Testing - Aviation English





English Testing for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

Since 5th March 2008 all flight crew members and air traffic controllers involved in international traffic will be required to prove their competence in English. This legislation has been imposed by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation after research showed that numerous aviation accidents might have been avoided with better levels of communication.

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About the Aviation English testing

Aviation English is a combination of professional jargon and work-oriented uses of English. Pilots and air traffic controllers distinguish between 'standard phraseology' (roger, wilco, affirm etc), which has limited scope but covers all routine aspects of aviation, and 'plain English', which is seen as the ability to communicate using words outside the standard phraseology if they fail to cover what needs to be explained.

The Test

For pilots and air traffic controllers to prove their standard of English reaches 'Operational Level 4', they must take a test.

  • This will only test listening and speaking skills.
  • It will be conducted in a direct face-to-face situation
  • All of the descriptors must be met. If the candidate fails one, they fail the whole test.

Where to take the test

ETA: English Test for Aviation
http://www.emery-roberts.co.uk/testing/eta/

Test of English for Aviation Personnel (TEAP)
Anglo-Continental's Test of English for Aviation Personnel (TEAP) - approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
For more information visit: http://www.anglo-continental.com/en/uk/courses/Aviation/aviation-test.htm

VAET: Versant Aviation English test:
Ordinate Corp, a Pearson Company. Fully automated aviation English testing developed cooperatively with the FAA
http://www.ordinate.com/versant/business/aviation/overview.jsp

Florida Inst. Of Technology
http://uc.fit.edu/consulting/aviation_english.html

ELPAC:
Eurocontrol's official internal testing vehicle for in-service controllers
http://elpac.info/

TELLCAP:
Complang Russia
www.complang.ru/eng/aviation_english

ELP: English Language Proficiency:
Aerosolutions Training collaboration with the University of Antwerp (Linguapolis)
www.aerosolutions.be/index.php

TEA:
Test of English for Aviation, Mayflower College, Plymouth, U.K.
www.maycoll.co.uk/aviation-english/tea.html

TELPA: 
Test of English Language Proficiency for Aviation
www.aviationenglish.org/
http://gtelp.co.kr

TOEFA - (Test of English for Aviation)
www.toefa.com

RELTA Test:
RMIT English Language Proficiency for Aviation Royal Melbourne Inst. Of Technology
(RMIT) www.rmitenglishworldwide.com/aviationenglish.html

FAA Academy:
Oklohoma City USA Aviation Language Placement Tests

or Aviation Personnel (TEAP) - approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
For more information visit: http://www.anglo-continental.com/en/uk/courses/Aviation/aviation-test.htm

VAET: Versant Aviation English test:
Ordinate Corp, a Pearson Company. Fully automated aviation English testing developed cooperatively with the FAA
http://www.ordinate.com/versant/business/aviation/overview.jsp

Florida Inst. Of Technology
http://uc.fit.edu/consulting/aviation_english.html

ELPAC:
Eurocontrol's official internal testing vehicle for in-service controllers
http://elpac.info/

TELLCAP:
Complang Russia
www.complang.ru/eng/aviation_english

ELP: English Language Proficiency:
Aerosolutions Training collaboration with the University of Antwerp (Linguapolis)
www.aerosolutions.be/index.php

TEA:
Test of English for Aviation, Mayflower College, Plymouth, U.K.
www.maycoll.co.uk/aviation-english/tea.html

TELPA: 
Test of English Language Proficiency for Aviation
www.aviationenglish.org/
http://gtelp.co.kr

TOEFA - (Test of English for Aviation)
www.toefa.com

RELTA Test:
RMIT English Language Proficiency for Aviation Royal Melbourne Inst. Of Technology
(RMIT) www.rmitenglishworldwide.com/aviationenglish.html

FAA Academy:
Oklohoma City USA Aviation Language Placement Tests