thank you. I’m authorized by the Austrian CAA (Austro Control). They do language assessment a little bit different from the LBA. In my opinion, much better organized and more transparent. Furthermore, there are many more Level 6 examiners and all levels can be tested with prior notice to the CAA. Luckily, most CAAs accept language certificates from other EASA countries.
In general, the market is currently divided into two categories: face-to-face tests (virtual or in-person) and online tests. Both have their advantages and different price point.
I only do face-to-face tests, due to COVID-19 via Zoom.
Face-to-face tests are in my opinion recommended for student pilots, pilots with English skills up to Level 5, everybody who is not so used to technology, and last but not least for candidates who want to be in touch with their examiner upfront. In order to answer questions, to familiarize with the test, or to get an idea of their potential level.
Price per test is 360 EUR incl. VAT.
Pure online tests are different. Swipe your card, do the test, done. If your English is at Level 6, you’re used to examinations and used to online tools – that’s the way to go. The test costs around 150-170 EUR incl. VAT depending on the test provider. You can not talk to the examiner (who does the interview part) before and ask questions.
Important to note, Level 6 assessment from at least one test provider offering pure online tests was not accepted by the LBA for more than half a year. They’ve changed their procedures recently, included an interview, and are accepted again.
Every pilot should/must choose his preferred method of testing, at least once. :-)