ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements
Language Proficiency Rating
|Test Taker ID||040|
|Test Date||2 September 2005|
|Individual Ratings and Final Rating
(To be completed by Lead Rater)
(Lowest rating among individual ratings)
The test taker's successful performance in several skills is somewhat undermined by weak pronunciation and structure.
Despite a consistently fast delivery and a marked regional accent, the overall pronunciation is understandable, though at times it does interfere with ease of understanding, either because the ending of the word is not distinct:
Or in a few cases whole passages become indistinct:
Occasionally, the accent affects the sounds enough that the listener must make an extra effort to identify the intended word:
However, it should be noted that the quality of the recording does not facilitate assessment of pronunciation.
All basic grammatical structures are usually well controlled:
Complex structures, like the conditional, are attempted and used in appropriate contexts with minor errors:
Errors occur frequently, but rarely interfere with meaning:
Despite a few confusions of parts of speech:
the test taker possesses the basic vocabulary she needs for standard work-related topics. She demonstrates considerable range and accuracy in her use of words.
The test taker is able to speak at length with relative ease on different work-related topics and is able to use appropriate discourse markers:
However, the intensive test format with limited delivery times does not encourage variations in rates of delivery.
The test taker's aural comprehension is generally accurate on all the questions and summaries she is required to answer in this test situation. She manages to assimilate unexpected information on a range of work-related subjects. She also deals successfully with several different accents.
Given the computerised test format, it is difficult to assess the test taker's ability to interact spontaneously in a live situation. This explains why the Level 5 rating for Interactions is in parentheses. However, the test taker gives every indication of providing immediate, appropriate and informative responses to the prompts. She also demonstrates the use of conversational expressions that facilitate exchange:
Influence of the test format
This computerized test format has the advantage of allowing for a full assessment of comprehension, since it includes a variety of accents and topics. However, it does not satisfactorily assess the test taker's ability to interact. The very aggressive and inflexible style of delivery imposed by the test format and the time limits placed on responses may place test takers at a disadvantage.
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