5 – Open question


Here is a list of questions similar to the ones asked during the test.

Express your opinions and supporting reasons in clear, coherent English.

My tips:

  • Your opinion will not be judged, only your English level.
  • To assess the interaction, the system may switch questions while you are discussing the subject.
  1. What are the different types of airplanes you have already encountered?
  2. What is the difference between VFR and IFR flights?
  3. What is an aerodynamic stall?
  4. When did you pass your licence?
  5. Can you describe your first solo flight?
  6. What do you think of the interest in building airplanes as big as an A380 or Boeing 787?
  7. Have you ever had to make an emergency landing? What happened?
  8. What’s the time delay between drinking and flying?
  9. How many hours of experience do you need to be a really competent pilot?
  10. What is your opinion about the use of GPS for navigation?

Open questions from the 2018 database

  • How often do you fly?
  • What types of aircraft do you fly?
  • Which plane or planes do you prefer and why?
  • How long have you been flying?
  • What types of planes are you mainly interested in? Commercial? Private? Military? Why?
  • What do you think about flying a helicopter? Would you like to try?
  • When did you start flying?
  • What do you most love about flying?
  • What do you most dislike about flying?
  • In which regions do you fly?
  • Can you please describe your first flight?
  • Do you fly alone or with passengers, and which do you prefer?
  • What’s the most difficult thing about flying?
  • How long did it take you to learn to fly?
  • What is your opinion about aerobatic flights? Is it difficult?
  • What’s the best aerodrome you have ever visited and why?
  • Which is the worst aerodrome, and why?
  • What do you think of pilots working for a charity organisation such as Doctors without borders?
  • Can you describe an occasion when you encountered turbulence? How did you
    control the plane?
  • Which are the worst weather conditions in which you have flown? How did you
    cope with that?
  • How do you stay calm when flying in difficult situations?
  • What’s the longest distance you have flown as a pilot? And as a passenger?
  • Is there a dream destination which you would like to fly to? Why?
  • What are the medical requirements to be a pilot?
  • What do you think about low-cost airlines such as Ryan Air and Easy Jet?
  • What do you think about the project to re-introduce the Concorde for commercial flights?
  • What is your opinion of Richard Branson’s plan to send people into space with Virgin Airways?
  • Do you prefer to use the old methods of navigation when flying or more modern SATNAV gadgets?
  • Can you explain what ‘bird strike’ is?
  • What things can you not take on-board a private plane?
  • What’s the time delay between drinking and flying?
  • Do you think that commercial airline security is tight enough? What would you change?
  • Would you agree that flying is the safest form of transport? Why (not)?
  • What would you do if your landing gear didn’t release?
  • ‘Flying as a hobby is only for the rich’, they say: do you agree and why (not)?
  • Have you tried a glider? Why would you (not) like to?
  • What aspect do you find most difficult about radio communications when flying? Accents? Vocabulary? Radio interference?
  • Would you be interested in becoming Air Traffic Controller? Do you find it a difficult job?
  • How many hours of experience do you need to be a really competent pilot?
  • What are the differences between night-flying and day-flying?