Paper 1 (Listening Comprehension) tests understanding communications between pilots and controllers and between controllers and controllers in both routine and non-routine situations. The recordings are based on authentic material and range from short standard pilot transmissions to longer communications in which the controller deals with non-routine or unusual situations.
ELPAC Paper 1 is administered via internet and takes around 40 minutes.
Paper 2 (Oral Interaction) assesses the controller's proficiency through non-visual and visual communication in three tasks. This includes:
- the correct use of standard ICAO phraseology
- switching between structured phrases [RTF] and plain English
- making an appropriate response to a pilot message
- resolving misunderstandings
- dealing effectively with the relationship between pilot and controller
- negotiating a developing unusual situation
- making a verbal report in English (of the unusual situation)producing extended speech in an aviation context
ELPAC Paper 2 is administered by two ELPAC examiners, a language expert and an operational expert, and takes around 20 minutes.
It is strongly recommended that in order to become familiar with the layout and questions (items) of paper 1 you do the test version at least once, if not a couple of times before taking the ELPAC test.