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SAMPLE FOR ATCs

INTRODUCTION

This is Belarusian Proficiency English language test for aviation staff conducted on _____ at Belarusian State Academy of aviation.

The candidate is _______and the examiner is ____________ .


Good morning/ afternoon / evening.

My name is _________ . Can you give me your full name, please.


Can you tell me where you are from?


Can I see your identification, please.


Thank you.


There are four parts to this test. In the first I’ll ask you some questions about you and your job. In the second part you’ll watch the video and comment on what was happening. In the third part you’ll listen to the pilot’s messages. Firstly you’ll tell me the situation, then you will give your reply to this situation. And in the final part we’ll discuss an aviation-related topic.

If you do not understand my instructions, please tell me. OK?


PART 1 (AN INTERVIEW) – 4/5 min.

Now in this first part, I’d like to ask you some questions about yourself:
  1. Could you tell me about your job?

  2. Why did you choose this profession?

  3. What are the main pluses and minuses of being an ATC?

  4. What personal qualities, skills and abilities are necessary for your job?

  5. Is knowledge of English important in your profession?


Thank you. Now we’ll move on to part two.



PART 2 (INTERACTIVE COMPREHENSION OF THE VIDEO) – 2/4 min.

Now you are going to watch a video and then comment on what was happening in the video. You can watch only once. Then you have 10 seconds to start speaking. OK?


Thank you. Now we’ll move on to part three.



PART 3 (INTERACTIVE COMPREHENSION) – 8/10 min.

Now in the third part your task is to listen to the pilot’s messages. Firstly you’ll tell me the situation, then you will give your reply to this situation. If you need to hear a message again, please ask. OK?


  1. Lot 7 2 5. We are expecting 30 minute delay. Checked-in passenger hasn’t arrived on board.

  2. Pan. Pan. Pan. Speed bird 9 6 5. Bird strike just after take-off. We have lost right engine thrust. Request priority landing.

  3. Scandinavian 6 5 6. Asymmetric flaps extension. Request clearance to return to apron and maintenance assistance.

  4. Alitatian 2 3 9. Unable to climb assigned level due turbulence. Request to maintain flight level 3 1 0 as long as possible.

  5. Speed bird 5 8 2. We have several sick passengers on board with symptoms of food poisoning. Request medical assistance upon arrival.

  6. K L M 3 5. Unable to retract landing gear. Request holding pattern for fuel burn. Will land at your aerodrome. Could you organize a dense foam carpet for landing?

  7. Lufthansa 0 6 5 1. Runway overrun due thrust reverser failure. Injured passengers on board are getting first aid now. Request shuttle buses and tug for towing.

  8. D H L 1 5 8. We have strange indefinite sound in the cabin. Breaking sound… Like an electronic devise. We cannot find the source of this signal. We suspect explosive device on board.

Thank you. We’ll now move on to part four.



PART 4 (EXTENDED DISCUSSION ON AN AVIATION-RELATED TOPIC) – 5/6 min.

Now I’d like to discuss some questions related to the topic 

WEATHER AND FLYING.


  1. What role does weather play in aviation safety?

  2. What weather is good for flying?

  3. How do ATCs and pilots receive weather information?

  4. What elements are included into weather reports?

  5. What phase of flight does especially depend on weather?

  6. What weather conditions affect flight operations on route?


Thank you very much. That is the end of the test.