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  • iTEP...Ready When You Are!

    International Test of English ProficiencyiTEP Business

  • Simply put, iTEP Business is the most efficient, secure, accurate, and affordable way for businesses and organizations to measure the English level of their employees. It is specially designed to test the language skills needed for a work environment and to help employers make smart business decisions.

    The test be can be given onsite at your premises or at test centers all over the world Results are available instantly or in five days, depending on whether writing and speaking are

    tested Test-taker data, test scores, and speaking and writing samples are available to partner institutions

    online anytime In each section, iTEP assesses linguistic sub-skills, such as understanding the main idea vs. details

    in the reading section iTEP can be customized to suit your specific needs The test lasts 90 minutesyour employees can take it on their lunch break China one price: RMB 780

    iTEP Business is already used by companies in every industryfrom technology to shipping. It is also the test of choice for national governments such as Colombia, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, as well as professional and academic organizations and institutions all over the world.

    Boston Educational Services, the company that created iTEP, was founded by career educators and businessmen. Our goal is to provide your business valuable information as quickly and easily as possible.

    The Benefits of iTEP Business

  • About iTEP andBoston Educational Services

    iTEP Business is the brainchild of two experienced leaders in the international education industry. With BES Chairman Perry Akins as President, ELS Language Centers grew from 2 Language Centers to 82 and enrolled more than 500,000 international students throughout the world.

    Many of these students planned to apply for jobs with US companies. Perry was able to see firsthand that the language assessment tools on the market were not only cumbersome and expensive to administer, but also often misrepresented a candidates skill level. The tests were not designed from the point of view of the businesses that rely on them.

    After more than 30 years as president of ELS, Perry left in order to start his own company, Boston Educational Services, with business partner, Sharif Ossayran, a former Director of International Development at ELS and founder of Scholastic Insurance Agencies. Together, they gathered an experienced team of test developers and English as a Second Language teachers to create a better exam. iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) launched in 2008.

    The test set a new standard for efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility. iTEP can be tailored to the skills a business wants to test and administered anywhere with internet access or at one of our test centers all over the world. The detailed score report helps employers truly know what their employees have to offer. With easy online access to support staff, test scores, and the actual speaking and writing samples, iTEP is the only 21st century English proficiency exam.

    Since iTEPs inception, more than 100,000 persons have taken an iTEP exam. Governments, businesses, and international organizations have flocked to iTEP. The Colombian government recently selected iTEP as the official English proficiency exam of a new country-wide initiative to attract foreign investment. The Saudi Arabian government is currently using iTEP for a large-scale testing initiative. Companies all over the world use iTEP Business in recruiting, hiring, and promotion decisions.

    Just as the iTEP Academic exams are highly regarded by universities and academic associations all over the world, the iTEP Business exams are highly regarded by multinationals and governments around the world. We hold affiliations with AMCHAM and the US Dept. of Commerce and are members of ASTD and the Chamber of Commerce of several nations. We are dedicated to assisting companies in all industries that do business in English and employ non-native speakers.

  • iTEP Business Overview

    The primary function of iTEP Business is to assess the English language proficiency of employees or potential employees whose first language is not English.

    Businesses and government agencies commonly use iTEP Business for: Screening new hires for English language ability Qualifying employees for assignments requiring English proficiency Guidance in making job promotion decisions Evaluating return on investment of English teaching and training program

    There are two versions of iTEP Business: iTEP Business-Core assesses reading, listening, and grammar and is 50 minutes in length, with an

    additional 10 minutes for pre-test preparation. iTEP Business-Plus assesses reading, listening, grammar, writing, and speaking and is 80 minutes in

    length, with an additional 10 minutes for pre-test preparation.

    Test ContentIn each section, examinees will encounter content and questions targeted at varying levels of proficiency.

    A. Reading 20 minutes/2 partsPart 1: One intermediate-level passage about 250 words in length, followed by 4 multiple-choice questionsPart 2: One upper-level paragraph about 450 words in length followed by 6 multiple-choice questions

    B. Listening 20 minutes/3 partsPart 1: Four high-beginning to low-intermediate-level short conversations of 2-3 sentences, each followed by

    one multiple- choice questionPart 2: One 2-3-minute intermediate-level conversation followed by 4 multiple-choice questionsPart 3: One 4-minute upper-level lecture, followed by 6 multiple-choice questions

    C. Grammar (Structure) 10 minutes/1 partThis section is comprised of twenty-five multiple-choice questions, each of which tests the examinees familiarity with a key feature of English structure. This section includes a range of content from simple to more complex, as well as both beginning and advanced vocabulary. Each type of question is preceded by an on-screen example.

    D. Writing 25 minutes/2 partsPart 1: The examinee is given five minutes to write a 50-75 word note, geared at the low intermediate level,

    on a supplied topicPart 2: The examinee is given 20 minutes to write a 175-225 word piece expressing and supporting his or her

    opinion on an upper-level written topic

    E. Speaking 5 minutes/2 partsPart 1: The examinee hears and reads a short question geared at low-intermediate level, then has 30 seconds

    to prepare a spoken response, and 45 seconds to speakPart 2: The examinee hears a brief upper-level statement presenting two sides of an issue, and then is asked

    to express his or her thoughts on the topic, with 45 seconds to prepare, and 60 seconds to speak.

    Test Structure:Prior to the start of the test, there is a short preliminary section which guides the examinee through a series of steps to ensure technical compatibility and examinee readiness. This includes the complete technical checklist of the software required for test administration, as well as examinee identification items such as log in and registration. The preliminary section is included in the 90 minute total length of the test.

  • iTEP Business Overview continued

    Delivery Method: All iTEP exams are delivered via the Internet (paper-based exams also available) and must be administered at a secure location or a Certified iTEP Test Center. The examinee completes the test in the following manner:

    During the reading, listening, and grammar sections, the examinee clicks on one of four answer choices for each question

    Writing samples are keyboarded directly into a text entry field Speaking samples are recorded with a headset and microphone at the examinees computer

    Timing Mechanism: Each section has a fixed time allotted to it. If an examinee completes a section with time left, he or she may advance to the next section.

    Reading and grammar sections: examinees are free to use any extra time to review, and if they wish, revise their answers

    Listening section: the selections play only once, so review is not possible Writing section: there are fixed time limits for each part, but examinees may advance to the next section

    before time expires Speaking section: there are fixed time limits for each part

    The directions for each section are displayed for a set amount of time. This amount varies according to the amount of text to be read and should be adequate for most examinees. If an examinee needs more time to read a particular sections directions, he or she can always access them by clicking the help button, which displays a complete menu of directions for all test sections.

    Transition Screens: Following each section of the test, examinees see a screen that reads, Beginning Next Section... These transition screens provide a 15-second break between sections, and display completed test sections and remaining test sections. After the last section is completed, examinees see a final screen, which tells them to wait for further directions from the administrator.

    Scoring/Grading: The test will determine an overall proficiency level from 0 (Beginner) to 6 (Mastery), as well as individual proficiency levels from 0 to 6 for each of the skills tested. For greater accuracy, scores are also expressed in tenth-levels (2.1, 2.2, etc.). The test is graded as follows:

    The reading, listening, and grammar sections are scored automatically by the computer The writing and speaking samples are evaluated by native English-speaking, ESL-trained professionals,

    according to a standardized scoring rubric The Official Score Report presents an individuals scoring information in both tabular and graphical formats

    - the graphical format, or ski


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