USAF Pilot Candidate - PCSM

Candidates for pilot training in the USAF are measured according to their Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score. This score is comprised of three things:

  • Flight time - experience
  • AFOQT Pilot Score - knowledge
  • Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) - aptitude

Flight Time

The amount of flight time you have can tremendously affect your PCSM score. In fact, any flight time helps, but 201 hours is the best. If you plan on getting more than 40 hours, get your Private Pilot's License (PPL); if you plan on getting more than 200 hours, get your instrument rating.

PCSM Flying Hour Code is an unequal interval scale based on examination of relation of previous flying hours with UPT performance:

  • 0: 0 flying hours
  • 1: 1 to 5 flying hours
  • 2: 6 to 10 flying hours
  • 3: 11 to 20 flying hours
  • 4: 21 to 40 flying hours
  • 5: 41 to 60 flying hours
  • 6: 61 to 80 flying hours
  • 7: 81 to 100 flying hours
  • 8: 101 to 200 flying hours
  • 9: 201 and Up flying hours

Once you have a PCSM score, the folks at the PCSM office can tell you how much each new level of flying time will increase your score.

AFOQT Pilot Score

Pilot training at Two Dogs Aviation will help your AFOQT score. Many questions directly test aviation information and instrument comprehension. Not having this training will put you at a disadvantage.

Test of Basic Aviation Skills

The BAT test has been replaced by the TBAS. This test measures

  • Psychomotor
  • Cognitive (spatial)
  • Multi-task performance
  • Memory

We haven't received feedback indicating whether flight training helps the TBAS score or not. You may only take the TBAS test twice in your lifetime, with six months between tests.

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