Test Structure

Test Structure

Test Content

The iTEP Academic-Plus exam has five sections – reading, listening, grammar, writing, and speaking – presented in the order listed below. Please note that in each section, examinees will encounter content and questions targeted at varying levels of proficiency.

Section Format Number and Type of Questions Time
Reading 2 Parts 250-word passage 4 Multiple-Choice 20 Minutes
450-word passage 6 Multiple-Choice
Listening 3 Parts 4 short conversations 4 Multiple-Choice 20 Minutes
One 2-3 minute conversation 4 Multiple-Choice
One 4-minute lecture 6 Multiple-Choice
Grammar 2 Parts Complete the sentences 12 Questions 10 Minutes
Identify incorrect phrase or word 13 Questions
Writing Listen and respond to instructions Write a response of 50-75 words 25 Minutes
Listen to a topic Write 175-225 words to express and support your opinion on the topic
Speaking 2 Parts Listen and read a short question Prepare and speak 5 Minutes
Listen to two (2) sides of a topic Prepare and speak your opinion
  • Reading – 20 minutes/2 parts

    • Part 1: One intermediate-level passage about 250 words in length followed by 4 multiple-choice questions
    • Part 2: One college-level paragraph about 450 words in length followed by 6 multiple-choice questions
  • Listening – 20 minutes/3 parts

    • Part 1: Four high-beginning to low-intermediate-level conversations of 2-3 sentences, each followed by 1 multiple-choice question.
    • Part 2: One 2- to 3-minute intermediate-level conversation followed by 4 multiple-choice questions.
    • Part 3: One 4-minute lecture followed by 6 multiple-choice questions.
  • Grammar (Structure) – 10 minutes/1 part

    This section is comprised of twenty-five multiple-choice questions, each of which tests the examinee’s familiarity with a key feature of English structure. This section includes a range of structures from simple to more complex, as well as a range of vocabulary from beginning to advanced. There are two question types, each with on-screen examples.
  • Writing – 25 minutes/2 parts

    • Part 1: Examinee is asked to write a short note, geared at the low-intermediate level, on a supplied topic in response to instructions (5 minutes / 50-75 words).
    • Part 2: Examinee is presented with a brief, low-advanced level written topic and is asked to express and support his/her opinion on the topic (20 minutes / 175-225 words).
  • Speaking – 5 minutes/2 parts

    • Part 1: Examinee hears and reads a short question geared at low-intermediate level. Examinee has 30 seconds to prepare a spoken response, and 45 seconds to speak.
    • Part 2: Examinee hears a brief low-advanced level statement presenting two sides of an issue. Examinee is then asked to express his/her thoughts on the topic, with 45 seconds to prepare, and 60 seconds to speak.

Test Length

Total actual test time per examinee is approximately 50 minutes for iTEP Academic and 80 minutes for iTEP Academic-Plus. In addition, test administrators allocate an additional 10 minutes for pre-test instructions and examinee questions.

Delivery Method

The iTEP Academic exam is delivered via the Internet and must be administered at a secure location or a Certified iTEP Test Center.

  • Reading, listening, and grammar sections: Examinee selects one of the four answer choices for each question
  • Writing samples are keyboarded directly into a text entry field
  • Speaking samples are recorded with a headset/microphone at the examinee’s computer