Frequently Asked Questions


How is iTEP different from other tests on the market?

  • iTEP is easier to schedule. It can be scheduled any time that is convenient for the test-taker and test center. Your test center must provide you with a test day as soon as three business days after first making contact.
  • iTEP is graded faster. Full results are available within five business days, and often sooner.
  • iTEP is more affordable. The test is $129 U.S.D anywhere in the world.
  • iTEP takes less time. At only 90 minutes iTEP is one of the fastest proficiency tests available.

How do I sign up to take iTEP?

Contact a Certified iTEP Test Center to schedule a test. Find the test center nearest to you here. Once you have scheduled a test with a test center, you may pre-register for the test here.

When do I need to register for iTEP?

Whenever you are ready! iTEP can be taken anytime. Contact a test center to arrange for a test. Tests can be scheduled as soon as three business days from when you first made contact.

Where do I take iTEP?

Individuals who are planning on using iTEP for admissions into school or university must take iTEP at one of our certified iTEP Test Centers.

How much does the test cost?

iTEP costs $129 for all prospective high school, US college or university students who take the test at one of the Certified iTEP Centers worldwide. 

Is there a test center in my city?

There are hundreds of certified iTEP Test Centers in dozens of countries. Click here to find the one located nearest to you.

How do I prepare for the test?

Visiting our test prep page is a great way to start. There, you will find a link to purchase the Official iTEP Preparation Guide, which helps test-takers become familiar with the format of the exam before taking iTEP. We also offer sample test questions and test preparation tips on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Weibo accounts.

iTEP does not offer test prep courses. The best way to prepare for the test is to use English in your daily life!

Does iTEP offer English classes or test prep classes?

No, iTEP does not offer classes or instruction of any kind. You can prepare for you iTEP test by using any of our preparation materials, which includes the Official iTEP Preparation Guide. 

What skills does iTEP assess?

The tests that can be used to apply to US schools are iTEP Academic-Plus and iTEP SLATE-Plus. These tests assess proficiency in reading, grammar, listening, writing, and speaking. 

How long is the exam?

iTEP Academic-Plus and iTEP SLATE-Plus last a total of 90 minutes. 

What happens on test day?

You should arrive at the test center 10 minutes before your scheduled time. The test center will then verify your identification, which must match the name given when you signed up for the test and the one shown on your official government ID.

No reference materials (books, phone, etc), food or drink are allowed during the test. You will be provided with a piece of paper and a pen or pencil for notes. These notes will be collected, they are not graded. For more information about test rules, please visit the test security page.

I paid for a practice test. What happens now?

Once you have purchased an iTEP Practice Test, the email you selected during Paypal checkout will receive an email with further instructions, including your test ID.

How will I receive my iTEP score after taking the test?

The test center or institution where you took the test will provide you with your score via email. Alternatively you can check your score using our Score Verification Tool.

What is the difference between iTEP Academic and iTEP SLATE?

The difference is the age group for each test. iTEP Academic is accepted for admissions and used by colleges, universities, and intensive English programs (IEPs). iTEP SLATE is accepted for admissions and used by high schools, boarding schools, and academies. 

How is iTEP scored?

The reading, listening, and grammar sections are scored automatically via iTEP software. The writing and speaking samples are graded by native English-speaking trained ESL professionals, according to a standardized scoring rubric. Each test section is weighed equally. There is no penalty in the multiple-choice sections for guessing or incorrect answers.

In what form are test results provided?

The Official iTEP Score Report shows the test-taker’s Overall Level, as well as levels attained on each test section (grammar, listening, reading, writing, speaking).

How are iTEP’s levels interpreted?

Please refer to the iTEP Ability Guide (Academic, or SLATE) to get a glance of how well an individual at a particular level can use English to communicate.

I did not get the score I wanted. When can I take iTEP again?

Yes! You are allowed to repeat your iTEP test up to two times in a 30 day period.