Aviation

PQS Teaching English for Aviation Purposes (TEAP)

ICAO LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY RATING SCALE CEFR Grade PQS Level
Pre-Elementary Level 1 A1 Grade 1-2
Elementary Level 2 A2 Grade 3-4
Pre-Operational Level 3 B1 Grade 5-6
Operational Level 4 B2 Grade 7-8
Extended Level 5 C1 Grade 9-10
Expert Level 6 C2 Grade 11-12
Description

PQS offers a range of Aviation English Tests designed for different aviation personnel profiles from levels B1-C2.

The test can also be used as an assessment tool to establish if further language training is required, either to maintain operational proficiency or to improve in specific areas. Aviation personnel and/or their sponsors are then able to select a suitable training programme. Candidates are expected to have some aviation experience, as the recorded prompts contain elements of standard and non-standard radiotelephony.

The TEAP, in line with ICAO’s directives, includes a listening and an oral component. It is designed to generate a sample of the candidate’s language skills which enables us to rate the candidate’s competence in all areas covered by the ICAO descriptors. Depending on the testing environment, you may be offered the use of headphones for the listening components. The recordings for parts 2 and 3 use non-native speakers of at least level 4 proficiency, and they include an element of appropriate background noise in order to simulate an authentic aviation environment. The test is conducted as an interview with one interlocutor and one candidate, and is divided into four parts.

  1. 1- Interview (5 mins)
  2. 2- Short Report (5 mins)
  3. 3- Listening Comprehension (12 mins)
  4. 4- Long Report (12 min)
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