Test of English
For Aviation
(TEA)

Further your aviation career at BSC Manchester, Edinburgh and Oxford.


The Test of English for Aviation (TEA) is an assessment for civilian and military aviation personnel, who have to meet ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) English proficiency requirements.

The TEA is managed and administered by Mayflower College, a world leader in training and testing Aviation English to international students. Founders of the TEA, over 35,000 pilots and controllers worldwide have taken the test.

Now in partnership with BSC, this course provides all the necessary tools for you to pass the ICAO language requirements.

BSC Manchester, Edinburgh and Oxford proudly operate as test centres for Mayflower College, which is approved to conduct language proficiency testing by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

To book the test, please email us at one of our TEA approved test centres:

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TEA Preparation Course at BSC


We offer a range of specialist courses designed for Pilots and professionals in the aviation industry. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Listening to recordings of pilots and controllers
  • Test of pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and interaction skills
  • Talk about your role in aviation, your job, your tasks
  • Listen to recordings by international speakers of English
  • Describe and compare photographs, then take part in a discussion of general aviation topics

The TEA meets the ICAO English Language Proficiency Requirements (LPR’s) for licensing purposes and is approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Many other national authorities assess spoken and listening ability according to the ICAO Rating Scale.

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Certified Examiners

Our teachers have received training to become certified TEA examiners and administrators.

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Tailored courses

Unlike other courses, our courses can be tailored to your own requirements and are designed to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your aviation career.

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Authorised test venue

BSC Manchester, Edinburgh and Oxford are authorised TEA test venues.

What is in the Test of English for Aviation?

The TEA ensures that you can communicate with confidence, according to aviation authority guidelines.

  • A test of plain English in an aviation context for licensing purposes. This is not a test of aviation phraseology.
  • A test of the ability to communicate in English. This is not a test of operational knowledge.
  • A face-to-face, human interaction test with 1 examiner who asks questions requiring detailed responses.
  • A 25 - 30 minute test that consists of 3 parts:
    Introduction & Experience-related Interview
    Interactive Comprehension
    Picture Description and Discussion.

Take off with BSC

Learn aviation industry-specific English and advance your career with BSC.