Your score on the test will impact how fast you'll be hired as a TSO.

The test is divided into two sections: The X-Ray Recognition Test and the English Test.

English Test

You'll be assessed in areas like reading comprehension, vocabulary and written communication

X-Ray Test

You'll have to recognize potential threats (bottles, weapons, explosives) from more than 100 images, with a strict time limit fo 15 seconds per image

Preparation is key because:

  • The current passing rate for the test is less than 32%
  • People with the highest scores are placed in the "Best qualified" category, and are likely to get hired very soon

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With one of the most rigorous hiring Process, 72% of TSA`s applicants FAIL

And these are the most common reasons:

  • Lack of knowledge or familiarity with the XRAY ORT

    This is the part of the assessment that trips the most. The test takers have yet to try or be trained to spot ten types of objects in 100+ complex and cluttered X-RAYs. Not to mention the highly stressful timed mode with 15 seconds per image.

  • Poor preparation for The TSA Interview / Airport assessment.

    The TSA is a governmental security agency with strict procedures and specific criteria for hiring and training new TSOs. Therefore, general fluffy interviewing tips just don't work here. Most applicants are unaware of the most important personal qualities to bring out specifically in this situation, how to create a strong impression that you are a great fit to be a TSO, what questions to expect, and most important - how to prepare the best responses in advance.

  • Misguided prep resources

    Finding accurate and effective prep materials is almost impossible with a unique hiring process and confidential exams, such as the XRAY ORT test. The abundance of unreliable, outdated, and down wrong "practice tests" and "study guides" available online mislead the applicants and sabotage their chances of succeeding in the entire TSA assessment.

  • Common mistakes that hinder the background check

    The TSA conducts thorough background checks as a high-risk aviation security agency. Understandably, they take absolutely ZERO RISKS when hiring and training new TSOs. Many applicants without any criminal history or credit issues are surprisingly disqualified, unaware of some important nuances and basic mistakes made when filling out the Application Form and the Personal History Statement.

How can you solve these issues?

The X-Ray test is the most difficult part of the TSA CBT test since most applicants will never have had to answer questions of this type.

Can you see the knife in this image within 6 seconds?

You need to be lightning fast with finding these images in the real test since it’s meant to assess your ability to find images in a split second in a real airport security environment. You don’t have time to second-guess yourself, so need to be quick and consistent.

Since the job deals with critical security checks, you can expect to find very challenging questions on this part of the TSA Computer Based Test. Those who are trying to smuggle prohibited items with malicious intent will go to great efforts to conceal them in baggage, so as a TSO you will be expected to apply your own initiative in using the scanning tools provided to identify and flag threats in real-time. Not only does this preparation prepare you for the test – but it also provides skills and insight which will be vital to performing your job role successfully. Let’s take a look at another example of a prohibited item existing in a baggage scan.

Can you tell if there is a weapon in this image within 6 seconds?

It is hard to consistently and correctly identify the item you are searching for in many cases, as there are often red herrings to be found in the baggage; some items are not always as they originally appear, and so it can at times be hard to figure out what an item is.

Our course covers how to correctly identify items so that you can home in on the correct item quickly and effectively. By making use of our instructional guides alongside our practice tests, you will be fully covered when it comes to sitting the real test.

In addition to prohibited items, the X-Ray Test will ask you to identify certain non-prohibited items, such as bottles and shoes. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples. Can you see the shoes in the first image or the bottle in the second?

The TSA is testing you for your ability to identify items effectively – not just to pick out key items. After all, this is a test of your overall ability to read these scans as a whole. Here are the solutions for the two scans:

This course takes a full view of X-Ray image analysis. Rather than simply teaching you how to identify individual items in isolation, we provide a full understanding of how X-Ray images are presented and how the key focus factors should be interpreted in all circumstances. Once you have finished this course, you will be able to identify any item in a baggage scan, even beyond those which you will be asked for on the test. By understanding how to identify any item based on the key focus factors, you will be able to apply this knowledge in assessing the X-Ray images and quickly identify the presence of target items.

In this course, you will work through a module-based curriculum featuring in-depth guides followed by module quizzes, and finally a number of full-length Practice Tests. By following the curriculum and viewing all resources, you will substantially increase your performance on this difficult test, as well as improve your performance on the job by using the techniques developed by our aviation security experts.

The Good news is that…

Since 2017, our top-rated TSA Prep Booster helped 7,576 TSA applicants to pass the TSA Hiring process with an astonishing 78% passing rate ( VS 28% overall ).

The TSA Prep Booster™ was developed in collaboration with aviation security experts to rapidly infuse you with the know-how to immediately spot items in x-ray scans through a proprietary combination of rapid industry tutorials and the biggest & best collection of x-ray practice questions, on any device from the comfort of your home.

Alongside the X-Ray Supercharge Tool, this preparation pack includes a series of guides and practice tests to get you ready for your English aptitude test, and in-depth tutorials on what to expect from your interview & background check, with expert insights on the best method to maximize your performance in these stages of your application.

Get a "Best Qualified" score on your test and significantly increase the possibilities of getting a job as a transportation security officer

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Course Content

X-Ray Prep Booster Module

Get a complete understanding of the mechanics behind the X-Ray machine with over 800 practice images and 40 full lenght tests

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TSA English Test Module

Brush up on all your english knowledge and prepare for the 4 different sections of the english test

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Interview & Background Check

Discover how you can prepare yourself to ace the interview

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Frequently asked questions

  • I really want to enroll in this preparation course but the exam is in a couple days. Will I have enough time?

    Glad to hear that :)

    We had a lot of different preppers who enrolled in the course even 3 days before the exam, sometimes as low as 1 day before, and were still able to pass.

    The preparation material is designed to take no more than 3 hours and a half if you go through all the material with bonuses plus 4 hours for all preparation tests (both X-Ray and English).

    We advise a minimum of 3 hours if you really want to go through the fundamentals such as how the metal detector works and start practicing right away.

  • What if I fail the TSA Test?

    If you fail your TSA Test you will not be allowed to apply for any TSO opening for a period of six months. If you fail twice you'll not be able to apply for a TSO position anymore.

    Prepterminal offers a money-back guarantee to all who started preparing with us and failed the test. You just need to email (name) at (email) and we'll send out an immediate refund

    Remember: We are driven by your success, and, if you can't have it, we don't deserve it either.

  • Who is eligible for a TSA Exam?

    Only US citizens, eighteen years or older, holding a valid high school diploma or equivalent, are eligible to take the TSA CBT test.

  • Where does the test take place?

    TSA administers the test online, and you need to register on the portal and take the test in a TSA-monitored facility.

  • What are the test scores and how can I increase the likelihood of getting a job?

    If the candidates achieve a passing score, they are placed into one of three categories based on their level of success:

    • Best Qualified
    • Highly Qualified

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