ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Rating
|Test Taker ID||017|
|Test Date||26 May 2005|
|Individual Ratings and Final Rating
(To be completed by Lead Rater)
(Lowest rating among individual ratings)
The test taker is a careful, accurate speaker whose very attention to correctness tends to have a detrimental effect on his rate of speech thus undermining his fluency. The desire to use quite complex expressions and grammar also results in quite a few minor structural errors. As a result, in both Structure and Fluency he only reaches ICAO Level 4. His enunciation is very clear and precise. His vocabulary is extended, appropriate and often idiomatic both in every day and work-related areas. He interacts well with the interlocutor and expands on the information required of him.
On the whole, the test taker's pronunciation, stress, rhythm and intonation are clear:
There are examples of mis-pronunciation of words and shifting of stressed syllables:
but these rarely interfere with understanding.
Errors do occur:
However, the test taker produces a lot of language, some of which is quite complex and most of which is usually well controlled:
Errors are rare:
with vocabulary generally being used effectively:
The test taker has quite a considered delivery. There are several cases where his search for vocabulary and linguistic correctness result in extended pauses:
However, there are stretches of language which are delivered at an appropriate tempo and communication is effective:
Comprehension is consistently accurate in nearly all contexts. 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.
Responses are immediate, appropriate and informative. The test taker expands on each of his responses and manages the speaker/listener relationship effectively:
Influence of the test format
The interlocutor’s questions cover a wide range of appropriate topics. However, the test format does not provide an opportunity to expose the test taker to a range of different accents and speech registers and so does not permit all the aspects of Comprehension on the ICAO Rating Scale to be assessed. The interlocutor is a little too supportive, often volunteering information or correcting a word and perhaps depriving the test taker of the need to paraphrase.
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