TEA assesses skills and language domains indicated below:
Language that is wholly assessable according to the ICAO Descriptors
The ability to use the ICAO Dominant Communicative Functions
Language related to the ICAO Priority Lexical Domains
TEA elicits language assessable by ICAO Rating Scale. Therefore, the test:
Refers to familiar, common, concrete and work related topics
Refers to unfamiliar work-related topics
Exposes candidate to a wide variety of international accents
Exposes candidate to a linguistic or situational complication or unexpected turn of events
Allows candidate opportunity to demonstrate discourse management strategies
Gives opportunity to display knowledge of idiomatic expressions, register & to speak at length.
In accordance with ICAO Document 9835 TEA is:
designed to assess a candidate's spoken and listening ability according to the ICAO descriptors.
an English communication test.
a test of plain English in an aviation context.
conducted in the form of a one-to-one interview between the candidate and the examiner.
a test comprising 3 sections and lasting approximately 25 minutes.
Section One: Introduction
Candidates will be asked a series of set, simple questions relating to their aviation background. There are no right or wrong answers – they should show they understand the questions by talking about their role in aviation.
Section Two: Interactive Comprehension
There are three parts to this section. In each section, they will listen to a series of recordings presented by international speakers of English. Recordings will be played once unless they ask for repetition. They cannot hear recordings a third time and are not allowed to write anything. In the first part, there are 6 recordings in which a pilot or controller is talking in a non-routine aviation situation. After each recording, they should show they understand the situation by repeating the information or explaining it in their own words. All the information is important.
In the second part, there are 4 longer recordings. The candidates are allowed to take notes and they are supposed to report what they have heard. The more detais they report, the better.
The third part there are 3 recordings in general, non-routine situations. After each recording, they have 20 seconds to ask the speaker questions to find out more about the situation and then they will give the speaker some advice. There are no right answers, but they should show they understand the situation by giving relevant advice.
Section Three: Picture Description and Discussion
They will be given 2 connected pictures to describe and compare. They will be shown the first picture and asked to describe it with 30 seconds to speak. They will then be shown a second picture and asked some questions about it. They will then be asked some questions about both pictures. Finally, they will take part in a discussion of general aviation topics related to the pictures.
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 Interactions.
The candidate is awarded a score of 1 - 6 for each of the six skills.