The English Language Proficiency Test for Aviation
To address the safety concern raised by accidents and incidents in which communication played a key role, the International Civil Aviation Organisation has mandated new standards of English. By 5 March 2008, pilots and air traffic controllers were required by ICAO to have a certificate attesting to their proficiency in the language used for aeronautical communication.

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELP Test) has been developed by Aerosolutions to assess Pilots and Controllers for licensing purposes. It was specifically designed to comply with the principles and guidelines embodied in the Manual on the Implementation of Language Proficiency Requirements by ICAO.

The ELP Test, which is used to assess speaking and listening proficiency in both ICAO radio phraseology and plain English, evaluates language proficiency in the six Proficiency Criteria (for the six ICAO levels):

  • Pronunciation
  • Structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Interactions

The 60-minute listening and speaking test is computer-delivered to allow for easy and uniform administration and for maximum authenticity.

The listening section is computer adaptive and measures the examinee’s ability to understand English. This section consists of a number of traditional multiple-choice questions with four answer choices.

The speaking section assesses how effectively candidates can communicate in English and measures the examinee’s ability to respond to different aviation related situations and tasks. The speaking test is recorded and takes 30-40 minutes.

Once the ELP Test is completed, candidates receive individual reports outlining their result on each of ICAO’s six proficiency criteria and obtain an overall score. The lowest score achieved on any of the Proficiency Criteria becomes the overall Rating.

Across all areas of test delivery, test administration and test results, the ELP Test is secure. Every aspect of the ELP Test is subject to the highest quality controls and integrity management practices. Rating and reporting processes are controlled by accredited Aerosolutions personnel. The performance of each Rater is regularly monitored and evaluated. Each Rater is also tested every two years to retain their certification.

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