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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is AECA?

AECA is an English proficiency assessment for individuals working in the aviation industry who wish to ascertain their level of English proficiency relevant to their field of work. There are three variations of the test; one for pilots, one for cabin crew and one for aircraft maintenance personnel. For Pilots, AECA evaluates the level of proficiency in accordance with the ICAO’s language proficiency requirements ref. ICAO document 9835 2nd edition.

2. Does AECA test according to ICAO requirements?

Yes. AECA uses the same 6 levels of language proficiency as described in ICAO document 9835.

AECA for Pilots has been specifically designed and tested to measure a pilot’s ability to communicate in English in both radiotelephony and face to face contexts.

3. Why do I need to sit for AECA?

If you are asked to sit for AECA, it means your organisation needs to demonstrate the ICAO language proficiency levels of all personnel to the civil aviation authority in your country, in accordance with ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements.

4. Who is AECA for?

AECA is designed for pilots, cabin crew and aircraft maintenance personnel who wish to demonstrate or provide evidence of their English language proficiency levels.

5. Where can I take AECA?

AECA is delivered at an approved AECA Test Centre. Currently, the only approved test centre is located at:
Aviation Language Test Centre (ALTC)
A-16-2 and A-16-3, Plaza Glomac, Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603-7886 6862

6. How do I apply for AECA?

You can register online at www.aeca.com.my/nmregister

or send an email to [email protected]

7. How long does AECA take?

The time it takes to complete the AECA test depends on which test you are taking:
AECA for Flight Crew: 60 min
AECA for Cabin Crew: 60 min
AECA for Maintenance Crew: 105 min

8. What language skills does AECA test?

AECA for Flight Crew consists of 2 sections, i.e. a speaking and a listening section.
AECA for Cabin Crew consists of 2 sections, i.e. a speaking and a listening section.
AECA for Maintenance Crew consists of 4 sections, i.e. a Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing Section.

9. What if I fail only one section of AECA?

If you did not obtain the level you wanted, and are repeating AECA, you are required to sit the entire test, even if you received a low score for only one component. Results from previous tests are not carried forward.

10. Is every test the same?

No two Test Takers will sit for the exact same test.

11. What does AECA assess?

AECA assesses a Test Taker’s ability to speak and understand English in aviation-related contexts including routine or non routine situations.

12. Does AECA require background knowledge of aviation related topics?

Yes. Test Takers need to be familiar with aviation knowledge that is relevant to their field of work, i.e. knowledge of flight operations and situations relevant to flight crew, cabin crew and maintenance crew.

13. What’s the best way to prepare for AECA?

Test Takers can prepare for AECA whether by improving their proficiency in Aviation English, applying for an AECA preparation course or attempting the online practice tests available on the website.

14. If I complete an AECA preparation course before the test, will I get the level I need?

No. Completing an English language program delivered by any language provider, does not guarantee you will achieve your desired level.

15. What do I need to bring on the day I have AECA?

You need to bring:

  • Booking confirmation slip
  • Photo identification
  • License/passport.
  • Pen or pencil to write with

You must bring the above identification documents in order to be permitted to sit the test. You cannot use your own paper or notes, a dictionary or mobile phone during the test.

16. How soon can I get my results?

Results are issued 5 working days after the test date. Results may be made available to Test Takers directly from the test centre or via the AECA website.

17. Can I appeal my results or request a re-mark?

Yes. If you feel the result does not accurately reflect your test performance, you can request your test be remarked. If you wish to appeal your AECA result, contact your local AECA Test Centre as soon as possible after you receive your results.

18. How does AECA assess results? Are AECA results in accordance with ICAO levels?

AECA assesses your performance using the six-band ICAO language proficiency rating scale. The minimum level to achieve ICAO compliance is Level 4.
There are six language criteria for each level: pronunciation, language structure, vocabulary, fluency, interactions and comprehension. Your lowest score on any criterion will determine your overall score. In other words, you need to achieve at least Level 4 in each of the six criteria.

19. How long is the test score valid for?

National civil aviation authorities determine how long your test score remains valid. ICAO recommendations are:

  • Level 4: valid for licence endorsement for 3 years from test date
  • Level 5: valid for license endorsement for 6 years from test date
  • Level 6: valid for license endorsement for indefinite period from test date.
20. What are the ICAO language proficiency requirements?

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is a body within the United Nations with responsibility for international civil aviation governance. ICAO has passed regulation requiring all member states to demonstrate by March 2011 that their international pilots and air traffic controllers are proficient in the English language.

The new ICAO standards in relation to language proficiency requirements are as follows:

  • Annex 1, Standard 1.2.9.4: As of 5 March 2008, aeroplane and helicopter pilots, air traffic controllers and aeronautical station operators shall demonstrate the ability to speak and understand the language used for radiotelephony communications to the level specified in the language proficiency requirements in the Appendix.
  • Annex 6, PART 1, Standard 3.1.6: Operators shall ensure that flight crew members demonstrate the ability to speak and understand the language used for aeronautical radiotelephony communications as specified in Annex 1.
  • APPENDIX: The language proficiency requirements are applicable to the use of both plain English in radiotelephony and face to face situations.