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More than just a number.

We believe a lot of information can be communicated in a test score. iTEP Business scores serve not only to compare test-takers and aid in hiring and promotion decisions, but can also enable companies to get to know the nuances of their employees’ language skills, and help test-takers better understand their own English skills.

iTEP determines 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. The overall score and section scores are expressed in tenth-levels (2.1, 2.2, etc.). Our scores are generated using the following methods:

  • Multiple-choice sections of iTEP (reading, listening, and grammar) are scored automatically by computer. Five sub-skills for each of these sections are also scored to provide detail and insight into how the section score was achieved.
  • The writing and speaking samples are evaluated according to standard criteria by trained ESL professionals who are native English speakers.
  • Each test section is weighed equally.
  • There is no penalty in the multiple-choice sections for incorrect answers.

The Official iTEP Score Report presents an individual’s scoring information in both tabular and graphical formats. The graphical format, or skill profile, is particularly useful for displaying a test-takers’s strengths and weaknesses in each of the skills evaluated by the test. This gives companies a more detailed picture of the skills of their applicants and employees, and provides test-takers with a breakdown of the skills they most need to improve.