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  • English Language Proficiency Test

    ELP TEST Operations Manual

    Released by : Steven Wille

    Date of issue : 23/10/2008

    Checked by : Patrick Goyvaerts

    Version : V1.0

  • This Manual is to be used only for the purpose of individual, private study and may not be reproduced in any form or medium, copied, stored in a retrieval system, lent, hired, rented, transmitted, or adapted in whole or in part without the prior written consent of Aerosolutions. Copyright in all materials bound within these covers or attached hereto, excluding that material which is used with the permission of third parties, belongs exclusively to Aerosolutions. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within this book, Aerosolutions does not give any warrants as to its accuracy or otherwise. This Operations Manual has been written and published as a reference work to assist Airlines and Training Centers in using the ELP Test and the ELP Test Data Management System (EDMS). Aerosolutions excludes all liability for any loss or damage incurred or suffered as a result of any reliance on all or part of this Manual except for any liability which may not legally be excluded. For further information on products and services from Aerosolutions, visit our website at www.aerosolutions.be This Operations Manual may be amended from time to time. Such amendment service will be provided by Aerosolutions. Any comments about the content or requests for clarification should be directed to the Head of Training. Version 1.0 - January 2008

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    Table of Contents ELP Test Delivery ................................................................................. 7

    Introduction ................................................................................................ 7 ELP Test Platform ...................................................................................... 8

    System architecture .................................................................................. 8 Flash Player ............................................................................................ 11 Adobe Flash software and Flash Media Server ...................................... 12

    ELP Test Data Management System ....................................................... 13 EDMS Administration concepts .............................................................. 13 EDMS System Administrator .................................................................. 13 EDMS Testing Center Administrator ....................................................... 14 Rater ....................................................................................................... 14 Test Taker ............................................................................................... 14 Accessing the ELP Data Management System ...................................... 16 User Management .................................................................................. 18 Rating the ELP Test ................................................................................ 21 View Test results .................................................................................... 24 Change settings ...................................................................................... 26 Logging off or leaving your computer ...................................................... 27 Launching the ELP Test ......................................................................... 28

    Test-delivery procedures ......................................................................... 31 Introduction ............................................................................................. 31 EDMS System requirements ................................................................... 31 Configuring video and audio devices ...................................................... 32 Test Administration Supervisor and Proctors .......................................... 34 Physical Supervision ............................................................................... 35 Hardware & software .............................................................................. 35 ELP Practice Test ................................................................................... 35 Testing space ......................................................................................... 35 Personal Belongings in the Testing Room .............................................. 36 Candidate Verification ............................................................................. 37 Rules of Test Conduct ............................................................................ 37 Unethical behaviour ................................................................................ 38 Answering Questions Regarding Test Items ........................................... 38 Candidate Test Appeals Process ............................................................ 38

    ELP Test procedure Check list ............................................................. 39 Test Security ............................................................................................. 40

    Test materials ......................................................................................... 40 Test system ............................................................................................ 40

    Ongoing support for external Raters ...................................................... 42 Ethical issues ........................................................................................... 43

    International Language Testing Association - Code of Ethics ................. 43 Glossary .................................................................................................. 46 Appendixes ............................................................................................ 46

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    ELP Test Delivery Introduction The English Language Proficiency Test, or ELP Test, has been designed by Aerosolutions and the University of Antwerp to validate the English proficiency level of Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization language proficiency requirements. The ELP Test assesses speaking and listening proficiency in both ICAO radio phraseology and plain English and evaluates language proficiency in the six proficiency criteria (for the six ICAO levels). The 40-minute test is computer-delivered to allow for easy and uniform administration and for maximum authenticity. There are two test sections: The listening section (Part 1) is computer adaptive and measures the examinee's* ability to understand English in both routine and non-routine situations. Candidates are required to recognize and understand communications in both plain English and phraseology. This section consists of traditional multiple-choice questions with four answer choices. The speaking section (Part 2) assesses how effectively candidates can communicate in English and measures the examinee's ability to respond to different aviation related situations and tasks. Candidates are required to listen and respond to questions and/or to give required information. All responses are recorded for later rating. Both parts of the test are web-delivered through an Internet-based delivery platform and can be administered at multiple test sites (Testing Centers) anywhere in the world. To achieve a license endorsement it is necessary to obtain a pass in both Part 1 and Part 2. The lowest level achieved in either Part 1 or Part 2 is the final assessment. * Examinee (test taker, candidate)

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    ELP Test Platform System architecture The ELP online language testing system uses the following hardware:

    Client computers Several network servers (Application Server, Flash Media Server ) A Network which connects the Servers and the Client computers.

    In general terms, all Users (Test Takers, Raters, Testing Center Administrators and System Administrators) interact with the online system through a web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari (see Figure 1) At the core of the entire online system is the Application Server. It accepts user data, processes them and generates feedback to be sent to the user through the Web Server. The Web Server is

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