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TEA (Test of English for Aviation)
Test Information

As the skies become increasingly crowded communication has become even more critical to ensure aviation safety; technology, of course, has an important role to play to prevent misunderstanding but the need for aviation personnel to speak English has long been recognized.

ICAO’s new language proficiency requirements demand that all international pilots and air traffic controllers must now have a minimum level of English – ICAO Operational Level 4.

TEA has been developed and is delivered according to recommendations made in ICAO document 9835.TEA is not a test of operational competence – TEA is a test of English language ability in an aviation context. TEA takes the form of a 20-minute, face-to-face interview.

Research indicates that TEA is a valid, standardized, accurate and secure testing solution.

AVIOMAR operates as a test centre for Mayflower College in the UK which is approved to conduct language proficiency testing by the UK CAA.

Where can I take the test?

AVIOMAR is an authorized TEA test centre, recognized by ENAC and the UK CAA.

What does the test consist in?

TEA is a test of your English ability – it is not a test of your operational knowledge.  TEA is a test of plain English in an aviation context.

TEA is a face-to-face interview with an examiner lasting about 20 minutes and consisting of three sections: 

Section One
Introduction (5-6 minutes)

The candidate is asked a series of questions on common, concrete and work-related topics relating to his/her aviation background. Section Two  Interactive Comprehension (8-12 minutes)

Part 2:
Candidates listen to different aviation-specific recordings of non-routine and emergency situations. Candidates are required to explain what they understand about the situation and interact by asking questions and giving advice.

Section Three
Description and Discussion (8 minutes)

Candidates are presented with a series of aviation-related images and are asked to describe and compare what they see. The examiner will then ask further questions related to the images.


You may listen to examples as well as practice material by clicking here onto the TEA website.

Does TEA contain standard phraseology?

As ICAO has recommended, TEA is a test of plain English in an aviation context. Standard Phraseology is used in TEA as a prompt to elicit a plain English response. However, candidates are not required to produce (speak) Standard Phraseology. ICAO's website gives further clarification on this important issue.

How will my language be assessed?

Your performance during the TEA test will be assessed according to the language descriptors developed by ICAO (click here to view these descriptors)

What is the cost of the Test?
145 euros (190 euros for UK CAA licence holders).  

What happens on the day of the exam?

You should arrive at least twenty minutes before your appointment so that the administrator can take your photograph, which will appear on your certificate. Make sure you bring your passport or national identity card with you – you will not be allowed to take the test without it. You do not need to bring anything else with you. If you have a mobile phone, this must be turned off during the test. The test will be recorded for security reasons. The certificate will be issued within 10 working days. Please inform the examiner if you are a UK CAA licence holder.

What kind of results are given?

The test is marked according to the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale . You will be given a mark between 1 and 6 for Vocabulary, Structure, Fluency, Pronunciation, Comprehension and Interactions. The overall mark will be the lowest of these scores.

When will I receive my certificate?

Up to three weeks after you have taken the test.

Can I repeat the Test?

Yes, the test can be repeated at any time.

Can I appeal if I’m not satisfied with my result? 

Certainly, appeals must be made to the centre in writing no later than one month after certificates have been dispatched.

How do I register for a test? 

Fill in the form on the left hand side with all your details and select a preferred date for the test. You will then be contacted by our centre manager to confirm your reservation.

Click here for the TEA Rules & Regulations 
Click here for the TEA notes for Candidates
Click here to verify if your TEA certificate is genuine 
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