Aviation English, ICAO Level 5
ICAO Level 5 is so-called Advanced ICAO level and is considered to be something between the basic operational level and expert language proficiency level.
ICAO English Level 5 is the advanced level of aviation English and ICAO English language proficiency. Most Exam candidates whose first language is not English are usually not able to acquire ICAO English Level 6. However, if they possess language knowledge and abilities above ICAO English Level 4, they often get ICAO LEVEL 5.
An extended language proficiency level (ICAO Level 5) is somewhere between an Expert level (ICAO English Level 6) and a minimal operational level (ICAO English Level 4). Advanced ICAO English level - ICAO English Level 5 is required by most of the airline operators as the minimum level of aviation English.
ICAO Level 5 exam is valid for 6 years when endorsed to the EASA flight crew license.
ICAO Language proficiency exam is based on the following criteria:
- grammatical and sentence structures
- spoken fluency
- message comprehension
ICAO English Level 5 - Pronunciation
Your pronunciation goes without thinking and is more or less correct. English Native speakers can tell that aviation English is not your first language, but your aviation English is without substantial mistakes. Simply put - your English is very good, the only drawback being your accent.
ICAO English Level 5 - Sentence structure
You might not always be successful constructing complicated sentence structures but you do try to. Your knowledge of grammar is exceptional and you use it without hesitation.
ICAO English Level 5 - Spoken fluency
You speak fluently and on point. It does not take you long to find right answer to question. You react swiftly - without making long pauses to think - your speech is very fluent.
ICAO English Level 5 - Vocabulary
You can find the right words for the right situations. The extent of your vocabulary compared to your flying experience is exceptional. You sometimes even use idioms or expressions typical for English slang. However, you might find it difficult to talk about issues you have not heard before, eg. some non-aviation topics.
ICAO English Level 5 - Message comprehension
You find it easy to comprehend messages when you know what to expect. But you can comprehend much more than just messages in a familiar context. In fact, you have no problems with understanding even in new situations. You understand English radio broadcast and aviation English radio communication.
ICAO English Level 5 - Interaction
In case of misunderstanding, you can manage much more than just "say again" phrase. You are not afraid to actively inquire and ask for clarifications. You try to make message clear and communicate comprehensibly. You can start and maintain meaningful dialogue.