Aviation English, ICAO Level 6
You are an Aviation English Expert!
ICAO Level 6 is so-called Expert ICAO level and is considered to be the highest level you can get with regards to the ICAO language proficiency exam.
Pilots who have proven their ICAO English language proficiency at ICAO English Level 6 are not required to revalidate their ICAO language proficiency. The ICAO language proficiency has lifetime validity.
What does it mean to be a ICAO English language expert?
ICAO English language proficiency at ICAO English Level 6 is called "Expert". ICAO English Level 6 is also recognized as native level of ICAO English proficiency.
Idiomatic speech is an essence of ICAO English Level 6.
It is, however, not entirely true. Due to the strict requirements and applicants' frequent use of non-standard pronunciation, even native speakers do not always receive ICAO English Level 6 language proficiency.
Apart from a complex scope of Exam candidates' vocabulary, a requirement for ICAO English Level 6 proficiency is also an excellent command of grammar and pronunciation. Hundreds, not even thousands of flight hours will not guarantee ICAO English Level 6. It is, however, one of the many prerequisites.
ICAO English Language proficiency exam is based on the following criteria:
- grammatical and sentence structures
- spoken fluency
- message comprehension
ICAO English Level 6 - Pronunciation
Your pronunciation is almost flawless. There might be some negligible differences between pronunciation of native speakers and that of yours. However, nothing causing any confusion.
ICAO English Level 6 - Sentence structure
You have perfect command of the most advanced grammar. Even the most complex sentences are mistake-free or almost mistake-free and used often.
ICAO English Level 6 - Spoken fluency
Your fluency is natural and swift. Your performance is very natural.
Anytime you speak English, your speech is complex and fluent. You use various prosodic features to modify the speech. You use changes in intonation, tone, stress, and rhythm to establish a substantial level of communication.
ICAO English Level 6 - Vocabulary
You can talk about any topic - or almost any topic - whether you are familiar with it or not. You use idioms and idiomatic speech in your normal daily speech. Apart from the knowledge of words, idioms, or synonyms, you use them in right contexts.
ICAO English Level 6 - Message comprehension
You understand everything. Not just guessing from context. If you understand English lyrics, cartoons, or non-standard expressions, you might have good predispositions for ICAO English Level 6 proficiency.
ICAO English Level 6 - Interaction
Your interaction in all situations is natural and simple. You regularly use verbal and non-verbal expressions.