English language proficiency is critical in the aviation industry, ensuring clear communication, enhancing safety, and facilitating international operations. Two common tests in the aviation sector are the Test of English for Aviation (TEA) and the Language Proficiency Test (LPT).
Origins and Compliance
The TEA, developed by Mayflower College in the UK, is an English language test specific to aviation. It measures the plain English language communication skills of aviation professionals and aligns with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) language proficiency requirements.
On the other hand, the LPT is a broader term referring to any test designed to meet the ICAO's language proficiency requirements. At Level6Aviation, our LPT is an online examination designed to meet both ICAO and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.
Importantly, with the UK's exit from the European Union, most Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) under EASA no longer recognize the TEA due to its affiliation with the UK. Therefore, the EASA-compliant LPT becomes a more universally accepted option, especially for those in the European aviation industry.
Scoring and Results
The TEA uses a numerical scoring system ranging from 1 to 6, with 6 representing the highest level of proficiency.
Contrastingly, the LPT, like Level6Aviation's test, assigns a proficiency level from 1 to 6, in line with the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale, with level 6 marking expert proficiency.
Whether you opt for the TEA or an LPT like Level6Aviation's offering depends on understanding each test's unique characteristics and how they align with your career aspirations. Both are designed to ensure aviation professionals can communicate safely and efficiently in English. However, it's essential to consider your aviation authority's specific requirements, your career path, and your personal preferences when choosing a test.
Notably, for those within the EASA jurisdiction, TEA is becoming less widely accepted due to recent regulatory shifts. Therefore, an EASA-compliant LPT could prove more beneficial in your aviation career, offering broader recognition and acceptance.
In light of this, it's always advisable to check with your specific regulatory body or employer for guidance on accepted English proficiency tests, ensuring you're on the right track in your aviation career journey.