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SANTOS DUMONT ENGLISH ASSESSMENT

MOCK TEST
INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the Santos Dumont English Assessment. I am (name) and this is (name). (He/she) will
just listen to us.
1) Please tell me your full name.
2) Please give me your candidate number.
3) May I see your pilots license, please?

(Thank you.)

4) Are your cell phone and other electronic equipment turned off?
5) Look at the camera, please.

(Thank you.)

The test has four parts. It takes approximately forty minutes. Responses should be immediate,
appropriate and informative. During the test, if you dont understand an instruction or question,
please ask me for clarification. Do you have any questions?
The test will start now.

PART 1 PILOTS BACKGROUND


Part One: Pilots Background. In this part of the test you will answer some questions related to
your background as a pilot. Do you understand the instructions?
1) Tell me a little bit about your experience as a pilot.
2) What do you usually do before flying?
3) Tell me a little bit about the aircraft you are (were) flying (if pilot is not currently working).
4) How did you learn aviation English?
5) What aircraft do you dream about flying in the future? Why?
6) In your opinion, what are the good aspects of being a pilot? And the bad ones?
7) From your point of view, what can a pilot do to try to avoid accidents?
Possible follow- up questions to be asked if necessary:
Can you say that once again, please?
Can you tell me a little bit more about that?
Can you give me an example/or some examples?
Why?/Why not?/How?

Thank you. That is the end of Part One. Lets now move on to Part Two.

PART 2 INTERACTING AS A PILOT


Part Two: Interacting as a Pilot. In this part all information is important, and you may take notes
if you wish.
You are the pilot of a twin-engined aircraft and you are going to communicate with the Air Traffic
Control. Your call sign is ANAC 123.
Wait for 3 seconds for test taker to take notes if desired.
In this part, you will listen to three situations. Each situation consists of two recordings. You may
listen to each recording twice, so if you need to listen a second time, you will have to ask for
repetition. You will not be penalized for that.
After listening to the controller, you should interact appropriately. Do you understand the
instructions?

Please put the headphones on. Lets check the volume.

AUDIO CHECK
Are you ready?

Situation number 1.
Situation 1) You have just taken off from Miami Airport. You are going to listen to Miami Tower,
and then you will answer the controller.
Wait for 5 seconds for test taker to take notes if desired.
Can you repeat these last instructions?
If necessary:
Where are you? Who are you going to listen to?
Expected answer: I have just taken off from Miami Airport and Im going to
listen to Miami Tower and then answer the controller.
Now listen to Miami Tower and answer the controller. Remember that you are the pilot.

TRACK 1

ANAC 123, [MAINTAIN RUNWAY HEADING], [CLIMB TO SEVEN


THOUSAND FEET], [SQUAWK FIVE FOUR THREE SEVEN].
[CONTACT MIAMI DEPARTURE ON ONE TWO TWO DECIMAL
FOUR ZERO]. [4]
Expected answer: Miami Tower. Maintain runway heading, climb
to 7,000ft, squawk 5437 and contact departure on 122.40, ANAC
123.

If the candidate did not interact with ATC as the pilot, tell him to do so:
You are supposed to answer the controller as if you were the pilot.
Now, your main altimeter and the stand-by one are showing different indications. Inform the
controller of this problem and your intention to maintain the same altitude you are flying at now.
Expected answer: Miami Tower, I have unreliable altimeter indications. Main
altimeter and the stand-by one are showing different information. Request to
maintain present altitude, ANAC 123.
Now listen to Miami Tower again and answer the controller. Confirm or clarify the information:
ANAC 123, [MAINTAIN PRESENT ALTITUDE], THERE IS NO
TRAFFIC IN THIS SECTOR. [FLY HEADING ONE SEVEN ZERO].
[CONFIRM YOU HAVE UNRELIABLE ALTIMETER INDICATIONS].
[3]
Expected answer: Miami Tower, affirm, I have unreliable
TRACK 2
altimeter indications. Maintaining present altitude, fly heading
170, ANAC 123.
Now tell me everything the controller said in this last recording.
Expected answer: The controller told me to..and asked me to confirm
if..
If necessary:
Can you interact again with the controller, confirming or clarifying?
Thank you. Now, situation number 2.

Situation 2) You are flying at flight level three one zero and will land at Miami Airport. You have
just called Miami Center telling them that you are ready for descent. You are going to listen to
Miami Center, and then you will answer the controller.
Wait for 5 seconds for test taker to take notes if desired.
Can you repeat these last instructions?
If necessary:
Where are you? Who are you going to listen to?

Expected answer: I am flying at FL 310 and I have just called Miami Center to
inform that Im ready for descent at Miami Airport. Miami Center is going to
talk to me and I will answer them.
Now listen to Miami Center and answer the controller. Remember that you are the pilot:
ANAC 123, [DESCEND TO ONE ZERO THOUSAND FEET], [PASS
TAYLOR INTERSECTION] [ABOVE ONE FIVE THOUSAND FEET].
[WHEN REACHING ONE ZERO THOUSAND FEET], [CALL MIAMI
APPROACH ON ONE ONE NINER DECIMAL TWO ZERO]. [5]

TRACK 3

Expected answer: Miami Center, descend to 10,000ft, pass


TAYLOR intersection above 15,000ft. When reaching 10,000ft, call
Miami Approach on 119.20, ANAC 123.

If the candidate did not interact with ATC as the pilot, tell him to do so:
You are supposed to answer the controller as if you were the pilot.
Now imagine you are the captain and your first officer is unconscious. Call Miami Center to report
this situation and your intentions:
Expected answer: Miami Center, my first officer fainted/passed out/is
unconscious/is incapacitated. Request priority to land and medical assistance
after landing, ANAC 123.
Now listen to Miami Center again and answer the controller. Confirm or clarify the information.

TRACK 4

ANAC 123, [CONFIRM YOUR CAPTAIN IS INCAPACITATED].


[PROCEED DIRECTLY TO PALM BEACH VORTAC] AND [DESCEND
TO THREE THOUSAND FEET]. [3]
Expected answer: Miami Center, negative. My first officer
fainted/is incapacitated. We are cleared to PALM BEACH VORTAC
and 3000 feet, ANAC 123.

Now tell me everything the controller said in this last recording.


Expected answer: The controller asked me to confirm if..and told me
to.
If necessary:
Can you interact again with the controller, confirming or clarifying?
Thank you. Now, situation number 3.

Situation 3) You are on cruise flight to Frankfurt Airport. You are going to listen to Frankfurt
Center and then you will answer the controller.
Wait for 5 seconds for test taker to take notes if desired.
Can you repeat these last instructions?
If necessary:
Where are you? Who are you going to listen to?
Expected answer: I understood that I am on cruise flight to Frankfurt Airport,
and that I will listen to Frankfurt Center and need to answer the controller.
Now listen to Frankfurt Center and answer the controller. Remember that you are the pilot:

TRACK 5

ANAC 123, [TRAFFIC IS OVERTAKEN]. [YOU ARE CLEARED TO


DESCEND] [TO FLIGHT LEVEL TWO NINER ZERO]. [PROCEED TO
FRANKFURT VOR]. [4]
Expected answer: Frankfurt Center, traffic overtaken, cleared to
descend to FL 290 to Frankfurt VOR, ANAC 123.

If the candidate did not interact with ATC as the pilot, tell him to do so:
You are supposed to answer the controller as if you were the pilot.
Now, you are experiencing a sudden depressurization. Call Frankfurt Center, report the situation
and say your intentions.
Expected answer: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Frankfurt Center. We had a
sudden depressurization (+intentions), ANAC 123.
Now listen to Frankfurt Center again and answer the controller. Confirm or clarify the information:
ANAC 123, [I UNDERSTOOD YOU HAD A LOSS OF HYDRAULIC
PRESSURE], CONFIRM? [1]
TRACK 6

Expected answer: Frankfurt Center, negative. We had a sudden


depressurization, not a loss of hydraulic pressure, ANAC 123.

Now tell me everything the controller said in this last recording.


Expected answer: The controller asked me to confirm if..
If necessary:
Can you interact again with the controller, confirming or clarifying?
Thank you. That is the end of Part 2. Lets now move on to Part 3.

PART 3 EMERGENCY SITUATIONS


Part Three, Emergency Situations. In this part of the test, you will listen to three different
communications between pilots and air traffic controllers. All information is important.
The recordings will be played twice. There is a five-second pause before the recording is repeated.
After listening to the recording, you should tell me everything that the pilot and the controller
said. I will then ask you a question.
At the end of Part 3, I will ask you to compare the three situations, so please take notes. Do you
understand?

Situation 1) Listen to Situation number One:

TRACK 7

PILOT: MIAMI CENTER, ANAC 123, [WE ARE NOW EXPERIENCING


SEVERE TURBULENCE] [AT FLIGHT LEVEL THREE ZERO ZERO]. [A
PASSENGER IS INJURED]. [REQUEST RETURN TO MIAMI]. [4]
ATC: ANAC 123, ROGER. [TURN RIGHT HEADING ONE ONE FIVE]
AND [DESCEND TO FLIGHT LEVEL TWO FOUR ZERO]. [MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED UPON ARRIVAL]. [3]

Now tell me, in your own words, everything that the pilot and the controller said.
Expected answer: The pilot reported that..and then the controller told him
to
Listen to the test takers report before asking next question.
How can a pilot avoid a bad weather situation when overflying the ocean?
If necessary:
Why?/Why not?/How?/ Can you say that once again, please?
Can you give an example/some examples?
Can you tell me a little bit more about that?
And what did the controller say?
Situation 2) Listen to Situation number Two:

TRACK 8

PILOT: DUBAI CONTROL, ANAC 123. [I HAD A TAIL STRIKE


DURING TAKE OFF]. [WE NEED TO CLIMB] [TO A SAFE ALTITUDE]
[IN ORDER TO CHECK OUR SYSTEMS] BEFORE RETURNING. [4]
ATC: ANAC 123. ROGER. [CLIMB TO FOUR THOUSAND FEET],
[MAINTAIN ONE TWO ZERO RADIAL FROM DUBAI VOR], [CALL
BACK FOR VECTORS TO RETURN]. [3]

Now tell me, in your own words, everything that the pilot and the controller said.
Expected answer: The pilot reported that..and then the controller told him
to

Listen to the test takers report before asking next question


What kind of emergency or abnormal situations can a pilot experience during take-off?
If necessary:
Why?/Why not?/How?/ Can you say that once again, please?
Can you give an example/some examples?
Can you tell me a little bit more about that?
And what did the controller say?
Situation 3) Listen to Situation number Three:

TRACK 9

PILOT: [MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY], DUBAI DEPARTURE,


ANAC 123. [WE LOST THRUST IN BOTH ENGINES]. [WELL TRY
TO RETURN TO DUBAI], [BUT WE MIGHT NEED TO DITCH]. [4]
ATC: ANAC 123, ROGER. [TURN LEFT HEADING TWO THREE
ZERO] [TO LAND ON RUNWAY THREE ZERO RIGHT]. [2]

Now tell me, in your own words, everything that the pilot and the controller said.
Expected answer: The pilot reported that..and then the controller told him
to
Listen to the test takers report before asking next question
If faced with a similar situation, what actions would you take?
If necessary:
Why?/Why not?/How?/ Can you say that once again, please?
Can you give an example/some examples?
Can you tell me a little bit more about that?
And what did the controller say?
Thank you, you may remove the headphones now.
Place headphones over the table and maintain the microphone close to the test taker.
Now, considering the three situations you heard in part 3:
-

How would you compare them and which one do you think is the most difficult to deal
with?
If the candidate doesnt explain why:
Why?/Why not?

Thank you. That is the end of Part Three. Lets now move on to the last part of the test, Part Four.
Collect all notes made by the test taker and eliminate them.

PART 4 AVIATION TOPICS


Part Four, Aviation Topics. In this part of the test I am going to show you a picture. You will have
thirty seconds to look at the picture and then describe what you see.
Do you understand the instructions?
Show the picture to the test taker. Wait 30 seconds. If the candidate does not start describing
the picture, say: You may start now.

1) This picture was taken in 1957. Air traffic has increased a lot since then. What do you think are
the main problems in relation to air traffic nowadays?
If necessary: What are the main problems with air traffic nowadays?
2) What actions for the future would you suggest to be implemented to sort out these problems?
If necessary: How can these problems be solved?
3) Some pilots say that it was much easier to fly an aircraft in the past than it is nowadays. To what
extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Possible follow-up questions to be asked if necessary:
Can you say that once again, please?
Can you tell me a little bit more about that?
Can you give me an example/or some examples?
Why?/Why not?/How?
Okay, so this is the end of the test. Thank you very much for coming.

END OF THE TEST