Santos Dumont English Assessment (SDEA): the latest version

enflagSo ANAC have recently implemented substantial changes in their English proficiency test and they’re about to launch a new website, which will feature a simulation video presenting the new format of the exam, entitled Santos Dumont English Assessment (SDEA). Approved language test centres, however, have already been authorised to put the new exam into service and that’s pretty much all we’ve been doing since my last post ūüôā

The main difference this new test represents to candidates, I believe, is the presence of an SME РSubject Matter Expert, who, in this case, is an experienced pilot who is also highly proficient in English. This SME will be present in the process end-to-end, including the test itself (i.e. the interview, which is now recorded on video). Moreover, the results are supposed to be  delivered sooner, as ANAC has enabled online data transfer between the centres and the Agency.

Now, let me go through 4 major issues that will hopefully shed light on some questions I’ve been asked:

– The test takes approximately 40 minutes; it is conducted by the ELE (English Language Expert) while the SME just listens and takes notes of relevant information produced by the candidate in real time;

– The test has 4 parts: (I) Pilot’s background, (II) Problem Solving, (III) Emergency situations and (IV) Aviation topics. Parts I and IV remain the same, whereas Part II now brings 3 different situations which consist of 2 recordings each. Misunderstanding and problems should be identified on the spot, confirmed or clarified. Candidates can listen to each recording twice, asking for repetition while playing the role of the pilot (“Say again” and appropriate phraseology).¬†Part III brings 3 tracks with emergency situations that will be automatically played twice each; after the candidate reports what has happened, they should answer a question related to the problem and compare all the emergency situations at the end of part 3;

– Candidates are allowed to take notes;

-The evaluation is still and always based on the ICAO Rating Scale: http://www.macmillanenglish.com/aviationenglish/aviation-english-icao-scale.pdf

It’s just a rough outline but I’m sure it handles most of the doubts regarding the new exam for the time being.

Caricature of Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932...

Caricature of Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932), Brazilian aviation pioneer. Caption read “the Deutsch Prize”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

brflagPois bem, a ANAC recentemente realizou adapta√ß√Ķes consider√°veis no teste brasileiro de profici√™ncia em ingl√™s de Avia√ß√£o – o Santos Dumont English Assessment (SDEA) – e est√° prestes a lan√ßar um novo site, que trar√° um v√≠deo apresentando uma simula√ß√£o do teste obedecendo aos novos padr√Ķes. ¬†Entretanto, os centros credenciados pela Ag√™ncia j√° est√£o aplicando o teste no novo formato e √© basicamente a √ļnica coisa que tenho feito desde minha √ļltima postagem ūüôā

Para os candidatos, acredito que a maior diferença se deva ao fato de que agora temos a presença de um SME РSubject Matter Expert, que no caso é um piloto com vasta experiência em Aviação e que também possui alta proficiência em inglês. Este SME estará presente durante todo o processo, inclusive durante o próprio teste (ou seja, a entrevista, que agora é filmada). Além disso, os resultados serão emitidos em menor tempo, agora que os dados são transmitidos online.

Vou falar sobre 4 quest√Ķes principais envolvendo o novo exame e que, espero, solucionem a maior parte das d√ļvidas relacionadas √†s perguntas que tenho recebido:

– O teste dura aproximadamente 40 minutos; √© conduzido pelo ELE (English Language Expert), enquanto que o SME apenas ouve e toma notas em tempo real de conte√ļdo relevante produzido pelo candidato;

– O teste ainda tem 4 partes: (I) Pilot’s background, (II) Problem Solving, (III) Emergency situations and (IV) Aviation topics. Partes I e IV permanecem basicamente as mesmas, por√©m a parte II agora traz 3 situa√ß√Ķes que cont√™m 2 grava√ß√Ķes de √°udio cada. ¬†ns which consist of 2 recordings each. Mal-entendidos e complica√ß√Ķes devem ser identificados e decidamente esclarecidos. Os candidatos podem ouvir duas vezes cada faixa de √°udio, solicitando a repeti√ß√£o e ao mesmo tempo desempenhando o papel de piloto (“”Say again” e fraseologia da √°rea). A parte III agora traz 3 √°udios de situa√ß√Ķes de emerg√™ncia que ser√£o automaticamente reproduzidos duas vezes; o candidato reporta o que entendeu, responde uma quest√£o relacionada ao problema e, no final da parte 3, compara todas as situa√ß√Ķes apresentadas.

– ¬†Os candidatos podem fazer anota√ß√Ķes durante a prova;

РA análise e avaliação sempre são baseadas na Escala de Níveis da ICAO/OACI: http://www.macmillanenglish.com/aviationenglish/aviation-english-icao-scale.pdf

Apenas um esbo√ßo das principais mudan√ßas, mas que certamente resolver√° a maior parte das d√ļvidas relacionadas ao novo formato do exame.

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About Isabella Ferraro

English examiner, teacher and frustrated ballerina. Geek, gauche, obsessed with books, podcasts and the web. Diligent professional and blogger, tho. More info below blog's header.
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3 Responses to Santos Dumont English Assessment (SDEA): the latest version

  1. Check out our recent blog post on ICAO Level 4, and whether it is fit for purpose. What do you think? http://www.specialistlanguagecourses.com/?p=265&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=156

  2. It¬īs good to see ANAC is concerned about these tests, I think they are so important for the pilots, and the passagers, too.
    I liked the new name “Santos Dumont English Assessment”.
    Congratulations Bella, keep working!

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