LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 2017 ONWARDS
In accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 1 – Personnel Licensing requirements, pilots, aeronautical station operators and air traffic controllers shall demonstrate the ability to speak and understand the language used for radiotelephony communications to the level specified. In Macao, the meeting of the language proficiency requirements (LPT) has been demonstrated by a language proficiency test approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (AACM).
As an on-going revision process, AACM has recently approved a LPT, by another service provider, with revised test format which is applicable from January 2017 onwards. The revised LPT has integrated the listening test and speaking test into a single test with three sections. Same as before, it is neither a test of operational knowledge nor aviation phraseology, but a test of plain English communication ability in an aviation context. The revised test is delivered by an interlocutor in a face-to-face manner, and is considered similar to the mode of speaking tests delivered in the past. Despite the similarity, the revised LPT does contain some changes which are worth highlighting.
Hightlight of Changes
Changes introduced by the revised LPT are as follow:
The revised LPT has integrated the listening test and speaking test into a single test with three sections;
The entire test is conducted by an interlocutor and no longer requires text input through computer;
The revised LPT has 3 test sections consisting simple questions, interactive comprehension, picture description and discussion respectively and are further detailed in the forthcoming paragraph “Revised Test Sections Summary”;
The test is shorter in duration, about 25~ 30 minutes;
Reduced to MOP1,200 per test and is payable to AACM.
Candidate can find a more detail guidance about the test by the provider from the link below:
Guide for Student - Test of English for Aviation
Full Length Audio Sample
For a practical reference, candidate can listen to a full length audio sample from the link below:
Revised Test Sections Summary
Specifically, the revised LPT consists of three sections:
Section One Introduction
Candidate is asked a series of set, simple questions relating to the aviation background. There are no right or wrong answers – candidate should show he/she understand the questions by talking about his/her role in aviation.
Section Two Interactive Comprehension
There are three parts to this section. In each section, candidate will listen to a series of recordings presented by international speakers of English. Recordings will be played once unless candidate asks for repetition. Candidate cannot hear recordings a third time and is not allowed to write anything.
In the first part, there are 10 recordings in which a pilot or controller is talking in a non-routine aviation situation. After each recording, candidate should show he/she understand the situation by repeating the information or explaining it in own words. All the information is important.
In the second part, there are 3 recordings in more general, non-routine situations. After each recording, candidate has 20 seconds to ask the speaker questions to find out more about the situation. There are no right answers, but candidate should show he/she understand the situation by asking relevant questions.
The third part is similar to the second part – there are 3 recordings in general, non-routine situations. After each recording, candidate has 20 seconds to give the speaker some advice. There are no right answers, but candidate should show he/she understand the situation by giving relevant advice.
Section Three Picture Description and Discussion
Candidate is given 2 connected pictures to describe and compare. Candidate is shown the first picture and asked to describe it with 30 seconds to speak. Candidate then is shown a second picture and asked some questions about it. After that, candidate is asked some questions about both pictures and finally, candidate takes part in a discussion of general aviation topics related to the pictures.
Test Results and Certificate
The test is scored according to the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale. Candidate is given a score from 1 to 6 for the performance in Pronunciation, Structure, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension and Interactions. The overall mark is the lowest of these scores which will be stated on the test result slip issued by AACM. Candidate who meets the language proficiency at the Operational Level (The overall mark of 4) or above will be endorsed accordingly in his/her license. In addition, all of this information is recorded on a proprietary certificate from the test service provider to the candidate separately.