewhere. Of course one can also make it if one follows the recommendations of the psychologists from Hamburg, learn through books; this method is however quite arduous and hence impractical. Selectively one can take the official exercises of the DLR, in fact the fastest form of the trainings. If one finishes this already within about 30 minutes, it does not have to mean that one is not cleverer than before. Moreover you will be disappointed in the test as it is in no way the same as the original material. The real issue in the DLR is: one has got the understanding of the requirements after the test preparations, points such as why should one willingly communicate literature, at the same time one should not prepare so intensively; which is understood by them who wants to understand it. What speaks against when one shows that one's learning is planned according to the expected knowledge by the examination? We should bear in mind that we have the chance to have success through intensive training in a professional school and not by cramming before examinations.
Let us continue with the senso-motor tests, the exercises leading to concentration abilities etc. Multiple pressure is trainable at least in substantial volume, that will hardly be able to challenge the psychology. Likewise one can train to learn several skills in parallel like learning the skill of playing a musical instrument to a considerable extent; for example, piano playing: the left hand is used independently from the right and at the same time the musical notes are read and all that again will be played through the hands. The feet are used to activate the pedals and as more capacity is still available, all that will be accompanied by singing. What is usually presented easily on stage is a result of hard training. What is important in this regard is the ascertainment that the learnt skills really exist. Wherefore otherwise ATTC graduates would pass their DLR tests only then when the DLR psychologists try to surprise them with a new individual test once again. The expected skills are simply acquired through practical training and the examination does not threaten with a seriously growing hindrance anymore. The test training itself must be passed naturally, it is not sufficient to know "what will come next". The set expectations should be reached in the training. According to past experience it does not make any sense to sit for the examination beforehand. At ATTC every student is able to practise his DLR test till he is fit enough to do the examination. Unfortunately the DLR test cannot be repeated officially. This task should be carried out with high responsibility and through well tested and examination oriented training. Those who have meet the set expectations of the DLR basic analysis, or rather basic job analysis (BU; Berufsgrunduntersuchung) and have successfully passed it or those who meet the expectations of the DLR standard in the framework of the DLR test. These grades one can reach only once. If this is attained (in whatever manner), why not from the beginning through target oriented training which is indeed formed and organized for this particular examination.
If the psychological part of the examination, or rather the assessment, the "company qualification" (FQ - Firmenqualification) remain with the Lufthansa candidates, at the latest every form of the test-training will definitely be dropped here except personal lessons in a seminar form. How should one prepare for a psychological test with the aid of books according to advice by the psychologists? Especially in the case of book usage and such miscellaneous written material (as per reports "on experience") or usage of "Psycho-CDs" or similar things. One is automatically forced to copy a given sample behaviour as the ideal one that is expected by a modern examination such as DLR-test. One can hardly carry on doing this over a long period of time. One will come back to one's own-self at sometime of the test. A test training for assessment and company qualification (FQ) can therefore be successfully carried out only individually, frontal, apparently "in person". It is most important to understand beforehand: there is no "ideal Lufthansa pilot", whose behaviour one must copy through mere training in order to pass the test. Pilots of an airline, for example at Lufthansa or air traffic controllers at the DFS are very different in their characteristics: tall, short, introvert, extrovert, humorous, serious etc. And with the help of these mentioned pictures which are quite striking it should be clear to anybody that a quiet and serious applicant can hardly be turned into a party animal through literature. Should then the ideal picture of a "party animal" be associated? No, the matter is not so simple. A training can only bring success when the applicant learns to use his personal characteristics optimally. He should not pretend, he must be present with his personal "tools". The optimal employment of "own tools" is the objective of the training for the psychological test in the DLR. Everybody should however be one's own-self.
For years ATTC has successfully carried out the psychological test training also using this method. Many hundreds of active commercial pilots and students in aviation at Lufthansa confirm this right concept. Not only a few Lufthansa and DFS fathers rely on proven ATTC training for their offsprings.