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If you are applying to Turkish Airlines (or other airlines) to work as cabin crew, flight crew, or ground crew, you will be asked to prove your English level. Their preferred method is the DLA.

The DLA exam is the entry test for language for airline staff, but it is not a suitable test for academic or other work requirements. For that you should look to other tests in our site.

Here you can read about the challenges which are waiting for you in the exam. When you are ready to study for your DLA in Ankara, we will be happy to work out the best study programme for you.

What is it?The Turkish Airlines DLA English language test is used by Turkish Airlines for flight crew and cabin crew recruitment.
What is it used for?The test is designed to assess the candidate's proficiency in English language skills, such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with a focus on aviation-specific terminology and scenarios.
What is in the exam?SectionFormatTypesTime
Listening Comprehension50 multiple-choice questions.

Candidates listen to audio recordings of various aviation-related conversations, announcements, and scenarios, and answer questions related to what they heard.
This section assesses the candidate's ability to understand spoken English in aviation-related contexts, such as conversations between pilots and air traffic controllers, announcements, and safety procedures.

The test consists of multiple-choice questions, and candidates listen to audio recordings of various conversations and scenarios.
45 Minutes
Reading Comprehension40 questions, including multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

Candidates read various aviation-related texts, such as manuals, safety instructions, and flight plans, and answer questions related to what they read.
This section evaluates the candidate's ability to understand written English in aviation-related contexts, such as flight manuals, safety instructions, and flight plans.

The test consists of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions.
60 Minutes
Writing6 recorded tasks.

Candidates are given prompts and scenarios related to aviation, and are required to record their responses. They are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively and clearly in English.
This section evaluates the candidate's ability to write in English in aviation-related contexts, such as filling out forms, writing reports, and communicating with colleagues.

The test consists of written tasks, and candidates are required to write short essays and complete various writing assignments.
20 Minutes
Speaking4 writing tasks.

Candidates are required to write short essays and complete various writing assignments related to aviation, such as filling out forms, writing reports, and communicating with colleagues.
60 Minutes
Total Exam Time3 Hours 5 Minutes

How is the test scored?The Turkish Airlines DLA (Dil Level Tespit Sınavı) English language test is scored using a scale of 0-100, with 50 being the passing score.

The test is designed to comprehensively evaluate a candidate's proficiency in the English language, with a focus on aviation-specific terminology and scenarios. Here's a breakdown of how each section is scored:
DLA SECTION SCORESDET COMPETENCY DESCRIPTIONPassing Grade
Listening ComprehensionEach question in this section is worth 2 points, for a total of 100 points.

The raw score is then converted to a scaled score between 0 and 100.
Minimum 50 points required to pass.
Reading ComprehensionEach question in this section is worth 2.5 points, for a total of 100 points.

The raw score is then converted to a scaled score between 0 and 100.
Minimum 50 points required to pass.
SpeakingThis section is scored by certified raters who evaluate candidates based on a set of standardized criteria.

Each task is scored on a scale of 0-5, for a total possible score of 30.

The scores are then converted to a scaled score between 0 and 100.
Minimum 50 points required to pass.
WritingThis section is scored by certified raters who evaluate candidates based on a set of standardized criteria.

Each task is scored on a scale of 0-5, for a total possible score of 20.

The scores are then converted to a scaled score between 0 and 100.
Minimum 50 points required to pass.

What are the alternatives?There are a few other airline specific tests, but your best alternative is to take an IELTS exam. This has the add benefit of being accepted for other purposes, including other work, academic courses or foreign visa applications.

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