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    Bristol Ground School is an accredited Test Centre (No.97) for the Test of English for Aviation (TEA), developed and administered by Mayflower College, Plymouth, which is approved by the British Council and recognised by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

    The assessment is conducted over 25 minutes (approximately) and comprises several sections, including open conversation, listening to and explaining recordings and describing photographs. The whole process, including briefing, takes approximately 45 - 50 minutes.

    The assessment is recorded and the assessor will listen to the recording within 2 days of conducting the assessment and calculate your overall and area specific ratings: Pronunciation, Structure, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension and Interaction (See below for brief explanations).

    A full outline of the ICAO descriptors for all levels can be found here:

    Ratings are measured on the ICAO Language Proficiency Scale of 1 - 6. A minimum Level 4 is required for international flight. The overall rating is the lowest of the area specific ratings achieved and NOT the overall average.

    The recording will also be sent to Mayflower College for validation (1 in 10 assessments are randomly checked).

    We regret we are unable to offer ratings on the day of the assessment and must wait until verification is received from Mayflower College.

    For details of the assessment, sample audio recordings and useful information follow this link to the
    Test of English for Aviation page on the Mayflower College website.

    It is highly recommended that you read these pages and also listen to the sample audio recordings. Please note that the recordings heard during the actual, live assessment are of a higher quality than those on the website.

    The cost of the assessment depends on the country issuing your licence.

    Owing to extra admininstrative burdens imposed upon Mayflower College and subsequently ourselves by the UK CAA, the cost is GBP 140.00. For all other countries the cost is GBP 120.00, fully inclusive of briefing, assessment, refreshments and certificate issue (to the address stated on the Admin Form). No VAT is payable.

    If you wish to progress with your application, please contact me at the e-mail address below for an electronic application form, which is completed via e-mail.

    If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    We look forward to seeing you at Bristol Ground School and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best Regards,

    Tony Pike

    English Language Proficiency Assessor
    Bristol Ground School
    Lower New Road
    BS27 3DY

    Telephone: 0044 (0)1934 744944

    Fax: 0044 (0)1934 744828


    The UK CAA and NATS published AIC W 053/2010 dated 15 July 2010, concerning Language Proficiency for Flight Crew.

    In summary this states that, within the UK English Language Assessments may be undertaken by CAA Flight Examiners BUT they may only certify candidates at ICAO Level 6 (Expert) and not at any other level. Level 4 (minimum required for commercial operations) and Level 5 may only be assessed by an authorised Aviation English examiner.

    It is understood that endorsements on other licences, e.g. FAA, are not acceptable.

    ICAO English Language Level 6 requirements are very stringent and are outlined below, however, essentially this requires the candidate to be quite fluent in English.

    Pronunciation, stress, rhythm, and intonation, though possibly influenced by the first language or regional variation, almost never interfere with ease of understanding.


    Vocabulary range and accuracy are sufficient to communicate effectively on a wide variety of familiar and unfamiliar topics. Vocabulary is idiomatic, nuanced, and sensitive to register.


    Both basic and complex grammatical structures and sentence patterns are consistently well controlled.

    Able to speak at length with a natural, effortless flow. Varies speech flow for stylistic effect, e.g. to emphasize a point. Uses appropriate discourse markers and connectors spontaneously.


    Comprehension is consistently accurate in nearly all contexts and includes comprehension of linguistic and cultural subtleties.


    Interacts with ease in nearly all situations. Is sensitive to verbal and non-verbal cues, and responds to them appropriately.

    A full outline of the ICAO descriptors for all levels can be found here:
    Last edited by Tony Pike; 23-07-2013, 14:57.
    Best Regards,

    Tony Pike

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