In this study, we investigated the utility and fairness of using the Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) test battery to place Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS) applicants into terminal or en route facilities. While results of statistical analyses indicated that AT-SAT could be considered a valid tool for use in placement, based on technical considerations only, it was concluded that it should not be used in that way due to lack of utility and potential for adverse impact. If the FAA were to use AT-SAT for placement, the risk of additional adverse impact and pay disparities should be evaluated against the marginal utility of placement in terms of changes in field training success rates.
Byrne, C. L.,
& Broach, D.
(2015). An Evaluation of the Utility of At-Sat for the Placement of New Controllers by Option. 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 153-158.