ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Rating
|Test Taker ID||007|
|Test Date||26 January 2005|
|Individual Ratings and Final Rating
(To be completed by Lead Rater)
(Lowest rating among individual ratings)
The test taker's overall ability is generally characteristic of Level 4. However the cases where his enunciation of individual words or whole phrases interferes with comprehension are so frequent that he can not be given 4 for Pronunciation and as a result he must be considered a Level 3. This is an example of a speaker who could easily reach Level 4 by focusing on this one specific aspect of his language.
There are many occasions when this test taker's enunciation interferes with ease of understanding, obliterating certain words:
His native language has an effect on his stress patterns in English that does not interfere significantly with ease of understanding:
The test taker is able to self correct:
and basic grammatical structures are sometimes well controlled:
However, this is not always the case:
though these rarely interfere with meaning.
Although there are errors when talking about more general topics:
vocabulary associated with aviation is appropriate:
and the test taker successfully finds a way to explain himself when he cannot find a particular expression. For example, when talking about finding new routes in congested air routes:
The test taker speaks relatively slowly throughout the tests but at no time does this prevent effective communication. He uses a limited number of discourse markers and the fillers he uses are not distracting.
Comprehension is almost consistently accurate; only on two occasions does he have to ask the interlocutor to repeat a question:
He manages this successfully each time. However, it is not possible to rate this test taker higher than a Level 4 because of the limitations of the test in respect of testing dialect and/or accent or registers, or being confronted with a linguistic or situational complication or an unexpected turn of events.
The test taker's responses are usually immediate, appropriate and informative and for the most part he manages to maintain the topic under discussion. There are also occasions when he successfully asks for clarification (see Comprehension).
Influence of the test format
The test format allows for a very large number of topics and multiple questions to be addressed. It also features face to face communication and communication without eye contact. Nevertheless, it does not provide a range of different accents and as a result does not permit all the aspects of Comprehension on the ICAO Rating Scale to be assessed.
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