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In 2013, some small changes were introduced for tests for Commercial pilots and ATCOs:
In Part 1, there are now more questions directly related to pilot or controller jobs and the section is a little longer.
In Part 3, candidates are given 2 connected pictures to describe and compare. They are shown the first picture and
have 30 seconds to describe it. They are then shown a second picture and asked some questions about it. They
are next asked some questions to compare both pictures. Finally, they take part in a discussion of a general
aviation topic related to the pictures. Listen to an example.
There are no changes to Part 2.
Test of English for Aviation (T.E.A.)
Introduction (5-6 minutes)
designed to assess a candidate's spoken and listening ability according to the ICAO Descriptors.
an English communication test – it is not a test of operational knowledge.
a test of plain English in an aviation context – it is not a test of aviation phraseology.
conducted in the form of a one-to-one interview between the candidate and the examiner.
a test comprising 3 sections and lasting approximately 20 minutes.
Throughout the three sections of the test the examiner assesses the candidate’s ability based on the following six
ICAO language proficiency requirements: Pronunciation, Structure, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension and
The candidate is awarded a score of 1 - 6 for each of the six skills.
The candidate is asked a series of questions on common, concrete and
work-related topics relating to his/her aviation background. Click here to
listen to an example.
Interactive Comprehension (8-12 minutes)
Part 2A: Candidates listen to aviation-specific recordings of non-routine
and emergency situations. Candidates are required to explain what they
understand about the situation. Click here to listen to an example.
Parts 2B & 2C: Candidates listen to a series of problem-solving role-play
scenarios. In Part 2B, the candidate is required to ask questions to the
speaker. In Part 2C, the candidate is required to give advice to the
speaker. Click here to listen to an example.
Description and Discussion (8 minutes)
Candidates are presented with a series of aviation-related images and are
asked to describe and compare what they see. The examiner will then ask
further questions related to the images. Click here to listen to an example.
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