When applying for a cabin crew position, there are a few tests that you have to take in order for the airline to determine if you are fit for the job. One of paramount importance is the English test, and it is a “pass or fail” part of the assessment.
One of the minimum requirements when applying for the cabin crew position is fluency in English; however fluency is often considered a grey area.
Here is a more practical definition of what should be considered fluent if English is not your first language:
-you can understand most of what it is communicate to you at a normal speed by a non-native English speaker
-you can communicate your opinions, thoughts and feelings in simple sentences
-you can answer questions in a correct way
-most of the people listening to you are able to understand what you are saying
-you can read and understand most of the articles on this website
-you can summarize a movie you watched in English
-you can write and read correctly (remember, perfect shouldn’t stand in your way of achieving good enough)
1. 80-20 Rule
Approach language learning with intelligence. When it comes to vocabulary, 80% of the communication is carried out with 20% of the words. Focus on learning the 20% that matters.
Check out the most common 100 words in English language.
The more you use a language, the better you become at it. Here are some ways you can do it every day:
-Sing. Listen to your favorite song, try to understand all the lyrics. Research online if there are any words you don’t understand.
-Watch lots of movies. Follow them without English subtitles. If they are not available on your local TV network, look online and remove the subtitles.
-Read articles or books on topics that interest you.
-Write your thoughts on how the day went, how you feel about certain events or just summarizing an interesting article.
-Speak to native speakers or other people who have more skills than you. Practice with a friend by texting only in English or having daily chats about your day.
3. Strive to become better
This should be a life principle we apply in all areas not only language improvement.
There are numerous free online tests that you can give a try, as well as books; the question is how much will you dedicate yourself in order to break the language barrier?
Don’t forget that along with determination comes success.
Researching for the structure of the exam brings you one step closer. Are there essays? Multiple choices? The list could be endless. Document yourself and make sure you are fully prepared. Also, research on the type of questions that are likely to be asked. Avoid to be caught off guard. Try to cover all subjects and keep an open mind for the tricky questions. Confidence is key.
5. Read Instructions Carefully
During the exam emotions will flood in. Even the most courageous, emotionless persons still get a butterfly in their stomach.
Getting excited just by having the paper in front of you might result in rushing and not reading the instructions or not checking your answers.
An example for this is circling the correct answer instead of marking it with an X, like the instructions guided you. Paying attention is a very important aspect that the assessors are appreciating. Also, not checking your answers is THE biggest mistake! Always double check, after your emotions have settled and you have a clear mind.
6. Keep It Simple
When taking the test, especially when you get to the essay part, remind yourself that you are not expected to use the fanciest words. A simple, clean essay that can be easy to read and has an original approach to it is more than enough.
If you have some smart phrases or words up your sleeve, use them, however that shouldn’t be your goal
7. Focus on the Questions Asked
In order to give a proper answer, you must understand the meaning of the question. Take a few seconds to think about the question, by using phrases from the question like “If I were to be put in such a situation …” and use that time to come up with an answer. It may sound scary or complicated but after a little practice will be like your second nature.
8. Plan Your Answers
Before writing down or answering the question, it is good to have a clear plan of what you are about to write rather than just jotting down answers without a direction. If this is not your style, you can implement the “write, read, write, read, write method” —which means when writing paragraphs or essays, it is good to always go back to what you have written and give it another go. This way it will be easier to connect your paragraphs and have a structured writing.
9. Map Out Your Time
Tests are time sensitive, so make sure you plan your time by quickly scanning all the questions. Have a wrist watch with you so you can keep track of time without asking or searching anxiously for the wall clock. If you can’t find the answer for a specific question, go for the next one but make sure to come back to it as soon as you finish.
When you practice at home try to set a precise amount of time in order to get used with the pressure and adjust to the limit imposed.
This is one of the most important tips and you should apply it to all the stages. Taking a big breath of air before entering the building or the room, having a mantra to repeat to yourself, anything that helps you to calm down and give your best is perfect.
Try to have a relaxing day prior to the assessment, go to the spa, meditate, and do not skip any meals. All these things should help you to be focused during the English Test.
If you tend to put a lot of pressure on yourself, remember that it’s just a test.