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WHAT IS THE TEA TEST?

A test of plain English in an aviation context for licensing purposes – it is not a test of aviation phraseology

A test of ability to communicate in English – not a test of operational knowledge

A face-to-face, human interaction test with 1 examiner who asks questions for detailed responses

A 25-30 minute test that consists of 3 parts.  We will look at each of parts these below.

TEA IS NOT A TEST OF OPERATIONAL KNOWLEDGE

TEA examiners are familiar with aviation and are sometimes pilots or controllers. Nevertheless there are no extra marks to be gained

from talking about correct operational procedures. Equally, nothing is lost by not knowing about a particular area of operations.

TEA tests plain English, not phraseology – the ICAO language standards have been introduced to improve communication when

phraseology is insufficient.

THE ICAO DESCRIPTORS

ICAO has developed the criteria by which your English will be judged. The full descriptors can be viewed here  

TEA candidates can score from Level 1 to Level 6 but most candidates score Level 3, 4 or 5. A simplified version of Levels 2 - 5 is below.

Candidates are awarded a score from 1 to 6 for each of the 6 skills: pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension,

interactions.

It is the LOWEST of these 6 marks which decides the overall score.

In the next sections will look at each part of the test, and give some advice on how to do your best.

GUIDE FOR TEST-TAKERS

AND TEACHERS

AVIATION ENGLISH LISTENING EXERCISES FREE
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GUIDE FOR TEST-TAKERS

AND TEACHERS

WHAT IS THE TEA TEST?

A test of plain English in an aviation context for licensing

purposes – it is not a test of aviation phraseology

A test of ability to communicate in English – not a test of

operational knowledge

A face-to-face, human interaction test with 1 examiner who asks

questions for detailed responses

A 25-30 minute test that consists of 3 parts.  We will look at each

of parts these below.

TEA IS NOT A TEST OF OPERATIONAL KNOWLEDGE

TEA examiners are familiar with aviation and are sometimes pilots or

controllers. Nevertheless there are no extra marks to be gained from

talking about correct operational procedures. Equally, nothing is lost

by not knowing about a particular area of operations.

TEA tests plain English, not phraseology – the ICAO language

standards have been introduced to improve communication when

phraseology is insufficient.

THE ICAO DESCRIPTORS

ICAO has developed the criteria by which your English will be judged.

The full descriptors can be viewed here  

TEA candidates can score from Level 1 to Level 6 but most candidates

score Level 3, 4 or 5. A simplified version of Levels 2 - 5 is below.

Candidates are awarded a score from 1 to 6 for each of the 6 skills:

pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, interactions.

It is the LOWEST of these 6 marks which decides the overall score.

In the next sections will look at each part of the test, and give some advice

on how to do your best.

AVIATION ENGLISH LISTENING EXERCISES FREE