English language testing in the Estonian Defence Forces


There are two English language tests available for the personnel of the Estonian Defence Forces and the Defence League – American Language Course Placement Test (ALCPT) and general proficiency examination based on STANAG 6001 level descriptors. NATO Standardization Agreement STANAG 6001 Language Proficiency Levels was implemented in the EDF on 01 February 2008 (Order No 27 of the Commander of the Defence Forces, 30 January 2008).

STANAG 6001 describes language proficiency on a scale from 0 to 5. The exam administered in Estonia is a bi-level exam for levels 2 and 3. 

The scores of the ALCPTest are used to place students in appropriate language courses and to determine whether the person is eligible to sit STANAG 6001 examination. STANAG 6001 examination is used to assess whether a person has sufficient proficiency in English to fill a particular position. Due to the different nature of the tests, the results are valid for different time periods: ALCPTest result for 6 months and STANAG 6001 certificate for 4 years.

STANAG 6001 examination is conducted by the Language Testing Group of the Estonian National Defence College. ALCPTest is administered by the Language Testing Group and language teachers.

Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, 717 1900, mil[at]mil.ee, Juhkentali 58, EE15007, Tallinn, Estonia.

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