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.