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English Language Proficiency

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English Language Proficiency (ELP) is an assessment of your competence in English for radio usage.

What is ELP? 

English Language Proficiency (ELP) is an assessment of your competence in English for radio usage. It is graded from 1 (poor) to 6 (expert), with a 4 being the minimum standard required for you to use a radio legally. 


Do I Need an ELP Assessment? 

In short - yes. Any examiner can assess a candidate as Level 6, which is done in your practical licence test. For anyone who is not assessed as Level 6, a separate formal language assessment will need to take place. Although a first language English speaker is not guaranteed Level 6, in our experience it is highly likely. Anyone who does not speak English as a first language will likely require an assessment. 


ICAO / EASA English Language Proficiency Test.

The Test of English for Aeronautical Communication (TEAC) is a plain English for Aviation language testing system designed to assess the English language proficiency (ELP) of aviation personnel for ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements compliance.

The TEAC is a human interaction test between 1 candidate and 1 examiner, and takes approximately 30 minutes. Test tasks are focussed as much as possible on contexts relevant to a candidate's aviation role and experience. It is not a test of operational knowledge, but operational contexts and technical references are used to make sure that the ELP being assessed is appropriate.

Tests are produced with aviation professional input, and performances are assessed by 1 aviation professional and 1 language expert. The TEAC complies in all respects with the Test Service Provider requirements contained in ICAO Document 9835 ‘Manual on the implementation of the ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements’  (ICAO 9835), and EASA Part FCL.055 and related, published AMCs 1, 2 and 3.

The TEAC is produced, administered and managed by Lenguax which is both a UK CAA-approved ELP Testing Organisation and an approved EASA Member State Language Assessment Body.

Read more about TEAC and listen to a sample test at 

Book your test here.


Pricing for TEAC tests at Ravenair

TEAC for UK CAA Approval: £150


TEAC for EASA Member State Approval: £185

TEAC for Your National Aviation Authority Approval: £150

A PDF e-certificate is produced for every test, but candidates can pay for a quicker service:

Express service (certificate processing guaranteed within 5 working days): +£25

Express Plus service (processing is guaranteed within 3 working days): +£50

Paper certificates (couriered within 10 working days to the TEAC Centre): +£60

If you are happy with your test result, additional e-certificates produced under an alternative Lenguax approval (UKCAA/EASA) can be ordered for a fee of £80.

This means that if you wish to have the test for both UK and EASA, we recommend booking the UK test, and if you are happy with the result once it is issued, you can order a separate EASA certificate from the portal without taking a second test

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