iTEP
Business

FAQs

What are the main differences between iTEP Business and other tests on the market?
iTEP Business is a comprehensive, Internet-based exam that can be administered on any office computer or a prospective employee’s home computer. It takes no longer than 90 minutes to administer, and can be customized to be shorter and include only certain skills, as well as content specific to your industry. iTEP Business’ immediate or 5-business-day result delivery (depending on which skills are tested) and its affordability, set it aside from all the other tests on the market..

What skills does the iTEP Business assess?
iTEP Business tests proficiency in grammar, reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Our clients can also choose with skills they would like to include on a customized exam. 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 hiring or promotions. Learn more about the test format and scoring.

How long are the two versions of the iTEP Business exam?
iTEP Business-Plus lasts 90 minutes. Pre-test instruction lasts 10 minutes, followed by 80 minutes of test administration. iTEP Business-Core lasts 60 minutes with 10 minutes of prep and 50 minutes of testing. Customized versions can be as short as 30 minutes.

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 Business’ 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's Business levels interpreted?
iTEP Business levels range from 0 (beginner) to 6 (mastery) and are expressed in .1 increments (e.g. 2.1, 2.1, 2.3, etc.). To see at a glance how well an individual can use English to communicate in the “real world” at each of iTEP Business’ six levels (and how they compare to CEFR levels), please refer to the iTEP Business Ability Guide. We also list comparisons to the scoring systems of other major English tests here.

How does iTEP Business ensure test security?
Our clients typically administer iTEP Business on their own office computers. iTEP staff is available to troubleshoot and guide you through the process. iTEP Business can also be administered on home computers if test security is not a concern. See the iTEP Business test security page for more information about test security.

How much does the test cost?
The wholesale price of iTEP Business varies throughout the world. Please contact yourlocal distributor for a quote. The global retail price for test-takers taking iTEP Business Plus at a Certified iTEP Test Center is $99USD. Test centers are allowed to charge up to $10USD in administration fees to test-takers.

Isn't iTEP just for colleges and universities?
No. iTEP Academic is used by colleges and universities (as well as English language programs and other institutions interested in an academically oriented test of English). iTEP Business is used by businesses and organizations interested in a business oriented English assessment tool.

What is the difference between iTEP Academic and iTEP Business?
While the formats of the two tests are very similar, the content is quite different. iTEP Academic evaluates English language abilities utilizing settings, content, and vocabulary found in an educational environment. iTEP Business assesses English language ability specifically as it relates to a businesses environment. It employs situations and terminology characteristic of the workplace.

Is iTEP available in my country?
Yes. Please see our list of distributors, and if your country is not listed, contact us and we will serve you directly.

Is a paper version of iTEP Business available?
Yes. There is a paper version of iTEP Business available upon request. The paper version ofiTEP Business includes only the three multiple-choice parts of the test: reading, listening, and grammar.