ICAO PROFICIENCY LEVELS

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In order for individuals and institutions to understand their English language capabilities there are many international proficiency tests to choose from. Below are just some of the commonly recognised tests internationally and how they relate to Aviation English language programs and the ICAO language proficiency requirements.

Language Proficiency Scale Equivalencies

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ISLPR

IELTS

TOEFL

TOEIC

To help Aviation professionals in the improvement of their English language skills many institutions have invested a large amount of resources into the development of Aviation English programs and benchmark tests for all candidates.

These benchmark tests are to be used as a guide to the ICAO proficiency requirements but are not necessarily officially sanctioned and approved tests for registration under the ICAO English language proficiency requirements of 1997.

However in most cases all available benchmark tests have been developed in line with the ICAO proficiency scales, linguistic performance and holistic descriptors in mind as listed below.

ICAO Rating Scale

Pre-Elementary   (1)

Elementary   (2)

Pre-Operational   (3)

Operational   (4)

Extended   (5)

Expert   (6)

Linguistic Performance

Pronunciation

Structure

Vocabulary

Fluency

Comprehension

Interactions

= International Standard Language Proficiency Rating

= International English Language Testing System

= Test of English as a Foreign Language

= Test of English International Communication

It is critically important to recognise that these approximations in the table above are guidelines only and are an attempt only to offer language test equivalencies for the client.

This information is not based on comprehensive and extensively trialled research and analysis but rather with extensive familiarity and experience by aviation-english.club staff in the administration and implementation of all the above tests to international students.

Alternative Test Equivalencies

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