IAE English Asia

Checkpoint Assessment


Can you pass the ICAO English Exam?

Is your English good enough to survive an interview and rigorous cadet training program?

Don’t risk failing because of uncertainty. The Checkpoint assessment will tell you everything you need to know.

In order to successfully cope with technical training in the medium of English, ab-initio pilots and controllers must be able to:

  • Read manuals
  • Listen to instructors and peers in the classroom
  • Speak to instructors and peers in the classroom and beyond

Checkpoint is designed by aviation English experts to let you know whether you will be able to pass the ICAO English Exam and cope with aviation training. It measures language proficiency at CEFR B2 (see Scores and administration).

It provides two items:

  • An English language proficiency test for ab initio pilots and ATCs; and
  • A measurement of the vital ability to speak and understand English used in aviation training

It contains a computer based test in three parts, lasting 90 minutes, involving listening, reading and speaking.

Crucially, Checkpoint:

  • Features a fully automated delivery (sit in front of the computer and press ‘go’)
  • Measures reading, a skill essential for ab initio aviation training but which is not covered in tests for ICAO language proficiency

Checkpoint does not measure writing skills as ab initio pilots do not need to write essays or reports as an assessed activity in their training.

Checkpoint employs a Traffic light system of scoring – Green for ‘go’, Amber for ‘caution’ and red for ‘no go’.

Scores are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as follows:

  • Red: CEFR B1 or below
    “Likely to have problems with English
  • Yellow or Borderline: CEFR B1-B2
    “May have language related problems
  • Green: CEFR B2+
    “Unlikely to have language-related problems in aviation training

At the end of the assessment we will provide you with a detailed scored report highlighting areas you may need to develop further.

Assessment fee: HKD2,200

Duration: 90 minutes

Available Time:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

Prior appointment is required. For more information or to book your Checkpoint assessment, contact admin@iaeltd.org