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Maritime English Test for Junior Engine Officers

Fully Online, ABS Approved Online Maritime English Test (MET), compliant with SMCP, STCW and IMO Model 3.17. The MET for Junior Engine Officers comprises of competence levels ‘Lower Intermediate’ and ‘Intermediate’ (CEFR(Europe): B1 to B2 and ILR (USA): Level 1+ to 2+.

Course Introduction

The Junior Engine Officer assists with all Engine Room duties, such as operating and maintaining the propulsion plants and support systems – and must learn the procedures for operating/overhauling equipment and understanding engine room watch-keeping in order to become a competent officer able to function independently. The above duties demand a very good standard of English, and the VIRSEC Maritime English Test for Junior Engineering Officers is designed to assist Ship Operators and employers make recruiting and training decisions by assessing the English language understanding and skills of crew in this role.

Course Features

  • VIRSEC Maritime English Tests are 100% Online
  • The Test is Approved by the American Bureau of Shipping
  • Questions Draw from a Randomised Pool
  • Includes STCW Maritime Functional Areas & IMO SMCPs
  • Assesses the Five Primary Language Skills
  • 40% of Questions Assess Spoken-Word Comprehension
  • Consistent with Internationally Recognised Standards
  • Rapid Turnaround on Official Test Certificate
  • Access to Test for 6 Months from Date of Purchase or Until Completion

About the Test

The fully online, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Approved, Maritime English Test for Junior Engine Officers is designed to assist Ship Operators and employers make recruiting and training decisions by assessing the English language understanding and skills of crew at a Junior Engine Officer position. The Test is also useful for any person wishing to pursue a career at sea to prove their English language competence to prospective employers. The Test is designed around the approved guidelines for Maritime English developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and are combined with internationally recognised methods for English language testing to form a rigorous and accurate testing system for use in the maritime sector. Delegates will first receive an explanation of the Tests, then take part in a short sample test to demonstrate how it works. They will then take part in the actual timed Official Maritime English Test and receive a final score upon successful completion, they are awarded a certificate to demonstrate their pass.

Regulations & Codes Addressed

The English Tests are designed from the ground up using approved guidelines from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO Model English Course 3.17); IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCPs); and consistent with the functional framework set out by the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW).

Target Audience & Level

The VIRSEC Maritime English Test for Junior Engine Officers is designed to assess candidates’ English language competence between the levels of ‘Lower Intermediate’ and ‘Intermediate’ (CEFR (Europe): B1 to B2 and ILR (United States): Level 1+ to 2+). A candidate at these levels will be able to understand and produce frequently used expressions relating to areas of most immediate relevance to the function of a Junior Engine Officer onboard ship. This corresponds to the STCW Maritime Functional Areas below:

  • Maritime Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Ship Repair & Maintenance
  • Ship Operations, Crew & Passengers

Test Contents

Listening questions consist of 40% of the total test questions and are designed to be context rich and to simulate real-world scenarios, including sound effects such as storm-noises, radio interference & static and international accents. Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCPs) are used throughout the tests, and listening questions feature VHF and hand-held radio, training briefings, emergency PA broadcasts, and face-to-face crew encounters.

Other Maritime English Tests (METs)

VIRSEC also provide the following Maritime English Tests for both Deck and Engine Departments:

Test Duration

The user must attempt the test in 90 minutes, and in one sitting. Candidates will be timed as they tackle the questions, to simulate exam conditions and must achieve a minimum score of 70% to pass. If a candidate does not answer all of the questions by the time the timer runs out, they will fail those unanswered questions. Test delegates will be allowed a second attempt at the test for free should they not succeed the first time. If they fail a second attempt, the test will have to be re-purchased.

Bulk Buying

To discuss pricing associated with bulk purchasing of this online Maritime English Test (MET), please contact us at or call us during UK Office Hours (0900 to 1700hrs BST/GMT Monday to Thursday, and 0900 to 1500hrs BST/GMT Friday) and we will be very happy to assist you.

Test Subject Areas

The Test will demonstrate competency in Maritime English and covers the 5 language skills of:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Numeracy

Delegates are tested in conjunction with the following shipboard activities as detailed in the Subjects tab.

  • Comprehension of spoken and written emergency commands.
  • Medical and fire emergencies, first aid and firefighting.
  • Location and purpose of health and safety and emergency equipment.
  • Ranks, roles and routines of crew members and other officers.
  • Interactions with fellow crew members and officers.
  • Ship and other General Maritime Knowledge.
  • Navigation, Nautical Charts and Meteorology.
  • Standard and Emergency Communications.
  • Ship Pilotage and Berthing.
  • Cargo Handling and Operations.

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Certification

This online test is fully approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) which is an internationally recognised certification. Learners will receive an electronic copy of the course certificate in PDF format upon successful completion of the test via the eLearning system.

VIRSEC are dedicated to delivering only the very highest standard of cost-effective, flexible, online training to our customers.