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Test of English for Aviation

As its full name suggests, the Test of English for Aviation is a language proficiency test designed to assess the communicative ability (speaking and listening) of pilots and air traffic controllers in English. Developed by Mayflower College in the United Kingdom, the exam is necessary for people around the world to communicate. Following several high-profile aviation accidents in which the inability of involved parties to communicate was deemed a contributory factor, the International Civil Aviation Organization mandated that pilots and air traffic controllers working in an international context have a minimum level of English.

WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THE TEA EXAM?

As you would expect, then, the exam is primarily designed to meet the needs of this specific market. Though not the only English language assessment test designed with aviators and ground crew in mind, because the TEA test measures a candidate’s ability to communicate in English using everyday English in an aviation context (and not a test of aviation-related knowledge, skills, or vocabulary) it is ideal for non-native English speaking aviators who need to certify their English proficiency for professional pursuits. Because its emphasis is only on communicative skills, the TEA test does not include any reading or writing exercises. Moreover, as in-person oral exam applicants do not need to possess (or worry about) computer skills.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE TEA TEST LIKE AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO SEE ON IT?

As noted above, during the TEA test only a candidate’s speaking and listening skills are evaluated. These skills are assessed using a one-to-one, face-to-face interview that takes place between the test taker and a trained examiner. The test is made up of three sections which, altogether, take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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