The Transportation Security Administration requires all applicants to pass a number of different tests, depending on which position they are applying for. Some of these tests include an aptitude test, a test of the person's English skills, a physical ability test and a color-based vision test.
The English proficiency and aptitude test is a computer-based test, which checks an applicant's ability to read, write and speak English. The aptitude test also examines a person's ability to properly interpret X-rays, and whether they can spot potential weapons.
The TSA also requires all applicants to undergo a structured interview, during which the applicant's decision-making abilities are assessed. The interview examines the applicant's ability to interact with the general public and work as part of a team.
Although the application instructions and individual assessments are different depending on the position being applied for, all TSA applicants are required to undergo a background investigation and a drug and alcohol screening test.
After being hired, all new TSA employees must undergo 120 hours of classroom and on-the-job training through the TSA Online Learning Center. During this training period, the individual must pass numerous other tests, in addition to those he took during the hiring process.