FAQ

FAQ

 

What are the main differences between iTEP Academic and the other tests on the market?

iTEP Academic is a comprehensive, Internet-based exam that takes no longer than 90 minutes to administer. It can be scheduled on-demand at test centers around the world or administered on-site at institutions. Detailed results are available on very quick turnaround (5 business days). iTEP Academic is also an extraordinarily secure test, using photo technology and online streaming to ensure accurate test results.  Finally, iTEP Academic is more affordable than comparable tests.

What skills does the iTEP Academic assess?

iTEP Academic tests proficiency in grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking. In the writing and speaking sections, test-takers produce actual writing and speaking samples which are graded by native-English-speaking ESL professionals. These samples can be accessed by administrators evaluating test-takers for admissions or placement. Learn more about the test format and scoring.

How long is the iTEP Academic-Plus exam?

The iTEP Academic-Plus lasts 90 minutes. Pre-test instruction lasts 10 minutes, followed by 80 minutes of test administration. iTEP Academic-Core lasts 60 minutes with 10 minutes of prep and 50 minutes of testing.

In what form are test results provided?

The Official iTEP Score Report shows the test-taker’s overall level (from 0 to 6) as well as levels attained on each of iTEP Academic’s five sections (grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking). Results are presented in both tabular and graphical formats with scores for sub-skills of the grammar, listening, and reading sections.

How are iTEP Academic's levels interpreted?

iTEP Academic iTEP Academic levels range from 0 (beginner) to 6 (mastery) and are expressed in .1 increments (e.g. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc.). Many of our partner institutions have a minimum iTEP Academic level required for admissions, and these are listed on our partner schools page. To see at a glance how well an individual can use English to communicate in the “real world” at each of iTEP Academic’s six levels (and how they compare to CEFR levels), please refer to the iTEP Academic Ability Guide. We also list comparisons to the scoring systems of other major English tests here.

Where is the test administered?

Individuals applying to colleges or universities must take iTEP Academic at a Certified iTEP Test Centers. Educational institutions such as Intensive English Programs (IEPs) often license iTEP Academic for use on their campus. iTEP Academic can also be taken on home computers for non-admissions English assessment purposes. Contact the iTEP representative in your country or contact us directly.

How much does the test cost?

The global retail price for test-takers taking iTEP Academic Plus at a Certified iTEP Test Centers is $119USD. Test centers are allowed to charge up to $10USD in administration fees to test-takers. Institutions are able to purchase exams in bulk at heavily discounted rates. Contact us for a quote.

How do I register to take the iTEP Academic as a prospective international student?

Please directly contact one of the Certified iTEP Test Centers near you, and they will schedule a testing time for you within 3 business days.

How do I prepare for the test?

The Official iTEP Preparation Guide and iTEP Practice Test are available for purchase on our Prepare for the Test page. This page also has many free resources to help you become familiar with the format of the test. Our social media accounts (links on left side of this page) provide guidance to test-takers as well. iTEP does not offer a preparation course.

What do my test results mean?

Please review the iTEP Academic Ability Guide for a detailed description of your strengths and weaknesses at each of iTEP Academic’s 6 levels. If you are a prospective U.S. college or university student, please review iTEP Colleges & Universities page to view the minimum iTEP Academic level accepted for admissions at your desired institution.

How much English study is necessary to reach the next level on iTEP Academic?

We generally find that test-takers are able to advance to the next level on iTEP Academic after approximately 180 hours of English language instruction.

How and when do I receive my scores?

Scores are provided by the test center where the test was administered. They are available within 5 business days for iTEP Academic-Plus, and immediately for iTEP Academic-Core.

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