Aviation English Language Proficiency Test


The Versant Aviation English Test (VAET) - Certification Test is delivered online using the Ordinate automated testing system. It is designed to asses your ability to understand and use ICAO phraseology as well as common English. The test is intended to measure the six holistic descriptors in the ICAO language proficiency scale:

  • Pronunciation
  • Structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Interactions.


Thirty minute online test.


The test result will be evaluated and rated according to the Aviation English Langage Proficiency Scale, as shown in the table below.

ICAO Rating Validity*
Level 6 Expert Indefinite
Level 5 Extended Six years
Level 4 Operational Three years
Level 3** Pre-operational n/a
Level 2 Elementary n/a
Level 1 Pre-elementary n/a

*Validity indicates if and when the candidate needs to be reassessed.
**ICAO Level 3 or below indicates that the candidate is not fulfilling the Aviation English Language Proficiency requirements and needs additional English language training before being reassessed.

Entry Requirements

The test is open to Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers.

Test Fee

AED 3,500 per test.

How to Apply

For test appointments, please email Thelma Sanchez at aviation.english@emirates.com

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