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Language Test Results

Once your test is done, it takes approximately 3 to 6 working days to determine your result. More than one person is involved in this process.


Level 3 or below

We’re sorry but if your language proficiency is rated at level 3 or below, it means that you have not been successful in passing the test and it will not be possible to have a licence entry.

Level 4

Congratulations on passing the language proficiency test!

You'll receive a licence endorsement which will be valid for 4 years.

Level 5

Congratulations! You are already an 'Extended' English speaker!

We will see you again in 6 years time for your revalidation exam.

Level 6

Congratulations & Good-bye!

We won't see you again for a revalidation exam - the level 6 licence endorsement is valid for an unlimited period of time.

How we establish your test result:

STEP 1

You take the language test with an examiner. The examiner (also called the operational expert, or LPE) will assign an initial rating.

STEP 2

A linguistic expert (also called LPLE) will listen to the voice recording of your test and will also assign a rating and a level of proficiency.

Step 3

The LAB performes a final check - in case of differences between LPE and LPLE it also assigns a third rating. Finally, the LAB will send the results to you and the licensing authority.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AIM FOR A LEVEL 6 AND THEN I DON'T PASS?

You can take the test, aimed at a higher level (e.g. level 5 or 6). Even if your result isn't good enough to receive that level, you might still pass with a lower level.

DO I HAVE TO DECIDE BEFORE TAKING THE TEST WHAT LEVEL I WANT TO ACHIEVE?

No, you don't have to decide. The examiner will ask you about your self-assessment but the test will be the same. It might even be possible that you end up with a higher level than expected!

WHY IS THERE NO PERIOD OF VALIDITY FOR LEVEL 3?

Level 3 or below does not allow you to fly at all - therefore, it has no period of validity. It won't be endorsed on your licence.

I HEARD THAT THE LEVEL 6 IS VALID FOR AN UNLIMITED PERIOD OF TIME. IS THAT CORRECT?

Right now - yes. But EASA has already put a limit on the validity of air traffic controllers' LP level 6. (9 years)
The period of validity for pilots is still unlimited.